Master in Conservation and Restoration


Master in Conservation and Restoration

Started in the academic year 2006/2007. 


The Conservator-Restorer is a professional with the necessary knowledge, tools, training, and understanding to act independently in the field of cultural heritage preservation for the benefit of present and future generations. 

The competence to perform Restoration intervention implies a critical attitude and the ability to carry out an accurate diagnosis. These are crucial not only in characterizing Heritage condition and pathologies, but also for proposing the best preventive or curative intervention measures. The intersection between the Practice of Conservation and Restoration, Conservation Science, and the Social and Human Sciences is particularly important in the formation of this critical attitude. Our faculty have a multidisciplinary and complementary training, making this master programme highly competitive both nationally and internationally.

Through this extensive training, particularly during the final Internship or Dissertation, the Master’s student in Conservation and Restoration acquires working skills in dialogue with the most diverse areas of knowledge. The professional trained at NOVA School of Science and Technology will be able to
innovate, keep up to date and compete at an international level.


Career opportunities

  • Culture: national, regional and municipal museums; palaces and monuments; libraries and archives; private collectors; foundations and associations.

  • Companies - Cultural Heritage area: Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property; analysis and authentication of works of art; consulting.

  • Regional and local central administration: municipalities; Conservation and Restoration of public art works; municipal collections; State bodies in the area of culture.

  • Construction: Conservation and Restoration of integrated Heritage.

  • Creation of self-employment through small or medium-sized companies dedicated to activities related to the Conservation and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage.

  • Investigation and development; technologic innovation.

Tuition Fees

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

Foreign students: 7000 €/year





1st phase: 12th february to 22nd march 2024

2nd phase: 3rd June to 17th july 2024


International Applications

Entrance requirements for the 2024/2025 academic year

Vacancies for 2024/2025:


Admission rules:

  1. Holders of a Bachelor's degree who have a minimum of 80 credits in the areas of Conservation (CONS) Conservation Sciences (CCONS) (CONS + CCONS = 80 ECTS) and education in Art History (20 ECTS);
  2. Holders of a foreign academic degree recognized as meeting the objectives of a degree in Conservation by the Scientific Board Council of the Department of Conservation and Restoration of the FCT NOVA;
  3. Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting the capacity to accomplish referred cycle of studies by the Scientific Board Council of the Department of Conservation and Restoration and by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Science and Technology.


  1. Bachelor classification;
  2. Academic and scientific curriculum;
  3. Motivation letter (with reference to the two areas of Specialization in Conservation and
    Restoration that the candidate intends to choose and why);
  4. Eventual interview.

Course coordinator:

Professor Joana Lia Ferreira

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Ef 3096/2011/AL02 on 11/01/2019


Publication date of the accreditation decision: 08/03/2017

Period of validity of the accreditation:
6 years from 31/07/2015 (ACEF process 2020/2021 under evaluation)

About the Department of Conservation and Restoration

The Department of Conservation and Restoration of NOVA School of Science and Technology has the mission of teaching and research in the area of Heritage, promoting its knowledge, conservation and enjoyment.

The teaching staff with interdisciplinary skills and the properly equipped laboratories contribute to the creation of learning and research environments in the different areas of knowledge linked to conservation, considered in its relationship between theory and practice. 

The established network of national and international collaborations and partnerships enables the development of stimulating projects, with recognized merit and also the creation of unique opportunities for internships and professional outings.

DCR believes that sharing the enthusiasm for heritage conservation among teachers and students is its main commitment.

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