Master’s in Public and Private Administration

General Objectives of the Course

The Master’s in Public and Private Administration is constituted as a specialized technical and scientific training programme designed for students and professionals willing to deepen their training in the Public Administration area, in line with the new organizational and management presuppositions emerging in connection with national and international administrative institutions.Without calling into question the interdisciplinary orientation in a cycle of studies like this one, the programme is designed to make the Law field one of the focal points, in that Public Administration investigators and professionals require the specific training that will enable them to fully implement the subordination of Administration (in any form, or whatever its scope) to juridicity.

Admission Requirements

Students who meet the following criteria may apply to this programme: a) Holders of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent; b) Holders of a foreign academic degree following a 1st cycle of studies according to the principles of the Bologna Process by a country adhering to this process; c) Holders of a foreign academic degree recognized for the fact of meeting the objectives of a degree; d) holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum which the Scientific Council considers to enable the candidate to successfully complete this cycle of studies.

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

Professional Goals

State, Central and Peripheral Administration, Public institutes, Independent regulatory anthorities, Administration of the Autonomous Regions; Local Government, State-owned and Local Enterprises and other corporate entities, Financial Institutions, EU Administration, International Organizations, Social Economy Sector Institutions, Companies managing Public Service and Public Works, Public and Private Foundations, other public or private entities.

Mode of Study

Regime daytime, full-time, face-to-face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese language

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' skills and training, 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

The Programme aims to 1) ensure the proper balance between cross-cutting and specialized training, by providing the courses needed to understand the heterogeneous situations behind the institutional and functional complexity of the market in both the public and the private administration world; 2) promote technical and scientific know-how and how-to-be skills needed at all organization levels; 3) provide the technical and scientific instruments that will enable the perception and analysis of the organization’s core components, and also the collection and analysis of relevant data, so as the tasks are performed according to the institutional goals and the goals and results inherent to the tasks performed; 4) enable students to develop skills that help them manage and lead change processes; 5) provide the skills needed for the autonomous, thorough and creatively responsible performance of the tasks assigned, and the skills needed to propose and report the solutions and results achieved.

Course Coordinator(s)

Pedro António Pimenta Costa Gonçalves

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

João António Pinto Monteiro

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 legal framework for the qualification is established by Decree-Law nº 74/2006, of the 24th March, in its current wording; and by Ordinance nº 782/2009, of the 23rd July.

Graduation Requirements

Successful completion of courses totaling 120 ECTS, plus a dissertation or internship report with public discussion.

Access to Further Studies

PhD degree studies.

Study Programme

Public and Private Administration

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: M945

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Advanced specialization 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


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2016-12-21 a 2022-12-20
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Cr 136/2016