Bachelor in Language Sciences

Education objectives

1. To understand and to describe the way by which language activity, in both spoken and written forms, is part of a more general set of communicative activities; 2. To acquire basic knowledge, within various frameworks, in main areas of linguistics – phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse – fundamental for an understanding of language activity; 3. To understand the mechanisms underlying language variation and change phenomena and to use adequate methods and theoretical concepts; 4. To understand and to describe the relationships between language and cognition, language and society, and language and discourse; 5. To develop abilities to analyse, describe and explain the functioning of different natural languages, assessing the appropriateness of distinct theoretical frameworks; 6. To master basic techniques of linguistic data collection, analysis and interpretation; 7. To develop abilities to use new technologies in the study and analysis of spoken and written linguistic productions; 8. To develop competences for the application of the acquired knowledge to different areas, e.g. language pathologies, translation studies, language teaching/learning, elaboration of scientific, didactic and lexicographic tools, among others.

General characterization

DGES code



Bachelor (1st Cycle)



Access to other programs

Completion of the licenciatura allows the holder to apply for Masters or Doctoral programmes or other post-graduate courses including those which do not confer a degree.


Maria do Céu Caetano

Opening date

September 2019




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Teaching language

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Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 3 years/6 semesters.
Students must perform 180 credits: 120 credits based in the compulsory curricular units, 30 credits to be chosen in a set of elective optionals and 30 credits undertaken in free-elective optionals or in a minor of another scientific area. Every semester, the student may not sign up in more than 30 credits, respecting the precedence when these have been set. At the beginning of each semester, students will be advised of the curricular units to carry out in order to appropriate them to their academic career.
The undergraduate students can still benefit from the different mobility programmes in which FCSH/NOVA participates as Erasmus +, Almeida Garrett exchange programmes, among others, and participate in research within the research units of the Faculty.
The degree of “licenciado” corresponds to the level 6 of the NQF and EQF-National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.

Conditions of admittance

Students may be admitted to Higher Education through the National Competition for Access to Higher Education, special competitions/regimes and entry systems, re-enrolment systems, course changes and transfers. To apply for access to higher education through the National Competition, students must fulfill the requirements described in DGES/Access to Higher Education. More info at For more information about International Students please visit

Evaluation rules

Students at FCSH/NOVA are evaluated based on the work developed over a semester, based on class participation, presentation of written and oral tests and examinations. The result obtained either by continuous assessment or evaluation of the tests is expressed on a scale of 0 to 20. To be approved, students must have at least 10 points to pass, however, who fail have a second chance to repeat the exams. Repeat exam: Has access any student of 1st or 2nd cycle who has obtained the minimum grade of eight values per rounding in the final grade of the curricular unit. SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR EVALUATION: - Worker-Student - Students with the status of top athletes - Mothers and fathers students - Associative leaders - Military - Other special arrangements provided legally. Students with special needs can benefit from teaching and learning conditions to meet their needs.


Code Name ECTS
711131055 Discourse Analysis - 1st semester 6
711131058 Language Acquisition - 1st semester 6
711131044 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis - 1st semester 6
711131050 Phonology - 2nd semester 6
711131067 Portuguese Grammar - 1st and 2nd semester 6
711131056 History of the Portuguese Language - 1st and 2nd semester 6
711131091 Applied Research in Language Sciences - 2nd semester 6
711131054 Lexicology and Lexicography - 1st semester 6
711131021 Computational Linguistics - 1st semester 6
711131061 Text Linguistics - 2nd semester 6
711131025 Historical Linguistics - 1st semester 6
711131088 Models and Methodologies in Language Sciences - 1st semester 6
711131051 Morphology - 2nd semester 6
711131045 Text Practices - 1st semester 6
711131032 Psycholinguistics - 1st semester 6
711131053 Semantics - 2nd semester 6
711131052 Syntax - 2nd semester 6
711131066 Terminology - 1st semester 6
711131090 Advanced Topics in Linguistics - 2nd semester 6
711131089 Linguistic Variation - 2nd semester 6
Elective option 1
Code Name ECTS
711101075 German A1.1 - 1st semester 6
711101076 German A1.2 - 2nd semester 6
711101077 German A2.1 - 1st semester 6
711101078 German A2.2 - 2nd semester 6
711101079 German B1.1 - 1st semester 6
711101080 German B1.2 - 2nd semester 6
711101081 German B1.3 - 1st semester 6
711101082 German B2.1 - 2nd semester 6
711101083 German B2.2 - 1st semester 6
711101084 German B2.3 - 2nd semester 6
711111114 Spanish Language A1 - 1st semester 6
711111115 Spanish Language A2 - 2nd semester 6
711111116 Spanish Language B1.1 - 1st semester 6
711111117 Spanish Language B1.2 - 2nd semester 6
711111118 Spanish Language B2.1 - 1st semester 6
711111119 Spanish Language B2.2 - 2nd semester 6
711111120 Spanish Language C1.1 - 1st semester 6
711111121 Spanish Language C1.2 - 1st semester 6
711111122 French A1 - 1st semester 6
711111123 French A2.1 - 1st and 2nd semester 6
711111124 French A2.2 - 1st and 2nd semester 6
711111125 French B1.1 - 1st and 2nd semester 6
711111126 French B1.2 - 1st and 2nd semester 6
711111127 French B2.1 - 1st and 2nd semester 6
711111128 French B2.2 - 1st and 2nd semester 6
711111129 French C1.1 - 1st semester 6
711111130 French C1.2 - 2nd semester 6
711121061 English B2.1 - 1st semester 6
711121062 English B2.2 - 2nd semester 6
711121063 English C1.1 - 1st semester 6
711121064 English C1.2 - 2nd semester 6
711121065 English C1.3 - 1st semester 6
711121066 English C2.1 - 2nd semester 6
711121067 English C2.2 - 1st semester 6
711121068 English C2.3 - 2nd semester 6
Elective option 2
Code Name ECTS
711131020 German Linguistics - 1st semester 6
711131022 Spanish Linguistics - 1st semester 6
711131024 French linguistics - 1st semester 6
711131026 English Linguistics - 1st and 2nd semester 6