Master in Conservation and Restoration


Master in Conservation and Restoration

Started in the academic year 2006/2007. 


The Master in Conservation and Restoration must be autonomous and apply the fundamentals of preventive conservation as well as performing curative intervention in the Piece he will intervene. 

The competence to carry out a restoration intervention implies a critical attitude and a thorough diagnosis allowing proposing intervention, preventive or curative measures. For that critical attitude development disciplines as history and art production techniques and methods of examination and analysis in Art and Archaeology are particularly relevant.

During the trainee period, with the duration of 1 year, students will continue increasing knowledge in their specialization area. Trained professional will know how to innovate, how to update in permanence and how to compete internationally.


Career opportunities

  • National and Regional Museums;
  • Portuguese Institute of Architectural Heritage (IPPAR) - C&R Built heritage;
  • General Directorate for National Buildings and Monuments (DGEMN) - C&R Built heritage;
  • Portuguese Institute for Conservation and Restoration (IPCR);
  • Libraries and National and District Archives;
  • Local authorities and other bodies of municipal management;
  • Other responsible institutions for historical and artistic interest hubs;
  • Research and development, technologic innovation;
  • Creation or participation in enterprises to restoration, scientific analysis and other activities related to the conservation and enhancement of Cultural Heritage. 

2020/21 Fees

Tuition information

Portuguese students (already enrolled in 2019/20): 1063,47 €/year

Portuguese students (for those entering 2020/21): 1250 €/year
Foreign students: 7000 €/year





1st phase: 1st may to 24th july
2nd phase: 26th august to 15th september 2020
3rd phase: 4th to 22nd january 2021

Acceptance rate in masters

Accepted applicants will have to pay (within a maximum of 7 consecutive days from the date of placement) a non-refundable rate of 100 euros, which will be deducted, after registration, from the total tuition fee. Any payment made after the deadline will not be refunded, leaving the candidate excluded.


Entrance requirements for the 2020/2021 academic year

Vacancies for 2020/2021:


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. Students will be serialized by academic marks obtained in the first cycle;
  2. In the event of a tie, we will carrie out a second ranking, taking into account the number of years that student take to conclude 1st cycle;
  3. Finally, if tie still needed, the candidate's age will be considered.

Course coordinator:

Professor Joana Lia Ferreira

Registration and Accreditation


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


Accreditation on 08/03/2017, for 6 years

About the Department of Conservation and Restoration

The Department of Conservation and Restoration (DCR) of the NOVA School of Science and Technology has the mission of teaching and research in order to contribute to a better conservation and heritage enjoyment, especially the valuable and almost ancient Portuguese heritage in urgent need to preserve for future generations.

Laboratories and properly equipped workshops allow quality research in conservation science and its applications to restoration. A network of national and international collaborations enables the development of exciting projects, of recognized quality, and creates unique opportunities for master stages and career opportunities.

DCR believes that the passion for research and enthusiasm for heritage conservation and restoration should be shared with their students. So in the next academic year, from the 2nd Semester onwards, students will be invited to choose a laboratory / workshop and join their team to participate in the activities of day-to-day as well as in the ongoing innovative projects. They will formulate new ideas, knowing how to acquire and process new data, challenge / question the boundaries of common sense, discover things never before thought and apply them to better conserve, restore and enjoy the works of art!

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