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Universidade Lusófona

Doctorate in Museology

Faculty of Social Sciences, Education and Administration

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Confered Degree | Duration | ECTS

Doctorate | 6 Semesters | 180 ECTS

Programme Director

Professora Doutora Judite Primo

Entrance Conditions

The following may apply for the Doctoral Programme:
a) People who hold a master's degree or legal equivalent degree; b) People who hold a B.A., people who have an especially relevant school or scientific curriculum that is acknowledged as certifying capacity to obtain this study cycle by the Doctoral Programme's Scientific Committee;
c) People who have a school, scientific and professional curriculum that is acknowledged as certifying capacity to obtain this study cycle by the Doctoral Programme¿s Scientific Committee.

Programme requirements

Have completed a total of 180 ECTS


To create of group of teachers-researchers able to develop museologic actions with a high quality level; to form specialists in museology; to promote the development of post-graduate studies, promoting the development of research in Museology and Sociomuseology; to encourage and continue the process of the affirmation of Museology as an applied disciple area, elevating the patterns of quality while expanding on the research studies in the field.
To deepen the legal and operational knowledge related to the implementation of cultural policies that value the museologic action.
To better the articulation between national policies in the area of Museology and Heritage with a more vast context of European policies To train human resources for the investigation and practices required by museums, and to Crete knowledge and its
transmission, thus contributing for the up-keeping and valorisation of the heritage.

Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired

Besides the competences defined legally for this degree, the students should acquire competences to:
¿ Identify, analyse cortically and understand complex problems related to Museology and heritage, form crossdisciple perspective;
¿ To explore and utilise technological resources adequate to museography and heritage management;
¿ Conceive, organise, manage, adapt and realise research projects autonomously or integrated in pluri-disciple teams;
¿ To develop and disseminate knowledge using the most adequate means to each situation;
¿ To coordinate musicological and eco-musicological institutions;
¿ To integrate and coordinate cross-disciple teams, in view to realise studies and projects in the areas of the techniques and methodologies that may help innovation of public policies, related to the areas of culture and museology in particular;
¿ To sue museology as a resource for the new processes of learning and communication;
¿ To develop knowledge and techniques for the valorisation of the relation museum/school/communities;
¿ To prepare both theoretically and practically for the investigation and teaching in the areas of Museology, heritage, and cultural policies;

Operationalization of the objectives
In the first year of the programme, we introduce a set of subjects that enable to deepen the knowledge of themes related with museology, thus encouraging the critical spirit proper of the training level and deepening the competencies acquired during the 1st cycle. In the 2nd year, functioning in tutoring regime, and with the knowledge and competencies acquired in the 1st year, the students will explore a theme within the specific scope of museology related with the existing research in the Institution, They innovatively contribute to the knowledge in the museology field, and from a personal point of view, they acquire the ability to autonomously develop research projects.

Measurement of the degree of achievement
The achievement of the objectives and the understanding of the acquired competencies are measured by an ongoing follow-up of students and information transmitted by the teachers when they participate in training modules. Without eliminating some specificity that is required and adjusted to the specific needs of the themes, the final assessment is transversal to the curricular units and it adequately enables the understanding of the specific competencies of each student. It also enables the individual process based on the student¿s research interest and it ensures the entire identification and exploration of the themes addressed during the training.


Research Seminar in Sociomuseology
This activity takes place once a year and it is a supplement to the work developed in the curricular Research Seminar and the regular tutoring activities. The Seminar functions as a meeting that lasts one or two days and it is opened to all students of the F. U. and it has as objective:
a) ¿ To present and to discuss the results of the ongoing projects in the Museology Programmes of the Functional
Unit integrated in the Study Centre for Sociomuseology - TERCUD;
b) To discuss the main research themes being developed by the theses and dissertations projects, especially those concerning the work methodologies.
This Workshop intends to be an encouragement for the good completion of the ongoing work and it is also the opportunity to reinforce the sense of sharing between teachers and students from these programmes, thus fostering the mutual help spirit and stressing synergies.

Scientific Areas

História e arqueologia | Ciências sociais e do comportamento

Study Plan

Teaching staff

Teachers, Academic Degree and Dedication time
LecturerAcademic DegreesDedication time
Gabriela Perdigão De Almeida CavacoMasterPart-Time
Judite Santos PrimoDoctorateFull-Time
Manuel Da Costa LeiteDoctoratePart-Time
Manuel De Azevedo AntunesDoctorateFull-Time
Manuel Serafim Fontes Santos PintoDoctorateFull-Time
Marcelo Nascimento Bernardo Da CunhaDoctoratePart-Time
Mário Caneva De Magalhães MoutinhoDoctorateFull-Time
Mário De Sousa ChagasPart-Time
Mário Nuno Do Bento AntasDoctoratePart-Time
Pedro Jorge De Oliveira Pereira LeiteDoctoratePart-Time


Early Apllications (for enrolled students only) 0 €
External Students 0 €
Holders of Foreign Higher Education 300 €
Holders of University Degree 126 €
Holders of University Degree - Alumni 0 €
Student Insurance40 €
Enrollment and Registration265 €
Average value for 30 ECTS semestral curricular units 207 €
Per ECTS 6,9 €

Other fees may be applied in accordance with the regulations in force