Universidade Portucalense – Infante D. Henrique

Universidade Portucalense Infante D. Henrique is a cooperative higher education and scientific research establishment

Masters in Forensic Legal Science

DURATION

2 years

ECTS

120

VACANCIES

20

REGIME

post-work

DEGREE

master

LANGUAGES

PT

DURATION

2 years

ECTS

180

VACANCIES

20

REGIME

Post-work

DEGREE

master

LANGUAGES

PT

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The interaction of conceptions of justice in contemporary society
  • The formation of judicial judgment
  • A preparation of excellence for the legal professions
Presentation
Master in various procedural practices
 
In the case of a 2nd cycle, the general objective is the specialization of students graduated in Law.
However, the most fruitful expertise that a licensee can receive is a consistent preparation to professionally in the real life of the courts.
This master’s degree aims to enable the student with the necessary instruments for the practical application of
Law, whose theoretical component was taught in the Licenciatura, assisted by the dynamics of the
procedural law.
On the other hand, the study of the corporal damage (Forensic Traumatology) presents / displays of extraordinary importance in the practice of forensic professions.
 
Why choose this course?

This Master’s degree aims to develop skills in analysing, criticising and evaluating the conceptions of justice underlying the practices, discourses and political, social and forensic institutions that regulate interactions in contemporary society.

During the first year, students will attend a series of courses in Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure and Misdemeanours, Labour Procedure, Methodology of Legal Research, Bodily Injury, Analysis and Criticism of Case Law, Administrative and Tax Procedure, Insolvency and Recovery Procedure, Contemporary Theories of Justice and Contract Law, which will provide them with a comprehensive and systematic view of procedural law and the contractual universe, enabling them to better perform functions related to the respective target audience.

During the 2nd year and to conclude the cycle, the student must complete a master’s dissertation.

Career Prospects
Access or progression in the following professions:
  • Lawyers;
  • Magistrates;
  • Senior staff of the Security Forces (PJ, PSP, GNR);
  • Ministry of Defense (secret services);
  • Senior staff of the Aliens and Borders Service;
  • Senior staff of the Courts of Justice;
  • Senior staff of Penitentiary Institutions;
  • Senior staff of the Youth Centers;
  • Senior staff of Victim Support Institutions;
  • Senior management of the General Directorate of Social Reinsertion;
  • Senior Management of the Autarchies;
  • Senior Management of Teaching Institutions;
  • Research Centers;
  • Mediation Offices;
  • Senior Management of Private Security Companies.
Objectives
With this cycle, students should gain detailed knowledge of that the conflict of law is manifested; What mechanisms exist to resolve disputes, which are the tendencies of judgment of the instances in the various thematic ones in question; What is the most important doctrine?
Influential in the formation of judicial judgment; Sectors which accuse some form of the doctrine and what the courts have set out to address any shortcomings in the formal rules.
With this training, the future master will be able to understand and guide citizens who seek a lawyer; Or to intervene professionally as a magistrate of the public prosecutor or as Judgmental.
This cycle will undoubtedly contribute to an increase in the technical competence of all professionals in the forum.
Diploma or Certificate Awarded

This diploma leads to a Master’s degree in Forensic Legal Science (120 ECTS) or, with the completion of the 1st year, a Specialization in Forensic Legal Science (60 ECTS).

Post-Graduate and Advanced Formative Offer

[non-degree courses]

[non-degree courses]

Scientific Areas

The Master is organized in 2 semesters that correspond to the curricular structure, plus 1 year dedicated to the preparation, realization and presentation of the defense of a dissertation, or project work.
The course is equivalent to 60 ECTS for the curricular part and 60 ECTS for the preparation, realization and presentation of the dissertation, or project work, which makes a total of 120 ECTS credits in the following scientific areas:

The Master is organized in 2 semesters that correspond to the curricular structure, plus 1 year dedicated to the preparation, realization and presentation of the defense of a dissertation, or project work.
The course is equivalent to 60 ECTS for the curricular part and 60 ECTS for the preparation, realization and presentation of the dissertation, or project work, which makes a total of 120 ECTS credits in the following scientific areas:

