The PhD in History provides advanced-level training in the field of History and in the areas of Archaeology and Historical Archivists, with a view to enabling students to become capable of contributing to the development of teaching, research and dissemination of these areas of knowledge within the national and international framework.


This PhD programme is based on:

  • a teaching staff of recognised national and international quality and merit;
  • a vast group of researchers belonging to the three Research Units linked to the Department of History’s activities and other researchers attached to the remaining research units of NOVA FCSH;
  • an intellectual environment of knowledge diversity and effective interdisciplinarity provided by its insertion into NOVA FCSH (where there are more than fifty courses in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities) and by the interaction with the other faculties of the NOVA University of Lisbon;
  • a series of international exchanges established the History Department, the various Research Units associated with the programme, NOVA FCSH and NOVA University of Lisbon as a whole, with direct consequences for the range of activities offered at the level of teaching and scientific research in the field of History.

Areas Of expertise

  • Ancient History
  • Archaeology
  • Historic Archives
  • Contemporary History
  • History of the Discoveries and Portuguese Expansion
  • Medieval History
  • Modern History
  • Pre-History

Curricular structure

Duration: 8 semesters. Total Credits: 240 credits (60 in curricular units + 180 in the non-taught component).

Modalities of non-taught component: Thesis.

Number of credits on a free-choice basis: 10 credits. The free-choice seminar may be chosen from among the postgraduate courses offered at NOVA FCSH; by other departments of the Nova University of Lisbon, or by other Portuguese or foreign higher education institutions, by agreement or protocol.

A doctoral degree corresponds to level 8 of the NQF/EQF - National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.