About the program/cycle of studies

Psychology is a scientific discipline dedicated to the research, evaluation, and intervention in mental processes    (mental activity) and its behavioural manifestations (behaviour). Its contribution in terms of    research/assessment/intervention has been extended to wider spheres of human activity, such as health,    education, employment, sports, advertising, economics, ecology, politics, and many others.

The Bachelor's Degree in Psychology seeks to provide a basic introduction to the skills of psychologists in different practical contexts, to the major theories and techniques in psychology, and to a base for research.

However, obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Psychology does not lead to an occupational qualification in Psychology, nor does it provide the necessary competences for independent practice. It merely lays the basic groundwork of knowledge in this field and sets the stage for continuing towards a Master's Degree, at any national or European educational institution of Psychology, with the goal of practising psychology as a profession.



The specific goals of this degree are:

  • the development of expertise and comprehension skills in the scientific and methodological areas of psychology;
  • knowing how to apply the knowledge acquired and to integrate it into explanatory models, adopting an initial approach to differing assessment and intervention tools in the area of psychology;
  • the development of skills in collecting, selecting and interpreting information that provide a foundation for decisions, judgements and solutions, including the various levels of scientific, social and ethical integration;
  • the development of problem-solving skills, from problem recognition to the implementation of solutions;
  • the development of strategies for communicating information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;
  • the acquisition of skills for lifelong learning, including self-directed and autonomous learning;
  • a practical introduction to the different contexts of action/intervention in Psychology.


Study cycle accredited by A3ES for 3 years (counted from June 2021; ACEF). 


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Type of recognition

The Bachelor's Degree allows access to choice of Master’s in the field of Psychology, completing two of the phases set by the EuroPsy for the European Diploma in Psychology.


Entry requirements


Applies to all candidates who do not hold citizenship /relatives of any country that is a Member State of the European Union; or have not been legal residents in Portugal for more than two years.


  • Completed secondary school;
  • Document certifying that the candidate has a national exam of Biology in is education system with the minimum mark of approved in order to substitute our national access exam of Biologia e Geologia, and the respective contents, or take the exam in CESPU


Application Regimes:

General Access: Students who hold a foreign secondary diploma legally equivalent to the Portuguese secondary education. The Portuguese admission exams can be replaced by the equivalent final exams or school-leaving exams required for each degree, duly recognized DGES (Artigo 20º do Decreto-Lei n.º 296-A/98)1.

+23 years old Regime: Students aged over 23 can be admitted to higher education if they successfully completed the special entrance examination that evaluates the capacity to attend higher education courses at CESPU educational establishments, according to the law (DL 64/2006 de 21 de março, alterado pelo Decreto-Lei n.º 113/2014, de 16-07)

 Changing of Course/Institution: Is the act by which a student applies to the same or a different degree from that of the last registration, in the same or in a different institution of higher education, whether or not there was an interruption of the registration in accordance with the Portaria n.º 181-D/2015,  19 of June.

Holder of a Degree: Holders of a Bachelor, master or doctor degree obtained in national or foreign higher education institutions, as long as recognized by Decree law nº66 / 2018  (Decreto-Lei n.º 113/2014, de 16-07)


Official languages

English (minimum 20 students for the first year and in exceptional cases may extend to the second year)
French (minimum 20 students for the first year and in exceptional cases may extend to the second year)


Course duration

3 years - 6 semesters - 180 ECTS



Bruno Miguel Raposo Távora de Barros Peixoto 



D.R. Notice no. 13017/2021, of 9 September 

Main scientific areas


No. Compulsory

Psychology (General)




Methodology in Observation and Research


Social Sciences