Economics and Management - Undergraduate Degrees | Católica Porto Business School
Helena Correia - Associate Dean for Undergraduate Degrees Helena Correia - Associate Dean for Undergraduate Degrees
Helena Correia Helena Correia Associate Dean for Undergraduate Degrees

Undergraduate | The best beginning

The Católica Porto Business School has been developing according to a paradigm of demand and quality, being a reference in teaching and research in Portugal.

The teaching and assessment methods, together with the development of scientific and technical skills, still focus on the development of soft skills, which are highly valued by the labour market.

The teaching model, widely recognised by the business world, prioritises the approach to the labour market before the completion of the degree through strong university-company cooperation. The School promotes internships in reputable companies, which give students an advantage when stepping into the labour market.

In an extremely competitive and dynamic international context like the current one, the Católica Porto Business School encourages international mobility of students. It motivates them to enjoy the experience of studying temporarily in a foreign university, in particular through the cooperation agreements it has with various universities in Europe, the USA and Asia, and it also promotes the completion of summer internships in companies and international institutions.

The Católica Porto Business School encourages and promotes the mastery of the English language, offering an increasing number of courses in English, preparing the future manager and economist for global business.

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Why Economics and Management at Católica Porto Business School?

Inserted at the Portuguese Catholic University

The Portuguese Catholic University was founded in 1967 and it is located in four cities in Portugal: Braga, Porto, Viseu and Lisbon. Lisbon and Porto are the two largest campuses.

It states itself as a pioneer in the teaching of Management, Lisbon, since 1972, and Porto since 1987..

The University is part of a vast network of Catholic Universities worldwide and has strong relationships with Catholic Universities in Brazil (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul), Angola (Luanda), Mozambique and China (Macau)..

The University has a multidisciplinary offer comprising social sciences, engineering, health sciences and arts. Its connection to society is strong, providing consulting services in various scientific fields.

International recognition


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recognised the innovation of the Católica Porto Business School in education as one of the "7 Best Practices" internationally.

This is a complex curriculum innovation of the School of Economics and Management, which aims at improving the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning of its degree programmes. Innovation consists of including intensive competence development into the curriculum through collective project work, internship in workplaces and individualised coaching. OECD (2010), Learning, working, networking: quality teaching initiatives at the Portuguese Catholic University

New Skills Network

"The most active project": prize awarded to the Strategic Leadership Hub under the European project New Skills Network, for its presentation of the project Employability and Entrepreneurship: Tuning Universities and Enterprises, Copenhagen, May 2012. This recognition has led the Católica Porto Business School to international cooperation projects with other institutions, in order to share knowledge and experience of their teaching innovative practices in promoting development and employability students.

EETUE – Employability & Entrepreneurship: Tuning Universities & Enterprises

EETUE - Logótipo

Developed between 2007 and 2009, the EETUE project aimed to contribute to the modernisation of higher education institutions (HEIs) through the adjustment of curricula to the needs of the labour market, involving the representatives of the surrounding business community in defining, promoting and validating soft skills. The project, funded by the Erasmus Programme - Lifelong Learning Programme was coordinated by the Católica Porto Business School of Portuguese Catholic University in Porto and had the involvement of the University of Salford (UK), the Foundation for Entrepreneurship Promotion (Poland), the Audencia School of Management (France) and the University of Southern Denmark (Denmark) and it was also supported by the Business Association of Portugal - AEP (Portugal).

Further information on the project website

Focusing education on the development of skills

The undergraduates degrees in Economics and Management provide comprehensive training that enables students to access a first quality job. 

The teaching strategy of the Católica Porto Business School consists of an integrated development programme of scientific, technical and soft skills, with focus on the labour market.

The developed skills meet the market’s demands and enable the bachelor to:

  • Have critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Effectively organise their work
  • Put the acquired skills into practice
  • Work in multidisciplinary teams
  • Show autonomy in problem solving
  • Have ethics and citizenship awareness
  • Have a cosmopolitan view of the world and the organisations in which they will engage.
Comprehensive, flexible and dynamic training offerIntegral development of the student
Strong connection to economic reality and business
Foster of international experiences
Development of an ethical conscience and citizenship

Unique learning space

The process of teaching and learning demands a proactive attitude from students.

In line with the Anglo-Saxon tradition of Porto, this process is characterised by less classes and more individual work, small size classes and a close relationship between professors and students.

Flexibility in the choice between Economics and Management

The final choice between Economics and Management does not have to be taken at the entry point at the School.

The first year is common to both Degrees and covers the fundamentals of Economics and Management, which enables the student to make a more reasoned and informed choice as to the degree to follow. The possibility of change is always guaranteed.

Curriculum plans of Degrees in Economics and Management

The degrees in Economics and Management last for 6 semesters (3 school years).

The curriculum plans correspond to a total of 180 ECTS (ECTS - European Credit Transfer System)1 shared between:

  • 16 Compulsory core courses common to both undergraduate degrees (96 ECTS);
  • 12 Specific courses to each degree in Economics or Management (72 ECTS);
  • 2 Free elective courses (12 ECTS).

Each course corresponds to 6 ECTS.

Católica Porto Business School has several courses in English, so students will have to attend courses in that language.

1 The ECTS credits are measurement units of a common European system (European Credit Transfer System) which translates the work done and the skills acquired by the students (classes, personal work, tutoring, group work, etc.

