Master (MSc)


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6 Years
30 Jul 2020
Accreditation DGES
Initial registry R/A-Ef 1055/2011 de 18-03-2011
Update registry R/A-Ef 1055/2011/AL01 de 08-09-2015
School of Social Sciences
Sedas Nunes Building (Building I), room 1E05
(+351) 210 464 016
9:30 - 18:00

Tuition fee EU nationals (2024/2025)

1.stYear 2000.00 €
2.rdYear 1000.00 €

A propina de cada ano pode ser paga de uma vez só ou em prestações.

No open candidacies for 2024/2025
Lectured in Portuguese
Teaching Type In person

The Master's in Social and Solidary Economics is two years long, and requires the completion of 120 ECTS credits, which are divided among 48 credits in compulsory curricular units, 18 credits in elective curricular units and 54 in the dissertation or final project.

Programme Structure for 2024/2025

1st Year
History of Social Economics
6.0 ECTS
History of Economic Theories
6.0 ECTS
Seminar I: Social and Solidary Economics and Conceptual Debates
6.0 ECTS
Seminar II: Social and Solidary Economics and 'Alternative' Economies
6.0 ECTS
Welfare State and Solidarity Economy
6.0 ECTS
Seminar III: Social and Solidarity Economics and Territorial Development
6.0 ECTS
Financing Systems in Solidary Economics
6.0 ECTS
2nd Year
Research Seminar in Social and Solidary Economics
6.0 ECTS
Master Dissertation in Social and Solidary Economics
54.0 ECTS
Project in Social and Solidary Economics
54.0 ECTS

Recommended optative

Optional courses will only be held if they achieve a minimum number of enrollments.
1st semester
M7200 | Business Strategies and Management Tools in the Solidarity Economy (IBS | GG)
M7206 | Corporate Social Responsability (IBS | GG)
M6906 | Legal and Institutional Issues (ECSH | ED)
2nd semester
M7201 | Social Marketing (IBS | Mkt)
M7202 | Solidarity Economy, Welfare and Social Cohesion (ECSH | Econ)


The Master's in Social and Solidary Economics was created in 2007 as a pioneer in the field in Portugal and Europe more broadly. It intends to contribute to the development of skills for both the management of organizations and the realization of new answers to unfulfilled human needs. It was accompanied by the creation of the António Sérgio Cooperative for Social Economics (CASES), the passage of the Basic Law for Social Economics and the action of the National Council for Social Economics. The programme analyzes the historical role of Social Economics, relating this role to the contemporary emergence of Solidary Economics and the evolution of Economic Theory. It identifies the epistemological, theoretical, and methodological challenges associated with these emergent practices, and opens perspectives for social innovation and public policy design that values the potential contribution of Social and Solidary Economics to contemporary conditions. 

The Master's in Social and Solidary Economics pursues the following objectives:

  • understanding the History of Social Economics as a reponse to the societal problems of the 19th Century and comprehension of its relation to the evolution of Economic Theory
  • application of this knowledge in analyzing the emergent forms of organization in the domain of Social and Solidary Economics and exploring its potential contributions to social innovation in contemporary conditions;
  • ability to evaluate public policies that aim at realizing the potential for social innovation in Social and Solidary Economics through the construction of new forms of response to unfulfilled human needs, namely access to employment and income, social protection, territorial development and multi-level local government;
  • ability to communicate research results to audiences who potentially have prejudices and conceptual misunderstandings and come from different disciplinary backgrounds and highly disparate cultures;
  • ability to learn independently, produce knowledge and develop skills with a view towards increased ability for action in Social and Solidary Economics.

Thesis / Final work

Finishing this Master's requires the completion of a dissertation or final project that corresponds to 54 ECTS credits.

The choice between dissertation and final project is given to students on account of the diverse nature of the participants and perspectives in the Master's program.

The preparation of the dissertation or final project is guided by a professor with a doctorate or a specialist of recognized merit, and will be assessed and discussed publicly before a jury named for this purpose.

School of Social Sciences
Sedas Nunes Building (Building I), room 1E05
(+351) 210 464 016
9:30 - 18:00
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