FAQs | Research-focused Master’s programme

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Admission

Can I complete the Specialization Programme or the Master's programme curricular phase online?

The programmes at the University of Lisbon School of Law are taught on premises and the students must be present in the classes. In the Research-focused Master’s Programme, the attendance system may be adjusted by the lecturer of each class and subject.

Is conditional enrolment in the Master's Programme in Law possible?

Yes, conditional admission to the Master’s programmes is allowed, provided however that the Bachelor’s programme is completed until 15 October of the academic year at stake.

Enrolment

I am a 2nd year student of a 2nd cycle programme (drafting of the thesis) at FDUL and I have some questions about enrolment through the Online Resources. How can I clarify them?

You can check here a manual for enrolment in the 2nd year of a 2nd cycle programme (drafting of the thesis).

Can I cancel my registration and enrolment?

The student may, until 31 January of each year, request the cancellation of the registration in all curriculum units of the academic year which he/she is attending, without prejudice to the payment of due tuitions.

Evaluation

Where can I find courses syllabus?

At the website of the School of Law in Programmes > Research-focused Master’s programme > Curriculum.

How long does it take for the Professors to grade the reports and publish the scores?

The grades of the written reports are published by the lecturer until 31 December of each academic year.

What formatting should be used in the thesis of the Research-focused Master's programme?

To obtain information on the formatting requirements of the thesis, please refer to article 28 and attachments of the Regulation of Postgraduate Studies of the University of Lisbon, , the Rules of the Master’s in Law and the particulars contained in the forms for submission of the thesis.

In case you choose options 2 or 3 of the form for the Library, you must submit an opinion of your supervisor on this choice.

The Research-focused Master’s thesis should be 250 pages long at most (not including the schedules that can be enclosed to the 3 copies of the final thesis in CD or DVD), and it should be typed with 1.5 line spacing and font size 12. You can use times new roman font throughout your paper.

Along with the application for admission to the exams, the student must submit the following documents:
a)     Forms to submit the thesis:
– Submission of the completed and signed thesis;
– Completed and signed form for the Library;
– Statement of originality ;
b)    Opinion of the supervisor, duly substantiated (it is not compulsory);
c)    8 copies of the final work submitted;
d)    8 copies of the updated curriculum vitae (it is not compulsory);
e)    3 copies of the final work in CD or DVD);
f)     2 copies of the cover of the work.

Headings and subheadings should use no less than size 12 font.

There is no requirement as to the type of headers, footers, footnotes and margins. In the footnotes the font must be size 10 and line spacing must be 1.

There is no requirement as to the type of binding, you can use binding with an opaque or transparent acetate cover, binding combs with an opaque or transparent acetate cover or a hard opaque cover similar to a hardcover book.

The cover must display the year of completion of the thesis, according to paragraph article 28(a)(1) Order no. 4624/2012, of 30 March, now quoted.
«the cover must display the name of the University of Lisbon and of the organic unit, the title of the work, the name of the student, the designation of the Master’s degree field of study and of its specialization field (if applicable), the type of work submitted and the year of completion of the work (see attached model). In the case of joint degrees, the name of the partner institution should also be mentioned;»

You can send the thesis by registered post with acknowledgement of receipt to:
Education Support Centre – Academic Division (DAc)
University of Lisbon School of Law
Alameda da Universidade
1649-014 Lisboa
Portugal

Or you can submit it in hand at the office of the Postgraduate Studies of the Academic Division, at the ground floor of Building I (former Secretariat of the Bachelor’s programmes) of the University of Lisbon School of Law during office hours:
– From September to July:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
– During August:
Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

How is the final grade of the Master's degree calculated? Is the grade a weighted average of the curricular phase and the thesis phase of the Master's programme?

The final score of the study cycle leading to the Master’s degree is awarded by the jury appointed to assess and discuss the thesis, expressed by the formula Pass or Fail. Approved students are given scores between 10-20 from a range of 0 to 20. Thus, the final grade of the Master’s programme is not a weighted average of the school phase and the thesis phase of the Master’s programme. However, the final average of the curricular phase of the Master’s programme is disclosed on the Master’s programme curricular phase certificate.

Where can I check Professors' email addresses?

At the website of the School of Law at Professors > Teaching Staff.

Tuition fees

How much are the tuition fees?

In each academic year, an order by the Director of the Lisbon School of Law is published stating the amount, due dates and payment options of the tuition fees, registration fee and school insurance for that academic year.

Are the tuition fees updated each academic year?

Yes, in each academic year, an order by the Director of the Lisbon School of Law is published stating the amount, due dates and payment options of the tuition fees, registration fee and school insurance for each academic year.

I am receiving a scholarship. Do I have to pay tuition?

All students must pay tuition fees, whether they are receiving scholarships or not. The tuition fees as well as the time apportionment for the payment of the fees also cover the students with scholarships from the Academic Social Services of the ULisbon and those who apply for and await the granting of a scholarship, provided that they show proof of application for the scholarship with the Academic Division during the period of registration/enrolment in the academic year. Except for the registration fee, the school insurance and the first instalment of the tuition fees which are paid upon registration. These students must pay all overdue tuition fees no later than the due date of the instalment immediately subsequent to the date of communication of the decision on the granting, or otherwise, of the requested scholarship and of the instalments of the tuitions falling due in the general time limits (articles 5 and 8 of the Regulation of Tuition Fees of the University of Lisbon). If all tuition fees instalments are due at the date of communication of the decision on the granting, or otherwise, of the requested scholarship, students must pay the full amount of tuition fees within 10 (ten) days from the date of communication of the decision on the granting, or otherwise, of the requested scholarship.

