Teaching at FCUL is structured into cycles in accordance with the rules of the Bologna process. FCUL offers courses in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycle, as well as other types of training courses that do not offer an academic degree.
Many courses are directed by various departments at FCUL and several are offered in conjunction with other schools from ULisbon or other Universities.
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.
The FCUL courses that confer a degree are organised into 9 thematic groups:
- Life and Healthcare Sciences
- Earth Sciences
- Environmental Sciences
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Information and Communication Technologies
- Physical Sciences
- Chemical Sciences
- Science, Culture and Teaching
Non-Awarding Degree Programmes
Fostering scientific literacy – for the University students and society in general – is one of FCUL’s responsibilities and should be organised through simple formats capable of reaching people with specific needs or simply with the desire to know.
Therefore, FCUL promotes a wide range of programmes that do not award a degree:
- Course units in Cultural, Social and Ethical Training (FCSE) that are electives, allowing students at FCUL to build their own educational profile. Every school year the students at FCUL can apply to attend the course units with vacancies. Consult the list of FCSE course units;
- Certain course units that allow students to broaden and update their knowledge and attain multidisciplinary training. Every school year the general public and students at FCUL can apply in accordance with the Regulation;
- Minors that consist of 30 ECTS, chosen from a pre-established group of course units from the same area, allow students more flexibility in their studies and complements their academic degree. Every school year the general public and students at FCUL can apply in accordance with the Regulation. Consult the list of Minors;
- Open Courses at FCUL (CLCs) that relate to a diversity of the main themes at the Faculty, not only regarding exact or natural sciences, mathematical sciences, information sciences, computer sciences, but also in cross-disciplinary themes such as entrepreneurship and innovation. Students will have the possibility of complementing their education with relevant themes during their academic career which will unlock new perspectives or encourage knowledge crossover. The CLCs also give lifelong learning opportunities to those who have already left university. Every year there are several courses available that are governed by the Regulation;
- Non-Awarding Degree Postgraduate Programmes aimed at continuing education, furthering or acquiring techniques and knowledge in certain professional areas, or the opening of new scientific areas and the acquisition of practical or technical skills in specialised areas for students who concluded the 1st cycle. Every school year the general public and students at FCUL can apply in accordance with the Regulation. Consult the list of non-awarding degree postgraduates courses.