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CATOLICA - Faculty of Human Sciences

CATOLICA - Faculty of Human Sciences

CATOLICA - Faculty of Human Sciences


Welcome to the Faculty of Human Sciences!

Renowned for cultivating interdisciplinary research and teaching environment, the Faculty of Human Sciences (Portuguese acronym FCH hereafter) provides a wide-reaching range of undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs that are anchored around five core scientific fields – Communication Sciences, Social Sciences, Culture Studies, Philosophy and Psychology – and two institutes: the Institute of Family Sciences and the Institute of Oriental Studies.

The quality of our educational services is today recognised as much by the private sector – which reflects well in the employability of our students – as by the positions attained in the prestigious international rankings which rate the various FCH study programs as among the best in the world.

Founded in 1972, currently, the faculty runs a total of 6 undergraduate, 9 master’s, and 5 doctoral degree programs in addition to the educational range provided by the School of Post-Graduate and Advanced Training consisting of over a dozen medium and short term study programs.

The FCH is today a faculty open to the world: as well as receiving a growing number of international students arriving from each of the five continents, many of our students participate in mobility programs, whether in Europe, the United States, Brazil or in China. Furthermore, we annually welcome international researchers to share the results of their projects with both students and colleagues in a permanent climate of debate and the exchange of ideas.


As a benchmark school of reference in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Human Sciences holds the mission of producing rigorous and innovative knowledge alongside the integral education and preparation of its students. To this end, the Faculty conveys advanced levels of knowledge across its fields of study as well as technical competences and skills while stimulating a critical spirit to enable them to conscientiously act and serve as citizens.

The activities of the Faculty of Human Sciences, across the complementary fields of research and teaching, are leveraged by the values of Christian humanism; those that drive us to contribute towards responding to the multiple challenges facing contemporary societies.

Founded in 1972, the Faculty now affirms its mission in a globalised world under the motto «Value For Life».

Campus Features

Lisbon offers a wide range of student accommodation, from university residences to rooms or shared houses.

In addition to the Feminine University Residence available to the Catholic University, the Faculty of Human Sciences has partnerships with residences located in the heart of the city that make some discounts to students of the Faculty.

Please contact out staff for further information.

    Why study at CATOLICA - Faculty of Human Sciences

    Our Mission

    The Faculty of Human Sciences affirms its mission in a globalized world under the motto «Value For Life».

    Strong Career Support

    We help our students on the conception, implementation and assessment of their academic and professional plans and decisions for a career of excellence.

    Recognized Qualifications

    The investment in recognized professionals in their fields of study contributes to the rigorous and personalized teaching of our students.

    Ranked among the best

    Our programs are recognized in prestigious European and world rankings.

    To better understand the mission of our School, please visit our website, go to “About” and see the “Message from the Dean”.

    Awards & Accreditations

    Master in Culture Studies is recognized as #4 in the world

    Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking

    among the 100 best universities in the world and #1 in Portugal

    Ranking Best “Golden Age” Universities 2020 Times Higher Education (2020)

    Master in Communication Studies is recognized as #12 in Europe

    Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking - Communications

    Master in Communication, Marketing & Advertising is recognized as #17 in Europe

    Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking – Marketing

    Campus Life & Facilities

    • Careers Office: supports students to design a professional development plan;
    • International Office: helps incoming and outgoing students in mobility processes;
    • Social Responsibility Office: provides information on economic support and personal and professional appreciation;
    • Communication and Marketing Office: provides support on issues related to the application process and daily life on campus.

    Do you want to know more? Please visit our website!

    The Faculty of Human Sciences privileges the sharing of experiences from different corners of the world. In addition to having more than 42 different nationalities on campus, we are committed to encourage students to get involved in a range of activities like conferences, seminars and workshops in which they will be able to participate and acquire new skills.

    We challenge our students to explore the city of Lisbon, one of the most hospitable cities in the world. In addition to the vast historical, cultural and gastronomic heritage, the city offers different activities to explore the essence of the country.

    Are you ready to start this journey with us?

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    • Lisbon

      Lisbon, Portugal