Doctoral program

University of Algarve (UAlg) is a public higher education institution located in the southern Portugal, 3km from the international airport of Faro. Teaching and research activities include international, inter-personal and inter-institutional networks, and projects developed in cooperation with other universities in order to foster innovation and update of learning contents, project incubation, curriculum development, scientific research and training.

The Archaeology faculty of UAlg has the highest success rate in Portugal for Doctoral and Post-doctoral FCT individual fellowships. This fact clear suggests that our expertise in advanced training is well established in the country.

The main objectives of the doctoral program in Archaeology are: 
a) To developed extensive theoretical, methodological and applied knowledge in this scientific domain under a strong interdisciplinary perspective, including Earth Sciences, Ecology and Biological Anthropology, including Human Evolution, applied to various areas of the world;

b) To provide advanced training for the exercise of basic and applied research in Archaeology and Archaeological Heritage;

c) To develop skills and to promote scientific, technological, social and cultural progress in academic and professional contexts.

The core learning outcomes for the students, including knowledge and skills to be developed within this doctoral program are:

1)    Systematic understanding and interpretation of the scientific field of Archaeology and the related areas of the Program, expressed by a critical sense in the use of concepts, models and Archaeological methods;

2)    Conceive, design and conduct original and high quality and groundbreaking research;

3)    Carry out independent scientific research;

4)    Communication skills towards peers, experts and society at large, in order to be able to spread and discuss specific topics in Archaeology.

The Ph.D. degree in Archaeology is organized in 3 phases: 3 semesters of curricular courses, 3 semesters of research seminars in which the student is conducting doctoral analysis with the support of the dissertation supervisor(s), and finally, one year to write and deliver the dissertation. Laboratory and Fieldwork are mandatory and should take place, if not earlier, at least at the end of the first curricular year.

The Ph.D. in Archaeology will be obtained with 240 ECTS, corresponding to 4 years, including the preparation, public presentation and defense of an original dissertation. There are two possible formats for the dissertation: one single text volume(s) and a set of various published articles with DOI. 
Each curricular semester has 3 courses of 10 ECTS each. There are 4 methods and theory core mandatory courses (Contemporary Archaeological Theory, Applied Archaeology, Geomorphology applied to Archaeology and Topics of Archaeometry). In addition, in the last curricular semester, there is a mandatory Seminar (10 ECTS) for preparing the Dissertation research plan. All other courses are elective and should be specifically designed for the training and education of each student, based on their future professional and dissertation interests, organized in 4 major research avenues (Human Evolution and Population Studies, African Archaeology, Coastal and Landscape Archaeology, and Urban and Historical Archaeology). Each one of these research areas will have a total of 4 elective courses, 3 semesters of research seminars and a final year for the dissertation.


The potential elective courses available to the students are:

·      African Stone Age (Telmo Pereira)

·      Ceramic Analyses (António Carvalho, João Bernardes);

·      Classical World (João Bernardes);

·      Coastal Geology and Geomorphology (Delminda Moura, Ana Gomes);

·      Ethnoarchaeology (Maria das Dores Cruz);

·      Geoarchaeology and Micromorphology (Vera Aldeias);

·      GIS and Archaeology (Célia Gonçalves);

·      Human Evolution (Cláudia Umbelino, Susana Carvalho);

·      Human Palaeoecology (Jonathan Haws, Nuno Bicho, René Bobe);

·      Hunter-gatherers (Jonathan Haws, Nuno Bicho, Vera Aldeias);

·      Isotope analysis of human remains (Cláudia Umbelino);

·      Landscape Archaeology (Maria João Valente);

·      Landscape Architecture and the Neolithic societies (António Valera);

·      Multivariate statistics for Archaeology (Guilherme Castela);

·      Biological Anthropology (Cláudia Umbelino; Francisca Alves-Cardoso);

·      Primate models for Human Evolution and Primate Archaeology (Susana Carvalho)

·      Raw Material Proveniences (Telmo Pereira);

·      Stone tool Analyses (António Carvalho, Nuno Bicho, João Cascalheira);

·      The emergence of Agriculture (António Carvalho, António Valera, Maria João Valente);

·      Thinking the Archaeology. Epistemologies and the process of knowledge (Daniel Garcia Rivero);

·      Urban archaeology (João Bernardes);

·      Use-wear analysis (Juan Gibaja Bao, João Marreiros);

·      Zooarchaeology (Jonathan Haws, Maria João Valente, René Bobe, Cláudia Costa).


Target population:

Archaeology, History, Cultural Heritage, Conservation and Restoration, Earth and Marine Sciences, Anthropology (both physical and cultural areas), Geography (both physical and human) and Biology. Since the degree has a series of mandatory courses in Archaeology and Earth Sciences, we expect that students will be able to acquire the essential knowledge in these fields, and on top of that, develop a specialized expertise in one of the many research fields within the elective courses/areas listed above. 

Admission criteria:

1)    Knowledge of the English language at least equivalent to FCE (First Certificate Level of Cambridge Certification System for English);

2)    A MA degree or equivalent;

3)    A Higher Education degree, subject to curricular evaluation;

4)    Grade point average with a cut line at the top 20 percentile;

5)    Three to five recommendation letters;

6)    Project proposal.


Selection and ranking criteria points

Academic results: 20

Previous experience in Archaeology: 20

Publications and other scientific outputs: 20

Research project: 35

Recommendation letters: 5

Number of students to admit in each edition: 12