Scientific Areas Compulsory ECTS Optional ECTS
L
Law
108
HLS
Health and Life Sciences
6
OSS
Other Social Sciences
6
Study Plan

1st year

2nd year

Annual Scientific Areas ECTS
OP – Dissertation
L
60

In a direct relationship with the scientific areas and study plan of the Master in Law, the IJP/ Instituto Jurídico Portucalense is a legal science research center whose main objective is to promote, support and disseminate scientific research in this area of knowledge produced at the Universidade Portucalense and at the Polytechnic Institutes of Leiria and Lisbon, its strategic partners, namely through institutional support for research projects of its researchers and partnerships with similar national and foreign research units.

Maria João Mimoso

Coordinator of the Master in Forensic Legal Science

DL/ Department of Law

Master in Forensic Legal Science
(mest.cienciajurforense@upt.pt)

Maria João Mimoso

Coordinator of the Master in Forensic Legal Science

DL/ Department of Law

Master in Forensic Legal Science
(mest.cienciajurforense@upt.pt)

Price List
Applications + Registration + Enrolment + Insurance
Application 192€
exempt for former students (with a degree programme completed at UPT)
Registration 353€
single act per course
School Insurance 36€

Enrolment

September fee waived on enrolment
Exemption will be applied in February if the student only enrols in the 2nd semester, in the year of enrolment
February 203€

Applications*

192,00 €

Registration (single act per course)

353,00 €

Insurance

36,00 €

Enrolment

September

Fee waived in the year of enrolment**

February

203,00 €

*Exempt for former students (with degree course completed at UPT)
**Exemption will be applied in February if the student only enrols in the 2nd semester, in the year of enrolment

Applications + Enrollment (Students coming from the 1st Cycle at UPT)
Application 0€
isento
Registration 353€
ato único por curso
School Insurance 36€

Enrolment

September fee waived on enrolment
February 203€
within the deadline

or

September fee waived on enrolment
exemption will be applied in February if the student registers for the 2nd semester, in the year of enrolment
February 213€
past the deadline

Within the deadline

Past the deadline

Applications

Exempt

Registration (single act per course)

353,00€

School Insurance

36,00€

Enrolment

September

Exempt**

February

203,00€

213,00€

**Exemption will occur in February if the student only applies for the 2nd semester in the year of enrolment

Annual Payment Plan
Single Payment 4298.07€
In September

or

Monthly Payment 398.30€
11 instalments (September to July)

Tuition Fee (for 60 ECTS)

11 Installments (September to July)

Monthly

398,30 €

3% discount September

Single

4.298,07 €

Semester Payment Plan
six-monthly payment 2146.44€
(2% discount September or February)

or

Monthly Payment 438.30€
September to January or February to June

Tuition Fee (for 30 ECTS)

5 instalments (September to January or February to June)

Monthly

438,30 €

2% discount September or February

Six-monthly

2.146,44 €

Curriculum Part – Monthly Tuition (5 months)
Price per ETCS 14.61€
Minimum compolsury tuition fee (10 ECTS) 146.10€

Price per ECTS

14,61 €

Minimum compulsory tuition fee (10 ECTS)

Monthly

146,10 €

2nd year – Dissertation ***
Single act (1 instalment) 353€ (within the deadline)
July to september

or

Single act (1 instalment) 370€ (past the deadline)
July to september
Single act (2 instalment) 203€ (within the deadline)
September

or

Single act (2 instalment) 213€ (past the deadline)
February

Attendance fees

50% of the curricular part prices

***Following years, in case of non-completion of the course within 2 years.

Within the Deadline

Past the Deadline

Single Act (1 installment)

July to September

353,00 €

370,00 €

Single Act (2 installments)

September

203,00 €

213,00 €

February

203,00 €

213,00 €

Attendance Fees

50% of the curricular part prices

***Following years, in case of non-completion of the course within 2 years.

Applications + Registration + Enrolment + Insurance
Application 192€
exempt for former students (with a degree programme completed at UPT)
Registration 353€
single act per course
School Insurance 36€

