Licenciatura in Archeology

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 (1st cycle) degree allows the holder to apply for Masters programmes (2nd Cycle), or other post-graduate courses including those which do not confer a degree.


Catarina Maria dos Santos Guerra Tente

Opening date



Available soon


697 Euros/year or 3500 Euros/year (foreign students)



Teaching language

Portuguese language

Degree pre-requisites

Each student must obtain 180 credits: 132 credits from compulsory courses of the study programme, one of which is Work Experience in Archaeology with 12 credits, 18 credits from restricted options and 30 credits from free options or a Minor from another academic area. Each semester the student may not enrol in more than 30 credits and must respect any pre-requisites which have been set. At the beginning of each semester, the student is advised as to which courses are the most appropriate for their academic pathway and which they should take.
Legal framework/Study programme - Aviso n.º 4367/2017 - DR, 2ª série, nº 80, de 24 de abril de 2017
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 6.0
711051168 Archaeology and History of the Ancient Middle East 6.0
01100232 Industrial Archaeology 6.0
01100243 Medieval Christian Archaeology 6.0
01100257 Medieval Muslim Archaeology 6.0
01100268 Modern Archaeology 6.0
711051173 Nautical and Underwater Archaeology 6.0
01100285 Prehistoric Archaeology (Agro-Pastoral and Metallurgic Societies) 6.0
01100279 Prehistoric Archaeology (Hunter-Gatherer Societies) 6.0
711051080 Proto-Historic Archaeology 6.0
711051082 Imperial Roman Archaeology 6.0
711051081 Republican Roman Archaeology 6.0
711051088 Work Experience in Archaeology 12.0
711051103 History of Classical Antiquity 6.0
711051131 History of the Contemporary Era 6.0
711051129 History of the Middles Ages 6.0
711051130 History of the Modern Era 6.0
711051176 Applied Computing for Archaeology 6.0
711051087 Archaeological Materials 3.0
711051175 Methodology in Archaeology 6.0
711051086 Surveying, Excavation and Dating Methods 3.0
711051085 Archaeological Records - Design 3.0
711051084 Archaeological Records - Surveys and Topography 3.0
Optional Curricular Units
Code Name ECTS
711001047 Biological Anthropology 6.0
711051139 Landscape Archaeology 6.0
711051140 Archaeology involving contact between civilizations 6.0
01100296 Biology and Culture 6.0
711051095 Epigraphy and Numismatics 6.0
711051104 History of the Portuguese Expansion 6.0
711051126 History of Modern Portugal 6.0
711061054 Introduction to the History of Art 6.0
711061037 Introduction to Museology 6.0
01100303 Geographic Information Systems 6.0
711051174 Theory and History of Archaeology 6.0
Mandatory ECTS number: 18
Free optins may be chosen from this undergraduate study programme or any other offered by FCSH-UNL