Specific courses

Of the 12 courses specific to Economics or Management, 4 are compulsory.

Of the 8 remaining courses specific to Economics or Management (non-compulsory), 3 courses (18 ECTS) can be replaced with 3 other courses in Economics or Management, taught at the Católica Porto Business School, at other universities in Portugal or abroad, as long as this replacement does not involve a significant overlap of contents with other courses attended by the students. To this purpose, it will need to be approved by the board of Católica Porto Business School.

2Highlighted in the study plan

Free electives

The two free elective courses may be from any scientific area (economics, management or any another) of any Degree offered by the Católica Porto Business, or any other School in the country and abroad, as long as authorised by the Board of the School. This flexibility at curriculum level allows students to take a semester of optional subjects (30 ECTS), providing them with:

  • An internationalisation experience, where they meet a new country, experience a new culture, improve a new language, strengthen international network of contacts and friendships with students from around the world;
  • Training diversification;
  • Depth is areas of greatest personal interest.
Project Subjects

The project subjects represent a paradigm shift of teaching and learning at the School.

Leaving aside the traditional teacher-centred approaches, the whole process of teaching and learning is focused on students and their learning outcomes. These subjects equate the theoretical learning with practice and contexts are provided for the development of essential skills for future professional practice. Accordingly, the three project subjects are hinged together at the same time they relate to other subjects of the study plan.
The three modalities of Final Project (Management / Economics Final Project, Business Plan Final Project; Internship Final Project) in the last semester of the degree extend the range of options to a total of 36 ECTS.
The syllabuses of the subjects are dynamic. Their constant update follows the international state of the art, the research of professors and the proximity of the School to businesses and other organisations.

A range of scientific areas, flexibility and training dynamics prepare the bachelor to work in multidisciplinary teams, allow the emergence of more hybrid 1st cycle education, between economics and management, and enhance access to a wide range of first quality jobs. These tend to be similar for bachelors in Economics and Management.

At the end of the 1st cycle, the School wants its bachelors to demonstrate a wide range of scientific, technical and cross skills, developed during the training period. Additionally they must be knowledgeable in English and have computer literacy.

Extra-curricular requirements of degree courses - English language and computer literacy

According to the Regulation on the Progression of the Degrees at the Católica Porto Business School, the student must obtain approval in the following extra-curricular requirements, apart from approval in the curriculum (180 ECTS):/p>

  • English language skills (B2 level);
  • Computer literacy (Word and Excel);

Students do not complete their degree without obtaining approval to these requirements.

The English diagnostic tests are carried out on an annual basis and the Informatics tests at the beginning of each semester. Students are automatically enrolled by the Academic Services until they obtain the respective approval.

The first diagnostic test for each of the requirements - English, Excel and Word - is free of charge. The following must be paid at the rate in force, regardless the student’s presence.

The student who obtains approval to a full diagnostic test succeeds in the respective requirement.

The student who does not obtain approval will need to complete this requirement in the following opportunities in order to end the Degree.

Career and Development Office

Soft skills

Initiatives and workshops aimed at developing effective communication, time management, teamwork and leadership skills in students.

Career Development

Help students find their role in organisations and draw their CVs in order to make them leaders in change and innovation.


Promote the link between students and businesses or other organisations in a fertile interdisciplinary environment for creating new business ideas.

Strong link to the economic and business reality

The Católica Porto has a close relationship with the labour market, which is an asset for the students who attend the institution. The University-Company cooperation and the approach of the students to the active life during their training materialise in different ways.

Advisory Council

The School has an Advisory Council made up of a group of successful Portuguese leaders that informs and advises the Board in its strategic decisions, contributing to strengthen the ties of cooperation between the School and the outside community.

Carlos Costa (President)
Governor of Banco de Portugal.
Alberto Castro
Former Dean of the Católica Porto Business School; Chairman of the Financial Development Institution.
Álvaro Nascimento
Former Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management;
Chairman of Caixa Geral de Depósitos.
António Rios de Amorim
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Corticeira Amorim.
Ernesto Gove
Governor of Banco de Moçambique.
Francisco Maria Balsemão
Vice-President of Grupo Impresa; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Youth Foundation.
João Costa Pinto
Chairman of the Board of Auditors of Banco de Portugal.
Jorge Martins
Consultant of Novo Banco; Consul of Morocco in Porto.
José de Lima Massano
Former-Governor of Banco Nacional de Angola.
José Fernando Pinto dos Santos
Professor at Insead, France and at Cambridge Judge Business School, United Kingdom.
Manuel Alves Monteiro
Administrator of CIN companies; SDC investments; Mystic Invest.
Ricardo Reis
Professor at Columbia University, New York.
Rui Moreira
Mayor of Porto.
Sérgio Silvestre
President of Católica Porto Business Alumni.
Sofia Salgado Pinto
Dean of Católica Porto Business School.

Subjects articulated with companies

Business world representatives and of other organisations are invited to engage in the School activities, in seminars or in the classroom, presenting a case study, a development in the subject that is being taught or to leave a personal testimonial and participate as jury members in Project subjects.

Several business owners and managers have been invited to give their testimonial and share their experiences in the subject of History and Business Initiatives. Among them, there are renowned leaders and younger ones who have opted for entrepreneurship over recent years, including School alumni.

