Duration: 6 Semesters

Scientific Coordination: Profª. Doutora Ana Galhardo
Coordination Contact:
International Coordination: Henrique Vicente, PhD


Psychologists act in multiple domains, and their activity must be based on an integrated perspective of human behaviour. Therefore, the 1st cycle degree program aims to provide students with scientific training in the relationship between the mind, brain, and behaviour. This general knowledge and skills training at the theoretical-conceptual and research levels allow students an in-depth understanding of the scientific nature of psychology and its impact on human life.


The Psychology Program encompasses the following scientific areas:

  • Psychology;
  • Biology;
  • Methodologies Applied to Psychology;
  • Social Sciences.


These scientific areas address different basic psychological processes (e.g., sensation, perception, attention, cognition, language, learning, memory), more specific areas of psychological science (e.g., assessment, psychopathology, health, organizations), as well as the biological bases, core theories and models of human behaviour. In addition, knowledge related to methodological aspects of scientific research and statistical analysis is contemplated.


Overall, the 1st cycle of Psychology is intended to provide students with essential knowledge and skills to make an adequate transition to the 2nd cycle of studies. It is also worth mentioning among the objectives of the 1st cycle that of encouraging the participation of students in the construction of their training path, for which they may opt for different curricular units linked to more specific areas of knowledge (optional curricular units). Some of these optional curricular units provide a first contact with the theories underlying different therapeutic models to help students in their decision-making process regarding a 2nd cycle degree.

Study Program

Curricular Units ECTS
History and Epistemology of Psychology 4
Social Sciences 5
Neurosciences I 6
Sensation, Perception and Attention 5
Quantitative Research Methods 5
Ethology 5
Curricular Units ECTS
Qualitative Research Methods 5
Learning and Memory 5
Neurosciences II 5
Social Psychology 5
Educational Psychology 5
Child and Adolescent Development Psychology 5
Curricular Units ECTS
Observation and Assessment Methods 5
Psychological Consultation 5
Cognition and Language 5
Adult Development and Ageing Psychology 5
Statistics I 5
Optional Curricular Unit 1 5
Curricular Units ECTS
Psychology of Personality 5
Statistics II 5
Motivation, Affection and Emotions 5
Health Psychology 5
Family Psychology 5
Optional Curricular Unit 2 5
Curricular Units ECTS
Ethics and Deontology 5
Psychology of Groups 5
Psychometrics 5
Child and Adolescent Psychopathology 5
Optional Curricular Unit 3 5
Optional Curricular Unit 4 5
Curricular Units ECTS
Adult Psychopathology 5
Contexts of Psychological Intervention 5
Psychopharmacology 5
Organizational Psychology 5
Optional Curricular Unit 5 5
Optional Curricular Unit 6 5

Study Program

Optional Curricular Units 1 ECTS
Psychopathology of Addictive Behaviours 5
Sports Psychology 5

Study Program

Optional Curricular Units 2 ECTS
Psychology of Sexuality 5
Forensic Psychology 5

Study Program

Optional Curricular Units 3 e 4 ECTS
Community Psychology 5
Psychodrama 5
Introduction to Psychoanalysis 5

Study Program

Optional Curricular Units 5 e 6 ECTS
Introduction to Family Therapies 5
Introduction to Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies 5
Data Analysis Applied to Psychology 5

Employment Opportunities

The 1st cycle of a Psychology degree is the first stage in the training of a Psychologist. The ISMT Psychology program provides the skills and knowledge needed to take the next professional step, the 2nd cycle in Psychology, the latter being more specialized. The two study cycles are mandatory for enrollment in the Portuguese Psychologists Association (OPP) and for practising the psychologist profession after completing a Professional Internship under the supervision of OPP.

Admission Requirements


Application Classification for National Students:

  • Secondary education final grade – 50%;
  • Entrance Exam Classification – 50%.

One of the following Portuguese national exams:

  • 02 Biology and Geology
  • 06 Philosophy
  • 11 History
  • 18 Portuguese


Order number 9372/2020 [pdf] [in Portuguese]
Degree accredited by the Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education - A3ES [pdf] [in Portuguese] 
Register DGES – R/A-Ef 988/2011


Students Services:, +351 239 488 039/041

Office for International Relations:, +351 239 488 037