Certificate or Diploma of the undergraduate or graduate degree; Transcript of Records of undergraduate or graduate degree, including courses’ workload details and grades and syllabi of the course, with respective content (only necessary if requesting creditation of curricular units); Updated CV (preferably according to Europass template); Foreign students must present language proficiency proof of the language they wish to study in; Declarations and transcripts issued by foreign institutions of higher education: originals or copies must be authenticated by the official education services of their home country and recognised by the respective Portuguese diplomatic authorities or bear The Hague Convention stamp.
Months of entry
Degree / Duration / ECTS
2nd Cycle (Master) / 4 semesters / 120 ECTS
The overall objectives for the second cycle of Psychology are to prepare the student to his/her independent professional practice as a Psychologist, developing and deepening specific knowledge and competences of psychological assessment and intervention, which were achieved in the first cycle, allowing a teaching/learning process which is oriented to a professional practice and to research in different domains in Psychology. The independent/autonomous practice of Psychology requires the attendance of both cycles of studies.
The plan of studies for the second cycle in Psychology, as far as its program organization and community extension (Pedagogical Psychology Clinic) is concerned, aims at providing their students with knowledge, skills and specific competences in the three possible branches of specialization (Clinical and Health Psychology, Education Psychology and Community Based Intervention and Work and Organizational Psychology) providing a solid scientific preparation, of a multidisciplinary character, which allows students to perform Psychology in an ethical, autonomous and effective way.
The second cycle of studies in Psychology is organized in 4 semesters (30 ECTS/semester) designed to ensure a balanced relation between different contents that intend to promote the acquisition of concepts, models, methods and techniques that are specific to each of the specialization areas of Psychology. It also provides students’ professional and methodological training to the professional practice during internship as well as for the research required for successfully delivering their dissertation. At the end of this cycle of studies students should be prepared to autonomously perform as psychologists. For that purpose they are expected to develop and study in depth intervention and research tools as well as psychological abilities they have learned in the first cycle of studies. The second cycle of studies aims at preparing students to a professional activity in one of the three specialization areas in Psychology:
- Clinical and Health Psychology
- Education Psychology and Community Based Intervention
- Work and Organizational Psychology
At the end of the second cycle of studies, students get the degree of Master in one of those three areas of specialization.
The specialization in Clinical and Health Psychology promotes, for instance, psychological individual and group evaluation abilities as well as intervention abilities; disease prevention and well-being and health promotion; and psychological research applied to Clinical and Health Psychology. The promotion of such skills allows students to provide expertise in health centers, hospitals, private clinics and day centers, as well as teaching and research in this area.
The specialization in Education Psychology and Community Based Intervention allows the promotion, for instance, of intervention and evaluation skills within development, learning and social insertion domains. The promotion of such skills will allow interventions, for instance, in professional and scholar orientation services at schools, social institutions and recognition, validation and certification abilities centers, as well as teaching and research in this area.
The specialization in Work and Organizational Psychology allows the promotion, for instance, of employee selection skills, performance appraisal skills and the ability to identify and evaluate psychological and social hazards at work. The promotion of such skills allows the intervention, for instance, in human resources areas in different organizations and consultancy companies and in psychological help and professional guidance in high schools and universities, as well as teaching and research in this area.
Information for international students
The International Relations Office provides a dedicated advisory service for international students on non-academic and welfare matters such as immigration, employment, finance, health services and any other concerns you may have. We also organise UFP’s International Orientation, Portuguese language courses and coordinate events for international students.
Fees and funding
Contact: Social Action Office
Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
Approved by Portuguese Ministry of Education and Science:n.º 18 296/2006 of September 7, n.º 12243/2013, DR second series n.º 185, of September 25
|Assessment||What kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)|
|Written coursework / continuous assessment||60|
|Dissertation||42 (45000 (max) words)|
Course contact details
- Prof. Cristina Pimentão