PhD Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage

Education objectives

This PhD program proposed under the Bologna process aims to provide specialized training with high quality standards in basic and applied areas Conservation and the Conservation-Restoration Sciences. The doctoral degree in Conservation and Restoration is given in the specialties of "Conservation Sciences" and "Theory, History and Techniques".

The main objectives of the PhD project are the preparation and presentation of a really original and innovative consistent work. Research proposals that require far more than four years to be carried out will not be accepted. Based on individual supervision, where each doctoral student has a scientific advisor, is intended to provide doctoral students: ability to carry out research respecting the requirements imposed by the academic quality and integrity; leadership in conservation of cultural property; communicate with their peers, the academic community and society in general on the area of specialization; to promote the academic and or professional contexts, technological, social or cultural progress.

Career opportunities

It is now generally agreed that training in conservation and restoration should achieve higher levels of study, including a master''''s degree and a doctorate. Although internationally there exist a limited number of doctoral programs, the tendency is to encourage advanced training. These will be the future of world leaders or leading teams in major museums and cultural institutions and in the coordination of national and international projects, and creating business for the twenty-first century. Doctors in Conservation and Restoration will further career opportunities in research centers or research and development associated with public and private institutions, whether in the field of conservation and restoration, both in the management and promotion of heritage, and in higher education institutions.

General characterization

DGES code



PhD (3rd Cycle)



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Maria João Seixas de Melo

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Portuguese students: 2.750€

Foreign students: 2.750€


It depends on the working method of each training course. The working time for the classes will be agreed with each PhD student, or when there are more than 10 students in each year, it will be agreed with all students of the programme.

Teaching language

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Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 4 years

Credits: 240 ECTS

Specialty Conservation Sciences

Scientific Area Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Conservation Sciences CCONS 230 0
Multidisciplinary Topics or Any other area TM / QAC 0 10
TOTAL 230 10

Specialty Theory, History and Techniques

Scientific Area Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional

Conservation and Restoration or Conservation Sciences

230 0
Multidisciplinary Topics or Any other area TM / QAC 0 10
TOTAL 230 10

Conditions of admittance

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Evaluation rules

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