The PhD in History of Art (CED) consists of curricular units (CU) aimed at providing training for research and the completion of an original thesis especially prepared for this purpose.


The PHD programme has the following goals:

  • To promote specialised knowledge and research and critical understanding in the field of History of Art in general and History of Art in Portugal through the diverse and demanding theoretical and practical learning framework offered within the programme;
  • To develop the ability to critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise new and complex ideas, in general and, in particular, in the field of History of Art;
  • To deepen the theoretical knowledge and methodological practices essential for the development of original and significant research in the field of History of Art, individually or in teams;
  • To develop systematic and critical knowledge of the problematic framework specific to the scientific area of History of Art, taking into account the wider grid of knowledge and interdisciplinary practice;
  • To stimulate and train the ability to conceive, design, present and carry out original and significant research, individually or in teams, while respecting the requirements imposed by the standards of academic quality and integrity;
  • To promote and develop the ability to individually produce texts, papers and original research projects, individually or in teams, on the History of Art in the national and international framework and whose result deserves dissemination and national or international publication;
  • To develop the ability to identify and discuss the contribution of research results to the advancement of knowledge in History of Art and to the understanding and explanation of the phenomena studied;
  • To develop the skills to communicate with peers and with the rest of the academic community and society in general about the scientific area of History of Art in which the research is developed.

Areas Of expertise

  • History of Ancient Art
  • Museology and Art Heritage
  • Medieval Art History
  • Contemporary History
  • Art Theory
  • Art History of the Modern Age

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.

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