Master’s degree in Cultural Heritage and Museology

General Objectives of the Course

Provide advanced education in the respective areas;
Ensure the theoretical and practical preparation and expertise that enable engagement or an increase in professional activities, research, management, teaching and/or dissemination in Museology, Programing and Management and Conservation and Rehabilitation;
Provide updated knowledge, understanding of concepts, inventory of supplies thus contributing to continuing education;
Ensure training for a career in the museum field and protection of assets;
Enhanced ability to organize and implement planning projects as well as the stimulation, dissemination and/or rehabilitation of cultural heritage and museums;
Enable intervention and/or rehabilitation in the areas of museology and heritage.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master’s degree is granted to: a) holders of a Bachelor’s degree or a legal equivalent; b) holders of a foreign higher academic degree, that was awarded after accomplishing a 1st cycle 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) holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized as attesting the capacity to accomplish this cycle of studies or part of it by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Coimbra.

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

Professional Goals

Museum Curator, Museologist or Museology Technician, Management Senior Research Investigator, Public Administration Senior Official and, in general, positions in central and local government, as well as in foundations and private organizations, monuments, heritage sites and companies or agencies of technical consulting in the rehabilitation of heritage conservation and rehabilitation, covering areas such as Education, Research, Inventory, Heritage, Specialized Assistant for projects, preparation of action proposals, Cultural Management, Event Production, Educational and Outreach services, Communication, Cultural tourism.

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

Based on an interdisciplinary perspective and comparison/coordination of knowledge, students will acquire the following skills:
Ability for reflection and analysis of museum and heritage events and relate them to social and cultural history;
Capacity to produce research and/or the original application of knowledge, according to academic standards of quality;
Apply knowledge and methodologies to work, propose and find solutions;
Being able to use different disciplinary methodologies, from an integrated perspective;
Deepen research skills regarding resources, strategies, challenges and trends in areas of museology and heritage.
Learn to critically analyze the current national and international museological and heritage landscape;
Enhance students capacity for intervention and specialized training in professional activities in the fields of museology, management and planning and rehabilitation.

Course Coordinator(s)

Francisco Paulo de Sá Campos Gil

João Paulo Cabral de Almeida Avelãs Nunes

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Albano Augusto Figueiredo Rodrigues

Francisco Paulo de Sá Campos Gil

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 Decree-Law nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording; and Ordinance nr 782/2009, 23rd July.

Graduation Requirements

Passing all the specific classes in one of three areas for a total of 120 ECTS which also includes the completion and public defense of a thesis, project or internship report.

Access to Further Studies

PhD degree studies.

Study Programme

Conservation and Rehabilitation
Management and Programing

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: M847

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Advanced specialization second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 12-09-2022
End date: 17-12-2022
2nd Semester
Start date: 06-02-2023
End date: 20-05-2023


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