Bachelor's Degree in Economics

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.

Admission Requirements

National Call for Access and Entry to Higher Education (DGES):

One of the following sets:
19 Mathematics A
04 Economy
19 Mathematics A
18 Portuguese
19 Mathematics A

Application score: 95 points (0-200 scale)
Entry exams: 95 points (0-200 scale)

Calculation Formula:
Secondary school average: 50%
Entry exams: 50%

Other forms of access (UC-applicants):
- Change of Institution / Course Pair Schemes;
- Special Access Call for over 23-years-olds;
- Special Access Call for Holders of Other Higher Education Courses;
- Special Call for International Students.

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

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.

Mode of Study

Full- or part-time attendance, presence required in daytime schedule.

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Are in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Faculty of Economics and University of Coimbra, including the General Rules for Assessment and the Pedagogical Rules at the Faculty of Economics and the Pedagogical and Academic Regulation at the University of Coimbra. According to these documents, the assessment can be done through individual examination; continuous assessment (which may include different elements such as tests, papers or class participation, to be assessed on a continuity basis); or mixed assessment, which combines with the final exam with components of continuous assessment. The final grade varies between zero (0) and twenty (20). Minimum grade of 10 is required to successfully complete the course.

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).

Course Coordinator(s)

Carlota Maria Miranda Quintal

Maria da Conceição Costa Pereira

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

António Manuel Portugal Duarte

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

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.

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.

Access to Further Studies

Bachelor's graduates in Economics have competences for applying to a 2nd cycle studies.

Study Programme

Common core
Bachelor's Degree in Economics
Areas of expertise
Economics with Minor

Academic year

Course Type
1st Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9081

Qualification Awarded: Bachelor's Degree

Duration: 3 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2023
End date: 16-12-2023
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2024
End date: 23-05-2024


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