Integrated Master's in Psychology

General Objectives of the Course

A complete and integrated education in Psychology aims to prepare students to exercise Psychology in one of its specialisation areas, as well as continue studies (3rd cycle). It is designed to provide students with the scientific knowledge (knowledge established in scientific literature and shared within the community of researchers, professors and professionals), the technical competencies (integrated set of knowledge and skills, through which problems faced in professional practice can be solved) and the research competencies (integrated set of knowledge and ability necessary to design and perform research) necessary for the professional demands of exercising Psychology, thus enabling students to carry out the professional internship of the Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses (Portuguese Association of Psychologists).
The organisation of the Curricular Structure (CS) is based on the legislation that implemented the Bologna process on a national level - Decree-Law nr. 42/2005 of 22 February 2005; Decree-Law nr. 74/2006 of 24 March 2006; Decree-Law 107/08 of 25 June, Decree-Law 230/09 of 14 September and Amendment nr. 81/09 of 27 October – and within the UC - Order nr. 25 318/2005 of 09 December 2005.
The Integrated Master in Psychology comprises two phases, forming an integrated CS conducive to the title of Master. The 1st phase, with a duration of 3 years (180 ECTS), focuses on psychological processes, essential knowledge of related areas (social sciences, biological basis of behaviour), main theories and models of human behaviour, research methodology and statistics. It is aimed at general, non professional training.
The 2nd phase, with a duration of 2 years (120 ECTS), provides specific training, focused on applied training and promotes competencies necessary for autonomous scientific research. It is structured in three major areas of specialisation: Educational Psychology, Development and Counselling; Work and Organisations Psychology; and Clinical Psychology and Health (with 5 subareas of specialisation).
Besides the transversal objectives and competencies established for the 1st and 2nd phases of the CS, specific learning objectives are established for each of the phases. The main objective of the 1st phase is provide students with fundamental knowledge about psychological processes, their biological, social and cultural bases, as well as with methodological and statistical tools, psychological assessment and theoretical models connected to human behaviour. The objective of the 2nd phase is to consolidate knowledge inherent to theoretical models and assessment processes, while also facilitating the acquisition of competencies necessary to the professional exercise of psychology. The curricular internship and the thesis provide scientific competencies, rigour and autonomy in processes of knowledge, intervention and research. Collaborating with various institutions (in the fields of education, health, justice, business) prepares the student to undertake the Professional Internship of the Portuguese Association of Psychologists (Ordem dos Psicólogos).

Admission Requirements

• National Competition for Access – Entrance examinations: One of the following tests:
02 Biology and Geology;
17 Applied Mathematics for Social Sciences;
18 Portuguese;
• Special regimes;
• Special competitions;
• Re-entry, Change of Course and Transfer.

This information does not exempt the consultation of the webpage of the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGES) and/or of the Applicants website. Please, visit the DGES and the Applicants websites

Professional Goals

The integrated cycle of studies gives access to the professional internship conducive to the profession of Psychologist, regulated by the Ordem dos Psicólogos, under Law nr. 57/2008, of 04 September.
The specialisation areas of the 2nd cycle, which include undertaking an internship and producing a thesis, provide relevant training in areas directly associated with: Health Services, in general, and Mental Health, in particular; Services connected to Social Security and Health, Social Reintegration Services; Psychology Services or Psychology and Guidance in Schools on the various education levels; Special Education and Rehabilitation Services; Organisational Consultancy Offices; Companies and other Organisations; Job Centre and Professional Training; Teaching in higher education; basic and applied Research.

Mode of Study

The course requires full time class attendance and it is in daytime

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Given the fact that pedagogical assessment is inseparable from teaching, it is intended to ascertain competences and knowledge that students acquired, their critical thinking, their ability to point out and solve problems, as well as their written and oral expression. Students admitted to examination are those who are registered in the curricular units in the academic year in which the exams are carried out and, simultaneously, registered in those examinations, whenever this registration is necessary, in accordance with number 7, article 5 of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra.
The assessment elements are the following examples: written or oral exam, tests, written or practical assignments, as well as individual or group projects that may have to be orally defended and students’ participation in classes. Assessment of each curricular unit may include one or more of the mentioned assessment elements.

The mark obtained by each student in each curricular unit consists of a whole number between 0 and 20 points and students who obtain the minimum final mark of 10 points are successfully assessed.
Whenever assessment of a curricular unit comprises more than one assessment element, the final mark is calculated on the basis of the marks students obtained in each assessment element by means of a formula that is made public in accordance with number 1, article 8 of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Course Coordinator(s)

Marcelino Arménio Martins Pereira

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Lisete Santos Mendes Mónico

Recognition of Prior Learning

The following provisions apply: Article 45 of Decree –Law nr. 74/2006, of 24 March, in the version created by DL nr. 107/2008, of 25 June.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Qualification Requirements and regulations: The Qualification framework is in Law-Decree 74/2006, 24th of March, with the wording amended by Decree No 107/2008, 25th of June and order Nº 782/2009 , 23rd July.

Graduation Requirements

The cycle of studies has a duration of 5 years (300 ECTS) of university education. This specialised training includes a mandatory Internship, on which a report must be produced, and Research Seminars leading to the production of a Monograph (Master’s Thesis/Dissertation).

Access to Further Studies

The qualification provides access to 3rd cycle studies in Psychology.

Study Programme

Common core
Integrated Master's in Psychology
Areas of expertise
Clinical Psychogerontology
Cognitive-behavioral Interventions in Psychological and Health Disorders
Educational Psychology, Development and Counseling
Forensic Psychology
Occupational and Organizations Psychology
Psychopathology and Dynamic Psychotherapies
Systemic Psychotherapy and Family

Academic year

Course Type
Integrated Study Cycle (1st and 2nd)

DGES Code: 9555

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 5 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 300.0

Category: Integrated second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 21-09-2020
End date: 18-12-2020
2nd Semester
Start date: 15-02-2021
End date: 21-05-2021


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2014-03-03 a 2020-03-02
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior