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Catholic University of Portugal

The Catholic University of Portugal (Portuguese: Universidade Católica Portuguesa, pronounced [univɨɾsiˈðad(ɨ) kɐˈtɔlikɐ puɾtuˈɣezɐ]), also referred to as Católica or UCP for short, is the only concordatary university (non-state-run university with concordatary status) of the Catholic Church in Portugal.

Catholic University of Portugal
Universidade Católica Portuguesa
UCP Logo.png
Latin: Universitas Catholica Lusitana
MottoTogether We Shape the Future
TypeConcordatary university
EstablishedOctober 13, 1967
PresidentIsabel Capeloa Gil
Academic staff
1059 (2018)
Administrative staff
570 (2018)
Students11.371 Students (Degree-Granting Programmes) and 7.549 Postgraduate Students (Non Degree-Granting Programmes)
Lisbon (Headquarters); Porto Regional Centre; Braga Regional Centre; Viseu Regional Centre
41°09′12″N 8°40′21″W / 41.1534°N 8.6724°W / 41.1534; -8.6724Coordinates: 41°09′12″N 8°40′21″W / 41.1534°N 8.6724°W / 41.1534; -8.6724

Although it is just one university, UCP is organized as a university system, made up of four major regional centres: Lisbon (the headquarters), Viseu, Braga, and Porto. These include 20 faculties, schools and institutes, which are the basic education and research units. Besides the four regional centres in Portugal, UCP also has the University of Saint Joseph in Macau as its affiliate.


The Catholic University of Portugal was established in 1967 by decree of the Holy See (Lusitanorum Nobilissima Gens), at the request of the Portuguese Bishop's conference and under Concordat Law. It was founded in 1967 and gained official recognition in 1971.

Its first constituent Faculty was the Jesuit-owned and run Faculty of Philosophy of Braga (Northern Portugal). However, the University was soon extended to Lisbon where it opened, in 1968, the Faculty of Theology and, in 1971, the Faculty of Human Sciences.

The Portuguese government's official recognition of UCP occurred in 1971, via decree-law 307/71, which acknowledged the Catholic University as on a par with the other Portuguese universities and conferred on the degrees it grants - presently Licentiate, Master and Doctorate, - the same value and the same effects as those awarded by State universities.

The late 1970s and 1980s saw the establishment and development in Portugal of a privately owned sector in higher education (including both universities and polytechnics). Within that context, there has been a generalized acceptance of the distinctive position held by the Catholic University - a public, non-State and non-profit-seeking institution.

Nowadays, and following the general trend in Portugal and abroad, UCP enjoys a large degree of autonomy in the creation and running of new campuses, faculties and courses.

Currently it has, among others, the well known courses of Business, Economics, Architecture, Law, Media and Cultural Studies, Civil Engineering and Dental Medicine.

The Lisbon MBAEdit

The Lisbon MBA is a partnership between Universidade Católica Portuguesa and Universidade Nova de Lisboa. The partnership includes a Full Time One year MBA, in partnership with MIT Sloan School of Management and a Part Time MBA. The two Universities that offer this MBA program hold the triple crown accreditation namely AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB.


According to the QS World University Rankings, the Catholic University of Portugal is within the world's 600 best universities.[1]

According to rankings published by the Financial Times, the Catholic University School of Business and Economics is the best in Portugal and 25th in Europe. Its master's degree in management is one of the two best in Portugal in 2013, when it was ranked 52nd worldwide.[2]

It is the largest "private" university in Portugal in terms of students enrolled and the 10th largest including public universities.[3]

Teaching unitsEdit

The Catholic University of Portugal is a decentralized university composed of four regional centres, each one including several academic and research schools, faculties, institutes and departments.[4]

Lisbon (headquarters):

  • Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics

Founded in 1989, the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics is one of the best Business School in Portugal. The School is acknowledged for its excellence, being the first Portuguese Business School accredited with the Triple Crown, the only University in Portugal in the CFA University Affiliation Program, and having the Executive Education programmes ranked by Financial Times, in 2017, among the Top 50 Worldwide.[5]

The Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics offers undergraduate degrees in Management, Economy, International Undergraduate in Management and International Undergraduate in Economics; Masters of Science, entirely taught in English, in Management, Economics, Finance, Management with specialization in Strategic Marketing, Management with specialization in Strategy & Entrepreneurship, and in Business. CÁTOLICA-LISBON also has Executive Masters in Finance, Management with a specialization in Leadership Development, Management with a specialization in Strategic Marketing, Management with a specialization in Digital Innovation and Management with a specialization in Finance and Control. The School also offers Executive Programs, related to Management, Finance, Innovation, Healthcare Management, among others.[6]

CATÓLICA-LISBON has a research unit entitled Católica Lisbon Research Unit in Business and Economics (CUBE). CUBE has been distinguished with the highest grade (Excellent), in 2014, by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT), according to their most recent evaluation.[7]

  • Faculty of Human Sciences

Founded in 1972, the Faculty of Human Sciences offers programs focused on Communication Sciences, Social Sciences, Culture Studies, Philosophy and Psychology. The Faculty went through a restructuring process in 1991, after the establishing of the Faculties of Law and of Economics and Business Sciences, implementing new degree programs.[8] Throughout the years, the Faculty has been acknowledged by Eduniversal, which annually evaluates thousands of programs in 30 fields of knowledge, prepares the ranking based on the reputation of the courses, the level of employability and the degree of student satisfaction.[9]

The Faculty offers undergraduate programs in Social and Cultural Communication Studies, Applied Foreign Languages, Social Work, Psychology and Philosophy – B-Learning; master's degrees in Communication Studies, Culture Studies, Psychology in Business and Economics, Education Sciences, Family Studies, Asian Studies, Philosophy, Psychology of Wellbeing and Health Promotion, Social Work, Translation, Linguistics for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, and Portuguese as a Foreign Language/Second Language; doctoral degrees in Communication Studies, International Doctoral Program in Culture Studies, Translation Studies (Inter-university Program), History (Inter-university Program) and Social Work (Inter-university Program); as well as a variety of Post-Graduate and Advanced Training Programs.[10]

The Faculty of Human Sciences integrates four research centres: Research Centre for Communication and Culture, Research Centre for Philosophy, Research Centre for Portuguese Speaking Peoples and Cultures, and Católica Research Centre for Psychological, Family and Social Wellbeing.

  • Católica | Lisbon School of Law

The Católica | Lisbon School of Law was founded in 1989, although the first undergraduate degree in Law from Catholic University of Portugal took place in 1976, as part of the Faculty of Human Sciences.[11]

The Católica | Lisbon School of Law offers an undergraduate degree in Law; Master's programs in Master of Laws – Administrative Law, Master of Law & Business, Master of Laws – Corporate Law, Master of Laws – Taxation, Master of Laws – Litigation, and Master of Transnational Law; LL.M. Law in a European and Global Context, and in International Business Law; Ph.D. Programme in Law and Global Ph.D. Programme; and Post-Graduate Programmes and Intensive and Short Courses.[12]

Throughout the years, a couple of programs have been distinguished by Eduniversal and Financial Times.[13]

The Católica | Lisbon School of Law has a research unit of generalist scope, entitled Católica Research Centre for the Future of Law, created in 2012.

  • Faculty of Theology

The Faculty of Theology was founded in 1968. Apart from being established in Lisbon, the School also operates in Braga and Porto since 1987.[14]

The Faculty of Theology offers an undergraduate program in Religious Sciences, a master's degree in Religious Studies, an Integrated Master in Theology, a master's degree in Religious Sciences, a Doctorate in Theology, a Post-Doctorate program, non-awarding degree courses and Distance Learning programmes.[15]

The Faculty of Theology has two research units: Research Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (CITER)[16] and Centre of Religious History Studies (CEHR).

