Presentation

The MSc in Auditing and Taxation is an innovative programme, where robust academic preparation is combined with learning in a real business context. The programme begins with principal courses focused on Accounting, Law and Finance issues. During the second semester, students are allocated to an audit firm - KPMG, PWC, Deloitte, BDO, Crowe Horwath, Baker Tilly or Grant Thornton - in order to focus their attention on actual problems and alternative solutions. During this second term, students are fully integrated into the work of the audit firm’s team. During the third term, students come back to the University to attend several courses in specific subjects. The fourth and last term is dedicated to the Masters final report.

This MSc is designed for recently graduated students that are looking for an opportunity to enrich their portfolio of skills and knowledge in Auditing and Taxation in order to gain a strong advantage in the job market.

Career Impact

The MSc in Auditing and Taxation, by incorporating a strong component of training in a real work environment, provides students with a high level of professionalism and guides them directly to the job market. Consequently, career opportunities initially tend to come from the audit firms where the training component took place. However, given the technical and professional skills developed in either the academic or the work environment, the latter in companies highly-regarded for their strong training component, the MSc in Auditing and Taxation is an excellent step towards entering the business world.

Structure

School Calendar

The school calendar for 2015/2016 is available here. This Masters begins in the second semester of each school year.

Timetable

As in most Masters Programmes, classes run from Monday to Friday, from 18:30 to 21:30, and on Saturday from 9:00 to 13:00. The calendar which schedules all classes is announced to the students at the beginning of each semester.

In the case of courses taught by invited professors a concentration of classes may occur in only a few days, but with a more intensive schedule. In these circumstances classes will be scheduled well in advance, allowing time to take the necessary measures.

Attendance regime

This Masters can only be done on a full time basis, to be completed within 4 semesters. The beginning and end of semesters are published annually in the academic calendar of the 2nd cycle of the School of Economics and Management (see Academic Calendar).

Usually students have five classes per week.

Language

Portuguese.

Venue

Lectures of the Masters of the School of Economics and Management take place at Católica Foz in Porto. Learn more Here.

Applications

Entry Requirements

Graduates from different scientific areas can apply to the Masters of the Católica Porto Business School.

The application process to the Masters of the Católica Porto Business School must contain elements that provide evidence of the academic and scientific competence of the candidates, as well as the command of the English language. The GMAT test is valued in the selection process to assess the academic and scientific skills

Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Academic and scientific curriculum
  • Degree classification
  • Professional experience or research

English language competence requirement

Proof of this requirement is made through an official level B2 diploma of The Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of References for Languages, or equivalent.

Admitted students who do not meet the English language proficiency requirement have access to a diagnostic test available at the Católica Porto Business School in the respective application stage.

The English diagnostic test is an examination equivalent to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (upper-intermediate) .The test lasts for approximately 3 hours and the structure of the exam aims to assess the following skills: Listening Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading and Writing. For a better insight into the structure of the diagnostic test, model tests may be consulted on the website of Cambridge Michigan and the candidates may select the test that corresponds to the ECCE - Examination for the Certificate of Competence in English.

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading and Writing

Homogenisation Modules

The graduates in different fields of economics and management may be required attendance and approval in intensive base preparation courses in these areas - Homogenisation Modules. These courses are offered by the Católica Porto Business School in September, during the weeks preceding the start of the lessons. It is recommended, therefore, to the Applicants under these conditions that use one of the first two stages of application since the third phase will not allow access to Homogenisation modules.

Applications - 2017/18

Applications for Masters of the Católica Porto Business School are permanently open.

The Programme Direction meets three times a year to assess the applications: March, July and September. After this meeting, candidates are informed of the decision and the next steps.

RoundDeadline for applyingAssessment PeriodResultsEnglish Diagnostic test
1stMarch, 15th20 - 24 MarchUntil March, 31stApril, 7th - 6.30 pm
2ndJuly, 4th11 - 17 JulyUntil July, 21stJuly, 26th - 6.30pm
3rdSeptember, 13th14 - 18 SeptemberUntil September, 20thSeptember, 22nd  - 6.30pm

Documentation for the Application Process

  • Application form
  • Identification Document photocopy
  • One photograph
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Detailed* Qualifications certificate (original or certified copy)
  • Official diploma of English, official level B2 of The Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of References for Languages, or equivalent diploma. (Católica Porto Business School graduates are exempted from the delivery of this diploma).
  • Complementary evaluation elements (e.g., GMAT ...)

