Master Programme

Faculty of Arts and Humanities


The programme provides students with specialised knowledge and skills fundamental to such professional areas as teaching, diplomatic service and international organisations concerned with the Portuguese language and culture.


There are two specialisation areas, Linguistics and Literary Studies, and suitably qualified students of each area are permitted to take two approved subjects from the other area.  In both specialisations, the student will study core modules of theory and methodology, prior to proceeding with modules of wider reference in the specialisation area, before preparing a research thesis.

The Linguistics specialisation has two thematic areas. The first, Sociolinguistics, studies the social and geographic dimensions of varieties of Portuguese and of Creole Portuguese, especially in Asia. It is novel in including a special module dedicated to Macao’s Creole Portuguese language, Patuá.  The second thematic area is concerned with Language Acquisition and Transmission.

The Literature specialisation will address the multidirectional exchanges between literatures from Portuguese Speaking Countries and territories where Portuguese is one of the official languages.

Literatures in Portuguese will be considered from the perspective of combined approaches in Comparative, Literary, Cultural and Postcolonial Studies.

Recommended Prior Knowledge

A Bachelor degree. Competence in Portuguese and English is essential.

Course Duration

2 years full-time (evening) programme

Teaching Medium


Total Number of Credits for Graduation

Ilha Verde Campus

Programme’s Government Approval (in Chinese and Portuguese only) (Click here)

September to July

Weekly Schedule
Mondays to Fridays

Key Features

  • Coursework adhering to current international practice in theory, methodology and analysis
  • Interdisciplinarity: students from each specialisation may take two approved modules from the other area of specialisation.
  • Two Linguistics thematic areas: Language Acquisition and Transmission, and Sociolinguistics
  • A unique module studying the Macao Creole Portuguese language, Patuá
  • Literature is approached from a multidisciplinary perspective, considering social, political and cultural aspects of the Lusophone world
  • Dynamic understanding of research and academic debate, aiming at an enriching dialogue between diverse approaches
  • Particular attention to the history of Macao and the complex relationships between cultures (from the perspective of self-perception and the construction of identity)

Typical Career Options

  • Teaching and research in academic institutions that include programmes on Portuguese language and culture
  • Mediation and organisation of cultural, aesthetic and political issues related to the problems of the Portuguese-speaking world in media production
  • Work within governmental and political institutions, in humanitarian projects, in the diplomatic career or in NGOs, in the Portuguese-speaking world
  • Counselling and consulting on cultural and linguistic issues in the area of diplomacy, politics or business concerning the Portuguese-speaking world

Study plan & description of modules

Students must complete 8 main modules, followed by a dissertation


Linguistics specialization modules
Foundations of Linguistics Theory and Methodology I
Foundations of Linguistics Theory and Methodology II
Digital tools in Linguistics and Literary research
The process of Language Acquisition
Patuá – Macau’s creole
Portuguese and Creole Sociolinguistics
Theories of Language transmission, instruction and learning
Special topics in Linguistics
Research writing seminar for Linguistics

Literature specialization modules
Foundations of Literary Studies Theory and Methodology I
Foundations of Literary Studies Theory and Methodology II
Digital tools in Linguistics and Literary research
Literatures in Portuguese
Images of Asia in Portuguese prose of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Influence of Asian poetry in Portuguese and Brazilian poetry.
Literature of Macau
Special topics in Literary Studies
Research writing seminar for Literary Studies

Dissertation: In both specializations, the dissertation must be written in Portuguese.



Year 1
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
Year 2
6.00 credits