Master in Anthropology, Globalization and Climate Change

General Objectives of the Course

The scientific community is unanimous in the assertion that the impact of climate change puts Life on Earth at risk. Anthropology is the key discipline to better understand and advance innovative solutions because it has historically considered the human(s)-environment(s) relationship in disparate contexts scattered throughout the globe while favoring holistic and interdisciplinary approaches. The master's degree "Anthropology, Globalization and Climate Change" aims at studying the global future(s) of human(s) and non-human(s). It offers advanced training, leading to critical thinking regarding the close relationship between global socio-economic-political transformations and climate change. Based in the Life Sciences Department (DCV) of the University of Coimbra favors innovative reflections on multi-species and human/natural relationships. The master's degree will grant future specialists with analytical and methodological tools that will allow them to propose innovative development strategies leading to inclusive and fair societies while contributing to the safeguarding of biodiversity and the sustainability of ecosystems

Admission Requirements

Holders of a Bachelor's degree or legal equivalent in Anthropology or other courses in Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, or in the area of health and Social protection, Law, Economic Sciences, or other courses in Biological Sciences or Ecology all of which can apply

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

Professional Goals

The Masters provides scientific training that allows students to provide services in various entities at national and international level. In the national field: Senior technicians in National State bodies; Senior Technicians in municipal councils or other regional State bodies; Senior technicians in companies with areas of environmental and social responsibility; Higher Education Institutions and/or Laboratories and/or Research Centers for the pursuit of training or research. National and international experts on topics related to the environment, health and urbanization, culture, heritage or religiosity; Technicians or Experts in Civil Society Organizations (Foundations or Non-Governmental Organizations). Internationally: Civil Society Organizations (Foundations or Non-Governmental Organizations), International Agencies, International Research Centers

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese / English

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The evaluation is a pedagogical activity attached to teaching, intended to determine the skills and knowledge acquired by students, their critical thinking, the ability to formulate and solve problems as well as their ability of written and oral expression. The students enrolled in curricular units of a specific academic year are admitted to the assessment tests during the academic year, and also register in these tests when such registration is required. Some examples of evaluation elements: written exams or oral tests, written and practical assignments and projects, individual or in group, which may have to be defended orally, and class participation. The evaluation of each module may include one or more of the evaluation elements listed above. The classification of each student for each course corresponds to an integer value between 0 and 20. Students are approved if they obtain a final mark of 10 or above. Whenever the assessment of a course unit comprises more than one element of assessment, the final grade is calculated from the marks obtained in each assessment element, using a formula made public.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

On completion of the course, students should be able to:
• Master theories of the various sub-areas of Anthropology and promote dialogues with other disciplines;
• Recognize the longstanding relation between globalization (its north/south dynamics) and impacts on humans, nature and on the planet;
• Grasp the complex relations between Humans and non-Humans.
• Recognize the possibilities of anthropological approaches;
• use interdisciplinary and sociocultural aware science to inform policies or strategies.
• Cultivate multidisciplinary works and inter-disciplinary analysis;
• Engage critically in scientific discussions;
• Demonstrate good communication (oral and written) competencies.
Ultimately the goal is to encourage creativity, reflection, alongside a spirit of initiative and leadership in tandem with quality of scientific production.

Course Coordinator(s)

Jorge Filipe Sousa Varanda Preces Ferreira

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Gonçalo João Duro dos Santos

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

Decree-Law nr. 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording

Graduation Requirements

According to the study plan, students must fulfil 120 ECTS in total: 1st year (two semesters) – 60 ECTS; 2nd year - 60 ECTS: 6 ECTS correspond to the curricular unit “Research Project” (1st semester) and 54 ECTS to the curricular unit “Dissertation in Anthropology, Globalization and Climate Change” (annual), which must be publicly defended before a jury or in the curricular unit “Internship in Anthropology, Globalization and Climate Change” (annual) also of 54 ECTS, which must be publicly defended before a jury.

Access to Further Studies

Access to the 3rd cycle of studies

Study Programme

Antropologia, Globalização e Alterações Climáticas

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: MC56

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 4 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Advanced specialization second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Quarterial
Start date: 01-09-2022
End date: 30-11-2022
2nd Quarterial
Start date: 01-12-2022
End date: 28-02-2023
3rd Quarterial
Start date: 01-03-2023
End date: 31-05-2023
4th Quarterial
Start date: 01-06-2023
End date: 31-08-2023
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
2021-07-31 a 2027-07-30
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior