Bachelor (BSc)


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6 Years
30 Jul 2020
Accreditation DGES
Initial registry R/A-Ef 1037/2011 de 18-03-2011
Update registry R/A-Ef 1037/2011/AL01 de 18-03-2015
School of Sociology and Public Policy
Sedas Nunes Building (Building I), room 1E03
(+351) 210 464 015
9:30 - 18:00
Lectured in Portuguese
Teaching Type In person
Social Work promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and autonomy of the person to improve his/her well-being. Social Work, through the use of theories of human behaviour and social protection systems, intervenes in the problems of people in their social environment. Using theories of human behaviour and social systems and respecting the specific traditions and cultures of different ethnic groups, Social Work intervenes with regard to people's problems. The principles of human rights and social justice, as well as those of responsibility and collective quality of life are fundamental to Social Work in different countries.

Social Work at Iscte

The Degree in Social Work began at Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE) in 2010, following the 1st Doctoral Programme in Social Work, in 2004, in partnership with the Higher Institute of Social Work of Lisbon (1st Portuguese School of Social Work - 1935). The Iscte is the first public university teaching establishment to provide the 3 study cycles in Social Work training in Portugal.  2008 - Master's Degree Programme in Social Work; 2010 - Degree in Social Work; 2010 - Doctorate in Social Work. 2020 - Postgraduate Degree in Social Work in Health. 2021 - ESWOCHY - European Master, in Social Work with Children and Youth.

Within the scope of the Degree in Social Work we have almost two hundred cooperation protocols with civil society, the state and social organisations for the development of training actions, supervision and evaluation of professional practice, especially curricular internships.



- To provide the acquisition of knowledge about Social Work, its genesis, evolution, theory, field and areas of intervention, within the framework of social protection systems and social policy;

 - Train competences in Social Work, namely: the understanding of social problems, social policies, methodologies of professional intervention and the different organisational/institutional contexts;

 - To study intervention methodologies with individuals, families, groups and communities;

 - To train social workers for qualified professional practice, in various units and levels of action, aimed at improving the living conditions of population groups in situations of greater vulnerability, promoting their well-being and social citizenship.

Message from Prof. Annamaria Campanini, President of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), on World Social Work Day 2024

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Director(s) message

Jorge Manuel Ferreira

I welcome the students and candidates to attend the Degree in Social Work in Iscte and wish them all quality training, a sense of belonging and good integration into the labour market after completing their studies.

At present, the major global societal challenges are essentially centred on social issues with increasing impact on human relationships in society, recognition of human rights and guarantees of equal Social Welfare for all, promoting more sustainable societies/communities.

The degree in Social Work is based on an affirmative intervention in the societal transformations (labour and employment system, sociability and culture, State/Society relations, demographic dynamics) that have occurred in the last decade with significant consequences on the professional practice of social workers.

The emergence of new social issues, namely: new forms of poverty and exclusion, unemployment and economic insertion mechanisms, migrations, super diversity, associated social problems, the increased importance of the territorial dimension and of the partnership mechanisms and contractualisation of local social policies, the rationalisation and efficiency requirements of social projects, are currently major challenges for Social Work.

Join an innovative and current training project for the social and human development of contemporary society.



General information

3 years
Evening and Daytime
Ingress exams
11 Hystory ou 16 Mathematics ou 18 Portuguese
Teaching Type
In person
Last placed grade
Evening: 144,5 | Daytime 154,0
1.stYear 697.00
2.ndYear 697.00
3.rdYear 697.00
1.stYear 5500.00
2.ndYear 5500.00
3.rdYear 5500.00
* Information for 2024/2025
School of Sociology and Public Policy
Sedas Nunes Building (Building I), room 1E03
(+351) 210 464 015
9:30 - 18:00
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