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UCP degree programmes and the resulting qualifications (bachelor`s, master`s and doctorate) have the same value and effects as those from state universities (Decree-Law 128/90)

Since it started operating, in 2009, A3ES (the Portuguese Evaluation, Quality-assurance and Accreditation Agency for Higher Education) has been accrediting and evaluating our degree programmes. 


Following the signature of the Bologna Declaration, Portugal restructured its higher education system between 2006 and 2010.

Presently all university curricula are based on the ECTS (European Credit and Transfer System). There are three cycles leading to the degrees of bachelor (undergraduate programmes, 3 to 4 years), master (postgraduate programmes 1 and a half to 2 years), and doctor (postgraduate programmes, taught or by research, further 3 years)

Executive Education, Professional Development Courses, Summer Schools

Professional and executive development courses are organized  by most Schools of the University  and are available in a variety of formats, including short courses, summer schools, seminars, e-learning, in-house programmes and diploma courses.

Programmes cover a wide variety of topics; some are designed for professionals from particular market sectors, but many provide more general skills and insights into current and future best practice.

Many of these courses are credit bearing.

UCP Business Schools - Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics (CLSBE) and Católica Porto Business School  (CPBS)- have been providing high-level executive education  for nearly twenty years.

CPBS  is particularly focused on the lusophone world. It offers among others the Atlantic MBA, taught in Porto, S.Paulo, and Luanda.

CLSBE holds the prestigious "Triple Crown" accreditation and is the top-ranked Portuguese School in the FT European Business Schools rankings 2015, where it is now ranked 38th in Europe .

Regime and timetable

The teaching system requires students to attend classes, although there may be special circumstances, such as worker-students (Regulation for worker-students).

As post-graduate and executive courses are designed for working people, teaching will take place at the end of the day and on Saturdays.


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