Master’s degree in European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society

Entidades parceiras: University of Turku, Università del Salento (Univ. di Lecce), Karl-Franzens Universität Graz, Universität zu Köln

General Objectives of the Course

The Master’s degree in European Patrimony, Media and Information Society intends to combine the knowledge about European history, especially its patrimony and cultural heritage, with the recent developments in Information and Communication Technology, Multimedia, Intellectual Property Rights and its economic implications. The degree aims to train a new type of professionals who are able to cope with the needs for production of new content for the Information Society and also able to apply effectively these skills in practical
situations. The degree is intended for Humanities graduate students who wish to develop a versatile combination of skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively both with experts in contents and experts in technology and to design, plan and manage complex projects for the multimedia
industry, cultural institutions and government.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this Master’s degree is granted to holders of Bachelor’s degree who meet the following requirements:
a) hold a Bachelor’s degree in History, History of Art, Archaeology or a Bachelor’s degree in the area of Cultural Heritage
b) have good spoken and written English skills and also good computer skills. Applicants must attach to the application form the documents that certify any of these qualifications. Holders of a Bachelor’s degree in other areas may also apply, provided that they present an adequate academic background and an appropriate scientific and professional curriculum.

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

Professional Goals

Project manager in the cultural and criative industries,
contente producer and manager in the heritage area

Mode of Study

The course is delivered in the daytime schedule.

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese and English

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.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

Aims at combining knowledge about European history and heritage with recent developments in ICT Multimedia, Intellectual Property Rights and its economic implications.Aims to train a new type of professionals who are able to cope with the needs for production of new content for the Information Society and also able to apply effectively these skills in practical situations. In accordance the main competences/learning outcomes to be provided by the Master’s programme are: a) Encourage a sense of diversity, while developing a notion of the major European periods that structure our common heritage (e.g. artistic styles, main literary movements, etc.). Students will be able to concentrate on local contents and relate them to the common European heritage;
b) An overview of new technologies and the new communication media enabled by them (web, games, digital repositories, e-learning, mobile technologies, etc). Students will learn about the potential, limitations, costs and skills required for different technological solutions; c) Specific competences related to the production of content for the new media, including: writing for the digital
media; structuring and organising information in the new media; awareness of the requirements for texts and other types of information; design and functionality; students will have the opportunity to produce or manage the
production content for the new media; d) Awareness of the issues related to intellectual property rights within the context of management issues related to cultural heritage and the production of content. e) High level of generic/transferable skills, particularly in project management and team work in international context, though also including team management, link to stakeholders, budgeting and marketing. These outcomes are achieved through a curricular structure and methodology centred on project based learning, inside a programme of international scope, involving 5 institutions which share these aims and provide specialisation paths inside the global goals of the programme. The degree of fulfilment of these outcomes is measured by the products that result of the work of the students, in special the projects done in a collaborative context, both local and international and the final dissertations
which are, whenever possible, developed with trans-national supervision and in english.

Course Coordinator(s)

Joaquim Manuel Costa Ramos Carvalho

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Joaquim Manuel Costa Ramos Carvalho

Recognition of Prior Learning


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, 23th July.

Graduation Requirements

Academic sucess in the first year seminars and sucessfull production, presentation and defense of disertagion-project in the second year.

Access to Further Studies

PhD studies

Study Programme


Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: 6648

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Advanced specialization second cycle


Call for Applications (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


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2013-11-04 a 2019-11-03
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior