Master Degree in Law

General Objectives of the Course

The Scientific Masters, focused in 7 specialisation areas, with a duration of 4 semesters and 120 ECTS, as well as numeri clausi, is composed by an annual specialisation course and an annual thesis. The specialisation course is predominantly composed by annual studies units which favour seminars and the evaluation of pupils through working papers. The annual dissertation aims to attain excellence levels in research.
The Scientific Master is awarded in the following areas of specialization:
Civilist-Legal Sciences;
-Legal-Criminal Sciences;
-Legal and Economic Sciences;
-Legal and Business Sciences;
-Legal-Philosophical Sciences;
-Legal-Historical Sciences;
-Legal and Political Sciences.
The area of Legal Sciences Civilist consists of the following:
-Mention in Civil Law;
-Mention in Civil Procedural Law.
The area of Legal and Business Sciences consists of the following:
-Mention in Business Law;
-Mention in Employment Law.
The area of law and politics consists of the following:
Mention-in Administrative Law;
Mention-in Constitutional Law;
Mention in-Law of the Land, Urbanism and Environment;
Mention-in Tax Law;
-Mention in Public International Law and European.

Admission Requirements

The access to the course of study leading to master's degree is done by submitting an application, the deadline set by the Director of the School. May apply to the course leading to a Master's degree:
- Holders of a degree in law or legal equivalent;
- Holders of a foreign academic degree conferred following a 1. Cycle of studies organized according to law the principles of the Bologna Process by a State acceding to this Process;
- Holders of a foreign academic degree in law, recognizing that the Scientific Council meet the objectives of a degree;
- Holders of an academic, scientific or professional Scientific Council recognizes that the ability to attest to this cycle of studies.
- Candidates for the course of study leading to master's degree must have a final mark set by the Scientific Council billion annually, by 31 October.

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

Professional Goals

Judicial legal practice; Magistracies and Public prosecution service; Diplomacy, Regional, National and Communitarian Civil service; Registers and Notary office; Judged of Peace; Judicial Police officer; Foreigners' Service and Frontiers; International Organizations; University Teaching; Investigation; Secondary Teaching; Private Institutions; Contentious; Social Communication.

Mode of Study

Integral Regime/daytime

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

The Scientific Masters favours research in specialised legal areas, the development of the own ability to theoretical construction as well as the conception of new solutions and interpretation of complex problems in multidisciplinary realities. This Masters wishes also to stimulate the continuation of studies in the 3rd Cycle.

Course Coordinator(s)

Luís António Malheiro Meneses Vale

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

João António Pinto Monteiro

Sandra Cristina Farinha Abrantes Passinhas Videira

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Act n.º 74/2006, of 24 of March, with the subsequent alterations, Ordinance n.º 782/2009, of 23 of July, and Order n.º 2961/2011, published in the Diário da República, ( Portuguese Official Gazette)2nd Series, n.º 29, of 10 of February.

Graduation Requirements

The master's degree in Law is granted to the one who obtains approval to 120 or 90 ECTS, distributed by 4 or 3 semesters, as it is a Scientific Master's degree or a Master's degree in Legal and Forensic Sciences.
The cycle of studies conducive to the degree of master integrates a course of specialization (60 ECTS) and a dissertation of scientific nature, that corresponds to 60 ECTS in the Scientific Master's degree, or to 30 ECTS in the Master's degree in Legal and Forensic Sciences.

Access to Further Studies

The conclusion of the 2nd Cycle of Law Studies allows the access to the 3rd Cycle of Studies in several areas of knowledge.

Study Programme

Civil Law / Civil Law Branch
Civil Law / Civil Procedure Law Branch
Corporate Law / Corporate Law Branch
Corporate Law / Labour Law Branch
Criminal Law
Economic Law
Historical Law
Philosophical Law
Public Law / Administrative Law Branch
Public Law / Constitutional Law Branch
Public Law / Planning, Urban and Environmental Law Branch
Public Law / Public International and European Law
Public Law / Tax Law Branch

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: 9279

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Advanced specialization second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 20-09-2021
End date: 18-12-2021
2nd Semester
Start date: 07-02-2022
End date: 21-05-2022


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2022-04-04 a 2025-04-04
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Cr 186/2010/AL01