The undergraduate programme (1st cycle) has a normal duration of six to eight semesters and grants between 180-240 ECTS credits. This grade of study provides students with basic knowledge in the scientific areas of the programme and important competences for their immediate employability or the pursuit of master-level studies (2nd cycle).
The programmes taught by UCP and the degrees granted (undergraduate, masters and doctoral degree) have the same value and produce the same effects as those of the state universities (Decree-Law no. 128/90). This system is based on three study cycles and is structured by the principles of the Bologna Process, which came into operation starting in 2006/07. All Study Programmes taught at Universidade Católica Portuguesa are accredited by "Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior" (Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education - A3ES) and duly registered on “Direção Geral do Ensino Superior” (Directorate General for Higher Education).
The mission of the Institute of Management and Health Organisations is to prepare professionals of excellence giving them skills to work in organisations (businesses, public institutions or third sector) and to promote research and the consequent scientific development, as well as collaborating with other units of the University.
The Institute offers the undergraduate degree in Management, Master's degree in Management and Social Work, Master's degree in Education Sciences (in collaboration with the Faculty of Education and Psychology at Porto) and several postgraduate courses in Management and Social Sciences and also advanced training courses.