Francisca Guedes de Oliveira - Associate Dean for Masters Degrees Francisca Guedes de Oliveira - Associate Dean for Masters Degrees
Francisca Guedes de Oliveira Francisca Guedes de Oliveira Associate Dean for Masters Degrees

The Católica Porto Business School offers a wide portfolio of programmes that train experts in diverse range areas in Economics and Management. With a strong goal on employability we train highly qualified professionals who accumulate a strong technical knowledge with a set of soft and behavioural skills that contribute to a successful career.

Our masters are well-known for the excellence in teaching, the scientific accuracy and easy placement of graduates in the labour market. Our programmes are at the same level of the best international schools and have the participation of highly renowned teachers, both Portuguese and foreigners. We also ensure a close involvement of companies and organisations and a full support of an expert team in the field of soft skills.

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Strategic Leadership Hub

The Strategic Leadership Hub (SLH) is an innovative initiative of the Católica Porto Business School in the soft skills development area and the connection to the business community and the entire business alumni network. It intervenes across the various levels of education (Bachelors and Masters) and in executive education. Learn more about the SLH here.

Throughout the SLH various initiatives, students of the Masters programmes are encouraged to engage in curricular and extracurricular experiences that enhance their differentiation, through the effort of their soft skills, and encourage progressive approach to labour market practices. The SLH makes available to students in Masters Programmes various ways and modalities:

Competence Evaluation Centres

This moment of soft skill assessment, the starting point for a development plan is energised by the Strategic Leadership Hub, in partnership with Pessoas e Sistemas (a company which is accredited in the A&DC methodology - Assessment and Development Consulting).

Competence Evaluation Centres allow each student to perform their accounting skills, knowing their strengths and areas in need of improvement. At the end of the process, each student receives a personalised feedback on their performance and a Competence Assessment Certificate. Each cross skill is valued at more than one context and by more than one technician, thereby guaranteeing the reliability of results..

Lasting one day (from 9.00 to 16.30), the Centres include three types of evidence: (i) individual, (ii) group and (iii) face-to-face. Free of charge (1), the Competence Assessment Centres are compulsory for students who, intending to conduct the Masters Final assignment in the form of internship or project, do not have proven work experience..

1 The Competence Centres are free. However, absence, without notice to the SLH email up to 24 hours in advance, entails the allocation of costs associated with individual participation in the centre, worth 200 €.

Application: send the application form within the defined deadline [See Student Guide 2nd Cycle]

Proof of work experience: send the CV within the defined deadline [See Student Guide 2nd Cycle]. After curricular analysis, validation of work experience is confirmed by e-mail. .

For further information contact the SLH team:
226 196 223
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Mentoring Programme

The Mentoring Programme of the School aims to promote personal and professional development of 2nd cycle students, to enhance their soft skills and enable the systematic contact with a professional in the areas of economics and management. Thus, the Mentoring Programme is constituted as a privileged process of vocational guidance and career, giving a closer look at the different areas of economics and management and preparing students for the challenges of the labour market.

By taking a personalised approach, assigning an external mentor is always adapted to the needs and goals of each student. The programme includes the participation of companies like FC Porto, Salvador Caetano, Amorim Group, Salsa, L'Oreal, The Yeatman, Sogrape, Ascendi, Procter & Gamble, RAR, BPI, PwC, Citigroup and Unilever.

In addition to a frequent and close contact with an external mentor, all participants in the programme have the opportunity to join an online community which also consists of all mentors and mentees, thus expanding the potential of networking of this programme.

Applications are open until 28 March 2015.

For further information contact the SLH team:
226 196 223
226 196 253

Soft Skills Development Workshops

Development workshops are aimed at developing skills of 2nd cycle students and are conceptualised in conjunction with the results obtained in competence assessment centres. Energised by specialists, these workshops promote the development of key skills in interaction moments within companies such as leadership, persuasive communication, decision making, teamwork, planning and organisation.

Applications open after the release of each workshop.

For further information contact the SLH team:
226 196 223
226 196 253


(En)Cena allows the simulation of an oral presentation and a personalised feedback to improve the students’ performance.

It can be requested at any time during the school year by a student or a group of students. For 2nd cycle students the (En)Cena stands as an excellent opportunity to prepare the presentation of the Masters Final Assignment.

The effective participation in (En)Cena is only guaranteed with the due completed presentation and upon service availability.

Applications open throughout the school year.

For further information contact the SLH team:
226 196 223
226 196 253

Internships and projects within the Masters Final Assignment scope (MFA)

The Strategic Leadership Hub is responsible for the proactive soliciting of internships and projects under the Masters Final Assignment scope (MFA) for students who, having not submitted a self-proposal approved by the direction of their masters, intends to make an MFA in organisational or mixed context.

The MFA competition runs within the deadlines established in the 2nd Cycle Student Guide.

