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). (see more information here).
The Faculty of Human Sciences is organized in five scientific areas - Communication Sciences, Culture Studies, Philosophy, Social Sciences and Psychology - offering a total of 6 degrees, 9 master's degrees (with a total of 16 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 3 Study Centers.
In January 2015 was created the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences as a result of the fusion of two faculties of the Braga Regional Centre of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Faculty of Philosophy and Faculty of Social Sciences). Currently this faculty offers 7 undergraduate degrees, 9 master's degrees and 3 doctoral degree.
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.
Plurilocalised teaching in Lisbon, Braga and Porto.