Undergraduate Programme in Conservation-Restoration


Since 2006/07 NOVA is offering a Bachelor degree in Conservation-Restoration, two Master degrees, in “Conservation and Restoration” and in “Conservation Sciences”, as well as a PhD in Conservation and Restoration, following the new guidelines for the three study cycles within academic higher education. 

The Bachelor degree curriculum provides  a solid humanistic and scientific culture, where in the first year mathematics, physics, geology, chemistry and art history are lectured. In the second year, the training in conservation starts with the fundamental courses in "Preventive Conservation" and "Polymers and Conservation". Finally in the third year the students acquire scientific and technical skills to carry out a diagnosis concerning the conservation state of cultural objects: paintings, metals, stone, textiles, paper and other graphic documents, glass and ceramics. "Cultural Heritage Management" and "Cultural Heritage Law" are also courses run in the third year. 

The underlying principle of the 1st cycle program in Conservation and Restoration  is to make use of the sciences for the formation of a coherent and interdisciplinary profile that will allow the future professionals to effectively use scientific skills and competences for a better conservation and access to our Cultural Heritage.

Tuition Fees 

Portuguese students: 697 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year

Students from CPLP countries may apply for a reduction of up to 50% of tuition fees, subject to the following conditions:
a) 1st Registration: students must demonstrate through their academic certificates that their academic performance is in the first quartile of the evaluation scale used in the system of their country or school of origin;
b) Subsequent enrollments (regardless of the year of entry): exclusively for academic merit, that is, approval in all UCs in which the student enrolled in the previous year, totaling 60 ECTS each year.



Entrance requirements for the 2022/2023 academic year

Vacancies for 2022/2023:


Specific exams:

One of following groups:

03 Drawing

12 History of Culture and Arts

16 Mathematics

Minimum grade of the specific(s) exam(s): 95

Minimum grade of the application: 95

Admission formula:

60% of the final grade obtained in  secondary school
40% of the final grade of the specific(s) exam(s)

Nota do último colocado em 2021/2022 (contingente geral do CNA): 156.6

Course coordinator:

Professor Catarina Villamariz

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Ef 3087/2011/AL01 on 16/05/2018


Publication date of the accreditation decision: 23/02/2017

Period of validity of the accreditation:
6 years from 31/07/2015

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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