NOVA Information Management School



The NOVA Information Management School (NOVA IMS) was founded in 1989 in response to the shortage of senior specialists in information management and the growing need for using new information technologies.

Installed on Campus Campolide, NOVA IMS has an infrastructure equipped with the most modern information and teaching support technologies. Today, NOVA IMS provides high level education to more than a thousand students. 

NOVA IMS develops research of excellence in information science and information systems. As  a result of this activity annually produces  over a hundred high-impact international journal papers  and more  than  50 master  dissertations and doctoral theses.

NOVA IMS also has a strong connection to society, having protocols and partnerships with more than one hundred public and private institutions, for which develops applied research, studies, projects and advanced training.

NOVA IMS is member of the most prestigious association of schools in information science field (iSchools), having also a quality certification NP EN ISO 9001:2008.

Its master degree programs are included in the Eduniversal ranking, and are consistently ranked as the best in Portugal and among the best in the world in their categories.

Mobility students

Lifelong Learning Programme's main goal is to contribute to the development of the European Union as a knowledge-based society, with sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and with greater social cohesion, operating in parallel to an appropriate environmental protection, considering the future generations.

The Erasmus program seeks to emphasize the quality and reinforce the European dimension of Higher Education by promoting transnational cooperation between universities, fostering the European mobility and encouraging transparency and full academic recognition of studies and qualifications throughout the European Union.

NOVA IMS welcomes incoming ERASMUS students in all three cycles of study offered. This possibility is offered to students from higher education institutions with whom bilateral agreements exist.

By accessing these programs, the studies made at NOVA IMS have the recognition of equivalence of the courses attended in the home institution. During this period, the student is exempted from paying tuition fees at NOVA IMS, and must maintain the payment to its home institution.

Erasmus Coordinator of NOVA IMS:
Pedro Cabral

Informations and Contacts:
Ana Sousa

For more information please visit the Erasmus webpage.

Academic authorities

  • Director Prof. Doutor Pedro Saraiva
  • Scientific Council President Prof. Doutor Pedro Simões Coelho
  • Pedagogic Council President Prof. Doutor Roberto Henriques

Admission and enrollment

Establishment Code: 0906

  • Formula of Applicants 

Grade Secondary

  • School grade: 65%
  • Entry Exam: 35%

Entry Exam

  • Mathematics or Economics or Geography 

Minimum Grades

  • Applicant Grade: 100
  • Entry exam grade: 95


  • None

Postgraduate, Master and Doctoral programs

The applications must be filled online, in NOVA IMS' Applications Portal. The applicants must fill the form in this platform, upload their Curriculum Vitae and submit the application at the end. The selection process includes the analysis of the applicant's academic and professional curriculum and an interview.

Opening hours:

September to July
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (on Tuesdays and Thursdays it closes at 7 p.m.)

Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. | 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The customer service by electronic mail is carried out through the following form.

Practical information


Specialized in the areas of Statistics and Information Management, NOVA IMS' Library aims to provide students, teachers and researchers access to documentation and information necessary for the development of their scientific and academic activities.

Here you can access about 5,000 books, theses and dissertations in paper and electronic version from the UNL Repository, and full-text electronic journals from JSTOR, Emerald, Wiley Blackwell and B-On Online Knowledge Library (over 23.000 scientific international publications from 19 publishers). The Library provides the following services:

  • Online Library catalogue
  • Guided bibliographic and database searches
  • On-site reading
  • Book lending and reservation
  • Inter-library loan
  • Assistance in formatting scientific papers

For more information about the services and conditions of use, you must consult the page Regulations.