*Certificates must specify the courses taken, their assessment and ECTS, and the final grade of the course. If you have not completed a degree, you must present a certificate of the courses taken, their assessment and ECTS, and the current average.

Notes:
  • Applicants who held a degree in a foreign country must submit the certificate of qualifications: a) legalised by Portuguese diplomatic or consular authority, or b) with the Hague Apostille issued by the competent authority of the issuing country, if that country has acceded the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Acts (the Hague Conference).
  • When the documents are written in a foreign language other than Spanish, English or French, the respective translation is due which, in the case of the certificate of qualifications, must be made pursuant to the notarial law.

Submission of Proposals

Applications should be delivered at the facilities of the Católica Porto Business School or by e-mail to admissions@porto.ucp.pt

If send by e-mail the original documents should be presented prior to the registration date.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

Email: candidaturas@porto.ucp.pt

Tel: 800 105 632 | +351 226 196 206

Partnerships

The Master in Auditing and Taxation has partnerships with seven audit firms, in which students acquire, in the second half, a real training environment, allowing the acquisition of technical and professional skills through full integration in team work in each audit firm. 

Deloitte - LogótipoPWC - LogótipoBaker TillyBDO - LogótipoCrowe Horwath - Logótipo Grant Thornton - LogótipoMazars - Logótipo

Fees

Full-Time Programme

  • Submitting the application: Free
  • Acceptance and enrolment in the Masters: € 610
  • Fees amount to 2437.5 euros, per semester, payable in five monthly installments.

NB: These values are calculated in accordance with the fees established for the academic year 2016/17

Merit Scholarships

The Board of the School of Economics and Management decided to create a set of Scholarships for the purpose of rewarding the merit of the students whose academic performance deserves it. These consist in total exemption from tuition fees up to a maximum of 36 ECTS per semester and also from the enrolment and tuition fees.

Candidates are eligible for scholarship if they have an enrolment average of at least 16,0 points from a Portuguese University or a GMAT score of at least 650 points.

The merit scholarships can be renewed each semester. The eligibility criteria for the award of scholarship in the 2nd and 3rd semester master are:

  • Completion of a minimum of 30 ECTS per semester with no failures in the normal or resit assessment period.
  • Weighted average of the marks obtained in all the subjects concluded in the previous semester to the award of the scholarship equal to or greater than 16.0 values.

Students who complete the degree in a foreign higher education institution will only be eligible for scholarship award if they present a GMAT with a score of at least 650 points.

Social Scholarships

There are Social Scholarships to support the payment of fees: Scholarships from the Higher Education General Directorate (www.dges.mctes.pt) and Social Scholarships of the Catholic University of Portugal.

For further information you can visit the Area of Students and Employability (ee.bolsas@porto.ucp.pt; 22 619 62 26)

Credit Lines

The Portuguese Catholic University also holds agreements with credit institutions with a view to obtaining credit lines to finance studies.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

    Contacts

    Associate Dean for Masters Programmes

    Francisca Guedes de Oliveira
    foliveira@porto.ucp.pt

    Master in Auditing and Tax direction

    Maria José Fonseca
    mjfonseca@porto.ucp.pt

    Administrative Assistant for Masters Programmes

    Daniela Silva
    dssilva@porto.ucp.pt
    ext. 221

    Strategic Leadership Hub

    slh@porto.ucp.pt
    226 196 223
    226 196 253

    EE-Students and Employability Service- Foz

    ee.geral@porto.ucp.pt
    ext. 226

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    • Ana Martins
    • Lara Pacheco
    • Maria Luísa Barbosa
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    ext. 206/207

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    tlopes@porto.ucp.pt
    ext. 207

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    ext. 207

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    ext. 205

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