Bachelor in Archaeology

Education objectives

1) To have a wide and critical view of the human past together with an understanding of how this conditions the present and the future as well as our perception of both;
2) To show an understanding for points of view resulting from different historical antecedents, in distinct cultural and geographical contexts, in the interpretation of material culture;
3) To know about human presence and its material testimony within its historical context, in particular in present-day Portugal;
4) To have general knowledge of the material culture of the different periods in the History of Portugal;
5) To understand the methodologies and techniques used in archaeology as well as know about publication of the respective findings;
6) To acquire experience in the manipulation, interpretation and contextualisation of archaeological findings:
7) To gain archaeology field work and laboratory experience.

General characterization

DGES code



Bachelor (1st Cycle)



Access to other programs

Completion of the licenciatura allows the holder to apply for Masters or Doctoral programmes or other post-graduate courses including those which do not confer a degree.


Catarina Tente

Opening date

September 2019




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Teaching language

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Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 3 years/6 semesters.
Students must perform 180 credits: 126 credits based in the compulsory curricular units, 24 credits to be chosen in a set of elective optionals and 30 credits undertaken in free-elective optionals or in a minor of another scientific area. Every semester, the student may not sign up in more than 30 credits, respecting the precedence when these have been set. At the beginning of each semester, students will be advised of the curricular units to carry out in order to appropriate them to their academic career.
The undergraduate students can still benefit from the different mobility programmes in which FCSH/NOVA participates as Erasmus +, Almeida Garrett exchange programmes, among others, and participate in research within the research units of the Faculty.
The degree of licenciado corresponds to the level 6 of the NQF and EQF-National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.

Conditions of admittance

Students may be admitted to Higher Education through the National Competition for Access to Higher Education, special competitions/regimes and entry systems, re-enrolment systems, course changes and transfers. To apply for access to higher education through the National Competition, students must fulfill the requirements described in DGES/Access to Higher Education. More info at For more information about International Students please visit

Evaluation rules

Students at FCSH are evaluated based on the work developed over a semester, based on class participation, presentation of written and oral tests and examinations. The result obtained either by continuous assessment or evaluation of the tests is expressed on a scale of 0 to 20. To be approved, students must have at least 10 points to pass, however, who fail have a second chance to repeat the exams. Repeat exam: Has access any student of 1st or 2nd cycle who has obtained the minimum grade of eight values per rounding in the final grade of the curricular unit. SPECIAL PROCEDURES FOR EVALUATION: - Worker-Student - Students with the status of top athletes - Mothers and fathers students - Associative leaders - Military - Other special arrangements provided legally. Students with special needs can benefit from teaching and learning conditions to meet their needs.


Code Name ECTS
711051172 Archaeology of the Portuguese Expansion - 1st semester 6
711051168 Archaeology and History of the Ancient Middle East - 1st semester 6
711051000 Industrial Archaeology - 1st semester 6
711051001 Christian Medieval Archaeology - 1st semester 6
711051002 Medieval Muslim Archaeology - 2nd semester 6
711051003 Modern Archaeology - 2nd semester 6
711051173 Nautical and Underwater Archaeology - 2nd semester 6
711051004 Prehistoric Archaeology (Agro-Pastoral and Metallurgic Societies) - 2nd semester 6
711051005 Prehistoric Archaeology (Hunter-Gatherer Societies) - 1st semester 6
711051080 Proto-Historic Archaeology - 1st semester 6
711051082 Archaeology of Roman Imperial Period Archaeology of Roman Imperial Period Archaeology of Roman Imperial Period Archaeology of Roman Imperial Period - 2nd semester 6
711051081 Republican Roman Archaeology - 1st semester 6
711051088 Estágio de Arqueologia (not translated) - 2nd semester 12
711051103 History of Classical Antiquity - 2nd semester 6
711051131 History of the Contemporary Era - 1st semester 6
711051129 History of the Middles Ages - 1st semester 6
711051130 History of the Modern Era - 2nd semester 6
711051176 Applied Computing for Archaeology - 2nd semester 6
711051087 Archaeological Materials - 1st semester 3
711051175 Methodology in Archaeology - 1st semester 6
711051086 Archaeology Field Work and Dating Techniques - 2nd semester 3
711051085 Archaeological Records - Design - 2nd semester 3
711051084 Archaeological Records - Surveys and Topography - 1st semester 3
Elective option 1
Code Name ECTS
711051124 Formation of Portugal: Antecedents 6
711001047 Biological Anthropology - 2nd semester 6
711051170 Archaeology of Architecture 6
711051139 Landscape Archaeology 6
711051140 Arqueologia de Contacto Entre Civilizações (not translated) 6
711051171 Archaeology of Northern Africa 6
711001018 Biology and Culture - 1st semester 6
711051095 Epigraphy and Numismatics - 2nd semester 6
711051104 History of the Portuguese Expansion - 1st and 2nd semester 6
711051147 History of War in the Middle Ages - 1st semester 6
711051098 History of Religion in Antiquity - 2nd semester 6
711051127 Contemporary Portuguese History 6
711051125 História de Portugal Medieval (not translated) 6
711051126 History of Modern Portugal - 2nd semester 6
711051161 Introduction to Egipt Archaeology 6
711051169 Introduction to Mesopotamic Archaeology 6
711061054 Introdução à História da Arte (not translated) - 1st semester 6
711061037 Introduction to Museum Studies - 1st semester 6
711041050 Geographic Information Systems - 1st semester 6
711051174 Theory and History of Archaeology - 1st semester 6