Doctor of Philosophy in Studies of Portuguese-Speaking Countries Programme


The Ph.D. in Portuguese-Speaking Countries Studies belongs to international relations field of academic studies. Our program is the third to be open around the world. It has been developed in line with requirements of Central Government to blend Macau into ‘The Belt and Road’ Initiative and to make Macau as platform of economic and trade cooperation between China and Portuguese-Speaking countries. It likewise, acknowledges the Macau S.A.R demand as well as the university target of developing cross-discipline researches. The program content focused on society, economy, culture, law, international relations and regional governance.


The program is taught by a variety of professors with a remarkable academic background and by distinguished Visitant Professors experts in specific subject matters. The Academic Advisory Board is composed of scholars from Tsinghua University, Peking University, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Catholic university of Portugal, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University (People’s Republic of China), Jilin University, and Jinan University etc. Throughout the academic activities, students will have the opportunities to pay a visit relevant countries performing research or exchange programs.


Features (Unique selling points):

1.In line with the vision of the future development of MSAR as guided by national Chinese policies;
2.Centred in developing a up-to-date theoretical learning framework, in a inter-disciplinary perspective;
3.Pursuing a balanced workload between domestic/international research and solid theoretical development;
4.Taught by professors with a long and meritorious academic background, a relevant teaching and pedagogic experience, and with an international career. 
Program Target
This program aims at unlocking practical and research skills for elites with international horizons, global perceptions and creative spirits. The program addresses to develop research abilities related to the relations between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries in the context of social, development, cultural and governance issues.
The program adopts a comparative studies perspective on the development of Portuguese-speaking countries, with three areas of studies:
(1)Comparative Studies on Portuguese-speaking Countries Development;
(2)Studies on Relations between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries;
(3) Studies on Portuguese-speaking Countries and Global Governance.
The target audience is as follows:
Higher education and research institutions;
Public operators - Government departments and foreign institutions;
Diplomatic operators – Embassies, consulates and International Organizations;
Entrepreneurs - Transnational enterprises and private corporations;
Global and regional organizations such as UN and International Banking.
Communication agents - Media organizations.
Legal Establishment:
Administrative Order 15/2017, 27 January  – Secretariat for Social and Cultural Affairs


Programs Instructions


Public Compulsory Seminars 



Research methods and design 3
Research on Theories of Regional Development and Governance 3
Comparative Studies on Portuguese-Speaking Countries 3

Public Optional Seminars

Thematic Studies on China Foreign Relations 3
Thematic Studies on MSAR external relations and the Portuguese-speaking Countries 3
Professional compulsory courses

Comparative Studies on Portuguese-speaking Countries Development

Thematic Studies on Portuguese-speaking Countries Governance

Thematic Studies on Portuguese-speaking Countries Socio-economic development 3

Studies on Relations between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries

Thematic Studies on China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries


Thematic Studies on economic, social and cultural interplay between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries

Studies on Portuguese-speaking Countries and Global Governance
Thematic Studies on Theories of Governance 3

Thematic Studies on Portuguese-speaking Countries  and International Organizations







Medium of Communicaiton:  Chinese and English ( Portuguese is an asset)


Length of Study:    3 years