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Global MPhil European and Comparative Law

Degree programme: MPhil Faculty: Law Department
Mode: Full-time Start in: September
Credits: 120 Duration: 4 Semesters
Vacancies: 20  

Message from the Program Coordinator

The Global MPhil European and Comparative Law is a two years programme. The first year is a taught period that, if successfully completed, awards the certificate of LLM European and Comparative Law and allows students to proceed to the research year, where students shall undertake an individual research project. The successful completion of such project awards the degree of Master of Philosophy in Law – MPhil.

The programme has the general objective to promote the acquisition of advanced knowledge in Global European and Comparative Law. The programme develops human resources capable of participating in scientific research projects at an advanced level in Global European and Comparative Law with the epistemological and methodological rigor necessary for scientific research of international standing of Legal Science. The programme includes an individual research project which upon completion will demonstrate highly specialized knowledge, as the basis for original thinking and research in Global European and Comparative Law.

  In this program we have a proud ratio professor: students of 1:3.

The course of studies will be taught entirely in English.

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Programme description

The general course aims to promote the acquisition of advanced knowledge in European, International and Comparative Legal Science. To this end, the study cycle aims to develop human resources capable of participating in advanced scientific research projects in European, International and Comparative Law with the epistemological and methodological rigor indispensable for international scientific research in Legal Science.

The study cycle requires fundamental ethical practices and principles appropriate to legal science research, with a view to problem-solving from an ethical and responsible perspective, to ensure relevant scientific research for society. The study cycle includes an individual research project that in its term will be a demonstration of highly specialized knowledge, which supports the capacity for original reflection and research.

Why Choose this programme

The course of study aims at promoting development through the creation of knowledge in a global and interdisciplinary perspective. Aims to attract young researchers of excellence around the world, turning them into human resources capable of designing, coordinating and executing scientific research projects at an advanced level in European and Comparative Law, an international collaborative environment and the epistemological and methodological rigor necessary appropriate the production of a contribution to knowledge that expands the frontiers of knowledge and it is susceptible to international refereed publication. These objectives coincide at all with the educational, scientific and cultural design UPT as their joint and international nature are the ultimate expression of the execution of the strategic plan for internationalization.

Career Prospect

Jurists specialized in European Law, Public International Law, Constitutional Law and Comparative Constitutional Systems. It is also a suitable training for all jurists wishing to join international organizations (courts, foreign ministry, NGOs ...).

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes corresponds to level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning?(EQF) in accordance with the Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area. The conclusion of the course involves a systematic and comprehensive understanding of International, European and Comparative law, the domain of its own techniques of these areas of law, as well the research methodologies in Legal Science in general and in the field of International, European and Comparative Legal Science in particular. Graduates will be capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas and to implement processes of research, with scholarly integrity in International, European and Comparative Law, within academic and professional contexts, contributing to technological, social or cultural advancement in a knowledge based society.

Specific Entry requirements

The entry requirements are specified in the DL nº 74/2006, last amended by DL 115/2013:

- Holders of a degree or legal equivalent in law;

- Holders of a foreign academic degree conferred following a 1st cycle of studies in Law organized accordingly to the principles of Bologna;

- Holders of a foreign academic degree recognized as meeting the objectives of a degree by the Scientific Board of the Portucalense University;

- Holders of academic, scientific or professional CVs recognized by the Scientific Board of the Portucalense University as attesting the capacity to undertake this course.

Candidates are ranked by criteria defined in the programme regulation of the course taking under consideration the academic training, professional development, publications and communications, research and participation in projects.

More about the MPhil

The MPhil degree in European and Comparative Law has the general objective to promote the acquisition of advanced knowledge in European Legal Science, International and Comparative. To this end, the course of study aims to develop human resources capable of participating in scientific research projects at an advanced level in European, International and Comparative Law with the epistemological and methodological rigor necessary for scientific research of international standing of Legal Science.

The course of study requires practical and appropriate to the investigation of Juridical Science, with a view to solving problems in a responsible and ethical perspective, to ensure relevant to society scientific research fundamental ethical principles. The course of study includes an individual research project which upon completion will mark a demonstration of highly specialized knowledge, as the basis for original thinking and research.

International approach

 International students are welcome! They have a chance to participate in the MPhil program through a regular application (becoming regular students of UPT), or decide to choose this course for an experience of international mobility (ERASMUS +, in this case the candidates must be regularly registered in a MPHil degree in another European university). In both cases, UPT supports international students with personalized attention and care and giving all the necessary information about the city, accommodation, transport system, entertainment and leisure, etc.

 An International Coordination Service purposely created for this matter will be fully at their service!

Study plan

1st year, 1st semester

 

Course Unit

ECTS

Public International Law 10
Comparative Law Methodology 10
Research Methodology in Legal Science 10

1st year, 2nd semester

 

Course Unit

ECTS

European Private Law 10
International Private Law 10
European Public Law 10

2nd year, Annual

 

Course Unit

ECTS

Individual research project and dissertation 60

 

Contact

ingresso@upt.pt


 

 

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