Dissertação/ Projeto/ Estágio

Base Knowledge

Other curricular units of the study plan.

Teaching Methodologies

The Dissertation component | | project Internship aims to apply knowledge in the face of new challenges that arise in the exercise of the profession. It is a curricular unit of professional insertion, in which it is intended that students are able to apply knowledge when confronted with the reality of the sector. 

According to the regulations referring to the Bologna Process, it is therefore aimed at integrating knowledge, knowing how to deal with complex issues, developing solutions or issuing judgments in situations of limited or incomplete information, including reflections on the ethical and social implications and responsibilities that result from these solutions and these judgments or condition them. For this reason, the tutorial guidance component is critical.

The research component falls on a scientific work developed by the students, centered on a theme related to the area of activity of the | | project Internship to be carried out. This work is elaborated following a strict set of standards and requirements defined by the teachers who teach the discipline, contained in a “Regulation”, presented and made available to students at the beginning of the school year.

The apprehension of knowledge in this curricular unit is based between face-to-face activities and autonomous activities. In a first phase, collective sessions will be held with the students in order to be able to listen to their preferences in relation to the final work and to provide content with general standards for the preparation of research work.

The individual orientation of the works allows guiding and monitoring the autonomous work developed by the student, encouraging their research capacity, as well as reflection, implementation of ideas and articulation of the bibliographic review carried out in relation to the theme chosen for the | | project Internship.

In the traineeship component, the assessment made by the supervisor of the host institution will be taken into account. This curricular unit is essential for each student to be able to communicate their conclusions, and the knowledge and reasoning underlying them, both to specialists and non-specialists, in a clear and unambiguous way.

It is based between tutorial orientation activities and activities developed autonomously by the student. With the annual duration, this curricular unit works in conjunction with the Seminar that takes place in the 1st semester and where the work plan for the dissertation is defined | | project Internship and elaborated the theoretical contextualization (review of the fundamental literature).  Through the Regulation of the | | project Internship scans define the fundamental aspects as well as responsibilities of each actor: student, advisor, supervisor and School.

During the semester, after choosing the theme and delivering the work plan, the student will develop the internship/project/dissertation work, under the guidance of the advisor and co-advisor (whenever applicable) with a view to completing it and presenting it in public tests.

The evaluation is part of the preparation and public defense of a reasoned report which corresponds to the final note of this UC. Previously, stages of preparation of the same and established interim deliveries are also defined for evaluation. The report is presented before a jury responsible for the award of the final classification. The supervisor’s qualitative assessment is taken into account.



Learning Results

 In this UC, the student must apply the acquired knowledge and demonstrate the capacity to investigate and solve problems in new and unfamiliar situations, in broad and multidisciplinary contexts. Being a curricular unit that integrates practical and research work, it is intended to consolidate, through observation and practice exercised, the knowledge acquired and consolidated in the 1st year of the Master’s Degree. 

During the semester, there is a personalized follow-up of the students by the Advisor and Co-advisors, if any, who are responsible for supervising the student’s progress and guiding in order to achieve the objectives set. With the development of the dissertation, the student will have to conduct research, with deepening of skills and professional knowledge, whenever existing, encouraging innovation. 

The preparation of the final document implies the interconnection of the various knowledge, development of solutions or presentation of relevant reflections, with summary of the conclusions obtained.

The objectives of this curricular unit are:

– Acquire skills in the level of research methods in the areas of management;

– Acquire the capacity to integrate knowledge, deal with complex issues, develop solutions or issue judgments in situations of limited or incomplete information, including reflections on the ethical and social implications and responsibilities that result from these solutions and judgments;

– To be able to communicate their findings, knowledge and reasoning to them, in a clear and unambiguous way.

This UC intends to integrate two components: the professional insertion – Internship| Project and research work – Dissertation, which materializes in the preparation of a report based on the acquired theory and the potential practice experienced.

 The UC Internship/ Project / Dissertation, the student can choose to develop a professional internship work, a research project or a conventional scientific dissertation. In any of the modalities, it must present an original work, developed specifically for this UC, where it presents the work developed.

The student can choose between:

1) the performance of a research/dissertation work;

2) the performance of an internship in a host organization and develop the diagnosis and/or problem solving there, showing a relevant contribution to the organization;

3) the implementation of a project that focuses on the diagnosis of an identified problematic situation, the study of a new problem or the application of methods and instruments for solving a problematic situation already identified by another person or by the student

 The realization of the | | project Internship associated with a strong component of scientific research allows the student to come into contact with real situations of intervention in the areas of business management as well as the application and dynamic updating of acquired knowledge, resulting in a solid training. Furthermore, ESTGOH has a wide network of protocols with relevant organisations, which allows for a wide range of intervention contexts.




The work plan is defined in close coordination with the Seminary UC. The program is defined according to a guide and type of theme to be developed. The theme of the work to be developed and, consequently, the program to be carried out is proposed by the student and accepted by a Guiding Teacher. The student should prepare the proposal of a work plan where the objectives, tasks and work plan for the semester are defined.

– The internship has a minimum duration of 4 months, in an organization appointed by the student or proposed by ESTGOH, through the Office of Internships and Professional Departures. The internship takes place in the country or abroad, inserted in the mobility program Erasmus Internships.

– A minimum duration is not defined in the project mode.

– The dissertation develops with the tutorial follow-up of the designated teacher. The orientation work is done by the responsible Teachers and, in the case of the Internship, is supervised by a specialist, collaborator of the host organization, of recognized merit and with functional responsibility in the area of intervention.

 At the beginning of the semester, the student should prepare a proposal for a work plan together with the Advisor, after choosing the theme. The dissertation will be mandatorily guided or co-directed by a doctor or specialist. In the orientation will have to participate a professor of the Institution, being able to participate personalities of merit recognized by the Scientific Committee of the Master. 

The Technical-Scientific Council, on a proposal from the course coordinator, will appoint a jury for public discussion. The final classification is obtained by joint evaluation of the following items:

– quality and accuracy of the documents that constitute the work,
– written and oral presentation of the work,
– technical-scientific approach to the subject under study,
– safety in the exhibition,
– argumentation of the master’s master’s court to the questions posed by the jury.

During the development of the dissertation, it is intended that students perform the following tasks:

– Bibliographic research; Implementation of the established work programme (which, for example, may include field studies);
– Analysis and discussion of the results obtained. Reflection on them and presentation of suggestions to continue and/or complement the work;
– Preparation of written documents, with incentive in the publication of scientific articles.

This curricular unit concludes the academic course of students in the cycle of studies, intending that future professionals are able to solve challenges and problems in a structured, rigorous way and to address, in a multidisciplinary way, problems related to management by framing them in their respective technical- scientific, economic, social and environmental contexts.

It should also be noted that the curricular unit of Internship / Project / Dissertation
it has a particular character compared to the other UC’s of this course, since its discussion in public tests is necessarily the final academic act in terms of completion of the curricular units of the study cycle.

Curricular Unit Teachers

Grading Methods

trabalho final de mestrado ' dissertacao , projecto e /ou estagio
  • - apresentacao e discussao publica do trabalho final de mestrado - 100.0%




ARTIGOS CIENTIFICOS específicos de acordo com o tema  escolhido pelo estudante

Bryman, A., & Bell, E. (2011). Business Research Methods (3rd edition). Oxford University Press

Cooper, D., & Schindler, P. (2014). Business Research Methods (4th edition). McGraw-Hill

Saunders, M., Lewis, P., & Thornhill, A. (2015). Research Methods for Business Students (7th edition). Pearson