Masters in Psychology

Program Description

The Department of Education and Psychology's Master's in Psychology provides the acquisition of knowledge and the development of advanced skills in assessment, intervention and research. There are three areas of specialization:

  1. Clinical and Health Psychology
  2. Psychology of Education and Human Development
  3. Psychology of Justice and Deviant Behaviors

Why a Master's in Psychology?

  • Students and the job market recognize the quality of our teaching
  • Our curriculum offers a strong foundation in the psychology profession in a wide array of contexts and for scientific research
  • We have adopted innovative pedagogical  approaches (e.g., service-based learning), which are available through our Pedogogical Innovation Lab
  • We ensure that students get to perform work that relates to real issues in the community (e.g., study trips and field work)
  • Through the Research Center for Human Development and the Neuroscience Lab, we promote student involvement from the very first year. Students pursue research projects that intend to tackle emerging social problems
  • A tightknit community fosters relationships between professors and students
  • We offer a tutorial for all students where we offer pedagogical assistance throughout their time in the department
  • We have a University Psychology Clinic that contributes information about real cases to better students' studies and training
  • We have a diverse network of partners who can offer curricular internships
  • We offer short-term international internships that allows one to develop professional expertise and to expand their horizons
  • We have students of many nationalities and visiting through the Erasmus Program, fostering an enriching cultural exchange
  • Our students can take advantage of a dynamic and intertwined campus that offers many initiatives for personal and professional development
  • We offer services to help students transition into the labor market

Plan of Study

The Master's curriculum also fosters the development of widely applicable skills, which are highly valued by the job market and essential to the pursuit of Psychology (e.g., initiative and proactivity, critical thinking, communication skills, adaptability, complex problem solving and independent / teamwork)

Guaranteed access to the Portuguese Psychological Mandate (Law 57 / 2008 of the fourth of September). In response to the European Diploma in Psychology/European Framework for Psychologists' Training, the Master's Degree in Psychology has two key components:

  • Professional: Includes the pursuit of a Curricular Internship throughout the school year
  • Academic/Research: Includes the completion of a research project / a Master's Thesis

The Master's degree in Psychology at FEP-UCP is accredited by the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Agency (ref. CEF/0910/14802).

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Diogo Silva Dias

Diogo Silva Dias

First Year Student
I chose Católica to continue my academic career. I was drawn by the program offering me a Master's degree with on par to the level of Psychology pursued on a national level, as well as the vast resources that the department provides us.