NOVA School of Science and Technology



Established in 1977, FCT NOVA is nowadays one of the most prestigious Portuguese Public Schools in the teaching of engineering and science, attended by 8000 students, of which about 1500 are post-graduate students (masters and doctorate). 

From the beginning, FCT NOVA has given priority to the promotion of research in their areas of activity. Nowadays FCT NOVA hosts 16 research centers recognized by the Foundation for Science and Technology (of which 3 are classified as "exceptional", 4 "excellent" and 6 as "very good"). 
The academic quality of FCT NOVA has provided a growing affirmation among employers and led to a successful placement of its graduates in the labor market. 
The scientific production of FCT NOVA includes a large number of publications in international journals of great impact that grants to FCT NOVA the recognition of institutions counterparts. 
FCT NOVA has about 500 teachers and researchers (380 PhDs) and 220 administrative staff. It comprehends 14 departmental sectors and 8 support services. 
The campus of Caparica in which FCT NOVA is located provides modern infrastructures for teaching and research. The latest of 20 buildings is the library, a campus landmark for its architectural design and functionality. 
The campus includes other infrastructures, such as student residences, sports fields, nursery, nursing station, bookshop, convenience store, canteen, several restaurants and cafes. 
Students of FCT NOVA have all conditions for effective learning, including a culture of warmth in the teacher-student relation that it is not often found in other schools. 
Access to the campus is provided by a varied public transport network that includes combined services of boat, train, bus and tram.

FCT Curricular Profile

Transversal Skills in all Degrees

In order to enhance student education with training in transversal skills, such as research and entrepreneurialism, contact with industry, and soft skills, FCT introduced these skills into the curricular structures of all BSc, MSc and integrated MSc, thus creating the “FCT Curricular Profile”.

The labour market is increasingly recognizing these skills, which are especially important for the first job, acting as a differentiating and distinctive feature of FCT graduates, and also, and undeniably, as a element of their training which facilitates their employability.

  • Transversal Competences for Science and Technology (3 ECTS)(Soft Skills)
    • Writing a Curriculum Vitae / Job Interview;
    • Communication in Science and Technology (Reports);
    • Spreadsheet use of advanced;
    • Time management – team work;
    • Literature search and information analysis in Science and Technology;
    • Ethics and Deontology.
  • Science, Technology and Society (3 ECTS)
    • Understanding contemporaneous techno-scientific world;
    • Thinking and Acting in a critical way about the Impacts of Science and Technology in Contemporary Societies;
    • Eight conferences:
      • Risk, Safety and Responsability/Ethics
      • Science, Technology and Gender
      • Sustainability networks: environment and society
      • War and Peace: Einstein, Bohr and Oppenheimer
      • The Bio and Nano Future
      • And man created the cyborg
      • The Information Society
      • Science, Technology and Cinema
  • Introduction to Scientific Research / Introduction to Professional Practice (3 ECTS)
    • Contact with, and involvement in, ongoing research and development projects led by FCT lecturers and researchers (we currently have 322 students working on projects within this programme);
    • Contact with industry in an area relevant to the degree programme, through internships and short-term work (we currently have 334 students in companies).
  • Entrepreneurialism (3 ECTS)
    • To awaken and promote students’ potential vocation for the creation of value through the development of ideas;
    • Training in basic skills in setting up businesses (in 2012/13, more than 500 ideas were developed and 160 business projects were proposed).
  • Free Credits (chosen by the student)
    • Enhancing training by developing skills relating to areas that are not directly part of the students’ main obejct of study.
  • Erasmus-friendly semester
    • Semester which is designed to be more conducive to for student mobility programs.

Mobility students

ERASMUS - Foreign Students

Academic authorities

  • Dean Virgílio António Cruz Machado
  • Management Council Vitor Hugo Bento Dias Fernandes
  • Management Council Maria do Rosário de Meireles Ferreira Cabrita
  • Management Council Virgílio António Cruz Machado
  • Management Council José Miguel Antunes Fernandes
  • Vice-Dean (Scientifc Council) Maria do Rosário de Meireles Ferreira Cabrita
  • Vice-Dean (Pedagogical Council) Vitor Hugo Bento Dias Fernandes
  • Vice-Dean (Entrepreneurship) Nuno Alexandre Correia Martins Cavaco
  • Assistant Vice-Dean (Research) João Carlos dos Santos Silva e Pereira de Lima
  • Assistant Vice-Dean (Internationalization) Ricardo Luís Rosa Jardim Gonçalves
  • Assistant Vice-Dean (Divulgação da Ciência e Tecnologia) Maria de Fátima Vale de Gato Santos Rodrigues
  • Assistant Vice-Dean (Modernization and Construction of New Infrastructures) Valter José da Guia Lúcio
  • Administrator José Miguel Antunes Fernandes

Admission and enrollment

Undergraduate and Integrated Master Programmes Admission

National Admission System

Students are admitted to FCT NOVA, through the National Admission and Enrolment System for Higher Education, and register at the Academic Services, within the period set by ministerial dispatch.

