Bachelor's Degree in Geography

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)

Paulo Nuno Maia de Sousa Nossa (paulonossa@fl.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Isabel Maria Rodrigues de Paiva (uc36546@uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
The Geography major integrates several subject fields (Social and Earth Sciences), which provides a broad area knowledge that addresses current problems at different levels. It occupies a crossroads where natural and social phenomena meet, and plays a key role in the interpretation, understanding and explanation of these phenomena. In this sense, the curriculum seeks to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of required geography based education targeted to the preparation of professionals capable of responding to decision making in the context of planning and land management.
The curriculum includes a group of classes, updated from an epistemological, conceptual and methodological perspective. A strong practical component is added to the more nuclear material, focused on the use of current techniques and methodologies, giving students an eclectic, pragmatic and dynamic area view.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
Develop knowledge regarding the spatial distribution of natural, social, economic, political and cultural phenomena and the territorialization of different players:
• build a solid and updated conceptual system in the areas of knowledge geographic
• understand realities/territorial contexts
• learn methodologies and techniques appropriate for different areas of geography as well as introductory academic research
• analyze processes and natural and social phenomena at different levels of space-time
• develop skills geared to integrated analysis within natural and social systems
• use of instruments for exploratory data analysis and support in cartography production
• apply appropriate methodologies to exploratory processes, phenomena and geographical contexts
• demonstrate critical skills in the analysis of territorial concepts, content, processes and dynamics
• design and implement land use and management tools.
Mode of Study
The working regime and the mode of study of the course is full-time, face-to-face and daytime.
Access to Further Studies
Second cycle of studies (Master’s degree).
Admission Requirements

One of the following exams: Biology and Geology (02) or Economics (04) or Geography (09). Minimum Marks: Application Mark - 95 points; Admission Exams - 95 points. Calculation Formula: High School Average - 50%; Admission Exams - 50%. Prerequisites: Ability to See.

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Recognition of Prior Learning
According to the Credits for Previous Learning and Work Experience Policy of the University of Coimbra.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The legal framework for the qualification is established by the Decree-Law nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording; and Ordinance nr 782/2009, 23rd July.
Professional Goals
Senior Official in Public Administration, Senior Technician in Public Administration, Public Relations Professional, Territorial Management, Teaching, Researcher, Diplomacy, Consulting.
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.
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
  • 2015-05-25 a 2021-05-24
R/A-Cr 42/2015 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2015-06-03