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History of Art

History of Art

Doctoral Degree
School of Arts and Humanities
Time period 
Data de Acreditação A3ES 
Prazo de Acreditação A3ES 
6 anos
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Number 
R/A-Ef 2463/2011
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



The Doctorate in Art History offers advanced multidisciplinary training for the development of autonomous, creative and innovative research, both in the theoretical-methodological component of artistic studies and in the theories and practices of research in Art History and in Art, Heritage and Restoration.
This course is organized in eight semesters (240 ECTS) and offers two alternative courses, established by the selection of a coherent set of optional seminars: in Art History or in Art, Heritage and Restoration. doctoral course (120 ECTS), comprising four semesters, followed by four semesters of autonomous research and writing of the doctoral thesis, under the supervision of one or more professors (120 ECTS).
Taught by a specialized and internationally recognized faculty, it allows a close relationship with the research developed in particular by ARTIS, Institute of Art History of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon.


This study programme intends to deepen the scientific skills students have acquired in the 2nd cycle, both in Art History and in Art, Heritage and Restoration. Our curricular units allow for multidisciplinary learning, so that students may understand these scientific areas in a comprehensive manner. We intended to stimulate: a) students’ ability to understand a scientific discipline as a system; b) competencies, skills and research methods; c) students’ ability to design, adapt and carry out original research, never neglecting work quality and integrity; d) original research that contributes to the creation of knowledge deserving national or international dissemination; e) students’ critical analysis and capacity to evaluate and summarise new and complex ideas; f) communication with the academic community and society in general, within students’ areas of specialisation; g) promote technological, social or cultural progress within a knowledge-based society.

Career prospects 
State-of-the-art knowledge at the forefront of an area of study or work and in the interconnection between areas; more advanced and specialized skills and techniques, necessary for solving critical problems in the area of research and/or innovation for the expansion and redefinition of existing knowledge or professional practices.

National Admission 

National Admission Exams 
Applicants for the PhD study programme must hold: a) a Master´s, or legally equivalent degree; b) a BA or legally equivalent degree, and a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum that the Scientific Council regards as expressive of the student’s capacity to successfully complete this cycle of studies; c) Under exceptional circumstances, an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that the Scientific Council regards as expressive of the student’s capacity to successfully complete this cycle of studies.
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