Academic Degree
Master's Degree
General Objectives
The Masters in Anthropology, a collaboration between UTAD and ISCTE-IUL, represents a unique opportunity within Portuguese universities for postgraduate training in this disciplinary area. The course offers a double degree and the possibility of interuniversity mobility between the two Universities. It is organised in four semesters (120 ECTS) and is recognised throughout the European Higher Education Area.
Operating simultaneously at the two Universities (Vila Real and Lisbon), the Master's programme offers a wide range of thematic contents and possibilities for choosing research topics and fields. Each student is assigned a tutor as their academic mentor. Graduates acquire the skills to synthesise knowledge in specific areas of Anthropology and, depending on their profile and interests, to undertake project work or conduct a research project with a dissertation.
The Masters in Anthropology has a highly qualified teaching faculty and maintains close links with the research groups and activities carried out within the associated Research Units (CRIA and CETRAD), in some cases, allowing students to participate in ongoing projects and research areas. Students may also benefit from existing agreements at each university for internships and international Socrates-Erasmus exchanges.

General objectives
The general objective of the Masters in Anthropology is to provide a solid training in the discipline, in a permanent confrontation with the challenges of modern times and with proposals essential for the understanding of the world in which we live. Graduates acquire competences in specific areas of Anthropology, conduct a project on the specialised themes of the optional modules, prepare a research project with dissertation and perform the profession of anthropologist.

The Masters in Anthropology in partnership between ISCTE-IUL and UTAD has a strategic focus aimed at: 1) enhancing the human and physical resources of both institutions; 2) sharing and expanding the regional, cross-border and international networks that each of the universities already has; 3) stimulating the mobility of teachers and students between universities; 4) attracting Portuguese and foreign students; 5) stimulating synergies in the research and teaching of anthropology and/or other social sciences.

Learning objectives
(i) Theoretical training in anthropology;
(ii) Theoretical training in thematic areas;
(iii) Technical training in anthropological research and action research methodologies;
(iv) Development and submission of research reports.

And they will be able to:
(i) Critically study societies and their forms of organisation;
(ii) Initiate interdisciplinary dialogues on different scales and contexts of participation;
(iii) Prepare research outputs (scientific theses and articles, technical reports and opinions);
(iv) Design and manage research projects as well as participate in their implementation and evaluation;
(v) Work in contexts of cultural mediation and in processes/institutions that aim to construct fairer societies;
(vi) Evaluate processes of social intervention;
(vii) Evaluate processes of social, economic and ecological change.
CNAEF Classification
Sociology and Other Studies
(312) Portaria n.º 256/2005 [PT]
Study Programme/Publication in the Portuguese Official Gazette
2 years
Other Information
Career Opportunities
Students of the UTAD-ISCTE interuniversity masters in anthropology will understand and know how to use the tools of ethnographic research, but will also apply these in the design, implementation and evaluation of development and other projects (for example, in areas as disparate as Health and Environment, Tourism and Social Integration and Museum Studies and Town Planning).

The main employers of Masters in Anthropology graduates are:

- Development Agencies - City Councils
- Museums and Ecomuseums - Diplomatic Corps
- Cultural Foundations - Health Centres and Hospitals
- Regional Tourism Bodies - Non-Governmental Organisations
- Secondary Schools - Government organisations, especially in the areas of social work and international cooperation
- Natural Parks - Public and Private Universities, People’s and Third Age Universities
- Associations - Companies including architectural offices, consultants, tourist organisations, etc.

The main areas of activity and types of work to be performed by anthropologists are:
- Anthropology and cultural management - Education and training in formal, informal and non-formal contexts
- Ethnic minorities and social integration - Visual anthropology
- Health - Market and mass media studies
- Urban planning and local development - Advertising
- Needs assessments - Advice and consultation
- Cultural Heritage and Tourism - Environment and spatial planning
Graduate Profile
A) Holders of a bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent;
B) Holders of a foreign higher academic degree, awarded following a first study cycle organised according to the Bologna process;
C) Holders of a foreign academic degree in anthropology, or a related field, that is recognised as satisfying the objectives of the Bachelor’s Degree;
D) Holders of an educational, scientific or professional curriculum vitae recognised as attesting to the ability to undertake a master's degree.
Admission Requirements
- Holders of academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognised as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle;
- Holders of a foreign higher academic degree recognised as meeting the objectives of the bachelors degree;
- Holders of a foreign higher academic degree, resulting from a 1st cycle of studies organised according to the principles of the Bologna Process, in the areas of Anthropology or related;
- Holders of a bachelors degree or legal equivalent in the areas of Anthropology or related.
Selection And Ranking Criteria
- Adequacy and classification of access qualification;
- Scientific curriculum;
- Professional curriculum;
- Motivation to follow the course;
- Candidates may be subjected to interview for selection and ranking.
Resolution Date
A3ES Deliberation
Registry Date
Accreditation Validity