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Confered Degree | Duration | ECTS

Bachelor | 6 Semesters | 180 ECTS

Programme Director

Prof.ª Doutora Hélia Bracons Carneiro


Sandra Guedes Abrantes

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:
09- Geography
17- Mathematics Applie to Social Sciences
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


The 1st cycle is structured according to a standpoint that will enable the students, in a growing correlation between theory and practice, to pass from the theoretical level to the experience field work. Contact with institutions, other practicing agents, as well as the target-population occurs at privileged moments with pedagogical monitoring and supervision at ULHT and at the host institutions. Enable the students to: Intervene socially in different social and professional contexts; Envision the connection between theory and practice as a support for innovative action in Social Work; Identify, build and question intervention based on the theoretical-methodological, technical-operational and ethical-political elements of Social Work; Mobilize knowledge in order to attend to emerging issues; Articulate the practice of Social Services with other social practices, based on an interdisciplinary point of view; Conduct research and develop analyses of the reality where its work is carried out; Produce knowledge in the light of reality and professional practice.

Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired

Work with individuals, families, risk groups and others based on a multi-cultural point of view, and rooted on human rights and social justice; define intervention strategies, methodologies and techniques that are appropriate to the problems, target-populations, face-to-face contexts; articulate and mobilize institutional, technical and human resources in order to operationalize concrete answers for the citizens/users; communicational - with the subjects/recipients of the action and with the work teams; techniques that offer operational support and in techniques related to the instrumental devices of the profession.

Further Studies

The Licentiate degree in Social Work corresponds to the first level of higher education offered by ULHT in this area of knowledge. This course is followed by the Masters (2nd cycle) in "Social Policy and Social Work", in addition to various specializations in particular areas of "Social Gerontology", "Socio-Legal Intervention with Children and Young People in Danger" and social inclusion.

Occupacional Profiles

Social services develops its technical, consulting and directing activities in institutions, services and projects within state organisms (Ministries and particularly in the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity, Health, Justice, Education and Ministry of Interior , in institutions and services on a national and local level) and civil society (Private Institution of Social Solidarity, ¿Misericordia¿ (Portuguese charitable institution),Associations of Local Development and Human Rights, Companies in various lines of business, NGOs. Social workers currently present entrepreneurship initiatives and functions of technical consultancy and supervision in business and liberal regimes. The graduate students receive support to build their own businesses from ULHT¿s Department of International Relations, Employment and Entrepreneurship Internships.

Scientific Areas

Sociologia e outros estudos

Study Plan

1st Year/ Semester ECTS
Introduction to EconomySemesterly5
DemographyFirst Semester5
Foundations and History of Social WorkFirst Semester5
Introduction to LawFirst Semester5
Social Research MethodologyFirst Semester5
Theories of Sociology IFirst Semester5
Human Rights and CitizenshipSecond Semester5
Observatory for Social WorkSecond Semester6
Option ISecond Semester4
Psychology of DevelopmentSecond Semester5
Theories of Sociology IISecond Semester5
Theory and Methodology of Social Work ISecond Semester5
2nd Year/ Semester ECTS
Morality and professional ethics in social servicesFirst Semester5
Option IIFirst Semester4
Quantitative Methods for Social WorkFirst Semester5
Social Policies IFirst Semester5
Theory and Methodology of Social Work IIFirst Semester5
Traineeship I and projectFirst Semester6
Option IIISecond Semester4
Social Policies IISecond Semester5
Social Psychology and Psychology of OrganisationsSecond Semester5
Social Service and Community InterventionSecond Semester5
Theory and Methodology of Social Work IIISecond Semester5
Traineeship II and reportSecond Semester6
3rd Year/ Semester ECTS
Option IVFirst Semester5
Seminar in research and intervention in  social services IFirst Semester7,5
Traineeship III and projectFirst Semester17,5
Option VSecond Semester5
Seminar in research and intervention in  social services IISecond Semester5
Traineeship IV and report (dissertation)Second Semester20

Teaching staff

Teachers, Academic Degree and Dedication time
LecturerAcademic DegreesDedication time
Aida Lopes Bento Esteves FerreiraDoctorateFull-Time
Ana Paula Gonçalves Martins GarciaMasterPart-Time
Carla Marina Da Cunha RibeirinhoMasterFull-Time
Carlos Diogo MoreiraAgréggationFull-Time
Daniel Dos Santos CardosoDoctoratePart-Time
Fátima Cristina Da Silva Ribeiro GameiroDoctoratePart-Time
Fernanda Maria De Magalhães Correia FerreiraBachelorPart-Time
Fernando Rui De Sousa CamposDoctorateFull-Time
Helia Augusta De Magalhães Correia Brancons CarneiroDoctorateFull-Time
Luisa Maria Da Silva Franco DesmetMasterPart-Time
Marilia De Carvalho Seixas AndradeDoctorateFull-Time
Marlene Braz Rodrigues DoctorateFull-Time
Mónica Cristina Tomás CarvalhoBachelorPart-Time
Rui Manuel Ferreira Venâncio BaleizãoMasterPart-Time


Admission for Undergraduates 180 €
Change Course 68 €
External Students 0 €
Holders of Technological Specialization Courses 180 €
Holders of University Degree 180 €
Over 23 years 180 €
200 €
200 €
Student Insurance40 €
Registration221 €
Enrollment316 €
Average value for 30 ECTS semestral curricular units 311,1 €
Per ECTS 10,37 €

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