Master's Degree in Classical Studies

General Objectives of the Course

The course of Classical Studies – branches of Poetics and Hermeneutics, Ancient World, Classical Cultures and Literatures, Medieval and Renaissance Studies grants a continuity to the graduation in Classical Studies, and provides a specialization to other formations (in Languages, Literature and Culture, Philosophy, History, Art and Law). The branches of specialization are promoted in alternating years (two per year), thus combining specialization with thematic variation, a characteristic which revealed to be essential in order to attract new publics. Many students presented their dissertations and are now PhD students.

Admission Requirements

Successful applicants must 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 of studies, 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) In duly justified cases, holders of a 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.

Professional Goals

Teaching, Editorial activity, Organization of social and scientific events, cultural consultancy.

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese Language

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 the grade comprises more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according 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) develop and deepen the knowledge acquired at the level of the first cycle of studies; b) be aware of the matrices of the Greco-Roman civilization and of the manifestations of arte and identity that are the root of western cultures; c) identify the vitality of the classic legacy in medieval and Renaissant neo-Latin culture, as well as in Byzantine culture; d) be able to recognize in the modern culture aspects of continuity and rupture towards classical tradition at the level of forms, concepts and artistic expression; e) be familiar with the work and thinking of the main authors of the ancient world; f) apply aspects of classical conceptualization to the interpretation of the manifold contemporary culture; g) deepen the knowledge and experience in methodologies aiming at the promotion of cultural actions, in order to develop professional skills within this domain; h) plan and develop autonomous investigation and present conclusions as a dissertation, a project or report.

Course Coordinator(s)

Luísa de Nazaré da Silva Ferreira

Maria Margarida Lopes de Miranda

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Maria de Fátima de Sousa e Silva

Recognition of Prior Learning

The recognition of prior learning is carried out according according to the Credits for Previous Learning and Work Experience Policy of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording

Graduation Requirements

To obtain the diploma of the master’s degree in Classical Studies, students should accomplish 120 ECTS, corresponding to the curricular units of the study plan and the elaboration and public defense of a dissertation, a project or an Internship’s report.

Access to Further Studies

PhD degree studies.

Study Programme

Ancient World
Classical Cultures and Literatures
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Poetics and Hermeneutics

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

DGES Code: 6103

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Continuity second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 16-09-2019
End date: 21-12-2019
2nd Semester
Start date: 10-02-2020
End date: 30-05-2020


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2016-10-11 a 2022-10-10
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior