Awarding Degree Programmes

Teaching at FCUL is organised according to the Bologna model and its current structure accompanies scientific, technical and entrepreneurial evolution. 

The study programme leading to a BSc degree (1st Cycle | BSc) has 180 to 240 credits and normally lasts between six to eight curricular semesters of student work.  The BSc degree is granted to those who pass all of the course units that are a part of the programme’s study plan and have obtained the defined number of credits.

The study programme leading to an MSc degree (2nd Cycle | MSc) has 90 to 120 credits and normally lasts between three to four semesters of student work. It should ensure student expertise of an academic nature by resorting to research, innovation or the development of professional skills. The BSc degree is granted to those who pass all of the course units that are a part of the Master’s study plan and are approved in the public defence of their dissertation, the project work or internship report, and have obtained the defined number of credits.

The Master’s degree can also be conferred after an integrated study plan (Integrated Master’s), with 300 to 360 credits and normally lasts between 10 to 12 semesters of student work, in the cases where there is access to the exercise of a specific professional activity.  The BSc degree is conferred to those who have obtained 180 credits corresponding to the first six semesters of student work.

The study plan leading to a doctoral degree (3rd Cycle | PhD) comprises the elaboration of an original thesis especially elaborated for this purpose, and suiting the nature of the branch of knowledge or field of expertise.  The study plan leading to a doctoral degree should be essentially aimed at guided learning for the practice of top-level research, and may undertake, when the respective regulation norms foresee this, course units targeted at research training and which together are called the PhD programme. The doctoral degree is conferred to those who are approved in the public defence of their thesis or its equivalent.

Within the national calls for access opened by FCT (Foundation for Science and Technology), the Faculty of Sciences also offers various doctoral programmes selected for funding.

The FCUL courses that confer a degree are organised into 9 thematic groups:

  • Engineering
  • Life and Healthcare Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Science, Culture and Teaching