Art History

Doctoral Degree

Course Overview

To acquire advanced scientific research skills, knowledge and methods, updated and in line with international standards. To analyze, evaluate and synthesize new and complex ideas in Art History, in areas of its cultural, artistic, heritage and social application, or in related interdisciplinary domains. To understand systematically and thoroughly the scientific domain of Art History, Visual Culture and of the Artistic and Visual Heritage, namely through a broad and updated knowledge of its methodologies and main theoretical perspectives, its concepts and research methods. To develop, with operational control and critical reflection, competences and research skills. To design and conduct research work in accordance with demanding standards of academic quality and integrity. To contribute for the extension of the knowledge frontiers in the cultural and scientific area of ​​Art History, in articulation with the artistic and cultural heritage knowledge about social, institutional, artistic, cultural, religious, and technological phenomena. To communicate, orally and in writing, with its peers, with the rest of the academic community and with society in general, the main  actual problems, at present of its disciplinary domain. To disseminate, clearly and systematically, the base, the procedures and the conclusions of the research and studies. To promote, in an academic and / or professional context, socio-institutional, heritage and cultural progress.
Organic Unit: Institute of Research and Advanced Training
Duration: 6 Semesters/180 ECTS credits (0 required and 0 optional in curricular units)
Language: Portuguese, English
Regime: Day and night classes

Career Prospects

The Art History PhD is qualified to work in Universities and other Higher Education institutions, City Councils (municipal heritage departments), Heritage National and Regional Public Services, IHRU - Institute for Architectonic and Urban Rehabilitation, Museums, Art Galleries, Research Centres, Arts and Culture Journals, Arts and Culture Publishers, Tourism Services, Archaeological Cabinets, Companies and Services, Architecture Ateliers and Services, Cultural and Heritage Management Services, Public and Private Art Collections Management; Exhibitions and Cultural Events Organization; Advertising and Cinema; Image and Communication Services; Artistic Direction; Conservation and Restoration Workshops and Laboratories.

Specific Entry Requirements

According to the 30th article of DL 115/2013 of August 7, to apply for the Art History PhD graduation its necessary to have:


A) a master's degree or its legal equivalent


B) a bachelor's degree or a particularly relevant academic curriculum and recognized as be able to carry out this graduation by the competent scientific committee of the University.


C) a scholar, scientific or professional curriculum recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this graduation by the competent scientific committee of the University.



The recognition referred in points b) and c) has as its effect only in the access to the PhD graduation and does not confer equivalence or recognition to/of the master or undergraduate degrees.

Access Routes and Applications

Students from EU countries
Initial Places: 8
International Students
Initial Places: 2

Study Plan

Tuition Fees

Annual Tuition Fees

Students from EU countries
1250 €
International Students
2500 €
International Students with Merit Scholarships
1250 €
International Students with Cooperation and Development Grants
1450 €

Course Department


Information not available.


Contact Information

Director: José Alberto Gomes Machado []

Academic Manager: Vitória dos Anjos Bonito Guiomar
Academic Services (online): SAC.ONLINE