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 (1st cycle) degree allows the holder to apply for Masters programmes (2nd Cycle), or other post-graduate courses including those which do not confer a degree.


Ana Maria Lavadinho Madeira

Opening date



Available soon


697 Euros/year or 3500 Euros/year (foreign students)



Teaching language

Portuguese language

Degree pre-requisites

Each student must obtain 180 credits: 120 credits from compulsory courses of the study programme, 30 credits from restricted options and 30 credits from free options or a Minor from another academic area. Each semester the student may not enrol in more than 30 credits and must respect any pre-requisites which have been set. At the beginning of each semester, the student is advised as to which courses are the most appropriate for their academic pathway and which they should take.
Legal framework/Study programme - Aviso n.º 13661/2017 - DR.2ª série-Nº 221 - 16 de novembro de 2017
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

A final grade, expressed as a number between 0 and 20 as well as its equivalent on the ECTS grading scale, is awarded to the licenciatura degree. The final grade is the average of the grades obtained in the curricular units that make up the programme of study. A minimum grade of 10, on a scale of 0 to 20, is required to pass each curricular unit or course. The ECTS grade awarded for a curricular unit or at the end of the programme is based on the distribution of marks obtained by all students who passed the curricular unit or programme in the three academic years preceding that in which the student passed. The total number of students who pass or who obtain their degree in this period must be greater than or equal to thirty. If this number is not reached, the period can be extended to five years. Whenever it is not possible to obtain the minimum number of elements in the distribution or the grade awarded is a credit, the classification is assigned according to the table, contained in Ofício Nº. 11196 of Direção Geral do Ensino Superior. Final qualification and eventual qualitative mention (articles 16 and 17 of Decreto-Lei n.º 42/2005, of 22 February)


Conditional Options (1) - The student completes 4 levels of foreign language
Code Name ECTS
711101075 German A1.1 6.0
711101076 German A1.2 6.0
711101077 German A2.1 6.0
711101078 German A2.2 6.0
711101079 German B1.1 6.0
711101080 German B1.2 6.0
711101081 German B1.3 6.0
711101082 German B2.1 6.0
711101083 German B2.2 6.0
711101084 German B2.3 6.0
711111114 Spanish A1 6.0
711111115 Spanish A2 6.0
711111116 Spanish B1.1 6.0
711111117 Spanish B1.2 6.0
711111118 Spanish B2.1 6.0
711111119 Spanish B2.2 6.0
711111120 Spanish C1.1 6.0
711111121 Spanish C1.2 6.0
711111122 French A1 6.0
711111123 French A2.1 6.0
711111124 French A2.2 6.0
711111125 French B1.1 6.0
711111126 French B1.2 6.0
711111127 French B2.1 6.0
711111128 French B2.2 6.0
711111129 French C1.1 6.0
711111130 French C1.2 6.0
711121061 English B2.1 6.0
711121062 English B2.2 6.0
711121063 English C1.1 6.0
711121064 English C1.2 6.0
711121065 English C1.3 6.0
711121066 English C2.1 6.0
711121067 English C2.2 6.0
711121068 English C2.3 6.0
Mandatory ECTS number: 24
Conditional options (2) - The student chooses a curricular unit (Linguistics of a foreign language).
Code Name ECTS
01100210 German Linguistics 6.0
01100204 Spanish Linguistics 6.0
01100195 French Linguistics 6.0
01100221 English Linguistics 6.0
Mandatory ECTS number: 6
Code Name ECTS
711131055 Discourse Analysis 6.0
711131058 Language Acquisition 6.0
711131044 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis 6.0
711131050 Phonology 6.0
711131067 Portuguese Grammar 6.0
711131056 History of the Portuguese Language 6.0
711131091 Applied Research in Language Sciences 6.0
711131054 Lexicology and Lexicography 6.0
01100034 Computational Linguistics 6.0
711131061 Text Linguistics 6.0
01100023 Historical Linguistics 6.0
711131088 Models and Methodologies in Language Sciences 6.0
711131051 Morphology 6.0
711131045 Text Practices 6.0
01100012 Psycholinguistics 6.0
711131053 Semantics 6.0
711131052 Syntax 6.0
711131066 Terminology 6.0
711131090 Advanced Topics in Linguistics 6.0
711131089 Linguistic Variation 6.0
Free optins may be chosen from this undergraduate study programme or any other offered by FCSH-UNL