For further information contact the SLH team:
226 196 223
226 196 253

International Mobility

How to Apply for an Exchange Period

  • Partner Home Institution officially informs Mobility and International Relations Office about students’ nominations;
  • Mobility and International Relations Office send updated information about application procedures to the new exchange students and their Home Institution;
  • Mobility and International Relations Office receives students’applications, including study plans that will be approved by the Católica Porto Business School.

Deadlines and Academic Calendar (2017-2018)

Fall Semester
Foreign Students' Admission (Fall Semester / Full Year)15th May
Reception28th September (to be confirmed)
Fall Semester28th September – 22nd December
Final Exams3rd January – 20th January
22nd January – 3rd February (Re-sit)
Spring Semester
Foreign Students' Admission (Spring Semester)2nd December
ReceptionTo be defined
Spring Semester14th February – 28th May
Final Exams29th May – 23rd June
25th June – 14th July (Re-sit)
Christmas Holidays23rd December – 2nd January
Easter Holidays29th March – 2nd April

Institutional and Departmental Exchange Contacts

Católica Porto Business School (Academic and Católica Porto Business School information)

Sofia Salgado Pinto - Dean
+351 22 6196294 / 91

Francisca Guedes de Oliveira - Associate Dean (MSc Programmes)
+351 22 6196294 / 91

Raquel Campos - Associate Dean (BSc Programmes)
+351 22 6196294 / 91

Rita Ribeiro - Associate Dean (Quality and Internacionalization)
+351 22 6196294 / 91

Maria João Marques - International and Erasmus Coordinator
+351 22 6196294 / 91

Catholic University of Portugal - Porto (Mobility and International Relations)

Magda Ferro - Coordinator
+351 22 6196286

Programmes Open to Incoming Students

Courses taught in English (2017-2018)

ProgrammesCoursesFall SemesterSpring SemesterECTS
Business EconomicsBusiness EconometricsX6
Business MacroeconomicsX6
Business MicroeconomicsX6
Business StrategyX6
Human Resources Economics and ManagementX6
Financial EconomicsX6
International BusinessX6
Business & Innovation (Elective) NEWX6
Business & Sustainable Development (Elective) NEWX6
MarketingMarket ResearchX6
Consumer BehaviourX3
Advanced Topics in MarketingX6
Brand ManagementX6
Strategy and OrganizationX6
Marketing CommunicationsX3
Marketing EngineeringX3
Services MarketingX3
International MarketingX6
Sales Management - ElectiveX3
Digital Business Models - ElectiveX3
Digital Marketing - ElectiveX3
FinanceCapital Investment ValuationX6
Financial Statement Analysis and PerformanceX6
Quantitative Methods in FinanceX6
Corporate Financial StrategyX6
Risk ManagementX6
Research MethodsX6
Financial Intermediation - ElectiveX3
International Financial Management - ElectiveX3
Advanced Corporate Finance - ElectiveX3
Advanced Topics in Finance - ElectiveX3
Corporate Risk Management - ElectiveX3
ManagementOperations ManagementX6
Personnel ManagementX6
Corporate Governance and Risk ManagementX6
Services ManagementX6
Entrepeneurship and Opportunity Recognition - ElectiveX6
Total ECTS96108204
Important remark: Elective courses confirmation depends on a minimum students' registrations.

Courses Attendance Requirements

At least one course should be previously completed with success in the Masters area of study for which students are applying to.

Undergraduate students are exceptionally accepted if:

  • They are among the top 20% of the students of their course (ranking position) and the main undergraduate courses related to the specific Masters area of knowledge were completed with success.

A minimum of 2 students are required to register for the opening of courses taught in English.

General Assessment Rules

General Assessment Rules Schematics

Important remark

All exams will be held at Católica Porto Business School, according to the academic calendar previously established, and no exceptions will be admitted in what regards dates’ postponements or anticipations, or exams’ location.

Exchange Partners




China - Macau

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Republic of Croatia


South Korea




United States of America


A Masters at the School of Economics and Management means going through a complete and rich experience. This experience goes far beyond classes and technical and curricular knowledge. The development of a network of contacts, which promotes professional success, is one of the fundamental aspects of this experience. Contact with colleagues and peers, with teachers (often with relevant business links) with the alumni network (via the mentoring program) is a unique and clearly valued asset for our students. In addition to the rich and intellectually stimulating environment students will have access to various thematic workshops, job search experiences, a set of activities related to the humanist vision of the University (for example volunteering) and also to a set of first experiences in the business world (management games, skills centres, "career day"). The tuna (student’s traditional music group), the welcome moments of new students, the meetings of mentors and mentees, are still some examples of interesting activities that help students to feel part of this community and take advantage of a great experience that can be decisive for their professional lives.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs


    Administrative Assistant for Masters Programmes

    Daniela Silva
    226 196 221

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