Conservation and Restoration

Education objectives

The Conservator-Restorer is a professional with the necessary knowledge, tools, training and understanding to act independently in the field of cultural heritage preservation for the benefit of present and future generations.

The competence to perform Restoration intervention implies a critical attitude and the ability to carry out an accurate diagnosis. These are crucial not only in characterizing Heritage condition and pathologies, but also for proposing the best preventive or curative intervention measures. The intersection between the Practice of Conservation and Restoration, Conservation Science and the Social and Human Sciences is particularly important in the formation of this critical attitude. Our faculty have a multidisciplinary and complementary training, making this master programme highly competitive both nationally and internationally.

Through this extensive training, particularly during the final Internship or Dissertation, the Master’s student in Conservation and Restoration acquires working skills in dialogue with the most diverse areas of knowledge. The professional trained at NOVA FCT will be able to innovate, keep up to date and compete at an international level.

Career opportunities

  • National and Regional Museums;

  • Portuguese Institute of Architectural Heritage (IPPAR) - C&R Built heritage;

  • General Directorate for National Buildings and Monuments (DGEMN) - C&R Built heritage;

  • Portuguese Institute for Conservation and Restoration (IPCR);

  • Libraries and National and District Archives;

  • Local authorities and other bodies of municipal management;

  • Other responsible institutions for historical and artistic interest hubs;

  • Research and development, technologic innovation;

  • Creation or participation in enterprises to restoration, scientific analysis and other activities related to the conservation and enhancement of Cultural Heritage.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to a 3rd cycle


Joana Lia Antunes Ferreira

Opening date





Portuguese students and others from European Union countries: 1250 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year



Teaching language

Available soon

Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 2 years

Credits: 120 ECTS

Conservation and Restoration

Scientific Area Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Restoration and Conservation CONS 66 12
Conservation Sciences CCONS 27 0
Human and Social Sciences CHS 6 0
Restoration and Conservation or Human and Social Sciences or Any Scientific Area  CONS / CSH / QAC 0 9
TOTAL 99 21

Conservation Sciences

Scientific Area Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Conservation Sciences CCONS 93 0
Restoration and Conservation CONS 0 12
Human and Social Sciences CSH 6 0
Restoration and Conservation or Human and Social Sciences or Any Scientific Area  CONS / CSH / QAC 0 9
TOTAL 99 21

Conditions of admittance

Available soon

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.

The final Dissertation (or Project) involves a public discussion with a Jury.

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