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Masters in Medieval Studies

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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.

This cycle of studies is according with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System - ECTS.To obtain a Master's degree the student must make a total of 120 ECTS credits.

The first year of the course, divided into two semesters, corresponds to the Masters Course (not confer a degree) in Medieval Studies, with 60 ECTS credits.

The second year of the course consists of an orientation seminar and a dissertation, project or internship, corresponding to 60 ECTS credits.


The cycle of studies leading to master's degree in Medieval Studies aims to deepen and complement studies in the scientific areas that integrate the curriculum, graduates or equivalent, providing them with skills for work or scientific research.
It should be noted that the social utility of this cycle of studies results from the ability to train specialists in research on the Middle Ages and in production of expertise.
Students are able to integrate national and international teams in order to the management and protection of historic, artistic, literary and geographical heritage.

Fields of Specialization

The course of study designated MA in Medieval Studies includes units of the scientific areas of Medieval Studies, Philology, Philosophy, Geography, History, Art History, Linguistics and Literature, as well as in any scientific area of U.Porto.

Professional Abilities

The students will be able to:
  • identify, select, analyze and interpret historical sources;
  • identify, analyze and characterize the architectural heritage and medieval art;
  • to develop critical thinking on issues related to the Middle Ages;
  • produce scientific knowledge about the Middle Ages;
  • edit medieval sources;
  • coordinate exhibitions and scientific issues related to the medieval period;
  • acquire a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approaches on the various theoretical and methodological about Middle Ages;
  • apply the knowledge gained to benefit the society.
Considering the importance of cultural heritage of medieval European society, the skills listed are essential in the training of people capable of enhancing cultural and economic this wealth.


For more information see:
Candidate webpage | Academic Portal

  Applications calendar and number of vacancies
  Admission requirements: 1st cycle degree or equivalent



For scientific and academic issues - contact the course director: mem@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: M595
Director: Cristina Cunha
Acronym: MEM
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of studies: Masters Degree
Start: 2012/2013
Duration: 2 Years

Study Plan


  • Masters in Medieval Studies (120 ECTS credits)
  • Specialization Course in Medieval Studies (60 ECTS credits)

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