Master’s Degree in Economics

Faculty of Economics

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Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



18 Month(s)

ECTS Credits



Continuity second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

Adelino Manuel Guimarães Fortunato (adelino@fe.uc.pt)

Hélder Miguel Correia Virtuoso Sebastião (helderse@fe.uc.pt)

Marta Cristina Nunes Simões (mcsimoes@fe.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Carmen Isabel de Oliveira Amado Mendes (carmen.mendes@fe.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
Objectives: The Master’s in Economy aims to provide a thorough scientific and technical training in the basic fields of economic theory, including a specialization in the following fields: European economy, financial economy, industrial economy, economy of governance and institutions, and economy of growth and structural policies. This programme also intends to provide a more advanced and applied knowledge of some macroeconomic and microeconomic aspects.

Curricular Structure: The Master's programme lasts 3 semesters for full-time students, including completion of a project work/internship report. The Master's programme taught subjects are composed of three mandatory units of study (18 ECTS); two mandatory units of study in each specialization field (12 ECTS); four units of study in optional units of study (24 ECTS) and a Research Seminar (4 ECTS).
Mode of Study
Teaching sessions take place from Monday to Friday in the afternoon.
Access to Further Studies
Master's graduates in Economy have increased competences for applying to a PhD programme.
Admission Requirements

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 responsible for the Master's study cycle; d) In justified cases, applicants showing a scientific and professional curriculum relevant for attending the current study cycle may access the Master's study cycles upon recognition by the Scientific Council responsible for the Master's study cycle.

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

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 No. 9957-C/2007 of 29 May publishes the course's programme structure and study plan.
Professional Goals
Master's graduates in Economy have advanced qualifications to exercise functions in several business fields, such as auditing and consulting, banking and insurance, studies and planning, teaching and research, namely in central, regional and local public administration, public bodies, and national and international companies and associations.
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

The Master's degree requires the successful completion of all units of study in the study plan (58 ECTS), as well as the successful completion and defence of the project work or internship report (32 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
  • 2015-03-23 a 2021-03-22
R/A-Ef 1610/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18