Business management

Diário da República, 2nd series - N.101 - May 25, 2016. Announcement No. 137/2016

Presentation and objectives:


The Master's in Business Management at the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa is a course designed to provide high-quality, international-level postgraduate training in the field of business management and administration, seeking to respond to market demands around a increasingly practical knowledge, and combining the practice of business management with the scientific collection of the areas of economic and business sciences. The curricular structure of the course and the syllabus of the respective curricular units were defined with a view to preparing students for successful professional and academic careers, both nationally and internationally.


The master's study plan is registered with the Directorate-General for Higher Education under no. , published in the Diário da República, 2nd series, No. 101, of 25 May 2016.


Access conditions:

You can apply for access to the cycle of studies leading to the master's degree:

  • Holders of a bachelor's degree or legal equivalent in: Management, Economics, Finance, Accounting, Human Resources Management, Marketing and related areas.
  • Holders of a foreign academic degree that is recognized as meeting the objectives of a bachelor's degree in one of the areas mentioned in the previous paragraph by the Scientific Committee of the Department of Economic and Business Sciences;
  • Holder of a curriculum that is recognized by the Scientific Council of the University, as having the capacity to carry out the course.


*In the 3rd semester, choose only one option (a).
*In the 4th semester, continuation of the option that was chosen in the 3rd semester.


    - Mario Coutinho Santos

    • Promote understanding of the main conceptual foundations and strategic and structural issues associated with decision-making in the context of corporate finance, as well as the respective implications in terms of value creation;
    • Provide a solid knowledge base that promotes understanding of the fundamentals, concepts, principles, models and other analytical tools that support the analysis, modelling, preparation, structuring and implementation of companies' financial decisions;
    • Prepare for intervention in the management of the company's finances using the best practices currently available.
    • Address the role of financial information, both internally for financial decision-making, and externally for the preparation of decisions to allocate investors' resources, and promote knowledge of the importance of financial diagnosis as a tool for interpreting the information contained in the statements financial;
    • Raise awareness of the importance of medium and long-term financial planning, with a special focus on models, techniques and analytical tools that allow projecting the company's activity, modeling its objectives, options and investment and financing strategies;
    • Promote the understanding of issues associated with the estimation of relevant financial flows, the discount rate, treatment of uncertainty in the assessment of the economic merit of investment decisions, study of investment in transnational projects and projects incorporating options on real assets;
    • Analysis of financing strategies, choice of the company's capital structure, cost of capital estimation, dividend distribution and share buyback policies, always in the context of value creation.

    - Marcos Ferasso

    • The course is intended to provide students with an understanding of the economic foundations of the strategic behavior of companies and a normative approach to the formulation and implementation of business strategies, business areas and functional areas.
    • Understand the basic structure of strategic analysis;
    • Promote understanding of the contribution of strategy to the organization's performance;
    • Recognize the fundamental characteristics of an effective strategy;
    • Familiarize yourself with the strategy development process, the role played by strategic planning systems and the monitoring of strategy execution.

    - Renato Leite

    • Develop the skills needed to interpret people as a fundamental resource for organizations;
    • Understand the importance of human capital management and its role in aligning People management with the organization's culture and strategic objectives, and providing the main tools to do so effectively;
    • Understanding your attitudes;
    • Knowledge of behavioral conditioning strategies based on the high performance of organizations;
    • Make participants aware of the importance of leadership, motivation, communication and teamwork and promote the acquisition of skills in these areas.

    - Jorge Vareda Gomes

    • Acquire a global perspective of the reality of operations and project management;
    • Understand the fundamentals and specific methodologies of operations and project management.

    - Luis Alves Rita

    • Understand the basic concepts of financial accounting and financial reporting, acquiring skills that allow knowing how to read and interpret financial statements. Know the conceptual structure of financial reporting and, consequently, the objectives of financial statements, their users, the assumptions that govern their preparation as well as the existing recognition and measurement criteria;
    • Understand the fundamentals, implications and relevance that financial information assumes as an instrument for measuring business performance and the impact that the quality of that information has on the company's market value;
    • Know the institutional framework of accounting, identifying the national and international bodies that regulate it; understand how these bodies constitute a privileged source of access to relevant information;
    • Identify the financial statements and the main characteristics of each one;
    • Know the main accounting policies, measurement and recognition criteria related to the main areas of financial statements, studying national and international accounting and financial reporting standards;
    • Recognize the usefulness of applying a set of indicators and metrics in order to assist in the assessment of business performance;
    • Identify the main lines of research in accounting, with special relevance to the importance that the quality of financial information assumes in business performance and value creation.

    - Antonio Jose Goncalves - Joaquín Quirós

    • Present and promote the debate on the different approaches and methodological perspectives of research in management;
    • Expose the theory and qualitative and quantitative research methods most common in academic research in management, analyzing both their theoretical foundations and their practical implementation in SPSS;
    • Use SPSS to perform exploratory data analysis (parametric and non-parametric hypothesis tests), perform simple linear regression and principal components analysis (factor analysis);
    • Enable students to autonomously conduct the research work that will support the preparation of the Master's dissertation in the field of business management.

    Antonio Jose Goncalves