Social Work


Duration: 6 Semesters

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


Social Work as an area of ​​Social Sciences has a trajectory that places it as a profession inserted in the socio-technical division of work. Academic training should contribute to the construction of a professional identity, through a solid theoretical, methodological and ethical-political qualification, and an operational and practical research training that underpins the knowledge of Social Work and its production, supporting the interlocution with other areas of Social Sciences.


The scientific area of ​​Social Work is conceived as structuring the new Study Plan (which presupposes the existence of basic theories, practical training, supervised pre-professional internship with a research component), establishing the articulation with the other complementary scientific areas that make up this degree.


It is intended that the training of future Social Workers will lead to the construction of a plural, critical and promoting posture of the effectiveness of Human Rights and citizenship, based on principles and values ​​inherent to the understanding of society and Social Work, to the promotion of social justice and the commitment to the development of autonomy, emancipation and empowerment of social subjects. In this sense, the Study Plan seeks to develop in the student:


  • The knowledge of historical and socio-political relations and determinations and the main currents of thought that influence the trajectory of Social Work as a profession and disciplinary area, which has to be analyzed in time and place, with its limits/constraints and potentials/possibilities;
  • The analysis of Portuguese society, inserted in the European and international space, from the historical, political, economic, social and cultural point of view, in order to contextualize the field of Social Work, existing and emerging requests and their trends;
  • Equating the relations between Social Work and Social Policies, not only at the intervention level, but also at the level of conception, elaboration and evaluation of programs, projects and policy measures;
  • The understanding of the theoretical-methodological and ethical-political aspects that allow the development of intervention, planning, evaluation and research skills in Social Work, in order to face the new challenges and requests that arise in contemporary societies and particularly in Portugal;
  • The reinforcement of theoretical-practical training from the first years of the course, in various disciplinary areas, according to a continuous pedagogical strategy, namely in the area of ​​Social Work - observatory, workshop, field and project work and study groups - which culminates at the end of the study plan, with the internship and the preparation of the final assignment;
  • The intensification of relations between academic training and the social, institutional and socio-professional reality through study groups and internships, with scientific, pedagogical and professional supervision.

Study Program

Curricular Units ECTS
History of Social Work 5
Psychology of Development 5
Sociology 5
Contemporary Social and Political History 6
Portuguese Economics 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 Power 5
Social Work, Health 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
Methodologies and Strategies of Social Work 5
Ethics for Social Work 5
Statistics Applied to 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
Seminar on Social Studies (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, Exclusion and Social Work 5
Citizenship, Social Movements, Mobilities and Social Work 5
Citizenship, Violence and Social Work 5

Employment Opportunities

Professional opportunities in the following areas:

- Social Security;

- Health;

- Local Authorities;

- Justice;

- Work and education;

- Psychotherapeutic and Psychosocial Intervention;

- 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