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Prehistoric Archaeology and Rock Art

Ano Letivo: 2016/17


Provide a solid scientific, technological and social learning, supported by a programme and courses that includes contact with real situations and laboratories experiences. This cycle of studies is based on the development of a diverse set of skills and competencies that permits excellent career opportunities and pursue postgraduate studies.


ECTS: 120
Location: Tomar, Mação.


This course of study includes:

- A master's program organised into course units corresponding to 80 ECTS credits;

- A final dissertation worth 40 ECTS credits;

This master's degree was designed so as to develop competencies in the following technical-scientific areas: Prehistory (6 compulsory ECTS and up to optional 18 ECTS), Quaternary Geology (6 compulsory ECTS and up to18 optional ECTS), Palaeoanthropology (6 compulsory ECTS and up to 18 optional ECTS), Methods and Techniques (6 compulsory ECTS and up to 18 optional ECTS), Museography and Didactics (6 compulsory ECTS and up to 18 optional ECTS), field and laboratory work (8 ECTS) e optional credits to be obtained in congress projects, publications and others (up to 9 ECTS). The minimum amount of ECTS credits required in taught modules is 63 and the maximum is 72.

Professional Goals

Holders of the master's degree in Prehistoric Archaeology and Rock Art are prepared to perform

· Public Sector:

- Municipal Archaeologists;

- Central government (DGPC and attached services);

- Museums;

- Heritage and tourism management services;

· Private Sector:

- Organisations engaged in archaeological activities;

- Organisations engaged in cultural and tourism activities;

- Land management providers.

· Education:

- Higher polytechnic education;

- University education;

- Professional training in archaeology, cultural heritage and rock art.

· International labour market:

- Higher education;

- Museums;

- Government services;

- Professional training;

- Consultancy.

Condições de Acesso


2nd Phase from the 16th August until the 29th of September 2017

European Master in Prehistoric Archeology and Rock Art

 Instituto Politécnico de Tomar

(Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree - Programme Erasmus + - with the support of European Comission)


Master Course integrates European Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Quaternary and Prehistory, allowing students to undertake 30% of the course in other universities of the network, obtaining in the end, Erasmus Mundus European Diploma, issued by IPT, University of Ferrara (Italy), National Museum of Natural History (France), University of Tarragona (Spain) and University of  Philippines Diliman. Master Course takes mainly place in Mação, with optional modules in Tomar. In research plan it is linked to Geosciences Centre of University of Coimbra.


Directive Comission:Luíz Oosterbeek, Pierluigi Rosina, Silvério Figueiredo.

Other Teachers: André Soares, Alexandra Figueiredo, Daniel Arsenault, Davide Delfino, Dragos Gheorgiu, Eugénia Cunha, Érika Róbrhan-Gonzalez, Fernando Coimbra, François Djindian, George Nash, Hermínia Sol, Hipolito Collado, Luís Mota Figueira, Luís Santos, Moustapha Sall, Rita Anastácio, Silvério Figueiredo, Sara Cura, Stefano Grimaldi, Ziva Domingos.


Applications (2nd phase) from the 16th august until the 29th September 2017:

Candidates must send course admission requirement, together with letter directed to Master Director, justifying their interest in the course and referring intended area of specialization , Curriculum Vitae, copy of competence certificate/Diploma, copy of Identity Card /Passport and VAT number, and Application Form.

Candidates that are graduating in this academic year, may apply conditionally.

Documentation must be sent within defined dates to:


Secretariado do Mestrado em Arqueologia Pré-Histórica e Arte Rupestre

Instituto Politécnico de Tomar

Quinta do Contador - Estrada da Serra

2300-313 Tomar - Portugal

Tel. (+351) 249 346 363 / Fax. (+351) 249 346 366
Email: mestrados.gri@ipt.pt


Admission conditions: Graduated in Archaeology, History, Anthropology, Biology, Geology and other graduations in the area of Human Sciences, Earth and Life. Candidates from other scientific areas, may be admmited after curricular analysis. Graduating finalists 2015/2016, with the prevision of graduation until December 2016, may apply conditionally. Selected candidates, with more than 180 ECTS, may request equivalence to academic part of Master Course. 


Selection of Candidates: is made by Directive Comission of Master Course, based on criteria bellow, which are identical to those defined by the European Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree, under a total of 100 points:

a) Classification of Degree (max.20)
b) Candidate's motivation letter (max.15)
c) Knowledge of english or french (max. 10)
d) Knowledge of other languages (max. 5)
e) Professional experience in Archaeology (max.20)
f) Additional qualifications, namely other academic degrees or publications (Max. 5)
g) Adequation of Thesis theme or previous publications (max. 20)
i) Age (5 points for those under 30 years old)

Candidates may be submitted to an interview, whenever Directive Comission thinks it is necessary.

Key areas of specialization: Prehistoric Archaeology, Rock Art, Prehistoric Technologies (lithics, ceramic, mettalurgy, experimental archaeology, traceology), Latin America Archaeology, Geoarcheology, African Archaeology, Archaeometry, Archeobotany, Zooarcheology, Quality Management of Archeological Heritage (Collaboration of HERITY Programme), Theory of Archaeology (other specialisations within Erasmus Mundus network).


Training and investigation scholarships and professional iniciation internships:

- Erasmus Mundus scholarships for students from outside European Union

- Erasmus Mundus scholarships for european students

- Erasmus mobility scholarships for frequency of part of the course, in other institution of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Quaternary and Prehistory

- Scholarships within investigation projets in Tagus Valley (Portugal and Spain)

- Professional Integration interships in Europe, Africa and Latin America

Employability of former graduates: 94% (58% working in Archaeology; 32% in related areas; 38% accepted in Doctorates).

