Archaeology is a social science that was born in the early nineteenth century and whose development has been reflected worldwide at the scientific, social, economic and even ideological level. Currently, archaeological studies - both in Portugal and in the European Union - have their own space within the legal context of the defense, protection and rehabilitation of Cultural Heritage in general, and Archaeological Heritage in particular. These valences take place alongside the so-called "pure scientific research". Within the scope of the aforementioned legal attributions of protection and minimization of impacts on Cultural Heritage (such as those resulting from the construction of infrastructures of various types), Archaeology recovers, interprets and values what has been bequeathed to us by the Past of Humanity.

In this general context, the University of the Algarve has been committed, since its formation, to the scientific area of Archaeology. The development of this scientific area has occurred at various levels, including the creation of several 1st Cycle (undergraduate) and 3rd Cycle (doctoral) courses, as well as a 2nd Cycle: the Master's Degree in Archaeology.


  • Further training in of graduates in archeology or related scientific areas
  • To provide vocational qualifications
  • To promote the scientific development in this area

The first aspect has to do with understanding the 2nd cycle in archeology as the graduate's specialization in a specific theme within this scientific field (or in its "branches" of History, Anthropology, Cultural Heritage, etc., or of Earth Sciences); the second derives from the State's (General Direction of Cultural Heritage) formal requesites to authorize the direction of archaeological research only to Masters in archeology; finally, the third aspect is inherent to the scientific production, ie, promoting the development of novel and original scientific work and thus, the development of research.

Tuition and Fees 2024/2025

National Students: 1100 Euros p/ year

International Students*: 2000 Euros p/ year

Application Fee: 50 Euros

Registration Fee and School Insurance: 175 Euros

Note: The tuition of this course can be paid in 10 installments, being the first at the time of registration and the remaining in the months of October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May and June.

* in accordance with Decree-Law No. 36/2014, changed by Decree-Law No.62/2018, of 6th August, international students are nationals of a country which is not a Member State of the European Union and are not a legally resident in Portugal for more than 2 uninterrupted years by 1st of January of the enrolment year

The applications for Master's courses are made through the Application Portal, available in the "Admissions" tab