Welcome to the Department of Informatics

The Department of Informatics (DI) at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon is responsible for courses in the area of informatics, in the three cycles of higher education: undergraduate, Master’s and PhD.

We admit every year more than 170 new students into the 1st cycle programmes in Informatics Engineering and Information Technology. The Master’s in Informatics Engineering guarantees comprehensive training in Informatics Engineering and is accredited with the professional title of Engineer. The Master’s in Informatics is aimed at complementary training in informatics for non-engineers. The Master’s in Computer Security is a pioneer programme in the country and is at the vanguard of a highly specialised and growing area. In the 3rd cycle, the PhD in Informatics is the primary medium of training in DI advanced research. The department is also involved in the Master’s in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, which is focused on multidisciplinary training in connection areas between Life Sciences, Information Technologies and Computer Sciences and in several other interdisciplinary courses in the 2nd and 3rd cycles offered at ULisbon. In total, we have more than 1,000 students in the several courses of the three cycles in Informatics.

The department's action plan through the years has been marked by an intense collaboration with external organisations, namely companies, with very fruitful results for both parties.  According to the most recent figures published by independent entities, our students have an employability rate that is close to 100%, achieving full employment in some cases. There has been a consistent number of internship positions that are higher to the number of Master’s finalists, ensuring a privileged gateway to those who want to enter the labour market. We have recently established several prizes for the best undergraduate and master’s students in collaboration with companies such as Accenture and MAXDATA, thus encouraging demand and compensating excellent results.

We belong to two scientific research units credited by the Foundation for Science and Technology and a group of autonomous research with a strong connection to training postgraduate students. These promote interdisciplinary initiatives that result from our partnerships with the most reputed information technology companies and the close links with other schools and departments, both within the university and at an international level. 

We are located in the University City, one of the best places to have an academic career, with its large areas, sports facilities, and a unique location with easy access to all of Lisbon.

Nuno Neves
Head of Department