PhD degree in Archeology

General Objectives of the Course

The PhD in Archaeology emerges as the natural outcome of the 1st and 2nd cycles (each one independent and running every year) both or them focusing this area of knowledge. It also intends to steadily consolidate the research carried out by the Professors of Archaeology which has earned nationally and internationally recognition). The third cycle aims, therefore, to respond to the expectations of all those who want to deepen their skills as researchers in this specific area. This degree enables its holders to access to a wider range of options such as the scientific direction of projects in this area. It will foster an improved professional framework to the projects developed, promoting good practices, particularly in actions of valorization of patrimony or of planning.

Admission Requirements

a) Holders of an MA or a legally equivalent degree;
b) Holders of a BA degree with an especially relevant academic curriculum or scientific qualifications assessed by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and considered appropriate for the attendance of this
b) Holders of academic, scientific or professional qualifications assessed by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and considered appropriate for the attendance of this PhD course;
The assessment mentioned in subparagraphs b) and c) of the previous number only allows access to the PhD course. It does not award its holder an equivalence to a BA or an MA degree, nor does it award these degrees.

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

Professional Goals

Competence and autonomy in research and practice of archeology (and related activities such as protection and enhancement of the heritage, land use planning procedures, for example), provision of specialized services in public and private institutions, as well as entrepreneurial ativities.

Mode of Study

The course is lectured in daytime schedule

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


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

a) the ability to conceive and draw, autonomously, wider research projects with the expectable coherence, feasibility and seriousness;
b) the ability to do team work and to engage in scientific dialogue with experts from other areas, promoting, as a result, interdisciplinarity, i.e., the convergence of different fields (including the emergent ones), creating synergies as a way of potentiating research in archeology;
c) the ability to produce and disseminate relevant historical knowledge (nationally and internationally) through the participation in scientific meetings and through the prompt publication of the results of their research;
d) the ability to lead research projects with a social and scientific outcome and, as a consequence, contribute for the elevation of the patterns of demand, quality and prestige of the national archeology, as well as to lead actions concerning the territorial planning and a heritage enhancement and requalification with visible social and economical effects

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria da Conceição Lopes

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Domingos de Jesus da Cruz

Recognition of Prior Learning

To be evaluated 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, 23th July.

Graduation Requirements

The program runs a total of 240 ECTS (60 per year) completed with the thesis discussion in public examinations.

Access to Further Studies


Study Programme


Academic year

Course Type
3rd Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 5104

Qualification Awarded: Doutor

Duration: 4 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 240.0

Annual Fee: 1417.0


Call for Applications


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
2016-10-11 a 2019-10-10
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior