Doctoral School

Faculty of Religious Studies and Philosophy

3-5 Years (Evening) English Seminary Campus

The Doctoral programme in Religious Studies covers an interdisciplinary field of study that includes research areas such as the study of ancient languages, literature, biblical studies, patristics, philosophy, sociology, psychology, history, cultural studies, music, Canon Law, and theology. The methodologies appropriate to this diverse range of topics require research students to display a flexibility of approach and a clear focus on the research questions posed by their chosen subject. During their doctoral studies, students are encouraged to attend academic conferences and seek opportunities to publish articles relevant to their research in appropriate peer-reviewed academic journals.

During the 3-5 years of study, Doctorate in Religious Studies students hold full-time student status.

The Doctoral Programme Coordinator is Prof. Adérito Fernandes Marcos.

Course Structure

Students complete the curricular part of the programme during the first year, which is composed of the following 5 modules:

  • Methodologies of Investigation
  • Methods and Techniques for Quantitative Research
  • Methods and Techniques for Qualitative Research
  • Integrative Research Seminars
  • Specialist Studies and Reading Programme

During the first year of study, students must also prepare a thesis proposal. The completion of all modules and University approval of the proposal is a requirement to progress to the thesis-writing stage of the programme.

Doctoral Thesis

Working directly under an academic supervisor, the doctoral student independently completes an original and significant research project. Students begin their thesis once their proposed work and supervisory arrangements have been approved by the University.

Past Doctoral Thesis

Robert Lawrence Ballew


Admissions Information >

A preliminary research plan is required to apply. Applicants may choose one of the open doctoral topics or submit their own thesis proposal as part of their application.

Study plan & description of modules

For the programme’s government approval [in Chinese and Portuguese] click here. (Please click in P2 or P3, on the top-left of the document, to access the subsequent pages.)

Please click on any specific module below to see its description.


Year 1
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