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 in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process, which came into operation starting in 2006/07.
The undergraduate (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 for the pursuit of master level studies (2nd cycle).
The reputation of the Faculty of Law (Porto School) speaks for itself. It was the first law course north of Coimbra. Over the course of 40 years, it has been building its own body of teachers, trained in Portugal and in prestigious European and North American universities. In the Faculty of Law, it is seen as a fundamental objective to help each student carry out their professional projects and even some of their dreams.