Short-term internships

The Faculty strongly encourages students to undertake short-term internships, in the country or abroad.

The Final Project - Internship corresponds to the curricular recognition of these experiences, once the requirements set by the School are met, as regards the internship nature, duration and assessment3

The internships, usually held during the summer, can be obtained via the Students and Employability department, via the Strategic Leadership Hub, either by students’ own initiative or through the Mobility and International Relations Department.

3 information only relevant to the 1st cycle

Other initiatives to approach companies

RUMO is an employability yearly event organised by Students and Employability. It consists of a job-shop where companies present their business areas, debate themes that stand out and present their career opportunities. It has the excellent advantage of allowing students of the Católica Porto Business School to know the different types of labour markets they may enter and opening horizons of opportunity. In 2014 there were roundtable discussions on marketing, innovation, advice, as well as workshops and round tables. Sixty companies from different sectors attended the event.

International Experience

International mobility is seen as a way to strengthen the bachelor’s cosmopolitan view of the world, of organisations and of the companies in which they will engage. We want our students to widen their horizons and perspectives, to be open to different ways of seeing the world, confronting them with new and challenging situations.

Mobility is encouraged through::

  • Erasmus Protocols and other international study mobility protocols, where students can carry out their exchange programme. This typically occurs in the last year of the degree. The School has entered into agreements with a number of selected universities around the world: 47 protocols have been established in 24 countries.
  • Short-term international internships.
  • Summer schools in prestigious foreign universities, including summer schools organised by the Católica Porto Business School in partnership with other foreign universities.
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Citizenship and Ethics Consciousness

The School assumes the objective of promoting an ethical awareness (social and environmental) and the world citizenship in the future professionals.

This awareness is fostered both in curricular activities, in subjects such as Economic Sociology, Social Philosophy and Ethics, Environmental Economics and Development Economics, or in extracurricular activities such as voluntary initiatives at the Católica Porto.

UIDP - Unit for the Integral Development of the Person

This area promotes BEING+ opportunities in the Católica Porto as it enables the desirable interaction between students of all courses. With the support of students, teachers and employers it annually proposes a set of actions in different areas and for different audiences aiming the development of cultural, spiritual, social and solidarity skills within the Católica Porto community..

CASO | CAtólica SOlidária

Possibility of carrying out voluntary work in various areas, under the supervision of the CASO Team

GAS África

Possibility of an experience of two months volunteering in Africa after a six-month training


Dialogue between two well-know people about their personal journeys and life experiences

CAM | Conhecimento e Aprofundamento de Mim

Informal introspective and sharing experiences organised by teachers

Cinema Cycle

Projection of current movies, with an initial commentary

Caminhos / Paths

One or more days of reflective meetings in contact with nature

Encontros temáticos / Themed meetings

Socialisation moments

Recognition of students’ merit

The Católica Porto Business School rewards merit students of the Economics and Management degrees who have a high level of academic performance.

Merit Scholarships

All the effort, deserves a reward.

We reward students who have a high level of academic achievement with merit fellowships.


≥ 18 values:

Students admitted in the first year (1st stage) with an average of 18.00 or higher have a full fellowships for their first Undergraduate year.

≥ 17 values:

The students who move to the 2nd and 3rd year, and to the 4th and 5th year of the Double Degree in Law and Management, with an average of 17.00 or more in the previous year have a fellowships for the next year of the Undergraduate year.


Students admitted in the first year (1st stage) with average application between 17.99 - 16.00 are candidates for an Honours Fellowship , awarded by ranking. 30 Honours and Top Honours fellowships are awarded to new students *.

The students who move to the 2nd and 3rd years, as well as the students of the Double Degree in Law and Management who move to the 4th and 5th years, with an average between 16.99 - 15.00 , are candidates for an Honour Fellowship. 40 Honours and Top Honours fellowships are awarded to continuity students.

*Católica Porto Business School can exceed the number of fellowships in order to contemplate all new Top Honours students. This information does not excuse the consultation of the Regulation on merit fellowships.

Experience that goes far beyond the curricular domain

Academic life in the Católica Porto provides students with the opportunity to participate in associations and initiatives promoted by themselves.

Students Organisations

Associação de Estudantes da Faculdade de Economia e Gestão (AEFEG) / Católica Porto Business School Students Association

Created and run by students for students. Together with the Pedagogical Council, it represents students in the School Board. It aims to promote and elevate the name of the Católica Porto Business School by promoting activities, playful-natured and educational events with connection to the business world, involving the entire student community.

Católica Students’ Corporation (CSC)

This is a company formed exclusively by students of Bachelor and Masters Courses of the different academic units of the Católica Porto. It offers low cost consulting services in the various teaching areas offered by the School. Simultaneously, it fosters and encourages the entrepreneurial spirit within the student community through conferences, workshops, conferences and simulation games, among others. Since 2013, CSC integrates JADE - National Federation of Junior Companies and JeniAL 2013 - National Conference of junior companies of Portugal. It won the best junior initiative award of the year.

Academic “Tunas”

The “Tuna” of the Portuguese Catholic University, founded in 1989, is one of the oldest male “tunas” in Portugal. Since then it has been building one of the strongest reputations in the world of “tunas”, receiving the most diversified prizes at festivals in the country and abroad.

