Master's Degree in Classical Studies

General Objectives of the Course

Provide continuity for the graduate course in Classical Studies; allow for candidates from other areas to obtain specialization in this area; deepen the knowledge of Greek and Latin cultures and literatures in Classical and Late Antiquity, as well as its impact in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as key in undestanding contemporary culture; aplly Greek and Roman conceptualization to the interpretation of today's multiform culture and to recognize aspects of continuity and/or rupture with classical tradition, in themes, formas and historiographical thought; prepare the student to plan and develop autonomous research in Classical Studies and to present the resuluts as a dissertation, project or intership report; prepare the stuent to develop advanced research in universities, national and international research centers and international scientific societies.

Admission Requirements

a) Holders of a Bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent, in the areas of Classical Studies, Literature, Languages, Philosophy, Arts, History, Law, Communication; b) holders of a foreign higher academic degree, that was awarded after accomplishing a 1st cycle of studies; 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 Arts and 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 Arts and Humanities.

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

Professional Goals

The syllabus taught in this 2nd cycle allows professionals and persons with a degree in other areas to obtain further education in Classical Studies. Masters in this subject are able to perform professionally in the following areas: research in Classical Studies, Philosophy, Literature, Greek and Latin Philology, History of Ideas, Medieval and Renaissance Studies; they are also able to act as scientific advisors in publishing and in libraries, museums and archives, or in public or private Administration and cultural institutions.

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 renrolled. 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.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

To know the Greek and Roman cultural matrix and the classical heritage which is at the base of European culture; identify the vitality of the classical legacy in Latin Medieval and Renaissance Culture; know the thought and works of the main classical authors and their influence on the Middle Ages and Renaissance; apply the classical legacy to the interpretative analysis of contemporary culture; interpret and analyze the main classical sources for literature and historiography; master the competences and tecniques necessary fot reading and editing Greek and Latin texts.

Course Coordinator(s)

António Manuel Ribeiro Rebelo

Maria Margarida Lopes de Miranda

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Carlota Maria Lopes de Miranda Urbano

Recognition of Prior Learning

O reconhecimento da aprendizagem prévia é efectuada de acordo com o Regulamento Académico da Universidade de 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 degree, students must be approved in the 1st year seminaries (60 ECTS) and perform with success the tasks implicit in the supervision seminary (15 ECTS) and in the preparation of a dissertation, a project or an internship / report (45 ECTS), making a total of 120 ECTS.

Access to Further Studies

PhD in Classical Studies.

Study Programme

Estudos Clássicos

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: 11-09-2023
End date: 16-12-2023
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2024
End date: 23-05-2024


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2021-07-31 a 2027-07-30
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Cr 57/2010/AL02