Master’s degree in History

General Objectives of the Course

This seminar focuses on the large areas of historical knowledge (social and economic history, political history, cultural history, etc.) or on more specific topics, and continues where the 1st cycle in History leaves off. But while focusing greater attention on historical sources, this seminar also includes the completion of short written papers, in the case of the dissertation, medium size. Thus, the 2nd cycle aims to promote further knowledge relative to the history of Portugal, Europe and the world from different perspectives, of which we highlight:
1. Consolidation of traditional learning and the possibility of cultivating new areas of research.
2. Reflection on issues, concepts and theoretical and interpretative models in inter-and transdisciplinary dialogue with other Social Sciences and Humanities.
3. Provides students with specific skills and methodological and theoretical tools for research and historical construction.

Admission Requirements

Students who meet the following criteria may apply to this program: a) Holders of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent; b) Holders of a foreign academic degree conferred following a 1st cycle of studies organized according to the principles of the Bologna Process by a country adhering to this process; c) Holders of a foreign academic degree that is recognized as meeting the objectives of a degree; d) holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that the Scientific Council considers demonstrates the capacity to successfully complete this cycle of studies.

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

Professional Goals

Students who accomplish the second cycle in History will be qualified to carry out activities in the areas of culture and heritage, including functions of cultural counselling in different public and private institutions, such as: municipalities and cultural and civic associations. The training obtained in the course is valid for the contemporary business world, the production of historical content (films and computer games), recreation of historical events and production of information for development projects in the fields of tourism or heritage.

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

This class is based on the first-cycle which reinforces the following skills:
- Competence to define issues and develop research projects.
- Ability to research, decipher and critically analyze information, including complex and contradictory information in historiographical and documentary sources.
- In depth knowledge in some related areas of history: palaeography, diplomay, codicology, genealogy, historical cartography, as well as in the fields of humanities and social sciences.
- Learn how to use new methodologies, particularly those inherent in Applied Informatics.
- Ability to clearly explain, both orally and in writing, research findings, in particular the ability to edit sources and develop historiographical texts according to established standards.

Course Coordinator(s)

Saúl António Gomes Coelho da Silva

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

João Paulo Cabral de Almeida Avelãs Nunes

Luís Manuel Duarte Antunes Figueiredo Trindade

Miguel Bandeira de Carvalho Jerónimo

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

Achievement of the passing grade in a set of curricular units that amount to a total of 120 ECTS which also include the completion and public defense of a dissertation or a project.

Access to Further Studies

PhD degree studies.

Study Programme

Early Modern Era
Middle Ages
Modern and Contemporany Era

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

DGES Code: 6158

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 2025-07-30
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Cr 201/2015/AL01