PhD in Archaeology

Education objectives

1. To have a comprehensive and critical view of the human past, seeking to understand its effects in the present.2. Know and interpret the material remains in depth, integrating them in their historical and sociocultural context, witha special focus on the Ibero-American world.3. Know how to discuss theoretical and methodological currents of the discipline, essential to the development oforiginal research, respecting standards of quality and academic integrity.4. Know the most innovative methodologies and techniques of archaeological work, strengthening skills in thehandling, interpretation and contextualization of archaeological data.5. Acquire skills to promote original works and research projects, as well as the scientific publication of their resultsnationally and internationally.6. Know how to insert the results of their work in the challenges of society, in the context of the work activity inarchaeology.

General characterization

DGES code



PhD (3rd Cycle)



Access to other programs

The degree of "doutor" is a final qualification.


Francisco José Gomes Caramelo

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1400 Euros/year or 3000 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-UNL), 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

Those who can be admitted to this program include: a) Holders of an MA degree or legal equivalent; b) Holders of undergraduate degree, with an especially relevant academic or scientific curriculum, officially recognized by the institutions granting the degree as attesting ability for carrying over this cycle of studies; c) Holders of an especially relevant academic or scientific curriculum, officially recognized by the institutions granting the degree as attesting ability for carrying over 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.