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The MSc in Social Economics is aimed at everyone interested in the activities of Social Economy organisations (associations, cooperatives, mutual societies, foundations, parish social centres, tender mercies) such as technical staff, consultants, volunteers or directors. The programme is designed not only for students with background training in economics or management, but also for those with degrees in Social Service, Social Education, Psychology, Law, Engineering or in other areas.

Half of the ten courses in the programme aims at deepening the five senses of Social Economy: study the social nature of economic activity; study economic explanations of social problems, or problems with major social implications (globalization, poverty, unemployment, regional disparities, environmental issues); the Social Economy as the sector of social economy organisations; the analysis of social policies; and study the processes of social innovation and social entrepreneurship. The other courses discuss important issues for Project and Social Economy Organizations Management (methodologies for social projects evaluation, strategic planning, people management, and quality management systems).
Our aim is to train people under the values of Humanity, Solidarity and Sustainability that should characterize and distinguish Social Economy.

Career Impact

The MSc in Social Economics welcomes students not only with background training in economics or management, but also in Social Service, Social Education, Psychology, Sociology, Law, Engineering, or in other areas. For all the students, no matter their background training, this MSc allows to:

  • Develop skills to apply economic analysis to the specific characteristics of Social Economy Organizations, to the social problems to which its activity is directed, to the understanding of the spatial context (local, national and global) where their activity is developed and to the most important public policies that directly affect these organisations’ activities;
  • Participate in a wide range of projects promoted by several national and international networks in the area of Social Economy (fieldwork with Social Economy organisations, research projects, incubation of social enterprises, development cooperation, etc. ) and working with organisations that have large representativeness in Social Economy in Portugal; ;
  • Use this analytical ability and this practical knowledge to develop skills that can contribute to the improvement in the management of these organisations in various ways such as the provision of consultancy services, work in Central or Local Public Administration services or assuming managerial positions.

3 important ideas:

  • An integrated and balanced training covering the most relevant areas for the economics and management of Social Economy organisations
  • Lecturers that combine good academic qualifications with vast working experience in the field of Social Economy organisations.
  • Several synergies with a wide range of national and international projects in progress where students can collaborate.

Reasons to choose this Masters

  • Scholarships paying all or part of tuition fees for students with economic difficulties and/or academic excellence.
  • Chance to participate in a wide range of national and international projects and networks in the area of Social Economy (fieldwork in Social Economy organisations, research projects, incubation of social enterprises, etc. ).
  • Chance to have direct contact with a wide range of domestic and foreign partners in the field of Social Economy including organisations that have large representativeness in Social Economy in Portugal.
  • An integrated and balanced training covering the most relevant areas for the economics and management of Social Economy organisations.
  • A course that welcomes people without background training in economics or management, while continuing to meet the criteria of scientific excellence required by MSc programmes.
  • Lecturers that combine good academic skills with a lot of fieldwork experience with Social Economy organisations


School Calendar

The school calendar for 2018/2019 is available here.


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 Regimes

The Masters at the School of Economics and Management has a single, but flexible attendance regime. The curriculum is designed so that the programme has a minimum of three semesters (one year and a half). However, for students who wish to obtain a Masters degree while maintaining their professional activity, you can perform the Masters within a maximum of 5 semesters (two and a half years), which allows you to distribute the academic load over an extended thus conciliating the schedules and professional load with the Masters. 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).




Lectures of the Masters of the Católica Porto Business School take place at Católica Foz in Porto. Learn more here.


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 - 2019/20

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.

Stage Deadline Assessment periodResults disclosureEnglish diagnostic TestEnglish diagnostic Test ResultEnrollment
1stMarch, 15th16th March - 28th MarchMarch, 29thApril, 3rdApril, 8thApril, 10th - 12th
2ndJune, 28thJune, 29th - July, 14thJuly, 15thJuly, 18thJuly, 23rdJuly, 24th - 31st
3rdSeptember, 6th7th - 17th SeptemberSeptember, 18thSeptember, 20th September, 24thSeptember, 25th - 30th

See here the results for the 1st round of applications.

*In the Master in Audit and Taxation, due to the partner consultants’ intervention in the selection process of the candidates, the mentioned dates may not be fulfilled.

Documentation for the Application Process

*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.

  • 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 may be submitted by hand delivery at Católica Porto Business School Academic Office and Loja do Candidato* or by filling the online application form here.

If sent by online application form, the original documents should be presented before the registration date.



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Full-Time Programme

  • Submitting the application: Free
  • Acceptance and enrolment in the Masters: € 620. The fee will not be refunded in case students cancel their enrolment.
  • 1st year fees (curricular part: 60 ECTS): 10 instalments of €525
  • 2nd year fees (dissertation, project or internship: 36 ECTS): 5 instalments of €630

NB: These values are calculated in accordance with the fees established for the academic year 2018/19

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 ( and Social Scholarships of the Catholic University of Portugal.For further information you can visit the Area of Students and Employability (; 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.

Ana Raquel Veiga

Ana Raquel Veiga

The choice to take an MSc in Social Economics at Católica Porto Business School was based, first of all, on the reputation of Católica University of Porto as an educational institution. The reason for taking this degree was, essentially, my wish to extend my knowledge in the areas studied throughout my Undergraduate degree in Economics, in order to better understand the world today and its social problems. In fact, this Masters programme allowed me to widen this knowledge, especially in topics such as globalisation and its social implications, poverty and other forms of social exclusion, as well as the necessity to address these problems in innovative ways. I am certain that the choice to take this course has led me to develop a set of tools that will allow me to view social problems in an innovative way.

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