Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia

PhD Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage


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ECTS Coordinator

Maria João Seixas de Melo


Maria João Seixas de Melo

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2750,00 Euros/year for all students.


It depends on the working method of each training course. The working time for the classes will be agreed with each PhD student, or when there are more than 10 students in each year, it will be agreed with all students of the programme.

Education objectives

The degree of PhD in Conservation and Restoration may be obtained in two fields of expertise, "Conservation Sciences" and "Theory, History and Techniques". It is  a 240 ECTS course, with 8 semesters. Research proposals will not be accepted if they are likely to take substantially longer than four years to be completed. The PhD course is taught by individual supervision. It has only a few specific course requirements, taught during the first year, although instruction in particular disciplines, such as technical art history and modern methods of analysis is provided for students who need it. Training in generic skills in the field of art history is also provided, in collaboration with the Department of Art History of the FCSH-UNL. Students are also encouraged to attend research seminars and workshops. There is training in transferable skills, such as communication and entrepreneurship, being the last optional. In addition, there is a wide range of opportunities for teacher training.

A commission, "CA-Comissão de Acompanhamento", constituted by the supervisor, the coordinator of the PhD course and one or more external experts, will evaluate the progress of the research yearly.

In the first semester, the student will: i) start the preparation of the thesis proposal and, if necessary, will enrol in specific courses, judged necessary by his supervisor to his research project, namely technical art history and modern methods of analysis (these courses will be considered in the framework of "Thesis proposal"); ii) attend several research seminars and conferences, in the framework of "Research Seminar", and will be evaluated through an oral presentation of the proposal of his research project; this proposal will be discussed by the CA and will need to be approved by both CA and scientific committee; iii) attend a summer course, where experts will present state-of-the-art research in the form of seminars and workshop, during a period of one to two weeks. This will constitute the "Advanced courses in Conservation.

The award of the degree, however, is decided principally on the results of the candidate´s research as presented in the PhD dissertation and on the candidate´s performance in the oral examination. The primary purpose of PhD study is the preparation and presentation of original and innovative research.