  • Institute of Health Sciences

Founded in 2004, the Institute of Health Sciences functions at a national level, with presence in Lisbon and Porto. The Institute is composed by the Católica School of Nursing, one in each city.[17]

The Institute of Health Sciences in Lisbon offers an undergraduate degree in Nursing; master's degrees in Nursing, Portuguese Sign Language and Education for the Deaf, Neuropsychology, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurosciences, and in Palliative Care; and Doctoral programs in Nursing, and Cognition and Language Sciences.[18]

  • Institute of Political Studies

The Institute for Political Studies (IEP) was founded in 1997.[19] It is the only Portuguese academic institute that integrates the association EUROPAEUM, a group of leading universities from Europe.[20]

The Institute provides its students with an undergraduate program in Political Science and International Relations; master's degrees in Political Science and International Relations: Security and Defense, Political Science: Governance and International Relations (Mozambique), Governance, Leadership and Democracy Studies; Double Degrees in European Studies and Governance, Leadership and Democracy Studies in partnership with Jagiellonian University – Poland, and in International Studies and Governance, Leadership and Democracy Studies in partnership with Pázmány Péter Catholic University – Hungary; a doctoral degree in Political Science and International Relations: Security and Defense; a Post-Graduate program and Advanced Training Programs.[21]

IEP has two research units: Centre for European Studies, led by Professor José Manuel Durão Barroso (Former President of the European Commission from 2004 to 2014),[22] and Research Centre of the Institute for Political Studies, which is an R&D unit funded by the FCT – Science and Technology Foundation.[23]

  • Higher Institute of Canonical Law

Founded in 2004, the Institute of Higher Canon Law was canonically erected by the Holy See as an Institute ad instar facultis, representing a teaching and research unit. The Institute follows the previous Centre for the Study of Canon Law (CEDC), created in 1989.[24]

The Institute for Higher Canon Law offers a program that deepens the study of Canon Law, in which a Diploma in Canon Law can be obtained.

  • Institute for Religion Studies

The Institute for Religion Studies is integrated in the Faculty of Theology, functioning in partnership with the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences (Braga), Faculty of Human Sciences (Lisbon) and the School of Arts (Porto).[25] Founded in 2017, the Institute offers Advanced Training Programs.

Viseu Regional Centre:

  • Institute of Health Sciences

Previously known as the Institute of Health Sciences, in 2019 it became the Faculty of Dental Medicine.

The Faculty of Dental Medicine offers an undergraduate program in Biomedic Sciences, an Integrated Masters in Dental Medicine, a specialization in Oral Surgery, and a Post-Graduate course in Clinical Periodontology.

  • Institute of Management and Health Organisations

The Institute of Management and Health Organisations offers an undergraduate program in Management, as well as a master's degree in Management; Post-Graduate courses in Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis, Psychological Assessment in the Field of SEN, Social Gerontology, Family Conflict Management, Management of Social Incubators, Social Innovation, Models of Psychosocial Intervention in Children, Youth and Families, Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Quality Management in the Third Sector, Service Management, and Management of Social Organizations; and Advanced Training in Psychological Assessment and Reporting, Volunteer Management, Management of Small Health Units – Module I, and Management Control, Accounting and Taxation.

Braga Regional Centre:

  • Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Theology

Porto Regional Centre:

  • Faculty of Theology
  • Faculty of Law - School of Porto
  • Faculty of Biotechnology

The Faculty of Biotechnology (ESB - Escola Superior de Biotecnologia) started its activity as a higher education institution in 1984 with the creation of the graduate course in Food Engineering. Later, in 1992, the graduate courses in Microbiology and Environmental Engineering were created. Since the beginning, these courses had a strong connection with the broader field of Biotechnology, which has always been the basis of teaching and R&D activities implemented at ESB. When the European higher education system was reorganized according to the Bologna Model, the original three graduated courses were restructured in first- and second-cycle courses in which, once again, Biotechnology was the common feature.

Presently, ESB offers three 1st-cycle courses – Bioengineering (180 ECTS), Microbiology (180 ECTS) and Nutrition Sciences (240 ECTS) – and four 2nd-cycle courses (each with 120 ECTS) – Food Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Applied Microbiology.

At the 3rd-cycle level, ESB offers, since 1990, the PhD degree in Biotechnology, recently converted to the Doctoral Programme in Biotechnology (with 240 ECTS), with four areas of specialization – Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Science and Engineering and Environmental Science and Engineering.

