Master in Industrial and Scientific Heritage

Education objectives

The aim of this Master program is to provide students with integrated skills in the areas of the social sciences and humanities, the conservation and restoration sciences and physical engineering, which will enable them to understand and act on industrial and scientific heritage. The program draws on and integrates multiple skills from the Department of Applied Social Sciences, the Department of Conservation and Restoration and the Department of Physics, by bringing together unique synergies that will enable students to benefit from an innovative curriculum and the possibility of preparing dissertations within an interdisciplinary perspective.

This programme aims to provide students with consistent and up-to-date knowledge about industrial and scientific heritage, as well as to develop technical and scientific skills adjusted to the academic and professional context. Based on an interdisciplinary perspective and by combining knowledge from different fields, at the end students should be able to:

  • Contribute to the theoretical framework and intervention in industrial heritage, in technological and scientific culture, in identity and memory, in museology, in conservation and restoration;
  • Develop critical analytical skills in the areas of museology and scientific and technological heritage and its relationship with the historical context and contemporary society;
  • Acquire scientific research skills and knowledge application in the fields of preservation and management of industrial and scientific heritage;
  • Solve complex problems by making use of an interdisciplinary theoretical-experimental framework.

Career opportunities

In terms of the professional opportunities, the Master’s degree in Industrial and Scientific Heritage opens up the possibility to manage heritage through the preservation of material and immaterial culture, which requires a dialogue with the various stakeholders, from the State and local authorities to producers and consumers of culture, private institutions, museums, foundations and associations. This training will enable graduates to develop fundamental heritage management skills in central and local governmental bodies, in curatorship in arts, science, technology and industrial heritage, in conservation and restoration of industrial and scientific heritage, in communication and industrial tourism, in research and scientific, cultural, industrial and heritage policymaking.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to a 3rd cycle


Paula Cristina Gonçalves Dias Urze

Opening date





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

Foreign students: 7000 €/year



Teaching language

Available soon

Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 2 years

Credits: 120 ECTS

Scientific Area Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Physics F  12
Conservation and Restoration Sciences CCR   24 0

Applied Social Sciences

CSA   21 0


 I  6 0

Physics / Applied Social Sciences / Conservation and Restoration Sciences

 F / CSA / CCR  48 0

Physics / Conservation and Restoration Sciences

F / CCR 3 0
Any Scientific Area   QAC 0  6 a)
TOTAL 114 6

(a) 6 ECTS in courses chosen by the student on a list approved annually by the Scientific Council of NOVA FCTwhich includes the unity of all scientific areas of NOVA FCT.

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.)


1.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
13096 Conservation of Cultural Heritage: Principles and Values 6.0
13094 Heritage Conservation and Management 6.0
13095 Scientific and Industrial Instrumentation 6.0
13093 Scientific and Technological Heritage 6.0
1.º Semester - Unidade Curricular do Bloco Livre
Code Name ECTS
11066 Unrestricted Electives 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
13100 Memory and Heritage 6.0
13101 Seminar 6.0
13097 Industrial Sociology 6.0
13099 Analytical Techniques and Heritage Diagnosis 6.0
13098 Digital Technologies 6.0
3.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
13103 Dissemination of Scientific and Industrial Heritage 6.0
13106 Professional Internship 12.0
13104 Management and Public Administration 3.0
13102 History of Science and Technology 6.0
13105 Materials in Industrial Archaeology 3.0
4.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
13107 Dissertation 30.0