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MPhil in Clinical and Health Psychology

Degree programme: MSc Faculty: Psychology and Education department
Mode: Full-time Start in: September
Credits:  120 Duration: 2 years
Vacancies: 20 (a minimum number of students is required)  





Programme coordinator

The MCHP aims to ensure the continuity of training for graduates in psychology, in accordance with the guidelines issued in Europe, and also the acquisition of skills that enable to professional practice and encourage the mobility of Psychologists in Europe. In order to promote the skills needed to develop effective responses to the requests of the labor market this degree offers a training that combines scientific knowledge and research, with practical intervention situations and real work contexts. We are looking forward to welcoming you!

Joana Silva, PhD in Psychology



Programme Content

The Master in Clinical and Health Psychology aims to contribute to the professional development of psychologists, in accordance with the international guidelines established by EuroPsy, the European Certificate in Psychology, and the Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses, in order to standardize training and the access to the labor market, both in Portugal and Europe. This cycle of studies comprises 120 ECTS and a duration of 2 years divided into 4 semesters, corresponding to 60 ECTS each year and 30 ECTS each semester. Under the defined syllabus, the Master in Clinical and Health Psychology includes:

a) An organized set of twelve courses, distributed among different scientific areas, which correspond to 60 ECTS, equally distributed by the 1st and 2nd semesters;

b) A scientific dissertation to which corresponds to a total of 30 ECTS, that will be developed in the 3rd and 4th semesters;

c) A supervised internship corresponding to a total of 30 ECTS, that will take place in the 3rd and 4th semesters.


The Master in Clinical and Health Psychology aims to:

- Plan and construct a research project, selecting, according to the study objectives, the methodology of data collection and quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis, and applying data analysis procedures, namely statistical tests or content analysis, depending on the characteristics of the data;

- To evaluate the psychometric properties of instruments of psychological assessment;

- To deepen and apply knowledge regarding the main theoretical constructs inherent to the cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and systemic models and to the different skills, attitudes and strategies of intervention used by the therapists of these different theoretical models;

- Apply the theoretical principles inherent to each model in the analysis of cases and in the planning of intervention objectives and strategies;

- To develop an adequate ethical reasoning, making use of the Code of Ethics of the Order of Portuguese Psychologists;

- To master psychological assessment procedures and assessment interview skills in different psychopathological disorders and different health settings, taking into account their specificity of use with children, adults and in geriatric settings;

- Prepare psychological reports;

- Plan psychological, health, stress and coping interventions in the context of illness and pain and in the promotion of well-being and quality of life;

- Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the interventions.

Why choose this course

The Master in Clinical and Health Psychology aims to guarantee the continuity of training for graduates in Psychology; compliance with the directives emanating from the European space for training in psychology; and also the development of competencies that enable professional practice and favor the mobility of psychologists in European space. In order to promote the skills needed to develop effective responses to the demands of the labor market, this cycle of studies offers training that links the transmission of solid scientific knowledge to practical and real situations of work contexts.

Career prospects

The Master in Clinical and Health Psychology allows professional practice, namely in:


Admission requirements

Candidates for the Masters in Clinical and Health Psychology must hold a 1st cycle in Psychology, or legal equivalent as defined in points b), c) and d) of Article 12 of the Regulation of the Cycle of Studies leading to the degree of Master , in accordance with the guidelines proposed by Europsy for the normalization of training and entry into the labor market, both at national and European level, as well as Law No. 57/2008, of September 4 - Order of Psychologists.

Program content

The MCHP aims to develop students’ knowledge regarding scientific research methods, different models of psychological intervention, and the use of psychometric instruments. Similarly, it aims to promote the acquisition of skills that enable students to understand, predict and assess individual disorders and imbalances, and to promote personal development and adaptation in different contexts of psychological intervention in the health and clinical domains.


Study Plan 


1st year, 1st semester


Course Unit


Humanistic-Existential Psychological Intervention 4
Systemic Psychological Intervention 4
Research Methodology 1 7
Methods and Techniques of Psychological Evaluation 1 7
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies 4
Psychodynamic Therapies 4

1st year, 2nd semester


Course Unit


Professional Ethics and Deontology 4
Psychological Intervention in Disease and in Pain 5
Research Methodology 2 6
Methods and Techniques of Psychological Evaluation 2 5
Promotion of Well-Being and Quality of Life 5
Health Psychology, Stress and Coping 5

2nd year, annual


Course Unit


Dissertation 30
Supervised Internship 30







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