Master’s Degree in European Policies: Development and Socio-territorial Cohesion

Degree coordinator: Professor Luís Moreno

Master’s level Coordinator: Professor Ana Ramos Pereira

The master’s degree in European Policies: Development and Socio-territorial Cohesion, evaluated and accredited by A3ES in 2014, updated its curriculum in 2014/2015, an act approved by Order N. 12636/2014 of 15 October.

The Master’s programme in European Policy: Development and Socio-territorial Cohesion sets out to provide specified training in domains that permit the utilisation of knowledge, aiming to develop an integrated perspective centring on Europe’s development and problems associated with its cohesion at different levels and dimensions. This is accomplished through the deepening of knowledge in respect to economic, social and cultural processes and dynamics, focusing on the broad lines of national and European public policy, the instrumentation and valorisation of linguistic, cultural and environmental diversity, as well as territorial and European heritage enrichment programs and projects.


The primary objective of the master’s degree in European Policy: Development and Socio-territorial Cohesion is to provide advanced knowledge focusing on the broad lines of European and national public policies and their instrumentations in order to enrich the diversity that shapes the conditions of various European territories, privileging the following domains:

1. The influence of EU policies on new geographies (economic, social, cultural, tourism and leisure …) of the European space;

2.Development strategies and cohesion in EU policies;

3.Design, implementation and evaluation of European policies, with particular emphasis on programmes and socio-territorial enhancement projects;

4.Governance, development and socio-territorial innovation in the European context;

5.Demographic dynamics and migration in Europe;

6.Analysis of inequalities, and social and territorial exclusion in Europe.

Career opportunities

Outlets include political-administrative institutions in either the public or private sectors, where one will be able to carry out national- and/or European-level research studies and planning initiatives dealing with socio-territorial matters; as specialists trained to analyse and interpret European policies; as specialist trained to design, implement and/or evaluate public policies within a triad of society-economy-territory. IGOT possesses a number of cooperation agreements with various public and private entities that provide professional internships.


The course of study leading to the Master’s degree in European Policy is organised into four semesters, totalling 120 ECTS. They are organised as follows:

  • 1st and 2nd semesters are mainly class-oriented, consisting of structured seminars that aim to provide the student with specialised training in the domains of European policies from a territorial perspective.


  • 3rd and 4th semesters consist mainly of supervised, autonomous work that varies in nature, depending on the chosen route of either writing a scientific dissertation, or the carrying out of a professional internship or project work.

IGOT Master’s student’s internship regulations – consult Forms and Regulations