The female “Tuna” of the Portuguese Catholic University was founded in 1990.

They integrate students from various Schools of the Católica Porto, who share each other's taste in music and academic life.

Students’ Initiatives

Weekend Professor Francisco Carvalho Guerra

This project, which is promoted by the students’ association, has been growing year after year. It fosters the entrepreneurial spirit in participants, thus meeting the changes brought by the Bologna Process. Throughout a whole weekend, student teams "create" a business, develop their business plan, and respond to the challenges posed by the invited representatives of companies and organisations.

PwC / i2S Weekend

Throughout a weekend, the student teams have the opportunity to work with a renowned consultant in order to solve real problems that a large company may currently face. This event aims to give students a contact with the working world, developing personal and professional skills.

Ca$h-in Challenge

The Ca$h-in Challenge is, of all events that the Catholic Students' Corporation organises, the grand event of the year. It intends to create opportunities for all students to have contact with themes that are not part of the curriculum, thus complementing it.

The event lasts for three days, in retreat format, in a national city. Past editions had the support of PwC, EDP, Startup Pirates, Torke, Food Bank and other well-known national organisations. In addition, this project won the award of innovative project of the year in 2013 JeniAL.

The School Strategy Academy

The School Strategy Academy seeks to develop analytical skills, problem solving and communication through the methodology of case studies. In order to enable an even greater applicability of the content that compose the School’s degrees the Strategy Academy takes part in internal competitions at Católica Porto and in international competitions that enhance the projection of the students of the Católica Porto Business School.

Office Explorers

In order to bring the students to the labour market, the Office Explorers projects visits, promoted by the Catholic Students' Corporation, seeks to bring students of the Católica Porto Business School to know the world of business and to invest in a valuable networking for their professional future. In 2012-13, in the fields of Economics and Management, students had the opportunity to visit Deloitte, the Yeatman Hotel and the Portuguese Society of Innovation.

Católica Porto Business Alumni

The connection to the School remains beyond the completion of the degree. The Católica Porto Business Alumni keeps the relationship between the School and its former students alive, contributing to the construction of a university of excellence. It has over 2000 active members, managers, economists and entrepreneurs, working on 5 continents and 30 different countries, in various sectors, exchanging knowledge and experiences and discussing trends in the industry and services as well as business opportunities.

A reference to employers

The training provided by the School to its students is widely recognised by the labour market. The holistic approach in the training of students allows the differentiation of recent graduates in a labour market that is rapidly changing, extremely competitive and demanding. The permanent connection to the labour market coupled with the preparation and training of students justify such high employment rates, even in a difficult environment like the one we are currently experiencing..

Companies and organisations accompanying the students in their school careers welcome us in summer internships and grant them firm job offers even before completing the degree.

The Católica Porto Business Alumni also has a key role in this connection to the labour market. Our former students, spread across various sectors of activity in Portugal and the world, are true ambassadors in welcoming recent graduates and in supporting and accompanying the internationalisation processes.

Main employing companies

Top 5
  1. PwC
  2. Sonae (MC, Sierra,Indústria)
  3. Parfois
  4. Deloitte
  5. NOS
Other employing companies
  • 32 Senses Group
  • A. Barbosa & Lda.
  • A. Montesinho Turismo
  • Abílio T. Carneiro & Filhos Lda.
  • Acembex
  • Active Bank
  • Adidas Group
  • AEP
  • Ascendi
  • Banco Carregosa
  • Banco Santander
  • Novo Banco
  • BPI
  • Caixa Geral de Depósitos
  • Colep
  • Decathlon
  • Deutsche Bank
  • EDP
  • Grupo Trofa Saúde
  • Ernest & Young
  • Galp Energia
  • Grupo CH
  • Grupo Entreposto Moçambique
  • Grupo Nors
  • Grupo Visabeira
  • HBFuller
  • Hospital da Trindade
  • Infomercado
  • Unicer
  • JACOLI - Trading & Consulting
  • KPMG
  • Lactogal
  • LI & Fung (Portugal)
  • Michael Page
  • Microsoft
  • Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros
  • Foreign Offices Ministery
  • Mota Engil
  • Orey Capital Partners - Orey Mozambique
  • Randstad
  • Salvador Caetano - Toyota Caetano Portugal
  • Siemens
  • Teixeira Duarte Distribuição
  • Tranquilidade
  • VAT Systems
  • Venerável Irmandade Nossa Senhora da Lapa - Hospital da Lapa
  • Vieira de Castro

Possibility to pursue studies

Recent bachelors, who decide to pursue Masters Studies, remain in the Católica Porto or enter other top universities both domestic and international. They choose this route to start an international career. The London Business School, London School of Economics, Lancaster University, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and ESADE Business School are some of the schools that receive the students, serving as a gateway to a new professional world.5

5Source: Employment Observatory (OE) 2014. The statistics refer to students who decided to continue their after the end of the degree (44% of all bachelors).

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The Católica Porto has several infrastructures and services to support students.

Library and Information Management

It has a diverse and updated collection of bibliographic works in the fields of Economics and Management, a set of electronic resources that include scientific and disclosure journals (over 60,000), statistical databases and / or economic and business and a European Documentation Centre. These services form and support the student in the research, selection and interpretation of information.