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Readmissions, Change of institution / course pair

The application is made online in FCT NOVA´s academic management computer system.

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Over 23 years old Admission

The application for this special contest is made in person at the Academic Division FCT NOVA.

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International Students

The application is made online in FCT NOVA´s academic management computer system.

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Qualifications Recognition - A Guide for Foreign Students

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Master Degrees Admissions

The application is made online in FCT NOVA´s academic management computer system.

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PhD Programmes Admissions

The application is made online in FCT NOVA´s academic management computer system.

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Practical information


The latest of the FCT NOVA´s buildings is the Library, a Campus ex-libris for its architectural design and functionality. It has six reading rooms (2 work zones: a silent zone and a collaborative zone), with documentation in free access, accessible to all teachers, researchers, students and employees of  FCT NOVA and the general public. Provides the following services: home loan, interlibrary loan, referral service, users training, photocopying, printing and scanning, remote access to documentation in digital support.

It is equipped with 42 computers, individual and group study offices, wireless net, equipment to people with motor disabilities, blind and amblyopic people, pest control system by anoxia, exhibition hall, auditorium and bar. 

Related to study offices, students have at their disposal:

  • Individual study rooms: 40;
  • Group study rooms: 8.

These offices are open from 9 am to 8 pm every working day.

It also has an auditorium with 72 seats, a Preguiçodromo - Informal Reading Room, an Exhibition Room and the Laboratory of Design and Innovation, equipped with tools (hardware and software) that allow the production of multimedia contents with 3D printing, of great use in the elaboration of projects, communication materials, film and video production, etc.

The Library also has a diverse annual cultural program:

Other equipments

Study facilities

The FCT NOVA Campus offers its students a wide range of study rooms and offices. The study rooms, dispersed by the Campus, are divided into:

General study rooms: 2.019 m2;

Study rooms with computers: 666 m2.

Part of these study rooms, namely the study rooms located in Building VII of Campus, are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except Christmas Eve and New Year´s Eve.

Other support services

In the Campus there are also other services such as: convenience store, reprography, stationary store and day care.

Interchange programs

FCT NOVA has a wide range of international exchange programs, available for consultation at the following links:


Internships / Employment

At FCT NOVA the internships and employment offer is under the Students and Graduates Support Office.

This office is responsible for giving psychological support to students, as well as for the promotion, organization and management of the extracurricular offer of training and internships and for the employability support of faculty graduates, namely through the:

Also available to FCT NOVA students is the FCT Emprego Portal, where are placed job informations, by students and companies.


In addition to the Social Action Services (SAS) scholarships, FCT NOVA students can access other scholarships:

Food services

Students may eat at the Faculty of Science and Technology Canteen, located on Caparica Campus.

In addition to this space, there is a wide range of catering services, with bars and restaurants offering a total of 10 spaces:

  • Espaço Mais - Snack-Bar, with terrace. Location: Building VII and Departmental Building.
  • Restaurante c@mpus.come - Restaurante. Location: Canteen Building
  • Bar c@mpus - Snack-Bar, with terrace. Location: Library Building
  • Tanto Faz - Bar Académico, Snack-Bar, with terrace. Location: Hangar I
  • Snack-bar SAS - Location: Canteen Building
  • Casa do Pessoal - Snack- Bar, with terrace. Location: Building I
  • D. Lídia - Location: Edifício II
  • Mininova - Location: Building I
  • A Tia - Location: Canteen Building (social room)
  • My Spot - Location: floor 0 of the Canteen Building

Special needs facilities

FCT NOVA provides parking places specifically for students/academic staff with special needs, and also has access ramps to its buildings and lifts. It is also possible to carry out a case-by-case analysis to try and minimise any difficulties that such students/academic staff may feel.

Student association

AEFCT, Association of Students of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, was founded on November 8, 1979, with the purpose of defending the rights and interests of FCT NOVA students.

The AEFCT organizes several cultural, pedagogical, sports and recreational activities annually, such as the Caloiro Week, the Nucleus Forum, JORTEC, Sport Tournaments, Workshop´s and Lectures, among others. 

Other information

How to get to FCT

The campus is served by a wide transport network, including combined services (bus, train, ferry) and by tram, which terminus ("University") is located along one of the FCT entrances.

