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Code: MED304     Acronym: MED304

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Educational Sciences

Instance: 2023/2024 - A Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Education Sciences
Course/CS Responsible: Master Degree in Educational Sciences

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MCED 37 Official Curricular Structure 2 - 52 -

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Maria de Fátima Carneiro Ribeiro Pereira

Teaching language



The UC aims at the production by each student of their Master's dissertation and its defense, according to level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework. It also aims to:

- the acquisition of specialized knowledge in the field of research, revealing the capacity for critical reflection and openness to the diversity of knowledge

- the development of new knowledge and procedures in the fields, populations and contexts under study

- the mastery of conducting and discussing research skills in its different phasesThe UC aims at the production by each student of their Master's dissertation and its defense, according to level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework. It also aims to:

Learning outcomes and competences

Designing, conducting and reporting surveys autonomously

Identifying problems, questions and research objectives

Identify relevant concepts and keywords

Describe the research issue

Characterize the research according to paradigms and general research strategies

Identify the population/documents/contexts to be studied

Explain the ethical dimension of the research

Design the research, elect and substantiate means of data collection and analysis

Analyze, validate and interpret research data with rigor and prudence

Structure the dissertation writing

Writing scientifically articulating the dimensions: formal, written language; the content; rigor and objectivity.

Expose and discuss your research in a perceptible and stimulating way

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)



Distinguish between contents of research topics (IT) and related to scientific writing (EC). In the case of IT, the contents vary according to the theme of the dissertation, always involving the individual carrying out of an original investigation, empirical or otherwise, in the domain of Educational Sciences and depending on the student's optional domain. These optional domains are directly linked to the research areas of the Center for Educational Research and Intervention (CIIE). In CE, the contents are based on the MCED standards and the styles and requirements of scientific writing in relation to research paradigms and strategies.

Mandatory literature

Amado João 570; Manual de investigação qualitativa em educação. ISBN: 978-989-26-0655-2
Bruyne Paul de; Dinâmica da pesquisa em ciências sociais
Quivy Raymond; Manual de investigação em ciências sociais. ISBN: 978-972-662-275-8
Inesta Ana 070; Escribir y comunicarse en contextos científicos y académicos. ISBN: 978-84-7827-477-2
Motta-Roth Desirée; Produção textual na universidade. ISBN: 978-85-7934-025-3
Fátima Pereira; Infância, educação escolar e profissionalidade docente. ISBN: 978-972-31-1313-6 (Only pp. 311-373)

Teaching methods and learning activities

They are organized in individual (SI), group (SG) and peer (SP) supervision, and autonomous work (TA).

SI. individual tutoring with the supervisor: monitoring of research development, supporting and monitoring decisions, time management, literature review and theoretical construction, conducting research and writing it.

SG. it is organized into actions of (a) discussion of the development of projects and (b) scientific writing. (a) There are 6 types: discussion of writing an introduction to the dissertation; presentation and discussion of projects at different times, of key words and concepts, concrete questions about the operationalization of the methodology, the dissertation index, and the results. (b) presentation, debate and analysis of cases.

TA: research, reading, systematization and writing; data collection and analysis, peer review.

SP. in collective sessions as a strategy and in peer reviewing texts in AT.

The evaluation takes place in public exams.


Social sciences

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Defesa pública de dissertação, de relatório de projeto ou estágio, ou de tese 50,00
Trabalho escrito 50,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Elaboração de relatório/dissertação/tese 20,00
Estudo autónomo 30,00
Frequência das aulas 6,00
Trabalho de campo 24,00
Trabalho de investigação 20,00
Total: 100,00

Eligibility for exams

not applicable

Calculation formula of final grade

The final classification of the master's degree, according to the Regulation of the Cycle of Studies, results from the average between the classifications of the curricular part and the classification of the dissertation's defense.

Examinations or Special Assignments

not applicable

Internship work/project

not applicable

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)


Classification improvement

not applicable
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