Since its creation in 1977, the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas (Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities) has been a multidisciplinary unit that promotes diversity of knowledge, creativity and freedom of thought.
Undergraduate programmes are structured according to the Bologna Agreement and, therefore, mobility and internationalization of students is strongly encouraged. Teaching and research activities developed at the Faculty ensures a solid scientific training in the different domains of Social Sciences and Humanities, with a distinctive flexibility in structuring the academic profile of students, both in Undergraduate and in Post-graduate Programmes. The Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas produces a high number of MA and PhD dissertations every year, which reinforce the research and teaching activities. The 16 research centers, which integrate professors and students, constitute a marker of national and international quality.
The Faculdade de Direito (Faculty of Law) founded in 1997, is an innovative center in the development of legal science and a pioneer unit in law teaching in Portugal.
The Faculty introduced several innovations, such as, an intensive articulation with professional practice; new pedagogical methods with theoretical and practical lectures; a wide range of elective courses and a specific PhD program (pioneer in Portugal). The existence of a Permanent Seminar on the Study and the State of Law, a forum for debate on the most pressing problems currently facing the legal profession, and of a Center for Research and Development on Law and Society, are key elements in the modernization of the study and teaching of Law.