Master's degree in Municipal Cultural Policy

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Academic year




Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits



Advanced specialization second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria Margarida Sobral da Silva Neto (mneto@fl.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
In accordance with the legal regulations, the Second Cycle of Studies in Municipal Cultural Policy is comprised of a curricular year (the first year) in which students are provided with a transdisciplinary training aimed to offer them theoretical and practical instruments for the conception, funding, management, execution and advertising of cultural activities within the field of municipalities. During the second year, the student will attend a six-month traineeship in a municipal institution with the goal of providing students with a work experience within the context of municipalities, materialized in their involvement in ongoing cultural practices or in new projects, in order to consolidate the theoretical knowledge acquired in the first year and to acquire sustained skills in the conception and execution of cultural events. Students can also opt for the elaboration of a project or a dissertation.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
The learning outcomes to be developed by the students intend to develop:
- Applied research abilities so that they may conceive and execute project works dedicated to municipal cultural policies in view of the fact they constitute key anchors to the development of current societies;
- The consolidation of scientific and cultural rigor attitudes, openness to innovation and change, both in the provision of cultural services and in other practices, with the ability to articulate, value and promote such vast and interdependent domains as Heritage, Archives, Libraries and Leisure.
- Preparedness to develop supervised research, with resort to adequate materials and instruments, and application of knowledge and methodologies for autonomous work.
- Knowledge of how to use different disciplinary methodologies within an integrated perspective
- Qualification to propose or find solutions, define, undertake or coordinate cultural projects at a municipal, regional, national or international level;
- Ability to work in a network with the various partners inside the municipality, in the regional and national fields and to promote desirable international partnerships.
This way, the course will equip its students with scientific, methodological and cultural instruments capable of strengthening their innovation ability and their transdisciplinary and network work abilities, with a view to the promotion of a cultural policy which integrates multiple patrimonial and cultural assets, of various facilities, and of the full interaction between the different sectors of the population (age, gender, profession, among others), developing increasingly diverse, creative and innovative practices.
Mode of Study
The course is delivered in the daytime schedule.
Access to Further Studies
PhD degree studies.
Admission Requirements

Candidates to this course should be:
a) holders of a Bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent;
b) holders of a foreign higher academic degree, that was awarded after accomplishing a 1st cycle which should be structured according to the principles of the Bologna Process in an adhering country to this Process;
c) holders of a foreign higher academic degree that is recognized to meet the objectives of the Bachelor’s degree by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Humanities;
d) holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized as attesting the capacity to accomplish this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Humanities.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Recognition of Prior Learning

To be assessed upon request.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no 74/2006, de 24th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; ordinance no 782/2009, 23rd July.
Professional Goals
Masters in Municipal and Cultural Politics are qualified to work as culture senior technicians in municipalities and similar organizations.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.
Graduation Requirements

Students should obtain a total of 120 ECTS, by accomplishing curricular units with a successful assessment (60 ECTS) and writing a thesis (60 ECTS).

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2013-11-04 a 2019-11-03
R/A-Ef 3442/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18