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Master’s Programme in Literature with a Specialization in Portuguese-language Literature

This specialization gives you a deep knowledge of Portuguese-language literature. In addition, the studies also offer a broader perspective where the Portuguese-language literature is related to literatures of other Romance-languages, such as Italian or Spanish, in a comparative perspective.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2023

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on whether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department - programmes

Welcome to the Department of Culture and Aesthetics. We hope you will enjoy your time with us.

Registration and a smooth start

You will receive an informative welcome letter via email. Please follow the instructions in this email in order to register for your programme and commence your studies.
Do not hesitate to get in touch should you have further enquiries. Please find contact details on this page.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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In addition to courses on the theory of interpretation and narrative, the programme gives you an in-depth knowledge of the history of Portuguese literature, the role of  Portuguese- and Romance-language literatures in a global world, and the emergence of national literatures in Romance languages.

Let us tell you more

Would you like to hear from the programme coordinator? Watch the presentation of the International Master’s Programme in Literature at Stockholm University, by Professor Axel Englund.

  • Programme overview

    “Portuguese-language Literature” is one of thirteen specializations within the Master’s Programme in Literature at the Faculty of the Humanities, and it is offered by the Department of Romance Studies and Classics. The programme starts every autumn and comprises four semesters of full-time study, concluding with a 30-credit degree project in the form of a master’s thesis. As a student, you normally take four half-time courses of 7,5 credits per semester, each half of the semester consisting of two parallel courses. During the second and third semester of the programme, you may take a total of four optional courses (30 credits), of which at least two must be in subjects other than Portuguese, and two proficiency courses (15 credits).

    Year 1

    Semester 1

    The first semester of the programme contains three courses taken by all students of the programme, irrespective of their specialization:

    In addition, you will take the following course 

    Semester 2

    During the second semester of the programme, only two obligatory courses will be given, which gives you the possibility of studying two optional courses:

    • The Emergence of National Literatures in Romance Languages, 7,5 credits
    • Portuguese, History of the Literature in the Portuguese Language, 7,5 credits
    • Optional courses worth a total of 15 credits

    Year 2

    Semester 3

    The third semester contains 15 credits worth of proficiency courses and one seminar-based theory course, which serves as preparation for the master’s thesis. The course English for Academic Research, 7,5 credits, which is taken this semester, may count either as a proficiency course or an optional course (depending on whether you want to fit in one or two proficiency courses in addition to it).

    • Proficiency courses worth a total of 15 credits
    • Optional course, 7,5 credits
    • Seminar Course in Current Theoretical Perspectives, 7,5 credits

    Semester 4

    The programme’s final semester is devoted exclusively to the degree project, which is done within one full-semester course:

    • Portuguese - Master's Course, 30 credits 

    The master’s thesis, your degree project, is the most important and substantial piece of work you will do within the programme. In the thesis, you will delve into the part of the discipline that interests you the most, aiming to make your own personal contribution to the cumulative knowledge of literary studies. At your disposal you have a supervisor, who will give you advice and feedback on your text. Moreover, you will participate in the master’s seminar, where ideas, drafts and chapters are presented and discussed. Finally, your whole thesis is discussed at a seminar where one or two other students perform the task of critical readers. In return, you will be the reader of two other theses.

  • How to apply


    To be admitted to the programme, you need a BA in Portuguese and English 6.

  • Contact

    Questions about the structure and content of the programme can be answered by the study counsellor in Italian, whom you can contact at

    The coordinator for the Master’s Programme in Literature is Axel Englund,