Students and EmployabilityStudents and Employability

It supports the student in multiple dimensions:

  • Reception and integration, psychological counseling, study methodology programme, accommodation information for students;6
  • Financing with social grants, collaborative opportunities at the University and information on bank credit;
  • Organisation of non-teaching activities curriculum and personal enrichment;
  • Transition to the labour market and career development

(Employability Workshops), mediation of job offers from external institutions, support in obtaining short-term internships and organisation of events to promote employability.

Mobility and International Relations

In order to promote and facilitate international students’ mobility, the Mobility Service and International Relations provides information, guidance and support in respect of mobility programmes and international opportunities.

6 As far as accommodation is concerned, Students and Employability has a list of alternatives for accommodation near the Católica Foz Porto campus. Room rents vary between € 175-250 / month. Pousada de Juventude do Porto (10 minute walk) is a good alternative for temporary accommodation.

Systems and Information Technologies

The School has a technology platform to support teaching and learning in its most evolved and updated version. This support allows the student to interact with content, teaching teams and colleagues on any day or time.

Through this resource, the student can:

  • Be notified of their duties in the social networks they use, such as Facebook;
  • Conduct formative or summative online testing;
  • Have group working areas with exchange of files;
  • Have email, blog and forum;
  • And many other educational activities conducted online
Spinlogic – Technological Enterpreneurship at Católica Porto

A set of activities and projects developed by an institutional network led by Católica Porto in a strong involvement of students and external partners with teachers in order to generate differentiated projects, technology-based, with high added value and with a strong component of innovation. The network includes three technology incubators based on the Agro-food, Environmental, Health, Arts and Technologies sectors, with capacity to support the development of more than thirty business projects of technology-based entrepreneurship. It aims to develop an effective entrepreneurship with technological and economic impact at national level and having the following policy areas: BioSpin (bio-economy); ArtSpin (creative industries); SocialSpin (social economy); GesSpin (crosscutting areas)

Restaurants, Canteens and Cafés

The Católica Foz Porto campus has a canteen, two cafés and a panoramic restaurant.

Porto City

With an architectural heritage of exceptional quality, the historic centre of Porto was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. There are many places of interest to visit. Apart from the historic centre, the Serralves Museum, Casa da Música, the São João National Theatre are landmarks regarding the cultural offerings of the city. Reference libraries, such as Lello, theatre groups, art galleries on Miguel Bombarda Street, restaurants, bars, cafés and clubs complete the cultural and recreational offerings of the city.

In 2014 and for the second time, the city of Porto is elected as the "Best European Destination" by European Consumers Choice. It had already won this award in 2012, and in 2013 the New York Times recommends Porto as a city to visit.

The campus of the Católica Foz Porto, where the Católica Porto Business School is located, is situated in the prime area of town, near the beach, the Serralves Gardens and the City Park.

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Programme Outline
1st SemesterMathematics I
Information and Technological Systems
Introduction to Business Studies
Economic Sociology
2nd SemesterMathematics II
Social Philosophy and Ethics
Financial Accounting I
Multidisciplinary Project I
3rd SemesterStatistics
Money and Financial Markets
Microeconomics IIManagerial Economics
Macroeconomics IIFinancial Accounting II
Multidisciplinary Project II
4th SemesterPortuguese and European Economy
Corporate Finance
Business Law
Econometrics IApplied Quantitative Methods
International EconomicsOrganizational Behaviour
5th SemesterEconometrics IIManagement Accounting
Development EconomicsTaxation
Economics and Public PolicyMarketing Management
Labour EconomicsHistory of Business and Entrepreneurship
Free Elective IFree Elective I
6th SemesterIndustrial EconomicsInternational Management
International Financial EconomicsOperations Management
History of Economic ThoughtStrategy
Free Elective IIFree Elective II
Final Project Management / EconomicsFinal Project Management / Economics

To know more about the study plan, please click here.

Double Degree in Law and Management

The Double Degree program in Law and Management allows the achievement of a five-year bachelor diploma in two degrees of different but complementary areas: a Degree in Law and a Degree in Management. It is a programme that results from the partnership between two reference schools of the Católica Porto: the School of Law and Católica Porto Business School.

The double degree allows a Bachelor in Law to acquire business vision and sensitivity to the organisational world, enhancing their ability to work in multidisciplinary teams in which knowledge, sensitivity and articulation of these both areas is required.

In turn, the Double Degree prepares the bachelor in Management to the domain of fundamental legal frameworks and instruments and to the consideration of the interdisciplinary nature of the challenges faced by organisations, promoting an integrated view of reality.

For further information, please visit the programme website here.

Career and Development Office

Focusing on the promotion of students personal and professional development, and the connection to the business community and the entire business alumni network, the Career and Development Office is the strategic hub of Católica Porto Business School bringing together students, companies, teachers, alumni and pre-university students.

Learn more about the Career and Development Office here.

1st cycle students are encouraged to participate and get involved in the Career and Development Office various initiatives. These curricular and extracurricular experiences enhance their differentiation, through the effort of their soft skills, and encourage progressive approach to labour market practices.