School calendar

1º Semester: 2020-09-01 -> 2021-03-09

2º Semester: 2021-03-11 -> 2021-07-31

1º Quarter: 2020-09-01 -> 2020-12-18

2º Quarter: 2021-01-04 -> 2021-04-02

3º Quarter: 2021-04-05 -> 2021-07-31

Examinations: 2021-07-26 -> 2021-07-31

School registrations: 2020-09-01 -> 2020-10-02

Confirmar colocação ERASMUS (2ª fase): 2020-03-05 -> 2020-03-08

Alteração de Inscrição em unidade: 2020-09-20 -> 2020-10-02

Ficha RAIDES: 2021-01-15 -> 2021-01-19

Inscrição em época especial: 2021-06-21 -> 2021-07-23

Confirmar colocação ERASMUS (1ª fase): 2020-02-21 -> 2020-02-25

Pré-Candidatura ao programa ERASMUS: 2020-02-06 -> 2020-02-16

Anular inscrição em época especial: 2021-06-21 -> 2021-07-25

Resultados provisórios erasmus: 2020-02-17 -> 2020-02-17

2º fase de candidatura erasmus: 2020-02-27 -> 2020-03-01

Examinations - 1º Ano: 2021-07-12 -> 2021-07-30

Examinations - 1º Semester: 2021-01-25 -> 2021-03-09

Examinations - 2º Semester: 2021-06-30 -> 2021-07-15

Examinations - 2º Semester: 2021-07-26 -> 2021-07-31

Examinations - 1º Quarter: 2020-12-14 -> 2021-01-15

Examinations - 2º Quarter: 2021-04-06 -> 2021-04-13

Examinations - 3º Quarter: 2022-07-01 -> 2023-07-20

Registration for improvement - 1º Semester: 2021-01-18 -> 2021-02-28

Registration for improvement - 2º Semester: 2021-06-21 -> 2021-07-13

School registrations - 1º Ano: 2020-09-01 -> 2020-10-02

School registrations - 1º Semester: 2020-09-01 -> 2020-10-02

Registration in the turns - 1º Semester: 2020-09-18 -> 2020-10-30

Registration in the turns - 2º Semester: 2021-03-07 -> 2021-03-30

Registration in the turns - 2º Quarter: 2021-02-02 -> 2021-02-07

Sorteio dos Turnos - 1º Semester: 2020-09-19 -> 2020-10-30

Sorteio dos Turnos - 2º Quarter: 2021-02-06 -> 2021-02-07

Sorteio dos Turnos - 2º Semester: 2021-03-13 -> 2021-03-31

Alteração de Inscrição em unidade - 1º Semester: 2020-09-21 -> 2020-10-02

Alteração de Inscrição em unidade - 2º Quarter: 2021-01-04 -> 2021-01-15

Alteração de Inscrição em unidade - 2º Semester: 2021-01-25 -> 2021-03-15

Inscrição em unidade - 1º Ano: 2020-09-01 -> 2020-10-02

Inscrição em unidade - 3º Quarter: 2020-08-19 -> 2020-10-02

Inscrição em unidade - 2º Quarter: 2020-09-01 -> 2020-10-02

Inscrição em unidade - 2º Semester: 2020-09-01 -> 2020-10-02

Inscrição em unidade - 1º Semester: 2020-09-01 -> 2020-10-02

Ficha de Unidade Curricular - 1º Semester: 2020-09-21 -> 2021-07-31

Responsabilidade de Unidade Curricular - 1º Semester: 2020-09-01 -> 2021-07-31

Inscrição em época especial - 2º Semester: 2021-07-01 -> 2021-07-22

Inscrição em Dissertação - 1º Semester: 2020-11-23 -> 2020-12-11

Inscrição em Dissertação - 2º Semester: 2021-03-23 -> 2021-04-09

Inquérito curricular - 1º Semester: 2021-01-18 -> 2021-03-28

Inquérito curricular - 1º Semester: 2021-02-01 -> 2021-03-28

Inquérito curricular - 1º Semester: 2021-01-30 -> 2021-03-28

Inquérito curricular - 1º Semester: 2021-01-26 -> 2021-03-28

Anular inscrição em época especial - 2º Semester: 2021-07-01 -> 2021-07-25

Remoção Tempo Parcial - 1º Semester: 2020-09-01 -> 2020-10-02

Remoção Tempo Parcial - 2º Semester: 2021-01-25 -> 2021-03-15

Marcação de testes de avaliação - 1º Semester: 2020-10-01 -> 2020-10-18

Marcação de testes de avaliação - 2º Quarter: 2021-02-02 -> 2021-02-07

Marcação de testes de avaliação - 2º Semester: 2021-03-22 -> 2021-03-31

2º fase de candidatura erasmus - 2º Quarter: 2020-08-19 -> 2020-10-01

Troca de turno entre alunos - 1º Semester: 2020-09-19 -> 2020-10-30

Troca de turno entre alunos - 2º Quarter: 2021-02-06 -> 2021-02-07

Troca de turno entre alunos - 2º Semester: 2021-03-10 -> 2021-03-30