Its Degree in Sociology was the highest classified in the last external evaluation; the number of Master and PhD thesis in Sociology defended at ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon is the highest among the Portuguese universities; and the Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-IUL) is the only research centre in Sociology rated as Excellent by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).

The Department also pioneered the Bologna process, having adapted all Degree, Master and PhD courses to the new rules since 2006-07. With more than 40 scholars, the Department ensures the scientific coordination of the Degree in Sociology, of nine Master's degrees, of which one in Sociology and eight in social studies specialized in science, communication, education, family, migration, labor and health, as well as of the PhD in Sociology and of approximately a dozen postgraduate courses. The Department includes, in addition to Sociology, the field of Communication Sciences, with a solid stand in postgraduate education.

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