The Career and Development Officeoffers students in the degrees in Economics and Management various intervention modalities:


Individual Coaching 

Individual Coaching aims to promote personal and professional development of the Católica Porto Business School students. It is a completely free of charge personalised process that seeks to respond to the needs and requests of each student. In this sense it can intervene in different dimensions such as career exploration, career guidance, skills assessment and implementation of an action plan, students at risk of failing the limitation period, study methods, strategies to deal with anxiety, develop oral communication skills, and interpersonal relationship skills, among others.

Applications open throughout the school year (usually upon waiting list)

For further information contact the Career and Development Office team
226 196 229/253

Team Coaching

Team Coaching aims to promote team work skills of any working group set up within a subject or extracurricular activity of the Católica Porto Business School.

Each group is encouraged to analyse their group effectiveness and find recovery strategies and improvement. Throughout the process, assertive communication among team members is also fostered, as well as problem solving and conflict management. At the end, a reflection on the skills developed as a team is promoted, as well as self and peer assessment.

Applications open throughout the school year.

For further information contact the Career and Development Office team
226 196 229/253

Coaching associated to the Project Courses

Coaching associated to the Project Subjects aims to optimise the performance of students in meeting the challenges posed by the subjects Multidisciplinary Project I, II and Multidisciplinary Project Final Project. As the subjects themselves this coaching modality is also organised around the centre lines "think, communicate and act."

Applications are open according to the information available in each subject form

For further information contact the Career and Development Office team
226 196 229/253


These development workshops with different modules aim to improve students' communication tools with organizations. There are available modules like: CV, LindekIn and Interviews.

Applications open after the announcement of each workshop.

For further information contact the Career and Development Office team
226 196 229/253


(En)Cena allows the simulation of an oral presentation and a personalised feedback to improve students’ performance. The feedback provided is on oral communication dimension, allowing the reinforcement these skills.

It can be requested at any time during the school year by a student or a group of students, depending on the work modality to be displayed.

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 Career and Development Office team
226 196 229/253

Summer Internships

The Career and Development Office is responsible for the proactive soliciting of summer internships for students awarded in the subject of Multidisciplinary Project II. These internships, with a minimum duration of 6 weeks and 210 hours, allow students a first contact with the labour market and to abridge the knowledge acquired in class and its practical applicability.

The summer internships raised by the Career and Development Office in national or international context, meet all the requirements for equivalence to the Final Project Internship subject (if the student also meets all the requirements set at the internship start date).

The internships list is published annually at the beginning of May. The remaining vacancies will be made available to all students of Católica Porto Business School.

For further information contact the Career and Development Office team
226 196 229/253

Career Day for Undergrads & Masters

The Career Day has as its main objective to present the SEM finalists to the business world, being a unique opportunity for networking and recruitment for the attending businesses that can identify candidates with the potential to integrate any ongoing recruitment process.

The Career Day allows the finalist student the opportunity to participate in workshops, to go through speed interviews with companies and to attend a closing seminar on a relevant topic linked to the professional career.

Applications are open annually after the initiative announcement.

For further information contact the Career and Development Office team
226 196 229/253

International Mobility

Academic Offer in English (2020-2021)

CoursesUndergraduatesFall SemesterSpring SemesterECTS
Decision MakingManagement|Economics X6
Development EconomicsEconomicsX6
Econometrics IIEconomicsX6
Economic SociologyManagement|Economics X6
Economics and Public PolicyEconomicsX6
Environmental EconomicsManagement|Economics X6
Financial Accounting IIManagementX6
Geopolitics - ElectiveManagement|Economics X6
Information and Technological SytemsManagement|Economics X6
Introduction to Business StudiesManagement|Economics X6
Labour EconomicsEconomicsX6
Leadership and MotivationManagement|Economics X5
Macroeconomics IIEconomicsX6
Managerial EconomicsManagement|Economics X6
Marketing ManagementManagementX6
Mathemathics IManagement|Economics X6
Microeconomics IManagement|Economics X6
Microeconomics IIEconomicsX6
Money and Financial MarketsManagement|Economics X6
StatisticsManagement|Economics X6
Applied Quantitative MethodsManagementX6
Corporate FinanceManagementX6
Design ThinkingManagement|Economics X6
Financial Accounting IManagement|Economics X6
History of Economic ThoughtEconomicsX6
Industrial EconomicsEconomicsX6
International EconomicsEconomicsX6
International Financial EconomicsEconomicsX6
International ManagementManagementX6
Macroeconomics Management|Economics X6
Mathematics IIManagement|Economics X6
New Marketing TrendsManagement|Economics X6
Operations ManagementManagementX6
Organizational BehaviourManagementX6
Portuguese and European EconomyManagement|Economics X6
Social EconomicsManagement|Economics X6
Social Philosophy and EthicsManagement|Economics X6
TOTAL ECTS119114233

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 (2019-2020)

Foreign Students' Admission (Fall Semester / Full Year)15th  May
Reception4th September – 6th September
Fall Semester9th  September – 13th December
Final Exams3rd January – 15th January
20th January – 25th January (Re-Sit)
Foreign Students' Admission (Spring Semester)15th  October
Spring Semester
10th February – 29th May
Final Exams6th June – 22nd June
27th June – 3rd July (Re-sit)
Christmas Holidays19th December – 2nd January
Easter Holidays8th April - 14th April
Academic Week Break4th May - 10th May

*Reception days will be confirmed later

Institutional and Departmental Exchange Contacts

Sofia Salgado Pinto - Dean
+351 22 6196294

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

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

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

Maria João Marques - Incoming Students
+351 22 6196294 

Teresa Alves de Sousa – Outgoing Students
+351 22 6196269

Rita Santos Silva – International Programmes
+351 22 6196220


Magda Ferro - Coordinator
+351 22 6196286

Programmes Open to Incoming Students

Courses Attendance Requirements

No particular requirements are demanded, but a good knowledge of English language is needed (First Certificate - Level B2).

