ISCTE - School of Technology and Architecture

Information Systems


ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) is a public university established in 1972. Pursuing teaching, research and community service activities, it plays a major role in educating qualified specialists and personnel, whose cultural, scientific and technical skills enable them to contribute to sustainable development both at the national and the global level. The strategic objectives of ISCTE-IUL are: innovation, quality, internationalization and development of an entrepreneurial culture.

While preserving its public university nature, ISCTE-IUL is currently one of the three Portuguese universities (along with the University of Porto and the University of Aveiro) which adopted the Foundation Regime, the latter prescribing management according to private law.

With approximately 9000 students enrolled in undergraduate (46%) and postgraduate (54%) programs, 450 teachers and 220 non-teaching staff, ISCTE-IUL is proud to be one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in the country. Facing high demand, the student vacancies at the ISCTE-IUL have always been fully occupied.

ISCTE-IUL encourages students to fully exploit their potential, to develop their capability for initiative and flexibility and to complement their academic education with international experience, enabling them with the necessary skills to adapt to the needs of the global labour market. ISCTE-IUL demonstrates a high rate of graduates’ employability and achieves the 100% rate in most of the courses. Its former students currently occupy positions of high responsibility in private companies, public institutions and governmental entities, which confirms not only the prestige of our institution, but also its teaching quality. 

ISCTE-IUL is a research university, with eight units performing high-quality research, recognized in periodical assessments by the Foundation for Science and Technology.

At community service level, the scholars and graduates of the ISCTE-IUL have contributed to establishing multiple connections with private companies and public and civil society organizations. One of the most outstanding examples is the Institute for Management Development (INDEG), which employs activities of strong public recognition in the domains of education, postgraduate studies and research and community service in the areas of its jurisdiction.

In the domain of entrepreneurship, AUDAX-IUL is nowadays a national reference as it has developed partnerships with various local authorities, business associations, COTEC and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Bachelor Programs

Train highly skilled professionals in the field of Information Systems and Information Technology aligned with the business needs and objectives – Information Genius for the Enterprise.

The Computer Science and Business Management degree (IGE) aims to produce professionals with the capabilities to face the most up to date organisational and information systems and technologies challenges. In the last years, new computing platforms and paradigms have emerged, such as the growing number of mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) and cloud computing and virtualization that created new organisational challenges. On the other side, the social networks growth and the collection and analysis of huge data volumes (Big Data) also represent additional challenges for modern organisations. 

The Computer Science and Business Management graduates will be able to face such challenges, and to develop activities in the field of Information Technologies and Systems, and integrate and coordinate multidisciplinary information systems development teams that are devoted to address organisational problems. IGE graduates are equally prepared to develop activities related with information systems management, teaching and research, or even to develop their own innovative products and services through the launch of new startup companies.

Information Technologies and Sciences are the major dominant scientific influence of the degree, balanced by a relevant Management Sciences contribution.

Throughout their path across the Computer Science and Business Management degree, students will face curricular units about general management, marketing, finance and accounting in a perfect coexistence with subjects such as operating systems, computer architecture, programming, information systems and networks. The integration between such curricular units help shape the Computer Science and Business Management graduates’ profile, creating an important differentiation from others, contributing to its success and reflecting on the degree’s high employability rates.

Therefore the Computer Science and Business Management degree students acquire a systemic vision that makes them capable of promoting the integration and complementarity of Business Management and Computer Science areas. They became professionals with the ability to manage the information as a strategic resource and as an organisational competitive instrument.

Master Programs

The Integrated Master in Architecture (MIA) is based on a convergence of the various scientific areas around the project activity where a practical and theoretical reflection is promoted in order to provide the student with an informed, critical and autonomous thought in relation to the various dimensions of space.

The first cycle is based on the experimentation of various design scales, the acquisition of progressive autonomy of the student and the answer to problems of increasing complexity.

Together with the second cycle, and particularly with the synthesis carried out in the last two semesters, the coherence of a training program according to a consolidated practice and the requirement of exceptional professional requirements is consolidated.

The Master in Business Intelligence was created in 2005 with the goal of graduating specialized professionals in Business Intelligence able to manage, specify, implement and successfully use systems that support decision procedures integrated in the management of organizational information.

The Master in Computer Science Engineering provides specialized training in innovative areas of Computer Science Engineering . The Master has two areas of specialization : Multimedia and Information Systems and Knowledge Management.

The area of specialization in Multimedia endows the students with the knowledge to specify , design and develop multimedia projects and products , ensuring an integrated way to manage the expectations of customers and developing mechanisms for monitoring the quality of the project / product in successive stages of testing and technical validation and functional .

The area of specialization in Information and Knowledge Management Systems endows the students with the knowledge to specify , design and develop systems that address the knowledge and apply it to generate capital gains in its business environment, not forgetting the impact of organizational culture to which they belong.

