Bachelor's degree in Economics

Faculty of Economics

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Academic year




Course Type

1st Cycle Studies

Qualification Awarded



3 Year(s)

ECTS Credits


Course Coordinator(s)

António Manuel Portugal Duarte (portugal@fe.uc.pt)

Pedro Miguel Avelino Bação (pmab@fe.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

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

General Objectives of the Course
The Bachelor's in Economics values the development of skills which qualify graduates for a consistent, well-grounded assessment of the economic reality, and which simultaneously provide an adequate hands-on preparation for subsequent integration in an increasingly demanding and competitive labour market. The bachelor's in Economics imparts basic knowledge in the fields of economics (micro and macro), solid training in quantitative methods, with an emphasis on statistics and econometrics, and the ability to understand the fundamental characteristics of the Portuguese economy and the European economy. The LE also assumes a strong connection to the scientific area of management in order to familiarize students with relevant topics in the business environment.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
Learning objectives include as well the mastery of fundamental knowledge of sociology, history and law. Students also develop instrumental skills in the context of computer science and English. In addition, students are stimulated to pursue an interdisciplinary path in areas related to economics, in order to provide them with knowledge and tools to ensure skills for a wider range of academic and professional outcomes. Minors allowing a basilar specialization to exercise professional functions related to Sociology and International Relations. The minor in Management allows deepen the training in this area, reinforcing the expertise for the labour market.
Also, the development of interpersonal skills takes place through the processes and methodologies centred on student learning, encouraging individual and group work, which stimulate critical understanding of current economic topics through the economics conceptual and methodological approach, as well as the development of reasoning and communication abilities. Curricular Structure: The Bachelor's in Economics runs over three years (six semesters) and involves 180 ECTS, distributed between compulsory course units (144 ECTS) and optional course units (36 ECTS). Compulsory course units are associated with the following scientific fields: Economics (72 ECTS), Quantitative Methods (30 ECTS), Management (24 ECTS), Sociology (4 ECTS), History (4 ECTS), Law (4 ECTS), Information Technology (4 ECTS) and Languages (2 ECTS).
Mode of Study
Full- or part-time attendance, presence required in daytime schedule.
Access to Further Studies
Access to the Master's in Economics is guaranteed to all students graduating from the 1st cycle in Economics at FEUC in the academic year immediately before.
Admission Requirements

National Admission Test: Mathematics A.

This information does not exempt the consultation of the webpage of the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGES) and/or of the Applicants website. Please, visit the DGES and the Applicants websites

Recognition of Prior Learning
Previous training obtained in national or foreign higher education institutions is recognized.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
DL 74/2006, of 24 March, as amended by the DL 107/2008, of 25 June, by the DL 230/2009, of 14 September, and by the DL 115/2013, of 7 August. The Order 12469/2012, of 24 September, publishes the current course´s programme structure and study plan.
Professional Goals
Bachelor's graduates in Economics have 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 organizations.
Graduation Requirements

Successfully complete 180 ECTS, distributed between 144 ECTS in compulsory course units and 36 ECTS in optional course units. For optional course units, 6 ECTS must be obtained in the curricular unit Seminar (chosen between European Economy Seminar and Portuguese Economy Seminar). The remaining 30 ECTS can be chosen among the 1st cycle curricular units offered at FEUC. The choice to hold the 30 optional ECTS in one of the scientific areas of the remaining FEUC´s 1st cycle of studies (Management, International Relations and Sociology) allows to obtain a degree in Economics with a minor in that scientific area.

Study Programme
Common core
Areas of expertise
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
  • 2015-02-16 a 2021-02-15
R/A-Ef 1606/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18