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

  • 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.

Tuition Fees

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

Foreign students: 7000 €/year





1st phase: 15th february to 15th march

2nd phase: 1st June to 12th july

3rd phase: 25th july to 28th august


Entrance requirements for the 2022/2023 academic year

Vacancies for 2022/2023:


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


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

Period of validity of the accreditation:
6 years from

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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