NOVA School of Science and Technology



The NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA) is one of the three largest and most prestigious schools of Engineering and Sciences in Portugal. It is located 15 minutes away from Lisbon, is renowned for its excellence in research, for the quality of its courses and for the large employability of its graduates (graduates, masters, doctors). 

FCT NOVA, with about 8000 students, has one of the best university campuses as is distinguished by a culture of excellent teacher-student relationship and an intense academic life with many different cultural and sport activities.

All courses are accredited by the A3ES (Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education) and all Engineering courses are recognized by the Order of Engineers, FEANI (Federation of Professional Engineers that unites national engineering associations from 33 European Higher Education Area (EHEA) countries)  and EUR-ACE (European Accredited Engineer).

FCT NOVA is structured in 14 Departments and 16 Research Centers, offering 94 study cycles (7 Bachelor''s, 11 Integrated Master''s, 28 Master''s and 38 PhDs).

Its scientific production, resulting from the publication of a large number of articles in international scientific journals of great demand and quality, gives it wide international recognition (the value of the scientific production index - SciVal Citation Impact - is 1.35, FCT NOVA is 35% above the world average). This performance allows the Faculty to integrate the main technological university networks, such as the CESAER network, and to participate in consortiums with European and US universities, namely MIT, CMU and the University of Texas.

The participation in 9 COLABs and the 9 ERC scholarships obtained by FCT NOVA researchers (the largest concentration of these laboratories and scholarships in Portuguese Universities), demonstrates how NOVA School of Science and Technology is oriented towards the future and based on vanguard international research.

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.

The school calendar (since 2012/2013) has been adapted to incorporate these transversal skills.

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
  • Vice-Dean (Scientifc Council) Maria do Rosário de Meireles Ferreira Cabrita
  • Vice-Dean (Pedagogical Council) Vitor Hugo Bento Dias Fernandes
  • 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

Admission and enrollment

Undergraduate Programmes Admission

National Admission System

Students are admitted to FCT NOVA, through the National Admission and Enrolment System for Higher Education, and register is made online in FCT NOVA´s academic management computer system, 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 online in FCT NOVA´s academic management computer system.

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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 (due to COVID-19, this facility is suspended).

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: 2021-09-27 -> 2022-02-05

2º Semester: 2022-03-07 -> 2022-07-12

1º Quarter: 2021-09-01 -> 2022-01-31

2º Quarter: 2022-02-02 -> 2022-04-30

3º Quarter: 2022-05-02 -> 2022-07-31

Examinations: 2022-07-18 -> 2022-07-29

School registrations: 2021-09-01 -> 2021-10-10

Confirmar colocação ERASMUS (2ª fase): 2021-03-15 -> 2021-03-17

Alteração de Inscrição em unidade: 2021-10-02 -> 2021-10-10

Inscrição em unidade: 2021-09-01 -> 2021-10-10

Ficha RAIDES: 2022-01-15 -> 2022-01-19

Confirmar colocação ERASMUS (1ª fase): 2021-03-01 -> 2021-03-03

Pré-Candidatura ao programa ERASMUS: 2021-02-01 -> 2021-02-21

Resultados provisórios erasmus: 2021-02-22 -> 2021-02-22

2º fase de candidatura erasmus: 2021-03-05 -> 2021-03-09

Lessons - 1º Semester: 2021-09-27 -> 2021-12-22

Lessons - 2º Semester: 2022-03-07 -> 2022-06-09

Evaluations - 1º Semester: 2022-01-08 -> 2022-01-15

Evaluations - 2º Semester: 2022-06-11 -> 2022-06-21

Examinations - 1º Ano: 2022-07-01 -> 2022-07-31

Examinations - 1º Semester: 2022-01-21 -> 2022-02-05

Examinations - 1º Semester: 2022-07-25 -> 2022-07-30

Examinations - 2º Semester: 2022-06-27 -> 2022-07-15

Examinations - 2º Semester: 2022-07-25 -> 2022-07-30

Examinations - 1º Quarter: 2021-12-02 -> 2021-12-20

Examinations - 2º Quarter: 2022-04-15 -> 2022-04-30

Examinations - 3º Quarter: 2022-07-17 -> 2022-07-30

Vacation of Study - 1º Semester: 2022-01-17 -> 2022-01-20

Registration for improvement - 1º Semester: 2022-01-17 -> 2022-02-03

Classifications launching - 1º Semester: 2021-11-01 -> 2022-02-20

Classifications launching - 2º Semester: 2022-04-19 -> 2022-07-19

School registrations - 1º Ano: 2021-09-01 -> 2021-10-10

School registrations - 1º Semester: 2021-09-01 -> 2021-10-10

School registrations - 2º Semester: 2021-09-01 -> 2021-10-01

School registrations - 1º Quarter: 2021-09-01 -> 2021-10-10

School registrations - 2º Quarter: 2021-09-01 -> 2021-10-10

School registrations - 3º Quarter: 2021-09-01 -> 2021-10-10

Registration in the turns - 1º Semester: 2021-09-22 -> 2021-10-22

Registration in the turns - 2º Semester: 2022-02-21 -> 2022-03-20

Registration in the turns - 2º Quarter: 2022-01-17 -> 2022-01-25

Sorteio dos Turnos - 1º Semester: 2021-09-25 -> 2021-10-23

Sorteio dos Turnos - 2º Quarter: 2022-01-21 -> 2022-01-26

Sorteio dos Turnos - 2º Semester: 2022-02-28 -> 2022-03-21

Alteração de Inscrição em unidade - 1º Ano: 2021-10-02 -> 2021-10-10

Alteração de Inscrição em unidade - 2º Quarter: 2022-01-14 -> 2022-01-16

Alteração de Inscrição em unidade - 2º Semester: 2022-02-01 -> 2022-03-04

Alteração de Inscrição em unidade - 1º Semester: 2021-10-02 -> 2021-10-10

Inscrição em unidade - 1º Ano: 2021-09-01 -> 2021-10-10

Inscrição em unidade - 3º Quarter: 2021-09-01 -> 2021-10-10

Inscrição em unidade - 2º Quarter: 2021-09-01 -> 2021-10-10

Inscrição em unidade - 1º Quarter: 2021-09-01 -> 2021-10-10

Inscrição em unidade - 2º Semester: 2021-09-01 -> 2021-10-01

Inscrição em unidade - 1º Semester: 2021-09-01 -> 2021-10-10

Ficha de Unidade Curricular - 1º Semester: 2021-09-27 -> 2022-07-31

Ficha de Unidade Curricular - 2º Semester: 2021-11-09 -> 2022-07-31

Responsabilidade de Unidade Curricular - 1º Semester: 2021-09-27 -> 2022-07-31

Inscrição em Dissertação - 1º Semester: 2021-11-27 -> 2021-12-17

Inquérito curricular - 1º Semester: 2022-03-04 -> 2022-04-04

Férias de Páscoa - 2º Semester: 2022-04-14 -> 2022-04-18

Marcação de testes de avaliação - 1º Semester: 2021-10-01 -> 2021-10-24

Marcação de testes de avaliação - 2º Quarter: 2022-01-31 -> 2022-02-04

Marcação de testes de avaliação - 2º Semester: 2022-03-10 -> 2022-03-31

2º fase de candidatura erasmus - 2º Semester: 2022-06-22 -> 2022-07-31

Férias de Natal - 1º Semester: 2021-12-23 -> 2022-01-02

Troca de turno entre alunos - 2º Semester: 2022-02-28 -> 2022-03-21

Troca de turno entre alunos - 2º Quarter: 2022-01-21 -> 2022-01-25