Master’s in Public and Private Administration

Faculty of Law

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Academic year




Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits



Advanced specialization second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

Rui Manuel de Figueiredo Marcos (uc32107@uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Maria Matilde Costa Lavouras Francisco (uc36508@uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
The Master’s in Public and Private Administration is constituted as a specialized technical and scientific training programme designed for students and professionals willing to deepen their training in the Public Administration area, in line with the new organizational and management presuppositions emerging in connection with national and international administrative institutions.Without calling into question the interdisciplinary orientation in a cycle of studies like this one, the programme is designed to make the Law field one of the focal points, in that Public Administration investigators and professionals require the specific training that will enable them to fully implement the subordination of Administration (in any form, or whatever its scope) to juridicity.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
The Programme aims to 1) ensure the proper balance between cross-cutting and specialized training, by providing the courses needed to understand the heterogeneous situations behind the institutional and functional complexity of the market in both the public and the private administration world; 2) promote technical and scientific know-how and how-to-be skills needed at all organization levels; 3) provide the technical and scientific instruments that will enable the perception and analysis of the organization’s core components, and also the collection and analysis of relevant data, so as the tasks are performed according to the institutional goals and the goals and results inherent to the tasks performed; 4) enable students to develop skills that help them manage and lead change processes; 5) provide the skills needed for the autonomous, thorough and creatively responsible performance of the tasks assigned, and the skills needed to propose and report the solutions and results achieved.
Mode of Study
Regime daytime, full-time, face-to-face
Access to Further Studies
PhD degree studies.
Admission Requirements

Students who meet the following criteria may apply to this programme: a) Holders of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent; b) Holders of a foreign academic degree following a 1st cycle of studies according to the principles of the Bologna Process by a country adhering to this process; c) Holders of a foreign academic degree recognized for the fact of meeting the objectives of a degree; d) holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum which the Scientific Council considers to enable the candidate to successfully complete this cycle of studies.

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

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 Decree-Law nº 74/2006, of the 24th March, in its current wording; and by Ordinance nº 782/2009, of the 23rd July.
Professional Goals
State, Central and Peripheral Administration, Public institutes, Independent regulatory anthorities, Administration of the Autonomous Regions; Local Government, State-owned and Local Enterprises and other corporate entities, Financial Institutions, EU Administration, International Organizations, Social Economy Sector Institutions, Companies managing Public Service and Public Works, Public and Private Foundations, other public or private entities.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' skills and training, 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

Successful completion of courses totaling 120 ECTS, plus a dissertation or internship report with public discussion.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 01-10-2018
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
  • 2016-12-21 a 2022-12-20
R/A-Cr 136/2016 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2017-02-03