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BSc in Psychology

Degree programme: BE Faculty: Psychology and Education Department
Mode: Full-time Start in: September
Credits: 180 Duration: 3 years
Vacancies: 60  





The BP contributes to the initial training of psychologists, in accordance with EuroPsy international guidelines, established in the European Certificate in Psychology. The cycle of studies is based on an active teaching methodology that values knowledge and the performance of scientific research. The faculty is highly qualified, integrated in national and international research teams, motivated and available, establishing a close relationship with students.

This degree provides an excellent education opportunity for students seeking an updated challenging training in psychology!


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The objetives of the present cycle of study are the following:

a) Building scientific knowledge in the field of psychology, through a basic and essential training, accross the areas of specialization proposed by EFPA, the European Federation of Psychologists' Association, in Europsy, European Certificate in Psychology, and the Portuguese Psychologists Order (Clinical and Health; Education, Counselling and School; Social, Work and Organizations);

b) To acquire and develop skills in scientific research planning in psychology;

c) To acquire and develop knowledge on the biological basis of individual differences and of the neurological endocrine and other physiological processes inherent to the study of mental processes and human behavior;

d) Identify the development of psychology as a science since its beginnings, as well as the main paradigms in the construction of knowledge in this area;

e) Acquire and develop skills in the context of initiation to scientific research, promoting their effective implementation throughout the cycle of study and thus contributing to the construction of scientific knowledge in the area;

f) To identify models and theories in the context of communication psychology, cognition, motivation, development, education, social, personality, health, organizations and psychopathology, demonstrating ability to express and anticipate application scenarios of the acquired knowledge;

g) Recognize the fundamentals of psychological evaluation;

h) To develop knowledge and understanding of the underlying ethical principles to psychological practice;

i) To develop interpersonal, instrumental and systemic skills that enhance accountability for learning throughout the cycle of study and contribute to the proper professional performance as well as a fruitful academic development at the 2nd cycle of studies.

Why choose this course

The proposed 1st cycle in Psychology is based on an active teaching methodology that privileges, along with the construction of scientific knowledge, the conduction scientific research and the contact with professional practice of psychology through curricular and extra-curricular activities. This study cycle aims to prepare students for the integrated master at the scientific research level, through a route throughout the different areas of psychology.

Career prospects

To practice as a Psychologist, it is mandatory to complete the 1st and 2nd cycles of study in Psychology.

Admission requirements

Short track (2 years) available for Bachelor graduates. Ask for details.


Program content

This degree allows its students to:

a) Build scientific knowledge in the field of psychology, through an essential and cross-cut training in the areas of specialization established by EFPA, the European Federation of Psychologists' Association, in Europsy, the European Certification in Psychology, and by the Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses, enabling the knowledge of primary psychological processes;

b) Acquire and develop specific skills in the Psychology areas of expertise, thereby contributing to a more conscious and informed choice on the specialization area within the 2nd cycle studies in Psychology; and

c) Acquire and develop solid skills in research in Psychology, including the proficiency in results dissemination.


Study plan

1st year, 1st semester


Course Unit


Statistics and Data Analysis 1 5
Cognitive Psychology 1 6
History of Psychology 4
Human Biology 4
Theories of Ethical Reasoning 3
Portuguese Language Laboratory 3
Research Methodology 1 5

1st year, 2nd semester


Course Unit


Psychology of Emotions 5
Psychology of Motivation 5
Research Methodology 2 6
Information and Knowledge Society 3
Cognitive Psychology 2 6
Statistics and Data Analysis 2 5

2nd year, 1st semester


Course Unit


Psychology of Education 1 5
Social Psychology 1 5
Developmental Psychology 1 5
Psychophysiology 5
Foundations of Psychological Assessment 5
Psychology of Personality 5

2nd year, 2nd semester


Course Unit


Psychology of Organisations 5
Psychopathology 1 5
Developmental Psychology 2 5
Social Psychology 2 5
Psychology of Education 2 5
Optional 5

3rd year, 1st semester


Course Unit


Psychopathology 2 5
Psychology of Health and Well-being 5
Psychological Intervention Models 1 5
Vocational Psychological 5
Entrepreneurship 5
Optional 5

3rd year, 2nd semester


Course Unit


Family Psychology 7
Psychological Intervention Models 2 6
Data Analysis Advanced Methods 6
Epistemology of Psychology 6
Optional 5



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