Master in Social Policies and Regional Dynamics

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The Master in Social Policies and Regional Dynamics is structured to give students a deeper knowledge in the area of social sciences, particularly sociology, to which are also associated other areas of knowledge. The current version of this master, adapted to the Bologna process, consolidates the theoretical and methodological components, and this also fits the diversity of scientific areas seeking this Masters, directed for Social Policies. It is thought, therefore, that this is the best way to meet the needs and interests of students, which are not homogeneous, and to help foster different strategies to lead the students to acquire skills of independent learning, to search for solutions at professional level, and for reading data about new realities, both at regional, national and at international level.


The learning objectives of this master are, firstly, to deepen themes and knowledge acquired in undergraduate studies. In particular, the general issues of methodology, social inequalities, social structures and social policy analysis are highlighted, as well as the areas of knowledge related to each of the specialties of this master. It is intended that students become able to produce autonomously scientific and technical work, in order to correspond to the evaluation objectives of the master and at the same time to improve their professional skills. Finally, it is intended that they acquire the competence to conduct an important independent scientific or technical work, embodied in the master thesis, and other works of this type, that they will be required throughout their professional life.

Admission Requirements

May apply for the cycle of studies: a) holders of a licenciatura degree in Sociology, Social Service, Psychology, Police Sciences, Law, Geography, History or Philosophy, but also Medicine, Nursing or Genetics, or related areas, or legally equivalent qualifications; b) holders of an academic and professional curriculum that is recognized by the Scientific Council of UAc as attesting to the capacity for the achievement of the master's degree and demonstrates wide experience in the specific area of the cycle of studies.

Professional Opportunities

International cooperation and development agencies; Qualified staff and professionals in NGOs, Associations and National and International Organizations; Qualified staff and professionals from local authorities, civil servants and the private sector; European and International Functionalism; Educational professionals; Planning and human resources professionals Scientific research and participation in R&D projects.


Ponta Delgada

Course Code


ECTS Credits



2 Years

Study Regime

Full-time attendance, presence required in after-work schedule


  • Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • ACEF/1920/0304237
  • Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • R/A-Ef 2851/2011 de 18-03-2011

Study Program