Master (MSc)


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6 Years
30 Jul 2019
Accreditation DGES
Initial registry R/A-Cr 115/2014 de 25-08-2014
Update registry R/A-Cr 115/2014/AL01 de 11-08-2016
School of Sociology and Public Policy
Sedas Nunes Building (Building I), room 1E03
(+351) 210 464 015
9:30 - 18:00

Tuition fee EU nationals (2024/2025)

1.stYear 2250.00 €
2.rdYear 1250.00 €
Lectured in Portuguese
Teaching Type In person

The MSc in Public Policy includes a common core of courses, as well as a variety of electives in specializations in Public Policy. The common core is composed of classes in techniques of public policy analysis and design, economics, law, European and international public policy and methods of analysis.

In the second year, the students will complete an academic internship of short duration and an elective unit in research methods. They may then finish the course with either an academic dissertation or, alternatively, a final project that applies the approaches they have learned. These may be performed within the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-Iscte). Their preparation will be supported by supplementary activities, including the public policy forum and the international conference cycle.

A student who finishes only the first year will be attributed the Diploma of Post-Graduate Studies in Public Policy, with 60 ECTS credits.

Programme Structure for 2024/2025

1st Year
Public Policy Analysis and Design
6.0 ECTS
European and International Public Policy
6.0 ECTS
Research Design
6.0 ECTS
Law and Public Policy
6.0 ECTS
Economics and Public Policy
6.0 ECTS
Research Methods in Social Sciences
6.0 ECTS
Sociological Theory
6.0 ECTS
2nd Year
Public Policy Internship
12.0 ECTS
Master Dissertation in Public Policy
42.0 ECTS
Master Project in Public Policy
42.0 ECTS

Recommended optative

Optional courses will only be held if they achieve a minimum number of enrollments.

1st semester

00511 | Education Policy (ESPP | PP)

00542 | Theory and History of Public Policy (ESPP | PP)

00555 | Using Statistical Indicators (ESPP | MPS)

00556 | Network Analysis (ESPP | MPS)

03427 | Comparative Political Institutions (ESPP | CP)

03646 | case Studt Methods in Political Economy

M8099 | Sociology of Professions (ESPP | Soc)

M8106 | Archives and Other Sources Studies (ESPP | MPS)


2nd semester

01708 | Indicators and Statistics in Public Policy (ESPP | PP)

02894 | Social Movements in the Digital Era (ESPP | CC)

03340 | Debates in Economics and Public Policy (ECSH | ESPP)

03972 | Environmental Policies (ESPP | PP)

L6124 | Comparative Social Policy (ESPP | PP)

M8269 | Societies and Political Systems in Europe (ESPP | HIST)

01712 | Policy Evaluation Methods


The principal objective of the MSc in Public Policy is to provide its students with education appropriate for a new generation of professionals. It aims to train students in the analysis, management and implementation of public policy (PP) through reflection and deepened comprehension of the current realities in the field, supporting their acquisition of knowledge about concepts, theories and analytical perspectives originating in different disciplinary areas.

Other objectives of this Master's include providing broadened and up-to-date knowledge of concepts, theories, methods, techniques and the main analytic perspectives about Public Policy, which may be applied in an indepedent and original way.

The graduates acquire skills to:

  • choose and design instruments for executing Public Policies (and their respective technical, judicial and ethical implications) and the principal fields of implementation, both in terms of analysis and design;
  • implement acquired knowledge in identifying and resolving new problems in the field of Public Policy that arise in their area of study, research or professional activity;
  • integrate knowledge and develop solutions, as well as formulate judgments in situations of limited or incomplete information, including the contemplation of relevant social, economic, political and ethical implications.
School of Sociology and Public Policy
Sedas Nunes Building (Building I), room 1E03
(+351) 210 464 015
9:30 - 18:00
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