Master degree in Forensic Clinical Psychology

General Objectives of the Course

Fostering the acquisition of knowledge and the development of skills for practising Psychology in a forensic context, to wit, (neuro)psychological assessment and intervention with abusers, victims, and families. Fostering the awareness
and the development of scientific research skills necessary to consolidate research in the field of Forensic Psychology, and knowing the processes underlying the construction and validation of forensic (neuro)psychological assessment
instruments, as well as planning and validating interventions.

Admission Requirements

The following are eligible to apply to the MCF: a) Holders of a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in Psychology; b) Holders of a degree in Psychology by a foreign institution, awarded after a first-cycle study structured according to the
principles of the Bologna Process by a participating country; c) Holders of a degree by a foreign institution, recognised as fulfilling the objectives of a bachelor's degree in Psychology; d) Applicants with a relevant academic or professional
CV on Forensic Psychology, recognised as having skills and abilities necessary to undertake a Master's level course.

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

Professional Goals

Access to professional internship tutored by the Portuguese Psychologists Order (OPP) and subsequent registration in that order, mandatory for the exercise of the profession. Psychological practice (assessment and / or intervention) in: court advisory teams, prisons, educational centers, residential care homes for victims (children, youth, adults and the elderly), child and youth protection commissions, national institute of forensic medicine and forensic sciences (INMLCF); advisory bodies in the field of road accidents, work, disability due to physical / mental illness; intervention entities with families involved in legal issues.

Mode of Study


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.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

Upon completion of the Master's degree, students will be able to:
-Analyse a request and plan an appropriate response;
-Create a well-reasoned (neuro)psychological assessment protocol, adjusted to the requests made by the competent
-Develop reports, based on the information collected by applying the assessment protocol, that respond to the
requirements formulated by the requesting entities and support reasoned decision-making;
-Carry out individual/group interventions with victims (children, young people, adults, and the elderly);
-Carry out structured interventions with abusers, young people and adults, in individual/group format, in the community or in confinement;
-Perform interventions in the fields of parental dispute and protection of children and young people;
-Answer as an expert in legal matters;
-Develop research projects to validate assessment tools and to assess the impact of intervention programmes with victims and abuser rehabilitation.

Course Coordinator(s)

Daniel Maria Bugalho Rijo

Isabel Maria Marques Alberto

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

The present study cycle gives the master degree according to the principles in DL 74/2006, of March 24, in its current wording, republished in DL 65/2018, of 16 and August

Graduation Requirements

Achievement of the passing grade in a set of curricular units that amount to a total of 120 ECTS which also include the completion and public defense of a dissertation and an internship report.

Access to Further Studies

PhD degree studies.

Study Programme

Psicologia Clinica Forense

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

DGES Code: MB85

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Continuity second cycle


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
1st Quarterial
Start date: 11-09-2023
End date: 27-10-2023
2nd Quarterial
Start date: 30-10-2023
End date: 17-12-2023
3rd Quarterial
Start date: 01-01-2024
End date: 28-02-2024
4th Quarterial
Start date: 01-03-2024
End date: 31-05-2024


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2020-07-31 a 2026-07-31
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Cr 20/2021