Specialization Course in Documentary Sciences

General Objectives of the Course

The Specialization Course in Documentary Sciences is a postgraduate course that aims to provide basic theoretical and practical training that is considered essential in the area of documentation, library and archives.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Postgraduate course in Documentary Sciences is granted to:
a) holders of a Bachelor’s degree granted by Portuguese universities or a legal equivalent;
b) applicants who know at least one of the following foreign languages: French, English, German.

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

Professional Goals

Information Sciences, Biblioteconomy Techniques, Archive Techniques, Information Technology and Management of Information and Information Services, Archives, Libraries and Documentation Centres, Public Administration, Public and Private Companies that work in the field of knowledge updates, management and evaluation of information services, indexing, categorizing and cataloguing document archives, document acquisition management, technical processing of documents, recovery and dissemination of information. Conservation and restoration of books and documents.

Mode of Study

The course is delivered in full time or part-time attendance in the daytime schedule.

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Given the fact that pedagogical assessment is inseparable from teaching, it is intended to ascertain competences and knowledge that students acquired, their critical thinking, their ability to point out and solve problems, as well as their written and oral expression. Students admitted to examination are those who are registered in the curricular units in the academic year in which the exams are carried out and, simultaneously, registered in those examinations, whenever this registration is necessary, in accordance with number 7, article 5 of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra.
The assessment elements are the following examples: written or oral exam, tests, written or practical assignments, as well as individual or group projects that may have to be orally defended and students’ participation in classes. Assessment of each curricular unit may include one or more of the mentioned assessment elements.

The mark obtained by each student in each curricular unit consists of a whole number between 0 and 20 points and students who obtain the minimum final mark of 10 points are successfully assessed.
Whenever assessment of a curricular unit comprises more than one assessment element, the final mark is calculated on the basis of the marks students obtained in each assessment element by means of a formula that is made public in accordance with number 1, article 8 of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria Manuel Lopes de Figueiredo Costa Marques Borges

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Maria Manuel Lopes de Figueiredo Costa Marques Borges

Recognition of Prior Learning

To be assessed upon request.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Specialization Course in Documentary Sciences

Graduation Requirements

The degree will be awarded after the successful completion of all taught units of the first and second years.

Access to Further Studies

Not applicable.

Study Programme

Common core
Specialization Course in Documentary Sciences
Areas of expertise
Library and Documentation

Academic year

Course Type
Non Degree Course

DGES Code: 3086

Qualification Awarded: Diploma/Certificate

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Price : 1250.0


Call for Applications (only in portuguese)


1st Semester
Start date: 17-09-2012
End date: 21-12-2012
2nd Semester
Start date: 11-02-2013
End date: 31-05-2013