Licenciatura in Sociology

Education objectives

1)Understanding of the specificity of sociological knowledge in relation to other social sciences and common sense knowledge;
2)Knowledge and understanding of the principal concepts and theoretical approaches of Sociology;
3)Knowledge and understanding of sociological approaches to different topic areas of scientific and professional application;
4)Ability to communicate sociological knowledge in an accurate and significant form to specialists and non-specialists;
5)Knowledge and understanding of the principles and applications of the main strategies, methods and techniques of sociological research;
6)Ability to select and apply, under scientific supervision, these concepts and tools to the analysis, problematisation and investigation of social phenomena and problems, taking into account the ethical and deontological implications of the investigation;
7)Ability to communicate the procedures, results and implications of the investigation in an accurate and significant form to specialists and non-specialists;
8)Skills necessary to undertake further training for specialisation purposes, professional qualification or to acquire new skills for basic research under supervision;
9)Scientific skills to perform training or teaching tasks, following the acquisition of additional pedagogic skills.

General characterization

DGES code



Bachelor (1st Cycle)



Access to other programs

Completion of the Licenciatura (1st cycle) degree allows the holder to apply for Masters programmes (2nd Cycle), or other post-graduate courses including those which do not confer a degree.


Luís Miguel da Silva de Almeida Chaves

Opening date



Available soon


697 Euros/year or 3500 Euros/year (foreign students)



Teaching language

Portuguese language

Degree pre-requisites

Each student must obtain 180 credits: 66 credits from compulsory courses of the study programme, 84 credits from restricted options and 30 credits from free options or a Minor from another academic area. Each semester the student may not enrol in more than 30 credits and must respect any pre-requisites which have been set. At the beginning of each semester, the student is advised as to which courses are the most appropriate for their academic pathway and which they should take.
Legal framework/Study programme - Regulamento n.º 208/2010 - DR, 2ª série, nº 47, 9 de março de 2010. The degree of licenciado corresponds to the level 6 of the NQF and EQF-National Qualifications Framework/European Qualifications Framework.

Conditions of admittance

Students may be admitted to Higher Education through the National Competition for Access to Higher Education, special competitions/regimes and entry systems, re-enrolment systems, course changes and transfers. To apply for access to higher education through the National Competition, students must fulfill the requirements described in DGES/Access to Higher Education. More info at For more information about International Students please visit

Evaluation rules

A final grade, expressed as a number between 0 and 20 as well as its equivalent on the ECTS grading scale, is awarded to the licenciatura degree. The final grade is the average of the grades obtained in the curricular units that make up the programme of study. A minimum grade of 10, on a scale of 0 to 20, is required to pass each curricular unit or course. The ECTS grade awarded for a curricular unit or at the end of the programme is based on the distribution of marks obtained by all students who passed the curricular unit or programme in the three academic years preceding that in which the student passed. The total number of students who pass or who obtain their degree in this period must be greater than or equal to thirty. If this number is not reached, the period can be extended to five years. Whenever it is not possible to obtain the minimum number of elements in the distribution or the grade awarded is a credit, the classification is assigned according to the table, contained in Ofício Nº. 11196 of Direção Geral do Ensino Superior. Final qualification and eventual qualitative mention (articles 16 and 17 of Decreto-Lei n.º 42/2005, of 22 February)


Free optins may be chosen from this undergraduate study programme or any other offered by FCSH-UNL