Conservation - Restoration

Education objectives

Since 2006/07 NOVA is offering a Bachelor degree in Conservation-Restoration, two Master degrees, in “Conservation and Restoration” and in “Conservation Sciences”, as well as a PhD in Conservation and Restoration, following the new guidelines for the three study cycles within academic higher education. 

The Bachelor degree curriculum provides  a solid humanistic and scientific culture, where in the first year mathematics, physics, geology, chemistry and art history are lectured. In the second year, the training in conservation starts with the fundamental courses in "Preventive Conservation" and "Polymers and Conservation". Finally in the third year the students acquire scientific and technical skills to carry out a diagnosis concerning the conservation state of cultural objects: paintings, metals, stone, textiles, paper and other graphic documents, glass and ceramics. "Cultural Heritage Management" and "Cultural Heritage Law" are also courses run in the third year. 

The underlying principle of the 1st cycle program in Conservation and Restoration  is to make use of the sciences for the formation of a coherent and interdisciplinary profile that will allow the future professionals to effectively use scientific skills and competences for a better conservation and access to our Cultural Heritage.

General characterization

DGES code



Bachelor (1st Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to 2nd cycle



Maria da Conceição Lopes Casanova

Opening date



Available soon


Portuguese students: 697 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year

(Students from CPLP countries may apply for a reduction of up to 50% of tuition fees, subject to the following conditions:

  1. 1st Registration: students must demonstrate through their academic certificates that their academic performance is in the first quartile of the evaluation scale used in the system of their country or school of origin;

  2. Subsequent enrollments (regardless of the year of entry): exclusively for academic merit, that is, approval in all UCs in which the student enrolled in the previous year, totaling 60 ECTS each year.




Teaching language

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Degree pre-requisites

Duration : 3 years
Credits : 
180 ECTS

Scientific Area Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Conservation Sciences CCONS 36 0
Natural Sciences CEN 60 0
Social Sciences and Humanities CHS 24 0
Conservation and Restoration CONS 54 6
Total 174 6


Conditions of admittance

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Evaluation rules

The evaluation of all UCs is continuous for all the components that integrate it, and it must be completed by the last day of the school term of the academic semester.

The continuous evaluation of a UC must include a minimum of three elements in the set of evaluation components, on dates adequately spaced throughout the period of classes.

All UCs with a theoretical-practical evaluation component must provide, in addition, a form of evaluation of this component by exam, to be carried out after the period of classes (Examination of Appeal).

All requirements and conditions related to the evaluation of the UC, namely the minimum weights and classifications, if any, of each component, as well as the Frequency conditions, are defined a priori and, mandatorily, published in the Discipline Form.

For each UC, combinations of three evaluation components are allowed: (i) Theoretical-practical evaluation; (ii) Laboratory or project evaluation; (iii) Summative assessment.

Regulamento de Avaliação de Conhecimentos (Licenciaturas, Mestrados Integrados e Mestrados.)


1.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
11005 Drawing 3.0
2685 Art History (Ancient Art) 6.0
10130 Introduction to Conservation and Restoration I 6.0
7382 Mathematics I 6.0
11004 Introduction to Laboratory Techniques and Safety 9.0
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
2690 Art History (Medieval Art) 6.0
10106 Introduction to Conservation and Restoration I I 6.0
7399 Mathematics II 6.0
2227 General Inorganic Chemistry 6.0
12031 Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 6.0
3.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
11006 Photodocumentation 3.0
2691 Art History (Modern Art) 6.0
12034 Introduction to Conservation-Restoration Sciences 6.0
2077 Fundamentals of Mineralogy and Geology 6.0
10873 Physical Chemistry - CR 9.0
4.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
11008 Image Acquisition, Handling and Processing 6.0
12035 Biology in Conservation-Restoration 6.0
7414 Preventive Conservation 6.0
2693 Art History (Contemporary Art) 6.0
11007 Polymers in Conservation 6.0
5.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12033 Cuidar de Coleções 6.0
7418 Fundamentals of Ceramics and Glass Conservation 6.0
7417 Diagnosis and Conservation of Stone 6.0
11009 Diagnosis and Conservation of Paintings 6.0
2672 Metallic Materials 6.0
6.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
2680 Fundamentals of Paper Conservation 6.0
2677 Fundamentals of Metal Conservation 6.0
7419 Cultural Heritage Law 6.0
7420 Cultural Heritage Management 6.0
6.º Semester - Opção I
Code Name ECTS
10926 Diagnosis and Conservation of Photography Material and other records 6.0
2681 Fundamentals of Textile Conservation 6.0
11968 Option 1 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.