PhD in Communication Sciences, by the University of Minho, in 1996, Manuel Pinto is a Full Professor in the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Minho, where he teaches in the areas of Media Literacy and Journalism Studies. He is the Director of the PhD Degree in Communication Sciences.

He has been developing research on Media Literacy, Media Sociology and Communication Policy, coordinating the portuguese team which has participated in the EMEDUS project (European Media Literacy Education Study), funded by the European Commission. He was elected for the General Council of the University of Minho and joined the Independent General Council of Radio and Television of Portugal – the Public Service Media – in 2014.