Master’s degree in Cultural Heritage and Museology

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Academic year




Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits



Advanced specialization second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

João Paulo Cabral de Almeida Avelãs Nunes (jpavelas@fl.uc.pt)

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.
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.
Mode of Study
Access to Further Studies
PhD degree studies.
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.

Recognition of Prior Learning
According to the Credits for Previous Learning and Work Experience Policy 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.
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.
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.
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.

Study Programme
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2015-06-23 a 2021-06-22
R/A - Cr 170/2015 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2015-08-04