The PhD in Heritage Studies is proposed as an advanced education course with a scientific basis developed on the broad concept of humanities: investigate the past and present regarding issues that bind humans together. The methodologies of History and of Archaeology, of History of Art and of Literature, are summoned as teaching tools, but shouldn’t imply compartmentalised interpretations. On the contrary, the intention is that these and other scientific subjects are able to combine in a multidiscipline interpretation that contributes to a far-reaching and comprehensive vision of cultural heritage and to its critical study.


The cultural heritage of the past, read on the basis of the many problems raised by the contemporary concept of heritage, provides the focus of the studies to be made, whose general goals are:

  • To create research possibilities that consider the different kinds of objects, scales and representations of cultural manifestations in a comprehensive vision of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, as an essential part of the legacy of the past, decisive in the construction of collective memories, in the creation and the creative upkeep of cultural heritage
  • To develop knowledge and critical capacity for the different methodological approaches, readings and appropriations that can be made of the patrimonial object, regardless of their nature, as a process of past construction and use of memory for certain purposes
  • To deepen among the trainees the reflection on the place of the past, the memory and the discourses of identity in the contemporary construction of citizenship

Tuition and Fees 2024/2025

National Students: 1500 Euros

International Students*: 3000 Euros

Application Fee: 100 Euros **

Registration Fee and School Insurance: 275 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 application fee must be paid within a maximum of 2 days

The applications are made using the online form available in the "Admission" tab.