PhD degree in History of Art

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Academic year




Course Type

3rd Cycle Studies

Qualification Awarded



4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits


Annual Fee

1417.0 €

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria de Lurdes dos Anjos Craveiro (lcraveiro@fl.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Joana Filipa da Fonseca Antunes (uc40891@uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course

This cycle is intended to deepen the knowledge acquired by students in the 1st cycle in History of Art and the 2nd cycle in History of Art, Cultural and HeritageTourism, within the framework of the Bologna Process.
In a multidisciplinary and comparison perspective of different fields of knowledge, this cycle grants the PhD degree and is intended to:
- Ensure the improvement of previously acquired knowledge by means of an openness to a wide range of bibliographic resources;
- Develop mechanisms that are appropriate to carry out research projects in a highly autonomous way, define scientific criteria and ability to implement them;
- Promote the ability to critically articulate between the different scientific fields related to History of Art;
- Open new perspectives for a consolidated analysis between the levels of scientific theory and a concrete patrimonial dynamics;
- Encourage the contemporary intervention possibilities in the fields of cultural heritage.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
1. Transdisciplinary and problem-raising analysis of the historical art object;
2. Articulation of structural concepts in the scientific area of Art History and ability to use specific methods of research;
3. Critical mastery of the available literature concerning the selected thematic universe;
4. Recognition of thematic areas needing to be clarified or reviewed within the historiographical field in order to foster scientific knowledge;
5. Ability to design and implement a relevant research project within the scientific area of Art History, observing the requirements imposed by the standards of academic quality and integrity;
6. Ability to communicate research results in their area of expertise, both with academic peers and the society at large, thus contributing to the socio-cultural stability.
Mode of Study
This course does not include a curricular component.
Access to Further Studies
Post-doctoral research.
Admission Requirements

Admission to the 3rd Cycle in History of Art will depend on the submission of a written work plan as well as an interview.
As defined by the Scientific Council of FLUC of the plan shall contain the following information: a brief description of the project; goals; state of the art; detailed description of the project; methodologies; schedule and bibliography.

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

Recognition of Prior Learning
The enrolment of students in this course depends on the previous presentation of a work project (duly approved by a tutor) and a previous interview.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no 74/2006, 24th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; ordinance no 782/2009, 23rd July.
Professional Goals
Teaching, Research, Inventory, Specialized consultancy of projects, Cultural Management, Conception of exhibitions, Events’ Production, Educational and dissemination services, Communication, Cultural tourism, Publishing Market, Expert’s work and Art market.
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 be successfully assessed in the public defense of their doctoral thesis.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2010-06-01 a 2016-05-31
R/A-Cr 51/2010 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2010-07-14