Master in Social and Cultural Anthropology

Department of Life Sciences

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Academic year




Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



4 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits



Continuity second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

Luís Fernando Gomes da Silva Quintais (lfgsq@ci.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Fernando José Pereira Florêncio (fjpf@ci.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
Provide a course of advanced study devoted to the analysis of pressing issues in the contemporary world - technical-scientific knowledge, nationalisms and globalization, global health, digital cultures, museums and heritage - based on contemporary diversified ethnographic cases mainly Europe and Africa.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
To prepare professionals working in local or international cooperation agencies, education, human rights, or cultural activities (associations, museums, municipalities, non-governmental organizations) with analytical and decision-making tools, which may identify, prevent and resolve conflicts arising from the clash of different cultural experiences.
Mode of Study
Access to Further Studies
PhD Programme
Admission Requirements

May apply for admission to the Master in Social and Cultural Anthropology holders of a degree or legal equivalent in: Anthropology, Archaeology, Law, Philosophy, History, Psychology, Sociology, International Relations and the holders of a degree or legal equivalent in any other area of Social Sciences and Humanities.

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

Recognition of Prior Learning
Regulamento de Creditação de Formação Anterior e de Experiência Profissional da Universidade de Coimbra, Regulamento n.º 191/2014, publicado no Diário da República, 2.ª série — N.º 93 — 15 de maio de 2014.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The Master in Social and Cultural Anthropology has its framework on the DL 74/2006, of 24/03
Professional Goals
Research teams, local or international cooperation agencies, education institutions, human rights, or cultural activities (associations, museums, municipalities, non-governmental organizations.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' skills and training, 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

In order to receive the degree, the student must achieve the minimum number of 120 ECTS, which are distributed in the following way:

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2015-07-21 a 2021-07-20
R/A-Ef 1549/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18