Portuguese Studies

The Master of Arts in the field of Portuguese Studies is only offered by Dissertation.


One of the most spoken languages in the world, Portuguese is a rich pluricentric language with a diverse set of variants which produces copious amounts of literature and culture to study. So, the masters´ dissertations on Portuguese aim to guide the students:

  • To foster interdisciplinary connections to promote Portuguese language, literatures and cultures.
  • To make students recognise Portuguese as a pluricentric language with multiple variations, whilst making them culturally aware of their distinct aspects.
  • To conduct research in various spheres of Portuguese as a foreign language and second language.
  • To provide students with proficiency in Portuguese as a foreign language and grant a master qualification to those who may wish to expand their linguistic and cultural knowledge in Portuguese.
  • To cultivate the potential to pursue doctoral studies in Portuguese.

Career Opportunities


  • International business consultant
  • Diplomatic service
  • Lawyer/ Attorney/Advocate /Judge
  • Teacher
  • Engineers
  • Journalist /Foreign correspondent
  • Translator / Interpreter
  • Tourism officer
  • Publisher
  • International agent
  • Cultural-business consultant
  • Immigration officer
  • Researcher


The Masters in Portuguese Studies is only offered by Dissertation. The programme in the field of Portuguese is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time degree.

Entry Requirements

  • BA degree with Honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.
  • A supervisor from the must be identified and approached before application.

The department reserves the right to assess the applicant’s suitability to complete the degree. Research topics are chosen in conjunction with the supervisor and their areas of expertise.

University Application Process

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

International students, please check this section.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at www.wits.ac.za/askwits.

University Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees. The Fees site also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal.

For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities. NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies. External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.