Enrolment

September fee waived on enrolment
Exemption will be applied in February if the student only enrols in the 2nd semester, in the year of enrolment
February 203€

Applications*

192,00 €

Registration (single act per course)

353,00 €

Insurance

36,00 €

Enrolment

September

Fee waived in the year of enrolment**

February

203,00 €

*Exempt for former students (with degree course completed at UPT)
**Exemption will be applied in February if the student only enrols in the 2nd semester, in the year of enrolment

Applications + Enrollment (Students coming from the 1st Cycle at UPT)
Application 0€
isento
Registration 353€
ato único por curso
School Insurance 36€

Enrolment

September fee waived on enrolment
February 203€
within the deadline

or

September fee waived on enrolment
exemption will be applied in February if the student registers for the 2nd semester, in the year of enrolment
February 213€
past the deadline

Within the deadline

Past the deadline

Applications

Exempt

Registration (single act per course)

353,00€

School Insurance

36,00€

Enrolment

September

Exempt**

February

203,00€

213,00€

**Exemption will occur in February if the student only applies for the 2nd semester in the year of enrolment

Annual Payment Plan
Single Payment 4298.07€
In September

or

Monthly Payment 398.30€
11 instalments (September to July)

Tuition Fee (for 60 ECTS)

11 Installments (September to July)

Monthly

398,30 €

3% discount September

Single

4.298,07 €

Semester Payment Plan
six-monthly payment 2146.44€
(2% discount September or February)

or

Monthly Payment 438.30€
September to January or February to June

Tuition Fee (for 30 ECTS)

5 instalments (September to January or February to June)

Monthly

438,30 €

2% discount September or February

Six-monthly

2.146,44 €

Curriculum Part – Monthly Tuition (5 months)
Price per ETCS 14.61€
Minimum compolsury tuition fee (10 ECTS) 146.10€

Price per ECTS

14,61 €

Minimum compulsory tuition fee (10 ECTS)

Monthly

146,10 €

2nd year – Dissertation ***
Single act (1 instalment) 353€ (within the deadline)
July to september

or

Single act (1 instalment) 370€ (past the deadline)
July to september
Single act (2 instalment) 203€ (within the deadline)
September

or

Single act (2 instalment) 213€ (past the deadline)
February

Attendance fees

50% of the curricular part prices

***Following years, in case of non-completion of the course within 2 years.

Within the Deadline

Past the Deadline

Single Act (1 installment)

July to September

353,00 €

370,00 €

Single Act (2 installments)

September

203,00 €

213,00 €

February

203,00 €

213,00 €

Attendance Fees

50% of the curricular part prices

***Following years, in case of non-completion of the course within 2 years.

Specific Conditions for Admission

Those who meet the conditions set out in Diário da Républica 74/2006 of 26 March, as amended by Decree-Law 115/2013 of 7 August, and the Regulations of the cycle of studies leading to the degree of Master in Forensic Legal Science may apply for admission to this cycle of studies:

  1. holders of a licenciado degree or legal equivalent in Law;
  2. holders of a foreign academic degree conferred in a 1st study cycle in Law organized according to the principles of the Bologna process;
  3. Holders of a foreign higher academic degree that is recognized, satisfying the objectives of the degree of licenciado by the statutorily competent body of the UPT;
  4. Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized by the statutorily competent body of the UPT.
Seriation Criteria

Candidates for access to the 2nd study cycle in Forensic Legal Science are ranked on the basis of merit according to the weighted average, as per the table in Annex II of the Regulatory Norms.

General Conditions for Application
Calendar 2024/2025
1st Phase Beginning End
Applications
1st February
13th March
Display of Results
1st April
Claims
1st April
2nd April
Enrolments
5th June
14th June
2ndPhase Beginning End
Applications
1st April
14th May
Display of Results
3rd June
Claims
3rd June
4th June
Enrolments
5th June
14th June
3rd Phase Beginning End
Applications
3rd June
17th July
Display of Results
5th August
Claims
5th August
6th August
Enrolments
7th August
14th August
4th Phase Beginning End
Applications
5th August
18th September
Display of Results
30th September
Claims
30th September
1st October
Enrolments
3rd October
8th October
5th Phase Beginning End
Applications
2nd October
10th October
Display of Results
18th October
Claims
18th October
21st October
Enrolments
22nd October
25th October
Who can apply for a Master’s degree?
2ND STUDY CYCLE
  • Holders of the bachelor degree or legal equivalent;
  • Holders of a foreign academic degree conferred following a 1st cycle of studies organized according to the principles of the Bologna process by a state that adheres to that process;
  • Holders of a foreign academic degree that is recognized as meeting the objectives of the bachelor degree by the Scientific Council of  Portucalense University;
  • Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum which is recognized by the Scientific Council of Portucalense University as attesting to their ability to undertake this cycle of studies.

Given their academic and professional background, candidates may submit a request for Application for Recognition and Accreditation of Competences, which may confer equivalence to course units of the Master’s course. Holders of Pre-Bologna licenciado degree who have more than 5 years of professional experience in the area of the master’s degree may request the substitution of the dissertation by a detailed report on the professional activity according to the regulations in force.

Application Documentation
  • Application form, duly filled out;

  • Identification document;

  • Photograph, passport type;

  • Original or certified copy of the document proving the possession of the higher academic degree (except for UPT candidates) (*);

If you wish to apply for equivalences:

(*) These documents must be authenticated according to the legislation in force (Decreto-lei 28 de 13/03/2000).

Application documentation for holders of a foreign higher education degree
  • Own Model, Acknowledgement that the academic degree satisfies the objectives of the degree of licenciado, for the purposes of application to a master’s course, requesting prior recognition by the Scientific Council of the access qualification
    Identification document
    Photograph, passport type
    Document proving the possession of the foreign higher academic degree with an indication of the final mark (*)
    Detailed certificate of the course units that make up the curricular plan of the academic degree (*)
    Updated CV

    (*) The documents must be translated into Portuguese, whenever they are not issued in Portuguese, English, French or Spanish and stamped by the consular service or presented with the Haia Apostille affixed by the competent authority of the State where the document originated.

Re-entry

Documentation for Re-entry application:

  • Identification document;
  • Passport type photo;
  • Application for recognition and crediting of skills, according to the regulations in force, if you wish to apply for the equivalence of skills other than those acquired in the course for which you are re-entering.
More Information

For information about the application process please refer to the relevant regulations below or contact our Admissions Office directly. For pedagogical/scientific information please consult the course coordinators:

Contacts

Admission Office

Enquiries regarding the application can be made by:
email (ingresso@upt.pt) or
Phone (800 270 201)

Price List
Applications + Registration + Enrolment + Insurance
Application 192€
exempt for former students (with a degree programme completed at UPT)
Registration 353€
single act per course
School Insurance 36€

Enrolment

September fee waived on enrolment
Exemption will be applied in February if the student only enrols in the 2nd semester, in the year of enrolment
February 203€

Applications*

192,00 €

Registration (single act per course)

353,00 €

Insurance

36,00 €

Enrolment

September

Fee waived in the year of enrolment**

February

203,00 €

*Exempt for former students (with degree course completed at UPT)
**Exemption will be applied in February if the student only enrols in the 2nd semester, in the year of enrolment

Applications + Enrollment (Students coming from the 1st Cycle at UPT)
Application 0€
isento
Registration 353€
ato único por curso
School Insurance 36€

Enrolment

September fee waived on enrolment
February 203€
within the deadline

or

September fee waived on enrolment
exemption will be applied in February if the student registers for the 2nd semester, in the year of enrolment
February 213€
past the deadline

Within the deadline

Past the deadline

Applications

Exempt

Registration (single act per course)

353,00€

School Insurance

36,00€

Enrolment

September

Exempt**

February

203,00€

213,00€

**Exemption will occur in February if the student only applies for the 2nd semester in the year of enrolment

Annual Payment Plan
Single Payment 4298.07€
In September

or

Monthly Payment 398.30€
11 instalments (September to July)

Tuition Fee (for 60 ECTS)

11 Installments (September to July)

Monthly

398,30 €

3% discount September

Single

4.298,07 €

Semester Payment Plan
six-monthly payment 2146.44€
(2% discount September or February)

or

Monthly Payment 438.30€
September to January or February to June

Tuition Fee (for 30 ECTS)

5 instalments (September to January or February to June)

Monthly

438,30 €

2% discount September or February

Six-monthly

2.146,44 €

Curriculum Part – Monthly Tuition (5 months)
Price per ETCS 14.61€
Minimum compolsury tuition fee (10 ECTS) 146.10€

Price per ECTS

14,61 €

Minimum compulsory tuition fee (10 ECTS)

Monthly

146,10 €

2nd year – Dissertation ***
Single act (1 instalment) 353€ (within the deadline)
July to september

or

Single act (1 instalment) 370€ (past the deadline)
July to september
Single act (2 instalment) 203€ (within the deadline)
September

or

Single act (2 instalment) 213€ (past the deadline)
February

Attendance fees

50% of the curricular part prices

***Following years, in case of non-completion of the course within 2 years.

Within the Deadline

Past the Deadline

Single Act (1 installment)

July to September

353,00 €

370,00 €

Single Act (2 installments)

September

203,00 €

213,00 €

February

203,00 €

213,00 €

Attendance Fees

50% of the curricular part prices

***Following years, in case of non-completion of the course within 2 years.

Applications + Registration + Enrolment + Insurance
Application 192€
exempt for former students (with a degree programme completed at UPT)
Registration 353€
single act per course
School Insurance 36€

Enrolment

September fee waived on enrolment
Exemption will be applied in February if the student only enrols in the 2nd semester, in the year of enrolment
February 203€

Applications*

192,00 €

Registration (single act per course)

353,00 €

Insurance

36,00 €

Enrolment

September

Fee waived in the year of enrolment**

February

203,00 €

*Exempt for former students (with degree course completed at UPT)
**Exemption will be applied in February if the student only enrols in the 2nd semester, in the year of enrolment

Applications + Enrollment (Students coming from the 1st Cycle at UPT)
Application 0€
isento
Registration 353€
ato único por curso
School Insurance 36€

Enrolment

September fee waived on enrolment
February 203€
within the deadline

or

September fee waived on enrolment
exemption will be applied in February if the student registers for the 2nd semester, in the year of enrolment
February 213€
past the deadline

Within the deadline

Past the deadline

Applications

Exempt

Registration (single act per course)

353,00€

School Insurance

36,00€

Enrolment

September

Exempt**

February

203,00€

213,00€

**Exemption will occur in February if the student only applies for the 2nd semester in the year of enrolment

Annual Payment Plan
Single Payment 4298.07€
In September

or

Monthly Payment 398.30€
11 instalments (September to July)

Tuition Fee (for 60 ECTS)

11 Installments (September to July)

Monthly

398,30 €

3% discount September

Single

4.298,07 €

Semester Payment Plan
six-monthly payment 2146.44€
(2% discount September or February)

or

Monthly Payment 438.30€
September to January or February to June

Tuition Fee (for 30 ECTS)

5 instalments (September to January or February to June)

Monthly

438,30 €

2% discount September or February

Six-monthly

2.146,44 €

Curriculum Part – Monthly Tuition (5 months)
Price per ETCS 14.61€
Minimum compolsury tuition fee (10 ECTS) 146.10€

Price per ECTS

14,61 €

Minimum compulsory tuition fee (10 ECTS)

Monthly

146,10 €

2nd year – Dissertation ***
Single act (1 instalment) 353€ (within the deadline)
July to september

or

Single act (1 instalment) 370€ (past the deadline)
July to september
Single act (2 instalment) 203€ (within the deadline)
September

or

Single act (2 instalment) 213€ (past the deadline)
February

Attendance fees

50% of the curricular part prices

***Following years, in case of non-completion of the course within 2 years.

Within the Deadline

Past the Deadline

Single Act (1 installment)

July to September

353,00 €

370,00 €

Single Act (2 installments)

September

203,00 €

213,00 €

February

203,00 €

213,00 €

Attendance Fees

50% of the curricular part prices

***Following years, in case of non-completion of the course within 2 years.

Specific Conditions for Admission

Those who meet the conditions set out in Diário da Républica 74/2006 of 26 March, as amended by Decree-Law 115/2013 of 7 August, and the Regulations of the cycle of studies leading to the degree of Master in Forensic Legal Science may apply for admission to this cycle of studies:

  1. holders of a licenciado degree or legal equivalent in Law;
  2. holders of a foreign academic degree conferred in a 1st study cycle in Law organized according to the principles of the Bologna process;
  3. Holders of a foreign higher academic degree that is recognized, satisfying the objectives of the degree of licenciado by the statutorily competent body of the UPT;
  4. Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized by the statutorily competent body of the UPT.
Seriation Criteria

Candidates for access to the 2nd study cycle in Forensic Legal Science are ranked on the basis of merit according to the weighted average, as per the table in Annex II of the Regulatory Norms.

General Conditions for Application
Calendar 2024/2025
1st Phase Beginning End
Applications
1st February
13th March
Display of Results
1st April
Claims
1st April
2nd April
Enrolments
5th June
14th June
2ndPhase Beginning End
Applications
1st April
14th May
Display of Results
3rd June
Claims
3rd June
4th June
Enrolments
5th June
14th June
3rd Phase Beginning End
Applications
3rd June
17th July
Display of Results
5th August
Claims
5th August
6th August
Enrolments
7th August
14th August
4th Phase Beginning End
Applications
5th August
18th September
Display of Results
30th September
Claims
30th September
1st October
Enrolments
3rd October
8th October
5th Phase Beginning End
Applications
2nd October
10th October
Display of Results
18th October
Claims
18th October
21st October
Enrolments
22nd October
25th October
Who can apply for a Master’s degree?
2ND STUDY CYCLE
  • Holders of the bachelor degree or legal equivalent;
  • Holders of a foreign academic degree conferred following a 1st cycle of studies organized according to the principles of the Bologna process by a state that adheres to that process;
  • Holders of a foreign academic degree that is recognized as meeting the objectives of the bachelor degree by the Scientific Council of  Portucalense University;
  • Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum which is recognized by the Scientific Council of Portucalense University as attesting to their ability to undertake this cycle of studies.

Given their academic and professional background, candidates may submit a request for Application for Recognition and Accreditation of Competences, which may confer equivalence to course units of the Master’s course. Holders of Pre-Bologna licenciado degree who have more than 5 years of professional experience in the area of the master’s degree may request the substitution of the dissertation by a detailed report on the professional activity according to the regulations in force.

Application Documentation
  • Application form, duly filled out;

  • Identification document;

  • Photograph, passport type;

  • Original or certified copy of the document proving the possession of the higher academic degree (except for UPT candidates) (*);

If you wish to apply for equivalences:

(*) These documents must be authenticated according to the legislation in force (Decreto-lei 28 de 13/03/2000).

Application documentation for holders of a foreign higher education degree
  • Own Model, Acknowledgement that the academic degree satisfies the objectives of the degree of licenciado, for the purposes of application to a master’s course, requesting prior recognition by the Scientific Council of the access qualification
    Identification document
    Photograph, passport type
    Document proving the possession of the foreign higher academic degree with an indication of the final mark (*)
    Detailed certificate of the course units that make up the curricular plan of the academic degree (*)
    Updated CV

    (*) The documents must be translated into Portuguese, whenever they are not issued in Portuguese, English, French or Spanish and stamped by the consular service or presented with the Haia Apostille affixed by the competent authority of the State where the document originated.

Re-entry

Documentation for Re-entry application:

  • Identification document;
  • Passport type photo;
  • Application for recognition and crediting of skills, according to the regulations in force, if you wish to apply for the equivalence of skills other than those acquired in the course for which you are re-entering.
More Information

For information about the application process please refer to the relevant regulations below or contact our Admissions Office directly. For pedagogical/scientific information please consult the course coordinators:

Contacts