MCSE has also been recognized by ENAEE - European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education, the european body responsible for issuing the EUR-ACE quality label, represented in Portugal by the Ordem dos Engenenheiros, as a high quality engineering degree programme, awarding its graduates the title of  EURopean ACredited Engineer.

The Master provides advanced training in the field of information systems, in its technological and organizational aspects, with particular emphasis on the aspects related to organizational information, Business Intelligence and project management.

In the organizational perspective, the most relevant issues are related to the insertion of information systems in companies, such as strategic planning, the importance of effective management of information systems and technologies, or the reorganization of processes and work.

The fact that ISCTE-IUL is a reference university in the area of organizational management has allowed it to obtain good synergies between the technological component and the area of management, namely in terms of the master's dissertations.

In order to reinforce the applied character of the course, collaboration with national organizations is encouraged.

The Master in Open Source Software lectures specific topics related to the development and exploitation of information technologies using Open Source and Free Software.

The Master's program prepare the students in  Information Technology (Operating Systems, Programming, Networks or Databases) and also in Economics and Business focued in the  context of free and open source software. The Master is focused on a set of recognized technologies (e.g. GNU / Linux, Java, PHP or GIT), but  emerging tehnologies are also subject of study (e.g. Nodejs, NoSQL, IoT).

The MSc in Computer Science and Business Management (MCSBM) is, first of all, the extension of the first cycle degree in Computer Science and Business Management. Furthermore, it offers a moving path for students external to ISCTE-IUL, coming from the first cycles of the areas such as Computer Science, Information Management, Computer Engineering, amongst others.

The MCSBM consolidates the ability to incorporate and apply knowledge from two ISCTE-IUL areas of excellence – Management Sciences and Information Science and Technology. This Master's offers a strong link with the needs of the surrounding business sectors, through the permanent contact of students with this reality, especially in the 2nd year. There is a stimulus towards the development of projects or dissertations brought about by research challenges applied to the resolution of current business problems. This is done through an ongoing update of syllabuses and the adoption of adequate methodologies, always aiming at a practical application of concepts.

This course is mainly directed to graduate students (1st cycle) who have or wish to acquire hybrid skills in the areas of Computer Science, Information Systems and Management. Therefore, it is also aimed at graduates who, having completed the 1st study cycle in the areas of Computer Science or Engineering, wish to complement their undergraduate studies with Management Sciences skills. It offers, as abovementioned, the possibility of a stirring professional-wise development path for students external to ISCTE-IUL, who have concluded the 1st cycle in the areas of Computer Science, Information Management, Computer Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, amongst others.

The master course on Telecommunications and Computer Engineering graduates engineers capable of solving the big challenges that the Information Society presents to the competitiveness of companies and nations.

The main covered areas are mobile communication systems, embedded systems, optical communication systems and networks, software engineering, intelligence and management of networks and services, financial management of companies and projects, multimedia signal processing and the production of multimedia programs.

The teachers are highly qualified producing scientific research within the Institute of Telecommunications with connections to enterprises’ activity. The privileged context of ISCTE-IUL in the area of management provides a differentiated formation, potentiating the formation of engineers with quality, skillful to work at top technical careers.

The master course on Telecommunications and Computer Engineering (METI) complements the studies of students with a bachelor (“licenciatura”) degree on telecommunications and computer engineering of ISCTE-IUL, but holders of a national or foreign academic bachelor degree or legal equivalent in telecommunications and computer engineering, computer science engineering, electronic engineering or in engineering of associated areas are eligible as candidates.

After completion of METI the masters in Engineering of Telecommunications and Computer Science will be able to analyze, evaluate, project and manage advanced telecommunications systems, including the services, the information networks and the systems associated.

The employability of masters in Telecommunication and Computer Engineering is 100% being the main employers the big companies of the areas of telecommunications and computer science, namely, operators, equipment manufacturers, service providers, consulting and outsourcing companies, etc.

METI was recognized by ENAEE – European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education, entity responsible for emitting the EUR-ACE Quality Label and represented in Portugal by “Ordem dos Engenheiros”, as a reference master course with quality within the university teaching system, assigning the METI masters the title of EURopean ACcredited Engineer.

PhD Programs

The PhD Program in Architecture of Contemporary Metropolitan Territories elects the contemporary territory as central theme for debate, emphasizing in this way the establishment of research branches in a large network. 


The scale of metropolitan debate exceeds the national reality, implying a research level that positions this doctoral program in an international sphere. In that sense, the PhD candidates may benefit from international partnerships established by ISCTE-IUL, namely with the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil).


The objective of the Doctoral Programme (PhD) in Information Science and Technology is to acquire general research skills in Information Science and Technology, and to develop specific skills, significantly specialized, in areas of expertise, and particularly in the confined area chosen to write the dissertation.

Key research areas are: Information Systems, Business Intelligence, Telecommunications, Augmented Realiy and Computer Graphics



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