Diploma in Basic Studies in Economics

General Objectives of the Course

Objectives:The Diploma in Basic Studies in Economics is a postgraduate course for holders of other degrees without training in economics (or just have a basic level). The Diploma aims to give an overview of economics as a scientific discipline, seeking also to prepare candidates from other backgrounds to attend Masters and other postgraduate courses in the area of ¿¿economics.

Curricular Structure:: The Diploma in Basic Studies in Economics lasts for one semester for a total of 30 ECTS and consists of two compulsory courses, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics, each with 9 ECTS, and two optional units of 6 ECTS each. It is organized in a flexible manner, being able to admit students from diverse areas such as humanities or sciences. However, the selection of optional courses requires the assent of the Coordination of the progamme that will take into account the basic training of the student, guided by a principle of complementarity: the individual plan of each student should complement previous trainin

Admission Requirements

In the case of a postgraduate course, is governed as defined in Article 42 of the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra:
a) Holders of a Bachelor degree or legal equivalent;
b) Holders of a foreign higher education degree awarded after a first study cycle organized according to the principles of the Bologna Process by an acceding State;
c) Holders of a foreign higher education degree recognized as complying with the objectives of the Bachelor degree by the Scientific Council of the Faculty
d) In duly justified cases, applicants showing a scientific and professional curriculum relevant for attending the current Course may access upon recognition by the Scientific Council of the Faculty.

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

Professional Goals

Not applicable

Mode of Study

On school year 2014/2015, teaching sessions will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays

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.

Course Coordinator(s)

Pedro Miguel Girão Nogueira Ramos

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Lina Paula David Coelho

Margarida Isabel Ferreira Santos

Recognition of Prior Learning

Previous training obtained in national or foreign higher education institutions can be recognized.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Decree-Law No. 74/2006, of 24 March, as amended by the Decree-Law No. 107/2008, of 25 June, and by the Decree-Law No. 230/2009, of 14 September. The Order n.º 14 835-AO/2007 of 9 of July publishes the course's programme structure and study plan.

Graduation Requirements

The Diploma in Basic Studies in Economics is obtained after successful completion of a set of four units of study for a total of 30 ECTS.

Access to Further Studies

Holders of the Diploma in Basic Studies in Economics have additional skills for applying to other Postgraduate or Master programs in Economics

Study Programme

Diploma of Basic Studies in Economics

Academic year

Course Type
Non Degree Course

Qualification Awarded: Diploma/Certificate

Duration: 6 Month(s)

ECTS Credits: 30.0

Price : 750.0


Call for Applications (only in portuguese)


1st Semester
Start date: 15-09-2014
Start date (first year): 15-09-2014
End date: 20-12-2014
2nd Semester
Start date: 09-02-2015
End date: 02-06-2015