Master's Degree Tourism, Territory and Heritage

General Objectives of the Course

- Continue to deepen and specialize the goals from the 1st cycle in this area.
- Provide theoretical, practical and methodological knowledge and skills in different areas of practice where the Leisure & Tourism, Geography and Heritage constitute the central themes.
- Respond to the expectations of bachelor's graduates who wish to pursue specialized studies and acquire skills that enable them to develop high research autonomy or the exercise of a specialized profession.
- Provide a connection of knowledge of the territory - both in the physical aspect and the human aspect, with tourist and leisure activities - interpreted in the light of good territorial and sectoral management practices - considered pillars of action able to offer training that makes all postgraduates of this program into agents of development.

Admission Requirements

Students who meet the following criteria may apply to this program: a) Hold a bachelor's degree in Tourism, Territory and Heritage, Geography, Sociology, Land Use Planning, Archaeology, European Studies, History, Modern Languages of the University of Coimbra or European universities; b) bachelor's degree in other areas and/or professional experience considered adequate.

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

Professional Goals

Manager in Agencies and Departments that manage tourist activities; Companies Hotels and Restaurants; Travel Agencies; Tour Operators; Air, Sea and Land transportation companies, Management and Asset Valuation Associations; Tourist Content Production companies with a focus on culture and territory; Researcher; Professor of Higher Education, Upper Technical Management; Public Administration; Protected Areas and Management Agencies of Natural Areas of recognized tourist value; Tourism Adventure and Active Leisure; Museums; Interpreting Guide; Organization and Event Management.

Mode of Study

Daytime regime / Face-to-face

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

- Acquire skills in applied research so that they can design and conduct research dedicated to Geography, Tourism & Leisure and Heritage;
- Consolidate scientific and cultural attitudes de rigeur, openness to innovation and change, capable of responding within the context of Territorial, Tourism and Heritage Studies;
- Be able to develop targeted research using appropriate tools and methodologies for the purposes of creation, innovation and territorial development;
- Apply knowledge and create processes to propose or find solutions, formulate, undertake or coordinate projects, national, European or similar, to develop and implement procedures;
- Be able to use different disciplinary methodologies in order to enhance group work and transdisciplinary interventions;
- Ability to work in an international environment, using appropriate scientific and operative terminology.

Course Coordinator(s)

Paulo Manuel de Carvalho Tomás

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Carlos Manuel Batista Cardoso Ferreira

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

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of all program requirements, including the presentation and public defense of a thesis, a project or an internship report, obtaining a total of 120 ECTS.

Access to Further Studies

PhD degree studies.

Study Programme

Tourism, Territory and Heritage

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

DGES Code: M845

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Continuity second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2023
End date: 16-12-2023
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2024
End date: 23-05-2024


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2021-07-31 a 2023-07-30
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Cr 203/2015