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday | 10.00 - 18.30

Other equipments

Interchange programs

Socrates Programme is a European Community Action Programme for cooperation in the field of education. ERASMUS is a programme incorporated in the Socrates Programme which aims to support the european activities of higher education institutions within the scope of its Action 2, to promote students mobility and exchange. NOVA IMS joined the Socrates/Erasmus Programme in 2000 having delegated the coordination of this activity to AD NOVA IMS. From the year it joined this Community programme, NOVA IMS has signed agreements of mobility for teachers and students with the following Universities: University of Thessaly (Volos, Greek) Area of Studies: Geographic Information System University of Salzburg (Salzburg, Austria) Area of Studies: Geographic Information System University of Dresden (Dresden, Germany) Area of Studies: Geographic Information System and IT University of Munster (Munster, Germany) Area of Studies: GeoIT Universitat Poltècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain) Area of Studies: Statistics Universidade "Federico II" (Naples, Italy) Area of Studies: Statistics Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) Area of Studies: Environmental Science, Ecology Michel de Montaigne University (Bordeaux, France) Area of Studies: Environmental Science, Ecology Yildiz Teknik Universitesi (Istanbul, Turkey) Area of Studies: Statistics University of Hacettepe (Ankara, Turkey) University of Pardubice (Czech Republic), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).


NOVA IMS is proud to contribute to the training of excellent professionals in the national and international job market. Companies know the value of our students and they know the added value of having them as interns. Over the years, these companies have developed internships for our undergraduate, masters and doctorate students.

Here are some of the companies that have developed internships for our students as well as areas in which they can do them.

CRM Açoreana Seguros | Cetelem, SA | Banif |

Information Technologies Areaserve | Barclays | Sub-Região de Saúde de Lisboa | Capgemini Portugal | Cofidis | Ernst & Young | Hidroclima |Inteligensis | Oracle | Capgemini Portugal | Sub-Região de Saúde de Lisboa |

 Information Management Açoreana Seguros | BPI | EDP Energia | Hospital de Santa Cruz | Millennium BCP |

Statistics Banco de Portugal | Caixa Geral de Depósitos | NOVA IMS- MAGIC | Direcção Geral das Florestas | FCSH/UNL | INE | CLAD |ISPA | Ministério da Educação | Ministério das Cidades | Presspeople | PT | Galp |

Geographic Information Systems Cenor, Lda | CM de Odivelas | Direcção Geral da Saúde INAG |  INE | Instituto Geográfico Português | NOVA IMS LABNT |

Data Analysis Consulmind | Instituto Superior de Agronomia | SAS Portugal | Spirituc | Universidade Lusófona |

Market studies and Surveys Metris GFK | Modelo-Continente | Optimus |


NOVA IMS would like to thank all the institutions that have offered internships to the various students.


At NOVA IMS we promote continuous self development through excellence, therefore we believe that we should reward all those students who have exceeded our expectations acheiving results above average in many subjects. NOVA IMS also grants the award for Academic Excellence Incentive, which recognizes the student with the best admission mark to the Information Management degree (3 years), worth € 1.000.

Language courses

Food services

NOVA IMS students are granted access to all SAS catering units, the closest ones being located in Professor Alfredo de Sousa Halls of Residence (canteen, bar and esplanade). They provide bar services from 8am to 9pm, lunch from 11.30am to 2.30pm, and dinners from 6.30pm to 9:30 pm.

Special needs facilities

Extracurricular activities

Student association

After an academic year in which NOVA IMS has undergone a profound change in its syllabus, the Students Union has taken part, to the best of its knowledge, in the implementation of the Bologna Treaty. Aimed at helping students through this important change for the Institute, this collaboration was fructiferous for students as well as for the group that created and implemented the Bologna Treaty in NOVA IMS . This Association will continue its cooperation with the various students and the Institute itself, being this the main focus of the students.

To access the site of SU please click here.


Other information

School calendar

Spring Semester exams: 2020-06-01 -> 2020-07-11

Spring Semester: 2020-02-10 -> 2020-05-30

Fall Semester exams: 20120-01-03 -> 2020-02-08

Fall Semester: 2019-09-09 -> 2019-12-21