In parallel with its higher education activity, ESB has created and developed a research center, CBQF (Centro de Biotecnologia e Química Fina), which, since 2004, has the status of State-Associated Laboratory and develops activity in the Biotechnology field, specifically in the Food and Environment areas and their interface with quality of life and well-being. One of the competences of CBQF is to provide scientific services to the community and to the different industries. In the last national evaluation of research centers it was classified as "excellent".[26]

  • School of Arts
  • Católica Porto Business School
  • Institute of Bioethics
  • Institute of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Education and Psychology

Research UnitsEdit

The Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) is a Research University characterised by a humanist vision committed to contribute to knowledge and to the well-being of society. The research produced by UCP is acknowledged for its social impact and has been recognized, between 2015 and 2017, with 35 Scientific Awards, having 1214 articles published in international journals.[27]

Catholic University of Portugal hosts 15 Research Centres among its faculties and institutes, that focus in the fields of arts and technologies, education and psychology, philosophy, biotechnology and chemistry, health sciences, political science, business and economics, history, social sciences, communication and culture, law, theology and religious studies:

  • Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry
  • Católica Lisbon Research Unit in Business and Economics (CUBE)
  • Research Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC)
  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Health (CIIS)
  • Research Centre for Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR)
  • Research Centre in Management and Economics (CEGE)
  • Research Centre for Human Development (CEDH)
  • Centre of Religious History Studies (CEHR)
  • Research Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (CITER)
  • Centre for Philosophy Studies (CEFI)
  • Centre for Philosophical and Humanistic Studies (CEFH)
  • Research Centre of the Institute for Political Studies (CIEP)
  • Católica Research Centre for the Future of Law
  • Research Centre for Psychological Family and Social Wellbeing (CRC-W)
  • Research Centre for Portuguese Speaking Peoples and Cultures (CEPCEP)


  • 2016–present - Professor Isabel Capeloa Gil
  • 2012–2016 - Professor Maria da Glória Ferreira Pinto Dias Garcia
  • 2000–2012 - Professor Manuel António Garcia Braga da Cruz
  • 2000–1996 - Professor Manuel Isidro Araújo Alves
  • 1996–1988 - Professor D. José da Cruz Policarpo
  • 1988–1972 - Professor José do Patrocínio Bacelar e Oliveira[28]

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2015-06-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Faculties | UCP". Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  5. ^ "Rankings & Credentials". CATÓLICA-LISBON. 2014-11-26. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  6. ^ "Programs Overview". CATÓLICA-LISBON. 2015-01-19. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  7. ^ "Research at CATÓLICA-LISBON (CUBE)". CATÓLICA-LISBON. 2014-11-26. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  8. ^ "History". FCH-Católica. 2017-06-19. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  9. ^ "Mestrados da FCH voltam a estar entre os Melhores do Mundo". FCH-Católica. 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  10. ^ "Programs Overview". FCH-Católica. 2017-06-07. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  11. ^ "History". FD-WEBSITE. 2018-04-30. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  12. ^ "Programs Overview". FD-WEBSITE. 2018-03-14. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  13. ^ "Rankings". FD-WEBSITE. 2018-02-22. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  14. ^ "História". FT-Católica (in Portuguese). 2017-11-08. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  15. ^ "Oferta Formativa". FT-Católica (in Portuguese). 2017-10-31. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  16. ^ "Presentation". FT-Católica. 2019-02-01. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  17. ^ "História". ICS - Católica. 2017-11-03. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  18. ^ "Oferta Formativa". ICS - Católica. 2017-10-31. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  19. ^ "History". IEP-Católica. 2018-07-13. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  20. ^ "Presentation". IEP-Católica. 2018-07-30. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  21. ^ "Programs Overview". IEP-Católica. 2018-08-03. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  22. ^ "Centre for European Studies". IEP-Católica. 2018-07-30. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  23. ^ "Presentation". IEP-Católica. 2018-07-30. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  24. ^ "História". ISDC-WEBSITE. 2018-08-01. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  25. ^ "Mensagem do Diretor". IER-Católica. 2018-02-21. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  26. ^ "FCT — R&D Units — Evaluation". Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  27. ^ "Research Impact | UCP". Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  28. ^ "History | UCP". Retrieved 2019-12-11.

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