A minimum of 10 students are required to register for the opening of courses taught in English. If the minimum number of students do not enroll, courses may still open, but under a tutorial regime.

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

Czech Replubic











Republic of Croatia

Republic of Ghana


South Korea




United Kingdom

United States of America




Gráfico 1

The vast majority of employed graduates, about 92%, considers to be playing regular professional activity in their area of training.

Gráfico 2

More than half of employed graduates perform their activity in large organisations (54%) with more than 251 workers.

Gráfico 3

Of the employed graduates, 80% work in the north of the country and about 11% abroad.

Gráfico 4

Graduates working abroad are in the following countries: United Kingdom (37.5%), Germany (12.5%), Belgium (12.5%), Luxembourg (12.5%), Brazil (12,5%) and Bangladesh (12.5%).

Gráfico 5

37% of graduates are continuing their education (Economics 58%and Management 30%)

Gráfico 6Distribution of employed graduates sectors of activity: sales and distribution (25.4%), Other sector (21.1%) Other Service activities (16.9%), Industry (14.1%) , Consulting, Audit and Studies (12.7%), Banking, Brokerage and Insurance (9.9%).


Studying at Católica Porto is not only an enriching experience of the curricular point of view. There is a wide variety of possibilities that students can embrace to continue growing in areas that are not normally covered in class.

The Católica Porto Business School enjoys a close relationship with business, which is a starting point for numerous activities in conjunction with companies such as summer internships, summer schools and job-searching activities such as the Career Day for Bachelors. The Career and Development Office is responsible for the relationship between students and authorities.

For the application of knowledge during the course, there is also the Católica Students' Corporation, a junior company formed by students of the Católica Porto and serving as a bridge between the academic and professional environment. Here, students can begin to apply the knowledge and experience acquired in class in services provided to external entities.

With a broader spectrum of action, the UDIP - Unit for the Integral Development of the Person - is a set of teaching effort, employees and students to foster personal growth of all members of the community, by promoting solidarity, spiritual, cultural, social and sporting activities. Similarly, the CASO – Católica Solidária - streamlines the regular volunteering with various audiences: children, children in hospitals, the elderly, adults with mental disabilities and the homeless, and it still allows for the possibility to make timely voluntary (Banco Alimentar, Missão País, FAP no Bairro,...).

While an association representing the students, AEFEG - Students Association of the School of Economics and Management is a valuable asset in the community. In addition to the promotion of events themselves, it is one of the bridges between the students and the initiatives of the rest of the Academy of Porto.

Membership in one of the “tunas” (academic musical groups) is also an excellent way to supplement the academic life. The TUCP - Tuna of the Portuguese Catholic University of Porto - is one of the most prized and cherished “tunas” in the country with performances on some of the major national stages, as the Coliseu do Porto and the Teatro Circo, already relying on several international tours. In 2015 it celebrated 25 years of history. Similarly, the TFUCP – the Women's Tuna of the School is almost completing its 25 years of existence. While an academic musical group, they already have two edited albums and much national and international travel. To belong to any of the “tunas” you do not need to be an expert in music. You just need to be a student of any of the Católica Porto schools and be willing to do join the group.

These are just a few examples of activities that can be embraced by the students of the Católica Porto. The possibilities are endless!


Luísa Freitas

Luísa Freitas

Bachelor in Economics 2010-2013 - Policy Research, Analysis and Advice Intern

OECD Development Centre

During the three years I was in SEM, I met in the School all the necessary support to develop the skills for an international career. I'm currently finishing an international Masters programme, and I’ve also developed a career beginning in the OECD and the United Nations. Throughout the degree, and exactly through the support of SLH, I completed an internship at Deloitte and I became involved in various competitions and events like the Global Management Challenge and Leadership Tournament. These experiences allowed me to develop many valuable soft skills for the labour market, such as oral communication, critical thinking and leadership. In parallel, in the individual coaching sessions, I was able to discuss the best way to advance my career. In these meetings I found a space where we could dialogue openly about finding solutions which fitted what I wanted for the future and to what the labour market requires. I have no doubt that the SLH will continue to give students the prospect of cross training that it is essential for all professionals.

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Daniel Morgado

Daniel Morgado

Bachelor in Management 2013, Human Resources - Grupo Trofa Saúde, 2015

Grupo Trofa Saúde, 2015

Ever since the first contact with SEM I felt that one of the key objectives of the institution was to foster closer ties with the labour market. This is achieved thanks to a combination of several factors, including the involvement of the school, which is imbued with a spirit of cooperation and support to students. In parallel with the theoretical components, the courses allow practices to develop personal skills, especially the soft skills that are highly valued by employers. Among them, I emphasise the focus on teamwork, communication and assertiveness.

For all this, despite the high unemployment that plagues our country, at the terminus of my degree I did not feel any difficulty in getting a job. I was immediately recruited by Parfois Company and I started the Masters in Management. After 20 months collaborating with Parfois I began a new project in the Trofa Health Group.

