Doctorate

The third cycle of studies, leading to the doctorate degree, follows two models:

  • The traditional "tutorial" model of research under the direct and individual orientation of one or sometimes two professors or researchers, in order to present and defend a thesis. Its duration is at least four semesters;
  • The new model, introduced in 2003/04, in which research is preceded by a curricular part: the PhD program. These PhDs with a program have a normal duration between six and eight semesters and confer between 180-240 ECTS credits.

The Faculty of Education and Psychology of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (FEP-UCP) offers its students a quality education in the fields of Education and Psychology. The educational offer in Education includes several post-graduate courses, a master's degree and a PhD program (at the Porto Regional Centre and the Catholic University of Mozambique).

The Faculty of Human Sciences is organized in five scientific areas - Communication Sciences, Culture Studies, Philosophy, Social Sciences and Psycho-Pedagogical Sciences - offering a total of 5 degrees, 11 master's degrees (with a total of 24 variants or annual specializations) and 5 PhDs. Moreover there is a Graduate School and an Advanced Training (EPGFA), with a dozen courses of variable format and length, 2 institutes and 4 Study Centers.

The origin of UCP dates from October 13, 1967, when it joined the Faculty of Philosophy of Braga as the first institution, which had been operating in the city since 1947. The Regional Center of Braga was born on October 25, 1999, with the purpose of consolidating and to develop the presence of the Portuguese Catholic University in the region. The Regional Center of Braga currently offers 9 degrees, 21 master's degrees and 6 doctorates, distributed by its faculties.

The Faculty of Theology has the mission to cultivate and promote, through scientific research and higher teaching, theological and related sciences; to study Catholic doctrine, haurida of Divine Revelation, and to expose it orderly, seeking, in the light of the same Revelation, solutions to human problems.

The Faculty of Theology has the mission to cultivate and promote, through scientific research and higher teaching, theological and related sciences; to study Catholic doctrine, haurida of Divine Revelation, and to expose it orderly, seeking, in the light of the same Revelation, solutions to human problems.

The Faculty of Theology and its centres of study intend to promote, through scientific research and higher education, the study of experience, history and doctrine associated with the Christian faith and other religious traditions and to support the Catholic Church in the performance of its mission.

The Institute of Bioethics (IB) was created by the Superior Council of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in July 2002, with the commitment to extend and adapt the research work in Bioethics to new developments in science and technology.

The School of Arts in Porto is directed to all those who are interested in the ancient and contemporary artistic and cultural heritage, in a diversified theoretical and practical education, and who are curious and have an open mind to research and fondness for problem solving.