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Master in Psychology of Justice

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The course in Psychology of Justice: Victims of crime follows the bachelor¿s in psychology. The main objective is training students on advanced skills of observation, evaluation and psychological intervention in the Psychology of Justice, specifically, with victims, offenders and groups at risk. Also, it intends to provide students with knowledge and skills for the development of innovative research in this scientific domain. Also, we aim to help students in the development of their future professional identity, promoting their ethical reasoning and openness to implement practices of collaboration in the context of a multidisciplinary work.

A3ES Decision

Accredited - A3ES Decision

Date of the Board Decision



R/A-Cr 101/2014

Confered Degree | Duration | ECTS

Master Degree |2 Semesters |120 ECTS

Programme Director

Prof.ª Doutora Carla Margarida Vieira Antunes

Programme sub-director

Prof.ª Doutora Ana Rita Conde Dias

Entrance Conditions

The following may apply for the Master's Degree:
a) holders of a bachelor's degree or legal equivalent;
b) holders of a foreign academic degree conferred following a 1st cycle of studies organized in accordance with the principles of the Bologna process by a State adhering to that process;
c) holders of a foreign higher academic degree that is recognized as satisfying the objectives of the degree of licensed by the statutory competent body;
d) holders of a school, scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized by the statutory competent body of the ULP as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies.

Ranking criteria:
a) Classification of bachelor's degree or legal equivalent or foreign academic degree - 70%
b) Complementary training/extracurricular activities - 10%
c) Professional curriculum/scientific production - 10%
d) Motivation letter and, if appropriate, interview - 10%

Programme requirements

Have completed a total of 120 ECTS


This course aims to promote the knowledge and train the skills that students need to be a psychologist in the field of Psychology of Justice, more specifically:

a) In-depth knowledge of the contexts, modalities and roles of the psychologist in the field of Psychology of Justice;
b) The acquisition, training and improvement of knowledge and skills of observation, assessment and psychological intervention in specific contexts and problems in this area, namely in victimization and crime;
c) The development of specific skills for psychological assessment of victims and offenders in justice/forensic contexts;
c) The development of skills related to critical analysis of the different models and modalities of prevention and intervention in the context of victimization, crime and risk;
e) The development of research skills in this domain, namely, planning, design and implementation;
f) The development of a professional identity based on ethical and deontological principles and an open and collaborative attitude towards the multidisciplinary work that guides psychological practice in this domain.

Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired

a) Identify the state of the art of themes in this field;
b) Critically select methods, techniques and instruments for psychological assessment of victims (adults and children) and offenders (adults and young people) in this field;
c) Plan and implement psychological assessment protocols, in justice/forensic contexts, mostly of victims and offenders, and write the respective reports;
d) Recognize different conceptual models, modalities and strategies of psychological intervention, as well as plan and implement intervention plans within the scope of specific problems, both with victims and with offenders;
e) Plan, implement and evaluate crime and victimization prevention programs;
f) Demonstrate skills of working in a multidisciplinary team;
g) Develop original empirical studies, adopting the most appropriate research methods;
h) Respect the ethical principles in the activities of evaluation, prevention, intervention and research in this field.

Equipments and venues

Psychology Laboratory
Psychology Service of the ULP (SPULP)

In addition to the physical and technology resources, the Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sport provides a set of resources aimed at promoting academic success and integral development of students. Noteworthy are the Tutoring and Counseling Project (¿Tutorias @ SPULP¿), the Pedagogical Practices Project (aimed at producing standard practices and tools of pedagogical support for teachers and students), the Starting a Research Project (through integration of 1st year students in ongoing research projects) and coordination with the university's pedagogical projects, which include regular initiatives for students' extracurricular training and promotion of exchange and internationalization, such as Erasmus program.

Further Studies

Phd in Psychology or related areas.

Occupacional Profiles

Enables registration in the Portuguese Psychologists Order (OPP), which is mandatory for being psychologist, after the completion of a professional internship under the supervision of the OPP.

Scientific Areas

Psicologia | Direito | Sociologia e outros estudos


Study Plan

1st Year/ Comon CoreSemester ECTS
Methods of Scientific Research and Data Analiysis IFirst Semester3
Planning, Evaluation and Implementation of Prevention ProgramsFirst Semester6
VictimologyFirst Semester6
First Semester3
First Semester6
First Semester6
Methods of Scientific Research and Data Analiysis IISecond Semester3
Psychological Assessement in the Forensic ContextSecond Semester6
Second Semester6
Second Semester6
Second Semester6
Second Semester3
2nd Year/ Comon CoreSemester ECTS

Teaching staff

Teachers, Academic Degree and Dedication time
LecturerAcademic DegreesDedication time
Ana Rita Conde DiasDoctorateFull-Time
Andreia Patricia Guimarães MachadoDoctoratePart-Time
Carla Margarida Vieira AntunesDoctorateFull-Time
Célia Isabel Lima FerreiraDoctorateFull-Time
Célia Regina Gomes OliveiraDoctorateFull-Time
Diogo Jorge Pereira Do Vale Lamela Da SilvaDoctorateFull-Time
Inês Fernandes GodinhoDoctorateFull-Time
Joana Maria Barreto Ramos De Almeida CabralDoctorateFull-Time
Maria José Pereira FerreiraDoctorateFull-Time
Olga Cecília Soares Da CunhaDoctorateFull-Time
Ricardo José Martins PintoDoctorateFull-Time


Holders of Foreign Higher Education 350 €
Holders of University Degree 150 €
Student Insurance40 €
Enrollment and Registration200 €
Average value for 30 ECTS semestral curricular units 299,4 €
Per ECTS 9,98 €

Other fees may be applied in accordance with the regulations in force