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

Calendar of the 2020 National Higher Education Access

1st Phase: from August 7th to 23rd, 2020.

2nd Phase: from September 28th to October 9th, 2020.

Establishment Code: 0906

Course Code: 9155 - Information Management

Course Code: 8259 - Information Systems

Formula of Applicants Grade:

  • Secondary school grade: 65%
  • Entry Exam: 35%

Entrance Exam (1 of the following):

  • 04 - Economy
  • 16 – Mathematics

Exams (1 of the following):

  • 712 - Economy A
  • 635 - Mathematics A or 735 - Mathematics B

Minimum Grades:

  • Applicants Grade: 100
  • Entry exam grade: 95

Prerequesites: None

For more information about access to higher education. 

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

Opening Hours:
Monday - Friday | 10 a.m - 8 p.m

Other equipments

Interchange programs

Through the Erasmus+ Program, NOVA IMS students have the possibility to attend a semester in a European educational institution with which a partnership has been established. NOVA IMS being aware of the importance of developing a culture of cooperation and mobility already has about 43 partner institutions from 17 different countries.


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.


Incentive Award to Academic Excellence - € 1.000 Application prize awarded to all students whose average entry is 18 or more**.

**Conditioned to registration and enrolment in the 1st school year of the degree course. Prize applied to students admitted in 2020/2021.

Prizes awarded during the course:

Banco de Portugal  Statistical Methodologies Bachelor’s Degree in
Information Management
Statistical Methodologies Bachelor’s Degree in
Information Systems
- Postgraduate Program in Statistical Systems, with a specialization in Central Banks' Statistics 1000€**
- Postgraduate Program in Statistical Systems, with a specialization in Central Banks' Statistics 500€***
INE Best Student Bachelor’s Degree in
Information Management
Best Student Bachelor’s Degree in
Information Systems
SAS Institute Data Mining Bachelor’s Degrees 1500€
Data Mining I Postgraduate and Master 750€
Data Mining II Postgraduate and Master 750€
ESRI Portugal Geospatial Intelligence Bachelor’s Degree in
Information Systems
- Graduate in Master Degree in
Geographic Information Systems
and Science

*  This award requires carrying out a part-time internship, during two months, at Banco de Portugal. The €750 award is subject to the assessment conducted by Banco de Portugal.

** Best Student of the Program.

*** Second Best Student of the Program.

**** 10 days of institutional support through a Technology Mentor, in the offices of ESRI, for the implementation of a GIS project.


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

The primary objective of the NOVA Information Management School Students Union is to represent NOVA IMS students and defend their interests by promoting and participating in all issues of student interest, through the enhancing of the training, human, social, cultural, and recreational areas of educational and sports policy. You can rely on NOVA IMS SU to give you the best years of your life, from recreational events such as the reception of new students, great academic festivals, and the NOVA IMS Gala, to the promotion of different types of sports, including a futsal team.

To maximize your experience, we have a wide range of benefits for our members.

Meet us in person or on our official social networks: WebsiteFacebook and Instagram.

Other information


The mission of the Association of Former Students of NOVA IMS is to collaborate in the growth of NOVA IMS. The mission is carried out through 3 main strategic pillars: networking, mentoring and talks.

Identifying, getting to know and relating with former students are critical and fundamental tasks in the first pillar.

Identifying in which sectors of activity they work, in which countries and which functions they occupy are priority tasks for members of the different Alumni governing bodies, either by making intensive use of social networks or personal contacts.

The second pillar is our contribution through our accumulated experience and the functions we occupy to the development of the different dimensions of the students of NOVA IMS, especially those in undergraduate programs.

Finally, the third pillar aims at improving eclectic knowledge, technical and professional skills throughout life through meetings, courses and conferences in the most varied areas of knowledge.
We believe that these are the pillars that allow us to contribute to the development and prestige of NOVA IMS through the personal and professional relevance of former students.

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