Bachelor's Degree in Archaeology

General Objectives of the Course

- To provide a comprehensive and broad education that enables students to understand the realities of the past and to situate them in space and time. The structure of the program allows students to achieve this by combining courses in Archaeology with courses in related fields from the social and human sciences, earth sciences (geology) and life sciences (biology, palaeontology and anthropology), chosen from the extensive offerings of the Faculty of Arts and Humanies and other faculties of the University of Coimbra;
- This transdisciplinary approach will provide students with solid training and diversified skills that will enhance their opportunities for finding employment in various areas, including in so-called Project Archaeology and Emergency Archaeology, or in Museography, Archaeological Tourism and Cultural Development, among others.

Admission Requirements

One of the following exams: (06) Philosophy or (11) History or (18) Portuguese. Minimum Grades: Application Grade: 95 points; Admission exams: 95 points; Calculation Formula: High School average: 50%; Admission exams: 50%.

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Professional Goals

Archaeologist, Researcher, Senior Technician in Central, Regional or Local Public Administration (museums, local authorities). Archaeology graduates are equipped to participate in research projects and in activities of territorial planning and heritage enhancement.

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 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

General knowledge:
— skills in analysis and synthesis;
— the ability to use complex and contraditory data;
— the ability to understand phenomena of continuity and discontinuity;
— the ability use different types of sources;
— Knowledge of new technologies and methodologies for recording, processing and dissemination;
— abilities in planning, initiating action, managing time and team work;
— the ability to conduct field and laboratory work in a responsible and reliable manner;
— self-learning skills;
— oral and written communication skills.
Specific knowledge
— the ability to understand and interpret the realities of the past;
— the ability to understand the dynamic process of the eco-fact in the longue durée;
— solid grasp of the specific terminology used in Archaeology and related areas;
— the ability to identify, compare and critically analyze diverse information;
— awareness of the social relevance and finite nature of archaeological heritage.

Course Coordinator(s)

Armando José Mariano Redentor

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the DL no 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording: Ordinance nº 782/2009, 23rd July.

Graduation Requirements

Achievement of the passing grade in a set of curricular units that amount to a total of 180 ECTS.

Access to Further Studies

Second cycle of studies (Master’s degree).

Study Programme

Archaeology with Minor

Academic year

Course Type
1st Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9006

Qualification Awarded: Licenciado

Duration: 6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0


Call for Applications


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2015-06-23 a 2021-06-22
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior