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Master in Psychology Themes

Psychology is the science of human mind and behavior, and social interactions. Therefore, professionals other than psychologists may find a background in psychology useful and important for their practice. The cycle of studies leading to the Master's degree in Psychological Themes (MTP) has as its main goal the qualification of professionals with training in diverse areas, so as to enable them to perform their activity with in-depth knowledge and skills in selected topics of psychology.

Learning outcomes:
Graduates of this program will have a sound understanding of psychological principles and research methodologies in selected fields.

They will be able to identify key theories and apply them to a wide variety of contemporary challenges.

They will be able to evaluate and use research critically to inform professional practice, and to credibly design, conduct, analyze and present research that will support decisions and strategic development.

They will be able to integrate knowledge from various sources, handle complex issues, develop solutions and make judgments on limited or incomplete information, including reflections on the implications and ethical and social responsibilities that result from those solutions and judgments.

They will be able to use both theory and empirical evidence to advance research goals and solve new problems.

Finally, they will approach creatively their own career development, prepared to life-long learning and to apply their knowledge and skills in new ways responding to an evolving world.

Thematic areas

The MTP provides students with a background in scientific methods used to describe, predict, understand and explain human behaviour in a number of selected themes.

Areas of specialization beginning in 2017/2019:

  • Neurocognition and Language
  • Psychogerontology
  • Psychology of Deviant Behaviour and Justice
  • Developmental Psychology and Child Education: Children’s Rights and Protection

Selected Themes (2018-2020 edition) 

  • Developmental Psychology and Child Education
    Children with Special Educational Needs and Early Intervention – is intended for professionals with a first degree in Psychology, Education or Social Welfare. The program concentrates on children with special educational needs, learning disabilities, and early intervention in educational (family and school) and community contexts with a focus on the acquisition of theoretical and methodological tools for the development of research.

  • Neurocognition and Language
    Intended for graduates in the areas of Psychology, Life and Health Sciences (e.g., Biology, Pharmacy) and Linguistics who wish to conduct research in one of the topics currently being investigated by our research group at the Center for Psychology at the University of Porto. We study complex cognitive processes, such as language (including dyslexia and written composition), communication, emotion and executive function, from a neurocognitive and translational perspective.
    For more information, please see our website
  • Psychogerontology
    The ageing population faces psychologists, and other professionals in social welfare, health care, and educational services, as well as the society in general with new challenges. This thematic area of the MTP is designed for students who wish to deepen knowledge about the aging process, as well as about research, assessment, intervention and rehabilitation with the elderly. It is intended that the skills acquired contribute to a better quality of life of the elderly.

  • Psychology of Deviant Behaviour and Justice
    Intended for graduates in the areas of Social and Human Sciences who wish to research deviant behavior addressed in its biopsychosocial complexity. Dissertations are elaborated with focus on one of the following areas: a) comprehensive/explanatory of the drug phenomenon in urban context and sex work; b) interventions oriented to risk reduction and harm minimization; c) policies in the fields of drugs and sex work.


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General information

Official Code: 6253
Director: Marina Lemos
Acronym: MTP
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of study: Masters Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 4 Semesters

Study Plan


  • Master in Psychology Themes (120 ECTS credits)
  • Advanced Studies (2nd cycle) in Psychology (60 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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