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Diana Alexandra Silva Nogueira

Diana Alexandra Silva Nogueira

Bachelor in Management

Individual coaching is undoubtedly a great tool we have at our disposal throughout our degree. It is completely adaptable to each of us and to our questions, thus becoming a personalised process. Our work ranges from a curricular analysis, preparation for group interviews and challenges, through reflection on our future, thus achieving excellent results that allow our personal growth. It is interesting that with the accompaniment of SLH, we witness the development of our individual skills that will be very important for our professional future, specifically for job searching. I urge all colleagues to sign up and take advantage of the best services that the School of Economics and Management puts at our disposal. I am sure that you will be accompanied by excellent professionals who will help you to achieve your goals.

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Cristina Marques

Cristina Marques

Centro Tecnológico do Calçado de Portugal, 2015

The Portuguese Technology Footwear Centre (CTCP) has collaborated with the Católica Porto - School of Economics and Management in the Multidisciplinary II subject project, involving footwear companies, which in recent years have opened their doors to students and have shared their journey, particularly in terms of strategy and human resources management, in addition to the visit to the facilities and monitoring the production process.

The CTCP has also received students in summer internships, who have distinguished by their analytical capability, objectivity, dynamism and persistence in achieving results and we have also participated as a jury in the Final Project, which allows contact with students at a later stage of their training, and check their extremely positive development.

All these types of collaboration have been very rewarding and have always been assumed to be very relevant, because we corroborate your concern in preparing students for the labour market and because we have the possibility of contacting them and presenting them the footwear industry, which is receptive to rely on the skills students develop in the training that is provided to them.

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To apply, access the candidate portal of the Católica Porto in the following link:here


Monthly fees are set according to the corresponding number of ECTS in which the student is enrolled in the semester (minimum 18 ECTS). To each semester is due the amount corresponding to 5 monthly payments. If students follow the normal study plan 1 semester = 30 ECTS.

Portuguese secondary education / legally equivalent degreeHolders / Transfer / Course ChangeOver 23
Application145 €250 € (from outside UCP)
200 € (from UCP)
3300 € (re-entry students)
190 €
Registration and inscription360 € (initial) | 280 € (following)
Fee per ECTS16,70 €
Fee per month (30 ECTS)501 €
Fee per semester (30 ECTS)*2.505 €
Total annual cost of the 1st year (30 ECTS)**5.010 €

[1] Candidates not admitted to the first stage of the applications 1st season automatically transit to the second stage, without the need for a new application or additional payment.

Other information:

  • The figures above are subject to change in subsequent school years;
  • The application value, as well as the enrollment value, are not refundable;
  • The figures presented correspond to pre-defined and exemplary situations, and does not release the consultation of the table of fees;
  • Families’ Benefits: the UCP assigns a monthly reduction to families with two or more members of the same household who study at the University (Undergraduate and Masters) who depend on the same income as defined in their own regulations. A reduction of 25% shall be granted to the second member and 50% to the third;
  • At the time of enrollment is due the respective fee and the first monthly fee, which it will be refunded in case of discontinuance until September 11th. This refund applies to 1st and 2nd stage applicants. The request for refund must be made by application, together with the notice of discontinuance.

Merit Scholarships

All the effort, deserves a reward.

We reward students who have a high level of academic achievement with merit fellowships.


≥ 18 values:

Students admitted in the first year (1st stage) with an average of 18.00 or higher have a full fellowships for their first Undergraduate year.

≥ 17 values:

The students who move to the 2nd and 3rd year, and to the 4th and 5th year of the Double Degree in Law and Management, with an average of 17.00 or more in the previous year have a fellowships for the next year of the Undergraduate year.


Students admitted in the first year (1st stage) with average application between 17.99 - 16.00 are candidates for an Honours Fellowship , awarded by ranking. 30 Honours and Top Honours fellowships are awarded to new students *.

The students who move to the 2nd and 3rd years, as well as the students of the Double Degree in Law and Management who move to the 4th and 5th years, with an average between 16.99 - 15.00 , are candidates for an Honour Fellowship. 40 Honours and Top Honours fellowships are awarded to continuity students.

*Católica Porto Business School can exceed the number of fellowships in order to contemplate all new Top Honours students. This information does not excuse the consultation of the Regulation on merit fellowships.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs


    To learn more about our Undergraduate Degrees please contact:

    Associate Dean for Undergraduate Degrees

    Helena Correia

    Administrative Assistant

    Daniela Silva
    226 196 232

    Administrative Assistant for Masters Programmes

    Daniela Silva
    ext. 221

    Career and Development Office
    226 196 223/229/253

    EE-Students and Employability Service- Foz
    ext. 226

    • Maria Lopes Cardoso - Coordenadora
    • Ana Martins
    • Lara Pacheco
    • Maria Luísa Barbosa
    • Sandra Neves
    Academic services
    ext. 206/207

    Teresa Lopes - Direction
    ext. 207

    Andreia Vale
    ext. 207


    Isabel Noverça
    ext. 205

    Raquel Cabral
    ext. 205

    Information Systems and Technologies
    ext. 297

    Mobility Service and International Relations

    Magda Ferro - Coordenadora
    ext. 285

    Contact us