Social Work


Duration: 6 Semesters

Scientific Coordination: Sónia Guadalupe de Abreu, PhD,
International Coordination: Dulce Serra Simões, PhD,


Social Service is an intervention profession and an academic discipline in the area of Social Sciences. The degree in Social Work in ISMT was founded in 1937, being one of the two pioneer degrees in Portugal.

The growing complexity of society requires that the training of social workers ensure skills of analysis, understanding and intervention informed by interdisciplinarity in the field of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and guided by the principles of social justice, human rights, diversity and collective responsibility. The degree intends to contribute to the construction of a professional identity, guaranteeing a solid theoretical, methodological and ethical-political qualification, and a capacity for intervention and investigation.

The study plan lasts for 7 semesters and has curricular units organized into four training axes: 1) Fundamentals and theories that ground Social Work; 2) Theoretical-methodological dimension; 3) Relationship between Social Work and social policy in different areas; 4) Technical-operative dimension of socialization with the social and institutional reality of insertion of Social Work and pre-professional practice. The fourth axis includes Internships I and II, which are supervised internships lasting 2 semesters.

Study Program

Curricular Units ECTS
Social Work History 5
Developmental Psychology 5
Sociology 5
Social History and Contemporary Politics 6
The Portuguese Economy and Society 5
Political Science 4
Curricular Units ECTS
Human Rights 5
Social Policies 4
Research Methodologies in Social Sciences 6
Inequalities, Poverty and Social Exclusion 5
Social Psychology 5
Thought, Knowledge and Social Work 5
Curricular Units ECTS
Social Work Theories and Models 5
Planning and Management of Projects 6
Social Work, Social Security and Local Government 5
Social Work, Health Care and Rehabilitation 5
Social Law 5
Optional Curricular Unit I 4
Curricular Units ECTS
Social Work, Childhood and Youth 5
Social Economics 4
Social Work, Justice and Social Reintegration 5
Social Administration and Management 5
Psychopathology and Mental Health 5
Contexts of Professional Intervention 6
Curricular Units ECTS
Social Work Methodologies and Strategies 5
Ethics for Social Work 5
Statistics for the Social Sciences 5
Community and Network Intervention 5
Gerontological Social Work 5
Optional Curricular Unit II 5
Curricular Units ECTS
Internship I 20
Contemporary Families and Social Intervention 5
Research in Social Work 5
Curricular Units ECTS
Internship II 25
Social Studies Seminar (Optional Curricular Unit III) 5

Study Program

Optional Curricular Units 1 ECTS
Counseling and Psychosocial Intervention 4
Arts and Social Intervention 4
Gender, Identities and Inequalities 4
Anthropology 4

Study Program

Optional Curricular Units 2 ECTS
Education, Labor and Social Work 5
Organizational Psychology 5
Portuguese Sign Language 5
Entrepreneurship and Innovation 5

Study Program

Optional Curricular Units 3 ECTS
Citizenship, Risks, Exclusions and Social Work 5
Citizenship, Social Movements, Mobilities and Social Work 5
Citizenship, Violence and Social Work 5

Employment Opportunities

Social Security;
Social Action;
Local Authorities;
Justice and Reinsertion;
Community intervention;
Social and sustainable development;
Management, Social Responsibility and Human Resources in organizations and companies;
Qualification for teaching;

Admission Requirements

Application Classification for National Students:

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


List of entrance exams (national exams)

One of the following Portuguese national exams:

  • 04 Economy
  • 06 Philosophy
  • 11 History
  • 18 Portuguese



Degree accredited by the Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES). Decision of the A3ES Board. [pdf] [in Portuguese]

Order number 10.200/2020 [pdf] [in Portuguese] 


Students Services:, +351 239 488 039/41

Office for International Relations:, +351 239 488 037