Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Communication

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Academic year




Course Type

1st Cycle Studies

Qualification Awarded



6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits


Course Coordinator(s)

Rita Joana Basílio de Simões (rbasilio@fl.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Sílvio Manuel Rodrigues Correia dos Santos (uc37244@uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
a) Provide theoretical and practical introductory training in journalism and communication.
b) Develop skills for the formulation of messages appropriate to the areas of communication.
c) Initiate the current development of the areas of specialization associated with journalism and communication.
d) Provide basic knowledge of the dynamics and the social, economic, political, legal, professional and ethical frameworks of journalism and communication;
e) Develop an interdisciplinary approach to the acquisition of selection and interpretation and application of appropriate literature in relation to the content, context, objectives and quality of information.
f) Develop the capacity to think autonomously and critically, performing tasks and proposing solutions to problems in the an educational context.
g) Provide skills to employ study methodologies in education.
h) Allow access to previous study cycles.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
a) Acquire the skills to correctly, effectively and creatively produce oral and written messages for diverse audiences.
b) Acquire skills to analyze, organize and communicate using a variety of supports, different types of information with distinct ends;
c) Master the theory and practical tools that encourage thinking and using the terminology relevant to each traditional means of communication in their modern multimedia usage;
d) Employ the technologies and systems currently in use to select, formulate, and transmit information, as well as the principal trends and theories that create and criticize them;
e) Learn to read and analyze specialized texts and documents on any relevant theme, and summarize or adapt them using language that the general public can understand;
f) Master the principles of professional ethics in journalism and communication as well as those of legal communication.
Mode of Study
Access to Further Studies
Second cycle of studies (Master’s degree).
Admission Requirements

One of the following exams: (06) Philosophy or (11) History or (18) Portuguese. Minimum Grades: Application Grade: 95 points; Admission exams: 95 points; Calculation Formula: High School average: 50%; Admission exams: 50%.

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Recognition of Prior Learning
According to the Rules for Assigning Credits to Prior Learning and Work Experience of the University of Coimbra.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording; Ordinance nr 782/2009, 23rd July.
Professional Goals
Journalist, Reporter, Press Officer, Professional of Organizational Communication, Professor, Researcher, Senior Technician in Public Administration.
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 factors: 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 factors. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever the grade comprises more than one factor, the final grade is calculated using the grade for each factor using a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.
Graduation Requirements

Achievement of the passing grade in a set of curricular units that amount to a total of 180 ECTS.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2015-04-24 a 2021-04-23
R/A-CR 29/2015 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2015-05-27