Survey

General
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  • 2009-06-15
  • Portugal
  • University of Lisbon
  • Alexandra Assis Rosa
  • Ubaldo Stecconi
Structure
  • Doutoramento em Tradução. The proposal for a PhD in Translation Studies was not accepted by the Committee for Postgraduate Studies, who voted for a PhD in Translation instead. Therefore, there is no PhD in Translation Studies at the Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon, although all sorts of translation projects can be developed under that heading.
  • Four semesters for compulsory courses (120 ECTS); time to write and discuss the thesis: 3 years.
  • yes
Admission
  • MA holders or first degree holders, who have an outstanding scientific, school or professional curriculum are accepted as candidates. Holders of an outstanding and recognized professional curriculum, holders of a pre-Bologna first degree title or holders of a 2nd cycle (MA) Bologna title.
  • There is no provision in the regulations defining accepted field of prior academic work for candidates, so the answer is yes.
  • The Scientific Council of the Faculty accepts PhD proposals and students are free to choose their research topic.
  • Candidates must submit certificates for MA or First Degree, a CV, and must specify scientific area for the PhD they intend to take up. The Scientific Council may decide to additionally interview candidates.
  • Current fees for PhD students are € 1000 per semester minimum. Students can apply to the National Research Council for PhD scholarships.
Programme
  • Compulsory courses take up two years and a total of 120 ECTS. PhD students usually attend the same courses offered MA students and develop different assignments. The supervisor is expected to decide the courses that the candidate should take. Flexibility is accepted since research activities (e.g. as member of a research centre, cooperation in a research project) may also be accepted as part of this preliminary activity.
  • Depending on their background, candidates are expected to attend courses on theory and methodology before their research work.
  • Students can integrate themselves in research centres and carry out their work as part of a project already in place there, but this is not mandatory. Credits can be obtained by participation in international teaching networks.
  • The thesis may include total or partially the result of already published work (even if carried out in collaboration with other researchers).Theses can be submitted in languages other than Portuguese. Average length: 100.000 words. Time-limit for completion: 5 years as of enrolment.
  • There is funding mainly as awarded by the National Research Council, which grants acceptable funding, covering mobility.
Supervision
  • A professor or PhD holding researcher of the Faculty is the supervisor.
  • Two. One must be a professor or PhD holding researcher of the Faculty; joint supervision by national or international supervisors is also possible. It is becoming more usual.
  • Depending on the people involved (supervisor and candidate), a variable number of regular meetings with the candidate are scheduled and the candidate is expected to submit chapters for feedback. The supervisor must submit to the Scientific Council yearly reports on the candidate’s work-in-progress.
Assessment
  • The PhD thesis is discussed in a public viva by an examination panel made up of a minimum 5, maximum 7 members, at least two of them coming from a different university. Grades are qualitative.
  • The thesis does not have to be published prior to the viva.
Other
  • The main weakness seems to be the lack of employability of PhD holders in specific areas.
    The strong point may be said to consist in the high quality of PhD research, which is mainly due to the fact that only the top students are admitted to doctoral programmes.
  • The answers to this questionnaire have been extracted from the legal document on postgraduate programmes offered by the University of Lisbon (sent as annex). The information above is on the whole only applicable to the University of Lisbon.