Location: Master Course takes mainly place in Mação, with some optional modules in Tomar.



Fee: 2,000.00 euros (1,000.00 euros / year) 

Inscription: 150,00 euros

Annual School insurance: 2,00 euros

Registration (2nd phase): at IPT Academic Services, and the following documentation is required: copy of Identity Card /Passport and VAT number, 2 small photos, copy of vaccination bulletin (with tetanus updated), and filled application form (provided by Academic Services). Students must pay inscripton (150,00 euros) and annual school insurance (2,00 euros).


Classes Begining: October 2017.



Master in Prehistoric Archeology and Rock Art 2017/2018 (calendar to be available)



Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in "Quaternary and Prehistory" - Applications : Site of Universitá degli Studi di Ferrara (Itália)


Ano Letivo: 2016/17

Publication in the Diário da República: Despacho nº 17071/2009 - 23/07/2009

Plano curricular
Cód. UC Area ECTS Lecturer
Obg. Opt.
6498125 3
64988240 História e Arqueologia 3
6498123 Archaeoacoustics and Rock ArtHistória e Arqueologia 3
6498114 Archaeology, Human Behaviour and Integrated Land Management.Ciências da Terra 3
64983 Bioarchaeology and Human EvolutionHistória e Arqueologia 6 Eugenia Cunha (2)
64989 Cultural Heritage ManagementHistória e Arqueologia 3 Luiz Osterbeek (2)
6498119 EnglishHistória e Arqueologia 3 Hermínia Sol (2)
649851 EthnoarchaeologyHistória e Arqueologia 3 Luís Mota Figueira (2)
64981 European PrehistoryHistória e Arqueologia 3 Luiz Osterbeek (2)
649849 Excavation, Recording and Analysis MethodsHistória e Arqueologia 3
649882 Field and Laboratory ActivitiesHistória e Arqueologia 8 Luiz Osterbeek (2)
Silvério Figueiredo (2)
Alexandra Figueiredo (2)
Pierluigi Rosina (2)
649837 Formation and Modification of Anthropic DepositsCiências da Terra 3 Pierluigi Rosina (2)
6498116 Geoarchaeology Seminar Ciências da Terra 6
649838 Geodiversity and Archaeological HeritageCiências da Terra 3 Pierluigi Rosina (2)
649855 Geographic Information SystemsHistória e Arqueologia 6 Rita Anastácio (2)
64984 Geology of Continental Quaternary DepositsCiências da Terra 3 Pierluigi Rosina (2)
649839 GeomorphologyCiências da Terra 3 Pierluigi Rosina (2)
6498102 Heritage Management SeminarHistória e Arqueologia 6 Luiz Osterbeek (2)
6498115 Hunters-Gatherers Societies Ciências da Terra 3
6498124 Laboratory Techniques and Experimental Archaeology História e Arqueologia 3
64985 Landscape PalaeoecologyHistória e Arqueologia 3 Luis Santos (2)
64986 Lithic Technology and TypologyHistória e Arqueologia 3 Sara Raquel Mendes Cura (2)
649859 Methodology of Scientific WorkHistória e Arqueologia 3 Silvério Figueiredo (2)
Pierluigi Rosina (2)
64988241 Multisensory studies of landscapesHistória e Arqueologia 3
64988 Museum Development História e Arqueologia 3 Luís Mota Figueira (2)
649811 Peninsular Neolithic ArtHistória e Arqueologia 3 Hipólito Collado Giraldo (2)
6498120 PortugueseHistória e Arqueologia 3 Hermínia Sol (2)
64982 Prehistoric ArtHistória e Arqueologia 3 George Harold Nash (2)
649818 Prehistory SeminarHistória e Arqueologia 6 Fernando Coimbra (2)
649850 Preservation, Treatment and Restoration of Archaeological MaterialsHistória e Arqueologia 3 Fernando Costa (2)
64987 Rupestrian Archaeology História e Arqueologia 3 Luiz Osterbeek (2)
649881 Stand-Alone ActivitiesHistória e Arqueologia 9
6498122 TaphonomyHistória e Arqueologia 3


Plano curricular
Cód. UCArea ECTS Lecturer
Obr. Opt.
649883 DissertationHistória e Arqueologia 40

(1) Docente Responsável
(2) Docente que lecciona


Master in Prehistoric Archaeology and Rock Art integrates European  Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Quaternary and Prehistory (Partnership: Universitá degli Studi di Ferrara (Italy), National Museum of Natural History in Paris (France), Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain), Instituto Politécnico de Tomar (Portugal), University of Philippines Diliman).


Course coordinator

Luiz Miguel Oosterbeek

Luiz Miguel Oosterbeek

Gabinete: G202 (Campus) e GRI (Av.Cândido Madureira)
t.: 917849330
endereço de e-mail

Erasmus coordinator

Luis Filipe Neves Carreira dos Santos

Luis Filipe Neves Carreira dos Santos

Gabinete: L214
t.: +351 249 32 8 100
ext.: 7205
endereço de e-mail

Administrative Support Staff

Claudia Sofia Rodrigues Fidalgo

Claudia Sofia Rodrigues Fidalgo

Gabinete: Gabinete de Controlo Financeiro | Gab. B 276
t.: 249328283
ext.: 4173
endereço de e-mail
Ano Letivo: 2016/17
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