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Confered Degree | Duration | ECTS

Bachelor | 6 Semesters | 180 ECTS

Programme Director

Prof. Doutor Sérgio Augusto Teixeira Travassos Vieira da Silva


Maria Manuela Gomes

Entrance Conditions

National access competition/tender:
Having completed the 12th grade;
A grade higher than 95 points (range 0-200), in the following entrance exams:
07- Physics and Chemistry
09- Geography
18- Portuguese

Entry competition/tender:
Course changes;
In accordance with Decree 401/2007, of April 5.
Special competition/tender for those over the age of 23:
On completing 23 years of age by the 31st of December of the preceding year
Those not entitled access to higher education (if they have undertaken and been approved in the entrance test for the college they want to enter, they are entitled to the referred access).
Special competition/tender for higher education graduates and Diplomas in Specialized Technology:
(In accordance with Decree-Law No. 393-B/99, of 2 October;
In accordance with Ordinance No. 854-A/99, of 4 October;
In accordance with Decree-Law No. 88/2006, of May 23).

Programme requirements

Have completed a total of 180 ECTS


Security, one of the most important areas of study of the 21st century, is a relatively new field of knowledge at the Portuguese university. This is a multidisciplinary training in which converge, intertwine, combine and complement expertise in the natural sciences, engineering, technology, computer science, economics, management, health sciences, law, sociology, psychology, political science and international relations. The main objective of the program is to develop in students a critical reasoning, skills and capabilities that enable him to cope with major threats in the security area.

Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired

The structure of the course is designed for students to acquire skills to: collect, select and interpret relevant information on security, identify risks and threats that weigh on people and property, identify, evaluate and analyze vulnerabilities political, economic, social and legal likely to threaten security; elaboara and implement contingency plans that could contribute to the prevention, mitigation or resolution of insecurity in society; define, quantify and justify the need and means to address threats to security, to know the public and private institutions and the human and technical resources that can be mobilized to intervene in situations of security threats.
These basic skills must be complemented by the following general responsibilities discriminated.
Building capacity to assess situations and decision by the student in order to provide: ability to solve problems, build and defend itself, ability to collect, select and interpret relevant information, for basing the remedies sought and the opinions given, including the analysis of relevant scientific, social and ethical relevance. Development of communication skills, which can transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to both the public constituted by specialists and by non-specialists.
Development of learning skills, which enable lifelong learning, with a high degree of autonomy.

Equipments and venues

Classroom, Computer Laboratory, Library, Work Technology Center, Study Rooms, Bars and Canteens, Offices.
Fixed Video projector, PC Desktop HP7100 - Pentium IV 3GHz - RAM 512 Mb - HD 40Gb, Portable Video projector (by request), Portable PC/Netbook (by request), Overhead projector (by request).

Further Studies

The degree in Security Studies allows post graduated studies, namely masters.

Occupacional Profiles

Because security is associated with all human activity, there are several sectors that offer a degree in Security Studies the opportunity to apply the skills acquired. They may specialize in multiple areas related to security and thus exert its activity in the different government departments and local government, as well as in business, particularly in areas related to private security. Indeed, security is, in actuality, one of the industries with greater potential. Considering also the many dangers, risks and threats to societies, not only grow the demand for specialist officers to safety. The acquisition of skills will also be crucial for individuals already in the active life, given that globalization and the proliferation of new information technologies and communication calling for a continuous updating of knowledge.


To develop an active policy aiming at its students¿ professional integration is one of the objectives of this study cycle.Thus, besides various cooperation protocols established to integrate our students in internships and on-the-job training in several public and private entities operating in this sector in Portugal, the present study cycle engages in momentary agreements with other institutions with a view to ensuring the effective integration of all its students or futur graduates.

Scientific Areas

Protecção de pessoas e bens | Ciências sociais e do comportamento | Humanidades

Study Plan

1st Year/ Semester ECTS
Option ISemesterly4
Option IISemesterly4
Introduction to LawFirst Semester4
Introduction to Political ScienceFirst Semester6
Introduction to Safety StudiesFirst Semester6
Scientific MethodologyFirst Semester4
Theory and Risk ManagementFirst Semester6
Criminology, Criminalistics and Criminal InvestigationSecond Semester6
General Theory of OrganizationsSecond Semester4
Introduction to EconomySecond Semester4
Introduction to International RelationsSecond Semester6
National Security SystemSecond Semester6
2nd Year/ Semester ECTS
Option IIISemesterly4
Option IVSemesterly4
Civil Protection SystemFirst Semester5
Deviant Behaviours and Urban SafetyFirst Semester4
IntelligenceFirst Semester6
Introduction to Contemporary ThoughtFirst Semester5
Security, Politics and CommunicationFirst Semester6
Globalization, Sustainable Development and SecuritySecond Semester6
Information SecuritySecond Semester6
Politics, Security and EthicsSecond Semester4
Safety Technological SystemsSecond Semester4
TerrorismSecond Semester6
3rd Year/ Semester ECTS
Built Space, Urban Environment and SafetyFirst Semester4
Fire Prevention and ProtectionFirst Semester5
Geostrategy, geopolitics and International Relations IFirst Semester6
Organized CrimeFirst Semester5
People's SafetyFirst Semester5
Security Planning and Crisis ManagementFirst Semester5
European Union Foreign and Security PolicySecond Semester6
Geostrategy, geopolitics and International Relations IISecond Semester6
Hygiene and Safety at WorkSecond Semester4
Project ManagementSecond Semester4
Second Semester10

Teaching staff

Teachers, Academic Degree and Dedication time
LecturerAcademic DegreesDedication time
Ana Rita Esteves Da Cunha GarciaBachelorPart-Time
António Carlos De Matos FreitasBachelorPart-Time
António Joaquim Viana De Almeida ToméDoctorateFull-Time
António Manuel Marques NunesMasterPart-Time
António Ribeiro GameiroDoctorateFull-Time
Diogo Pires AurélioAgréggationPart-Time
Eduardo Alfredo Cardoso De MirandaDoctoratePart-Time
Fernando Rui De Sousa CamposDoctorateFull-Time
Francisco RodriguesBachelorFull-Time
Idalino André Rodrigues Nascimento MagrinhoDoctorateFull-Time
José Carlos Ribeiro De Calazans DuarteDoctoratePart-Time
José Diogo Da Silva MateusDoctorateFull-Time
José Eduardo Goulão MarquesAgréggationPart-Time
José-António Baião CarochinhoDoctoratePart-Time
Maria Isabel Alves DuarteDoctorateFull-Time
Maria Neves Leal GonçalvesDoctorateFull-Time
Mariana Alves PereiraDoctorateFull-Time
Mónica Teresa Sales DuqueMasterPart-Time
Paulo Manuel Macedo Da Silva BonifácioMasterFull-Time
Sérgio Augusto Teixeira Travassos Vieira Da SilvaDoctorateFull-Time
Vasco Fernando Ferreira RatoDoctoratePart-Time


200 €
Admission for Undergraduates 180 €
Holders of University Degree 180 €
Change Course 68 €
Holders of Technological Specialization Courses 180 €
Over 23 years 180 €
External Students 0 €
200 €
Registration217 €
Enrollment310 €
Student Insurance40 €
Average value for 30 ECTS semestral curricular units 329,1 €
Per ECTS 10,97 €

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