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Psychology in Crisis and Emergency

Psychology in Crisis and Emergency

MSc - Master Degree
Faculty of Psychology
Time period 
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Data de Acreditação A3ES 
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6 anos
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Number 
R/A -Cr 218/2021
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



Recent experience with major disasters and terrorist attacks, the urgency of humanitarian aid and the impact of climate change have made clear the need to develop the skills of professionals to respond effectively in these crisis and emergency situations in order to reduce their negative consequences. This master's degree has as its general objective to contribute to an improvement in the professional effectiveness of its participants, providing them with a solid scientific knowledge in the area of psychology that allows them to face the demands of work in emergency and crisis situations. This master's degree is relevant for psychologists who work or want to work in institutions with responsibilities in intervention in crisis and emergency situations or other professionals – engineers, doctors, nurses and journalists – who work in these institutions and want to complement their skills with scientific knowledge of psychology in the area.
The Master in Psychology in Crisis and Emergency presents a curricular structure organized in semesters. In the 1st year with three compulsory Curricular Units (UC) and two optional UC in each of the semesters and in the 2nd year with Dissertation or Project Seminar and Internship.


The Master in Psychology in Crisis and Emergency has the following learning objectives (knowledge, skills and competences) to be developed by students:
Demonstrate knowledge about the national and international code of ethics and standard of conduct for action in the area of crisis and emergency;
Update and deepen contributions of psychology to research, understanding and intervention in the management phases of a crisis and emergency situation (risk reduction, response and recovery);
Develop and improve psychological assessment and intervention skills in crisis and emergency situations in order to develop the resilience of actors and communities;
Foster the collaboration of specialists from various disciplinary areas, in an integration of knowledge and practices, for the development of research and intervention in this field;
To stimulate in the participants reflection, self-regulation and personal knowledge as professionals in crisis intervention."

Career prospects 
"The Master's Degree in Psychology in Crisis and Emergency enhances the access of Graduates to a diverse range of systems within the labor market, namely: Physical and Psychological Health Systems (e.g., Hospitals; Maternity; INEM; Health Centers; Units for the Treatment of Addictive Behaviors and Dependencies; Intervention Centers in Clinical Psychology; Psychological Support Offices in Schools and Universities); Community Intervention Systems (e.g., City Councils; Parish Councils); Systems linked to Civil Protection, GNR, Public Security Police, Army, Air Force, Firefighters, Portuguese Red Cross, Victim Support Association and Public Health and Security Services in several companies. In the case of this master's degree, we believe that its innovative character will constitute an alternative that will attract the interest and motivation of the students of the degree in psychological sciences not only of FP, but of other institutions of higher education. On the other hand, based on our previous experience in graduate studies, we believe that we will be able to attract both students from other areas who will see in this master's degree the possibility of complementing their academic training and professionals in the area who will see in this master's degree the possibility of complementing their practical experience."
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