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Masters in Contemporary History

InformationO curso/CE encontra-se acreditado pela Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior (A3ES).

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The Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES), accredited this second-cycle degree programme unconditionally (see the documents here).
Please consult the study cycle official documents.

The Masters in Contemporary History contemplates a deeper look into the problematic of History of Portugal (since the 19th century until the present), of International History and comparative, and also of specific investigation methodologies.

The study cycle that leads to the degree of master in Contemporary History is organized in the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System – ECTS, with a total of 120 credits, and integrates:
  • a specialization course constituted by an organized set of curricular units, that corresponds to 60 credits.
  • the elaboration of a written dissertation, to be presented on the second year, that corresponds to 60 credits and which approval confers the degree of master.


  • To problematize the historical dimensions of the contemporaneity.
  • To consolidate methodological approaches.
  • To develop investigation papers.
  • To elaborate an original dissertation.

Professional Abilities

  • Critic understanding of the contemporary reality.
  • Autonomous production of research.
  • Elaboration of historiographical texts.
  • Execution of inventories and documental routes.
  • Conception of didactic resources.
  • Organization of exhibitions and catalogues.

Employment Prospects

  • Public administration organisms and international organisms; Private Entities (enterprises, foundations, documentation and investigation centres, etc.);
  • Media; Cultural industries;
  • Tourism;
  • Scientific investigation;
  • Coordination of Contemporary History editions;
  • Teaching/Training.


For more information see:
Candidate webpage | Academic Portal

  Applications calendar and number of vacancies
  Admission requirements:
  1. A first degree (which corresponds to 180 ECTS) or legal equivalent.
  2. A foreign academic degree conferred following a 1st cycle of studies organized according to the principles of the Bologna Process by a State acceding to this process.
  3. A foreign academic degree that is recognized as meeting the objectives of the Bachelor's degree by the Faculty statutorily competent body.

 Degree approved under Art. 54 of the Teaching Career Statute, regulated by Ordinance number 334/2008, of 30/04, for the groups: 200 and 400(Order of march 28th, 2023).This degree enables those who are already in the teaching profession to advance in their career, but it is not a teaching qualification degree.


For scientific and academic issues - contact the course director: mhic@letras.up.ptmcoelho@letras.up.pt
For administrative issues - contact the Academic Management Office: sga@letras.up.pt
For international mobility students - contact the International Office: sri@letras.up.pt

General information

Official Code: 9302
Director: Conceição Meireles Pereira
Acronym: MHIC
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of studies: Masters Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 2 Years

Study Plan


  • Master of Arts in Contemporary History (120 ECTS credits)
  • Specialization Course in Contemporary History (60 ECTS credits)

Main Scientific Areas

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