PhD in History of Art

Education objectives

1) To promote specialised knowledge, research and critical understanding in the field of History of Art and in particular the History of Art in Portugal through the framework of theoretical and practical learning, both diversified and demanding, which is offered under the scope of the doctoral program;
2) To develop the ability to critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise new and complex ideas in general and within the field of History of Art in particular;
3) To gain further theoretical knowledge and widen methodological practices essential to the development of original and significant research, carried out autonomously or as part of a team, in the field of History of Art;
4) To develop systematised and critical knowledge of the problematics specific to the scientific area of History of Art, taking into consideration the wider network of knowledge and interdisciplinary practice;
5) To stimulate and develop through training the ability to design, plan, present and carry out an original and significant piece of research, autonomously or as part of a team, respecting the demands imposed by standards of academic quality and integrity;
6) To promote and develop the ability to autonomously produce original texts, works and research projects, individually or as part of a team, on History of Art in the national and international context, the results of which merit national or international divulgation and publication;
7) To develop the ability to identify and discuss the contribution of research findings to the advancement of knowledge in History of Art and to further the understanding and explanation of the phenomena studied;
8) To develop the ability to communicate with peers the rest of the academic community and society in general about the specific area of History of Art in which the research is undertaken;
9) To stimulate and perfect the ability to promote autonomously advanced level research and to coordinate work and teams dedicated to research;
10) To promote, in academic and/or professional contexts, the advancement of knowledge and social, cultural and technological progress, producing doctorate holders who can contribute to the development of teaching, research and divulgation of this area of knowledge within the national and international context.

General characterization

DGES code



PhD (3rd Cycle)



Access to other programs

The degree of "doutor" is a final qualification.


Maria Raquel Henriques da Silva

Opening date





1400 Euros/year or 2500 Euros/year (foreign students)


Presencial Pós-Laboral

Teaching language

Portuguese Language

Degree pre-requisites

Length: 8 semesters. Total credits: 240 credits (60 from curricular units + 180 credits from the non teaching component). Non teaching component modalities: Thesis. Number of credits as free-elective optionals: 10 credits. The free seminar optional can be chosen among curricular units from the postgraduate training offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FCSH/NOVA), in other units of NOVA University of Lisbon, or other national or foreign Higher Education institutions under agreement or protocol.
The degree of “doutor” corresponds to the level 8 of the NQF and EQF-National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.

Conditions of admittance

To be admitted to a doctoral programme of studies, the candidate should satisfy the conditions set forth in Portuguese legislation and in the normative conditions of UNL as well as fulfil at least one of the following requirements: a) Have a Masters degree, or a legal equivalent; b) Have a first cycle degree (‘licenciatura’) and a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum which is recognised by the Academic Board of FCSH/NOVA as testifying to the candidate’s ability to undertake this cycle of studies; c) Possess an academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognised by the Academic Board of FCSH/NOVA as testifying to the candidate’s ability to undertake this cycle of studies.

Evaluation rules

The cycle of studies leading to the degree of Doutoramento (Doctorate) includes following a doctoral programme that consists of course units aimed at providing training to do research, and the submission of an original doctoral thesis especially written for the purpose and which is appropriate to the nature of the branch of knowledge or speciality and which contributes to expanding the boundaries of knowledge. Grades for the seminar-type course units are awarded using a numerical scale ranging from 0 to 20. The final grade awarded to the doctoral course is expressed by Approved or Not Approved. When a candidate is awarded an Approved classification, the final grade of the doctoral course is expressed as a number between 10 and 20, on a scale of 0 to 20, and is the mathematical average of the grades obtained, in which the course units with 10 ECTS have a weighting of 1 while the final thesis has a weighting of 2. The research project is defended in a public defence held at the end of the semester in which the student concludes the doctoral course. It is assessed by a jury comprising 3 members. The thesis is awarded a classification of Approved or Refused through a justified nominal vote with no abstentions permitted; if the thesis is approved, the jury then votes on a grade which may be Good, Good with Distinction or Very Good. The final qualification is awarded under the terms of Article 36, nº 2 of Decree-Law 74/2006, of 24 March, altered by Decree-Law n.º 107/2008, of 25 June, 230/2009, of 14 September, 115/2013, of 7 August, 63/2016, of 13 September, 65/2018, of 16 August.