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 Master in Social Economics


The Master Degree in Social Economics stands out in the current panorama of graduate training in an innovative area that address the social and historical nature of economic phenomena. It aims at creating and developing skills in the field of social policy, social marketing and strategic management within organisations of the third sector, addressing themes still emerging, in particular, the study of citizenship, multiculturalism and social inclusion, tourism and the informal economy​.​​

Specialization Diploma: Completing the academic part of the course guarantees you the opportunity to apply for your Specialization Diploma in Social Economics.

Language of instruction: Portuguese​

This master's program is part of the portfolio of courses in the University of Minho's Postgraduate Alliance project, which is the result of UMinho's application to the Impulso Adultos and Impulso Jovens Steam (PRR/NextGenerationEU) investments. In this context, merit scholarships will be awarded to full-time students who have passed all curricular units in the 1st and 2nd year - only students who are tax resident in Portugal at the time the course is funded and aged 18 or over can be considered. See the model for awarding scholarships:​ ​

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Admission Criteria ​​​​​​

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The UC "Data Analysis and Transferable Skills" requires the attendance of modules credited to the course in the EEG DataPro programme and the EEGenerating Skills programme, which may run outside of the Scheduled Class.



Academic degree:
  • Master's degree
3 curricular semesters
Gualtar Campus, Braga (UM)
Main Scientific area:
  • Economics


    School of Economics and Management
    Campus de Gualtar
    4710 - 057 Braga

    Tel: +351 253604510 Fax: +351 253601380


The Master in Social Economics aims to attract students with a strong background in Economics and other Social Sciences, who are looking to become specialists in the area of Social Economy and develop knowledge and skills in the analysis of social problems from an economic perspective. It also attracts professionals working in the social sector.
Masters in Social Economics will thus hold technical skills to identify social problems, propose and implement answers to those problems, in diverse contexts, both institutionally and geographically. They will also have technical and analytical skills that will enable them to autonomously develop a critical and grounded reflection at the theoretical and practical levels that contribute to the definition of alternative and complementary innovative strategies that sticulate economic development. Finally, graduates in Social Economics will develop a set of transferable skills that allows them to adapt to different contexts,and get involved constructively and fully in their professional activities in this and related areas.

Key learning outcomes

1. To contribute to the advanced education of human resources in the area of Social Economics;
2. To promote the career development in the Social Economy and the Third Sector Potenciar through the deeper understanding of its functioning;
3. To promote a critical thinking in the formulation and resolution of social problems, while adopting the approach and methodology of the Economic science;
4. To enable students to integrate knowledge and study the complex issues that arise from the identification and search for solutions to social problems;
5. To stimulate knowledge and skills to conduct basic independent research projects in Social Economics, guided by theoretical objectives or towards the resolution of practical problems;
6. To promote the potential for innovation through an advanced human capital formation and dissemination of research results to the Social Economy, the Third Sector and to society at large.

Access to higher education

The master in Social Economics provides students with the adequate background to pursue PhD studies in the area of Social Sciences.


The main career opportunities are found in public and private institutions connected to the Third Sector, both at local and central levels. The skills acquired aill also enable students to consider the possibility of develop their own projects, either during the second year of the programme in the Project course unit, or after graduation.






Access forms

The access to this Cycle of Study can be done at the Students Portal of the University of Minho 

This information does not replace consultation of the Academic Regulations of the University of Minho and other official documents.

Formal requirements

- Holders of bachelor degree in Economics, Public Administration, Management, Education, International Relations or related fields; Students with degrees in Economics, Management have more weight compared to other degrees;
- Holders of a foreign academic degree conferred following a first cycle of studies in Economics, Public Administration, Management, Education, International Relations or related areas, organized according to the principles of Bologna by an acceding State;
- Holders of a foreign academic degree, which is recognized as meeting the objectives of a bachelor degree in Economics, Public Administration, Management, Education, International Relations or related fields, by the Scientific Council of the School of Economics and Management.

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Aditional Information


Inserido no Portefólio de Cursos do Projeto “Aliança de Pós-Graduação” (Impulso Adultos – PRR) da Universidade do Minho.

Study Plan


A3ES Accreditation status:
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R/A-Ef 2485/2011/AL01
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