PhD in Literature Studies


What you learn

The investigation is based on two big lines. The first one is oriented to the literatures in Spanish language and compared literature, and the second one is focussed on Galician and Portuguese literature and culture and the medieval literature. The programme relies on different groups of investigation in both universities., As a result, there is suitable environment for the incorporation of new PhD students: Group of Linguistic Investigation and Literary Galician (ILLA) and Group of Investigation in Lingua, Literature and Hispanic Culture (HISPANIA), Studies on Spanish Literature (FE1), Spanish Literature of and on the Middle Ages (LM1) and Group of Analysis and Study of the Literature and of the Translatology (GAELI FG3).

Generic skills

CG1. To study in depth the application range of theoretical knowledge and to broad contents. The study of tools and technologies used in research necessary to get an optimal implementation of them, in order to achieve a interdisciplinary, scientific and professional specialization. CG2 - To obtain an advanced and specialized formation in the literary studies of Spanish, Galician and Portuguese languages, as well as in the technologies applied to this field. CG3 - To master the utilization of methods and technologies for literary research CG4 - To acquire a deep knowledge of the cultural diversity through cultural studies.

Specific skills

CE1 - To demonstrate a systematic comprehension of a field of study and master the skills and methods for research related to the area of Literary Studies. CE2 – To probe the ability to conceive, design, and put into practice and to adopt a substantial process of investigation with academic precision. CE3 - To contribute through an original research which expands the frontiers of knowledge, from the development of a substantial body, whose achievements shall deserve to be referenced at national and international level. CE4 - To know how to interact with the scientific community, how to announce a research how to disseminate the results.

Professional and academic career

Professional and academic career

The Doctorate programme in Literary Studies offers deep training for those professions in which a PhD is required, such as professor or researcher. In addition it is suitable to assume a leader position in firms of the publishing industry, the communication and, in general, all the cultural industries.

Companies and institutions involved

The Doctorate programme in Literary Studies is developing diverse strategies leading towards the promotion of internationalization.

Research lines

This are the main research lines for current study.

  • Literatura en lengua española y Literatura comparada
  • Literaturas e culturas galega e portuguesa e Literatura medieval

Planning for teaching

Additional subject teaching

Candidates who do not meet all the necessary prior learning conditions for the programme may be required to complete additional courses in the form of subjects and modules from UDC Master’s and undergraduate programmes. The number of credits from additional subject teaching will not exceed 15 ECTS credits, which students may choose to complete before or after enrolment in the PhD programme.

Students who do not opt to complete additional coursework prior to enrolment should register for their extra subjects or modules at the same time as the PhD. Failure to complete additional coursework within a period of three consecutive terms will result in the termination of the student’s registration.

See also UDC PhD Policies and Regulations, Article 16: Applications.

complements credits
Methods and Techniques for Research Papers 3
Resources for Research in Literature 3
Contemporary Galician Literature 6
Portuguese Literature 2 6
Latin American Literature 6
XX and XXI Centuries Spanish Literature 6

EIDUDC teaching and training activities

EIDUDC teaching and training activities

Programme-specific teaching and training activities


Supervision agreement

The PhD supervision agreement defines the academic relationship between the candidate and the University, the rights and responsibilities of each (including any intellectual and/or industrial property rights resulting from the candidate’s research), the procedures in place in relation to conflict resolution, and the duration of the agreement. It also specifies the duties of the PhD tutor and supervisor.

The supervision agreement must be signed by the candidate, tutor and designated university representative (or representatives) within a maximum period of one month as from the date of registration. The supervisor’s signature may be added subsequently, once a supervisor has been appointed.

When the document has been signed by all the relevant parties, the agreement is then added to the candidate’s record of activities.

See also UDC PhD Policies and Regulations, Article 31: Supervision agreement.

Research plan

The candidate must prepare a research plan within six months of registration, with information regarding methodology, objectives, resources and milestones. The research plan is submitted together with the report of the supervisor and/or tutor for approval by the Academic Committee for PhD Programmes (CAPD). Improvements to the plan may be introduced with the approval of the supervisor and/or tutor based on the annual review of the student’s research progress.

Research plans are subject to annual review by the CAPD, including the report(s) of the supervisor and/or tutor and the candidate’s record of activities. Students will be permitted to continue with their studies if the outcome of the review is satisfactory. If the outcome is negative, the student will be required to submit a new plan within a period of six months. If the committee is still not satisfied, the candidate will be removed from the programme.

See also UDC PhD Policies and Regulations, Article 30: Research plan.

Student mobility

UDC holds student mobility agreements with universities and other third-level institutions across four continents. Students are offered several opportunities each year to apply to study abroad in one of these centres (for a single term or for a whole year), with the guarantee that all credits obtained will be duly recognised in their academic record upon their return.

For each round of applications, the University publishes the list of exchange options available to students and, where relevant, the specific conditions associated with each. Students may also apply to the University for funding for international work experience placements and internships.

Work experience placements are accredited in the student's academic record and the European diploma supplement. Students are free to decide in which host company or academic institution within the EHEA they wish to carry out their placement. To assist them in their search, the University has created an online noticeboard with jobs postings and other news.

Work-study placements in A Coruña are arranged by the International Relations Office (ORI) of the UDC in collaboration with the international relations coordinators in the student’s home university. The general entry criteria, rights and obligations of students, and admission and acceptance procedures for the programme, are regulated by the UDC Mobility Policy.