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Science Education

Qualification awarded (in original language)
"Mestrado em Educação em Ciências". Title of "Mestre".

Level of qualification
2nd Cycle of Studies. EQF level 7. ISCED 2011 level 7.

Admission requirements
The holders of the licenciado degree or legal equivalent, the holders of a foreign academic degree and the holders of a relevant academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae may apply to the 2nd cycle of studies, as stated in the description of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement.
Besides and despite not awarding a professional diploma, this master’s programme is addressed to educators and teachers of Basic and Secondary School, involved in the teaching of Sciences, and aims at qualifying them in the field of research and teaching, developing concepts, methodologies and practices that lead them in the panning and implementation of innovative projects of theoretically grounded projects of intervenction-action.

Recognition of prior learning

Qualification requirements and regulations
120 ECTS Credits (30 per semester). 4 Semesters (2 years). 40 Weeks of study per year (20 weeks per semester). 1620 total Hours of study per year; 1 credit corresponds to 27 hours. A variable number of Contact (teaching) Hours, depending on the established schedule for each Course Unit. It includes a scientific dissertation, a project work or a professional traineeship which will be concluded with a final report comprising 50 credits ECTS.
Holders of this qualification are entitled to apply to the career of high staff in central and local public administration, as well as in private enterprises and institutions or to undertake their own independent qualified activity.
Educators and teachers of Basic and Secondary Schools who hold this diploma are specialized in teaching and research and qualified to design and implement theoretically grounded, innovative projects of intervention/action in science education..

Profile of the programme
 Educational Sciences and Natural Sciences.

Key learning outcomes
The degree of "mestre" (master) in Education of Sciences is awarded to those students that demonstrate, in this field, the ability to:
a) develop and enhance the knowledge obtained in the first cycle, in order to develop and apply that knowledge to original situations often in the context of research;
b) apply their knowledge and understanding and problem solving capacities to new and unfamiliar situations in wide multidisciplinary situations, although related to their area of studies;
c) integrate knowledge, deal with complex matters, develop solutions or put forward opinions on situations of limited or incomplete information, including reflecting upon the implications and ethical and social responsibilities that result from both those solutions and opinions or indeed that condition them;
d) communicate their conclusions and the knowledge and reasoning that underlie them, both to experts and non-experts, clearly and unambiguously;
e) develop competences that will enable them to benefit from self-oriented or autonomous lifelong learning.

To complete the qualification, the student is required to pass all compulsory course units of the study plan.

Occupational profiles of graduates

Access to further studies
The degree of "mestre" allows to proceed to 3rd cycle studies, according to the diagram of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement.

Graduation requirements
Graduation is obtained after completion of the total ECTS credits foreseen in the study plan.

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

Mode of study

Programme director
Delmina Maria Pires (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Scientific areas of the study plan
Scientific AreaAcronymECTS Credits
Educational SciencesES86.04.0
Information and Communication TechnologiesICT10.00.0
Natural SciencesNS10.00.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral 
Learning and CognitionPsy6.0
11 Semestral 
Option 1-Science and Art---
11 Semestral 
Option 1-Health Education---
11 Semestral 
Option 1-Techniques of Speaking and Gestural Expression---
11 Semestral 
Information and Communication Technologies in Education SciencesICT10.0
11 Semestral 
Current Themes in SciencesNS10.0
12 Semestral 
Didactics of ScienceES10.0
12 Semestral 
Science DivulgationES6.0
12 Semestral 
Research MethodologyES10.0
12 Semestral 
Option 2-Constructing, Testing and Evaluation of Didactic Resources for Elementary School---
12 Semestral 
Option 2-Environmental Education Worshop---
12 Semestral 
Option 2-Psychology of Educational Relationship---
Dissertation / Project WorkES50.0
21 Semestral 
Seminar SupportES10.0


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