I have not fully paid my tuition fees from previous academic years. Can I register and enrol?

Students who have not fully paid their tuition fees cannot register or enrol in the subsequent academic year, nor request any certificates or statements for the academic year relating to which they are in arrears, except for debt statements.

I have not fully paid my tuition fees for this academic year and I will not be able to settle the debt. What can I do?

Students who do not pay the tuition fees within the period established for that purpose, may pay the outstanding debt plus interest, in the legal terms, until the end of the academic year.

I have not fully paid my tuition fees from the previous academic years and I will not be able to settle the debt. What can I do?

For further information on this issue, contact the Social Responsibility Office through the email responsabilidadesocial@fd.ulisboa.pt.

Special Status

Does Decree-Law no. 36/2014, of 10 March, which approved the Status of the international student apply to Master's and Ph.D. programmes at the University of Lisbon School of Law?

The status of the international student governed by Decree-Law no. 36/2014 does not apply to the Master’s and Ph.D. programmes at the University of Lisbon School of Law. Decree-Law no. 36/2014, of 10 March is applicable only to Bachelor’s study cycles (180 to 240 credits) and integrated Master’s study cycles (300 to 360 credits) and the Master’s study cycles of the School of Law are not integrated. The Master’s programmes at the School of Law have a maximum of 120 credits.

Certificates and Declarations

Where can I obtain a certificate or declaration?

You must request certificates online through the Online Resources, with your username and password associated to the account Campus@UL.

If you still do not have the credentials for the account Campus@UL or if the ones you received do not work properly, you can request new credentials via email contacampus@fd.ul.pt.

Certificate requests are available at [Enrolment & Requests] -> [Requesting Documents].

Urgent acts: In order to obtain documents, urgent acts can be issued within two days at most, subject to the payment of an urgency fee twice as much the normal cost of the requested act.

To obtain a specific statement, click on «attach documents» at the Online Resources and specify in the comments field: the purposes, the entity that requested it and the elements that must be included therein.

Collection of documents is made in person or by another person with a power of attorney signed by you. You can use any power of attorney template duly issued granting the required powers to the attorney-in-fact to collect the requested documents.

You can send the power of attorney by email together with the documents identifying the principal and the attorney-in-fact.

If you want the original documents to be sent by post, you should send to these services a sealed and pre-addressed envelope. The request must be sent to:

University of Lisbon School of Law
Academic Division
Alameda da Universidade
Cidade Universitária
1649-014 Lisboa

Alternatively, you may pick up the documents at the Academic Division, during office hours:

– From September to July:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
– During August:
Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Assignment of Credits/Equivalence

What is the difference between equivalence and recognition of the degree obtained abroad?

The equivalence to a foreign study cycle allows the holder of a foreign degree to have all the rights inherent to holding a specific study cycle, as taught by a Portuguese higher education institution. The recognition of the degree solely grants all the rights inherent to having the degree. There is no mention of the specific study cycle of the institution responsible for the recognition. Conversely, the registration of the foreign degree is a simplified form of recognition, which is done by several higher education institutions pursuant to the general decisions of the Committee of Recognition of Foreign Degrees. Further details are available online at NARIC – National Academic Recognition Information Centres.

Who determines which foreign degrees are subject to registration?

Foreign degrees subject to registration are determined by the Committee of Recognition of Foreign Degrees, which operates within the Division of Recognition, Mobility and International Cooperation of the Directorate-General for Higher Education.

Which diplomas (and respective countries) are subject to registration?

The list of diplomas is available at the online webpage of the Directorate-General of Higher Education: http://www.dges.mctes.pt/NR/rdonlyres/DEF331EC-2119-4F03-9B52-F322F3C42FBB/6475/Quadros_Deliberacoes.pdf.

After registration/recognition/equivalence, may I exercise my profession in Portugal?

The recognition of professional qualifications allows its holder to exercise in the national territory the profession for which he is qualified in the Member State of origin, under the same conditions as the professionals who obtained their qualifications in said territory.
Similarly to the case of qualifications obtained in the country where it is requested, the recognition of foreign qualifications may not be sufficient to do a certain job.
The recognition of professional qualifications is governed by specific legislation, available online at: www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/Reconhecimento+Profissional/.

How much are the fees with regard to the equivalence and recognition of foreign degrees?

International Mobility

Where can I obtain information on International Mobility Programmes?

You can check further information on International Mobility at the website of the School of Law under Internationalisation > International Study.

Online Resources

If I still have not obtained the credentials of the account Campus@UL or if the ones I received are not working properly, what should I do?

If you still do not have the credentials for the account Campus@UL or if the ones you received do not work properly, you can request new credentials via email contacampus@fd.ul.pt.

How can I change the password of the account Campus@UL?

You can check here a manual that will assist you in changing the password of the account Campus@UL.

How can I update my contact details through the Online Resources?

You can check here a manual that will assist you in updating your contact details through the Online Resources.

School Insurance

Where can I obtain information about the School Insurance?

You can check all the useful and required information on school insurance here.

Contacts

How can I get in touch with the Academic Division? What are the office hours?

Academic Division:

Location and contacts:
ground floor of Building I (former Bachelor’s programmes’ Secretariat)
Tel: (351) 21 798 46 00
Fax: (351) 21 798 46 03
E-mail: posgraduados@fd.ulisboa.pt

Office hours:

– From September to July:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

– During August:
Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Phone service hours:
Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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