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Universidade Lusófona

Master in Science of Religions

Faculty of Social Sciences, Education and Administration


Ministerial Decree nº 6034/2007 of 23 March

A3ES Decision


Decision date


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Confered Degree | Duration | ECTS

Master | 4 Semesters | 120 ECTS

Programme Director

Professor Doutor José Brissos-Lino


Maria Manuela Gomes

Entrance Conditions

The following may apply for the Master's Degree:
a) People who hold a B.A. or equivalent degree;
b) People who hold a foreign academic degree awarded after a 1st study cycle organized according to the Bologna Process by a member state of that process;
c) People who hold a foreign academic degree acknowledged as a degree satisfying the objectives of the graduate degree by the due body;
d) People who have a school, scientific or professional curriculum acknowledged by the due body of ULHT certifying the capacity to obtain this study cycle.

Programme requirements

Have completed a total of 120 ECTS


The creation of this study cycle fits in with recent international dynamics that led to the creation of the European Association for the Study of Religions (2002) affiliated to the International Association for the History of Religions -IASR). This 2nd Cycle in Science of Religions by ULHT received great influence when it welcomed the Secretary-General of IASR in 2007.
The formulation of this course is intended mainly to research on the multiplicity of religious phenomenon, in a total freedom of research and respect. This course appears as a response to the need to train researchers with special tools to work with religious issues not pertaining to the confessional scope.
The 2nd cycle in Science of Religions by ULHT is the only one with these aims in Portugal: a total religious exemption. Thus, we assume as a fundamental objective the development of an academic community dedicated to this study, diverse in religious terms, but always with a scientific approach.

Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired

Skills to be developed in the study cycle:
i) The skills to be developed by students represent a constant teaching concern that deals with the interdisciplinarity inherent in the epistemological definition Science of Religions, and even more important seeing that a significant part of the students attended the first cycle in another area of knowledge. Furthermore, the student in the second cycle in Science of Religions should be able to do research in the religious phenomenon field, using different methodologies of the Social Sciences and Humanities.
ii) They also represent the student¿s ability to dialogue and to respect, which exist beyond the beliefs and religious practices of each and everyone. Seeing the work of the religion scientist is increasingly more important, through the study of movements and current phenomena, the researcher should be able to escape the constraints of his upbringing or faith. This exercise is the key to the legitimacy of a science that, as in this case, implies the comprehension of the present, the field where prejudice is greatly developed;
iii) To achieve these skills of dialogue and respect, students must acquire the minimum skills in research around key
religious phenomena and the principal methodologies of Social Sciences and Humanities.
The operationalization of these objectives is reached by:
- Interdisciplinary teaching practice (curricular units that are not based on a single approach);
- Programmes of curricular units that foster questioning and not the sum of content;
- Field trips to places of worship;
- Meetings with leaders and religious communities;
- Participation and organization of debates;
- Participation in scientific research.
Level of compliance:
The measurement of compliance is achieved through the following instruments:
- Survey of compliance of objectives by teachers and students;
- Preparation of the annual report that is delivered to a Monitoring Committee for review and opinion.
Monitoring Committee:
To monitor compliance with the objectives, a Commission was created which aims to give advice and prepare suggestions on the operation of the course.
This committee is composed by:
- Tim Jensen, secretary general of the International Association for the History of Religions;
- Frank Usarski, director of the PhD program in Religious Sciences at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de S. Paulo;
- João Duque, director of the PhD program in Religious Studies from Universidade Católica Portuguesa
- Luis Salgado de Matos, Coordinating Researcher of Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa;
- Francolino Gonçalves, sub-director of Instituto Bíblico Arqueológico de Jerusalém;

Equipments and venues

Classroom, Library, Work Technology Center, Study Rooms, Bars and Canteens, Offices.
Portable Video projector (by request), Portable PC/Netbook (by request), Overhead projector (by request).

Further Studies

The master degree allows access to postgraduate studies, including PhD.

Occupacional Profiles

Our graduates have tools with significant accuracy in the fields of social work editorial work, diplomacy, cultural and religious advice.
Currently, and following the footsteps of several other European countries, the framework for teachers and other employees of the area develops a wide range of activities that tend to create the image of the necessity of creating a discipline on the religious phenomenon in secondary education.

Scientific Areas

Religião e teologia | Humanidades | Artes e humanidades


Study Plan

Ministerial Decree nº 6034/2007 of 23 March
1st Year/ Core CurriculumSemester ECTS
Eastern Religions and CulturesSemesterly6
Monotheism and Judaic MessianismSemesterly6
Option 1Semesterly6
Option 2Semesterly6
Option 3Semesterly6
Option 4Semesterly6
Scientific MethodologySemesterly6
The Religious Phenomenon in the Contemporary WorldSemesterly6
Christian Churches and ChristianityFirst Semester6
Socioanthropology of Modern IslamSecond Semester6
2nd Year/ Core CurriculumSemester ECTS

Teaching staff

Teachers, Academic Degree and Dedication time
LecturerAcademic DegreesDedication time
Fabrizio BoscagliaDoctoratePart-Time
Henrique Manuel Gouveia PintoDoctorateFull-Time
José Manuel Brissos LinoDoctoratePart-Time
Josias Da Costa JúniorDoctoratePart-Time
Paulo Jorge Soares Mendes PintoMasterFull-Time
Sérgio Augusto Teixeira Travassos Vieira Da SilvaDoctorateFull-Time
Teotónio Rosário De SouzaDoctorateFull-Time


Early Apllications (for enrolled students only) 0 €
External Students 0 €
Holders of Foreign Higher Education 300 €
Holders of University Degree 126 €
Holders of University Degree - Alumni 0 €
Student Insurance40 €
Enrollment and Registration184 €
Average value for 30 ECTS semestral curricular units 245,1 €
Per ECTS 8,17 €

Other fees may be applied in accordance with the regulations in force