Masters’ degree in Democracy and Governance - Roads to Democracy(ies)

Faculty of Economics

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Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits



Advanced specialization second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

Virgínia Carmo Ferreira (virginia@fe.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Carmen Isabel de Oliveira Amado Mendes (carmen.mendes@fe.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
The Master's "Roads to Democracy(ies) aims to develop a broader understanding of how the concept of democracy has been understood and applied.
It is aimed that students will develop the ability to understand and comment on the mechanisms that underlie the existing conceptual diversity, as well as the ways in which democratic transitions have been made. It is also expected, on the one hand, that students develop the necessary skills to allow them to critically and independently assess the democratic developments in national and supra-national; on the other hand students are expected to acquire awareness of the fragility of the democratic institutions and the importance of the concept of citizenship in the democratic process. Finally, through additional and specialized training, the program will promote the acquisition of working tools,
expertise, capacity for reflection, research, coordination and planning that will allow the execution of research projects autonomously.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
The participation in this master’s program will enable the students to:
- Acquire an awareness of the diversity, complexity and variation in the processes of social and political construction of democratic ideals, its institutions and structures;
- Develop a broad, diachronic and comparative knowledge of the mechanisms that govern the transitions to democracy;
- Be able to comment on the contemporary democratic developments either domestically or in a supranational dimension;
- Interpret international events;
- Understand differences and similarities in the democratic regimes in Europe;
- Become aware of the fragility of democratic institutions and the importance of citizenship in the democratic process;
- Recognize the importance of ex-centric areas of knowledge in the constitution of democratic ideals;
- Acquire the ability to plan and execute complex tasks;
- Develop comparative working habits;
- Exercise creative skills.
Mode of Study
Admission Requirements

Can apply for the Masters of Roads to Democracy (ies) who satisfies the conditions expressed in art 17 of Decree-Law No 107/2008 of 25 June. Deadlines, application forms and the fees shall be defined and approved by the bodies of the institutions and in accordance with the standards in force at UC. The selection and preranking of candidates to the Masters will be carried out by Scientific Boards, on a proposal from the Coordination of the Studies Cycle, taking into consideration the cumulative weight of:
- curriculum evaluation
- interview (only in case it is thought to be important for the ranking).

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no 74/2006, de 24 th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; ordinance no 782/2009, 23th July.
Professional Goals
Graduates with a master degree in Roads to Democracy will be employable in a wide variety of occupations. A master degree provides a good basis for responsible positions in secondary and higher education (PhD programme), civil service on the local, regional and national levels, journalism, international organisations, tourism as well as enhancing cultural heritage in its various manifestations including archives, museums and libraries.
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.
Graduation Requirements

The master’s degree will be awarded after successful completion of all the curricular units of the study programme and writing and defending publicly an original dissertation, totalling 120 ECTS. The successful completion of the curricular units of the first two semesters, corresponding to 60 ECTS awards a specialization course diploma.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2017-08-11 a 2020-08-10
R/A-Cr 206/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-12-06