Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Lisbon, Portugal
Universidade Nova de Lisboa is identified as a university institution with internationally recognised research and quality teaching, progressively oriented towards second and third cycle education, capable of providing high levels of professional success to its students and providing relevant services to the community, national and international;



Universidade NOVA de Lisboa was founded on the 11th of August 1973, and is the youngest of Lisbon’s three state Universities.


Teaching of excellence, with a growing emphasis in the second and third cycles, but based on solid primary cycle levels, through competitive academic programmes at national and international level, praising merit as the essential measure of assessment.


Universidade NOVA de Lisboa has a unique set of research and teaching competences in health, in Portugal.

NOVA’s scientific expertise covers a wide range of areas, going from basic research, the molecule, to health policies, on the population and patient’s bedside. A major challenge to Universidade NOVA de Lisboa is to take the significant potential that exists to further development in research, teaching and contribution to society. Increasing general awareness of the activities developed by each research centre and of the interests and competences of the University’s researchers and faculty staff is also a central element to capitalize on this potential.


The ObipNova - Observatory of Graduates’ Transitions into Work at NOVA was launched in 2010. It is an initiative of the Rectory and all the schools are involved. The general aim of ObipNova is producing information that is:

  • rigorous (using reliable indicators);
  • statistical representative (working with small margins of error);
  • extensive and detailed (observing all schools and courses);
  • standardized (allowing internal comparability within the university, as well as externally with national figures and data produced by other higher education institutions);
  • updated (characterizing the employment situation of graduates of recent cohorts);
  • evolutionary (following the graduates trajectories along extended periods).

Master's Programmes

Humanities (21)
Education & Training (12)
Social Sciences (11)
Arts, Design & Architecture (6)
Journalism & Media (5)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (4)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Universidade Nova de Lisboa!


Housing services

SASNOVA have three residences available for the Portuguese and foreign scholarship-holders:

  • Fraústo da Silva Residence (208 beds)
  • Alfredo de Sousa Residence (176 beds)
  • Lumiar Residence (68 beds)

Library services

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa has several Libraries and Documentation Centres scattered through the different academic units. You can find the addresses in the “Practical Information” section of each academic unit in this guide.

In addition to these, Lisbon offers a wide number of libraries where you can find books and other educational material in several languages.

Medical services

The Social Welfare Services of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (SASNOVA) provide students appointments in General Practice, Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and Nutrition. Appointments are held at Campolide Campus (Alfredo de Sousa Hall of Residence).

Student Life

Campus life

  • SASNOVA has three canteens and two cafeterias spread over all campuses.
  • The Social Services of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (SASNOVA) have three canteens, with the respective snack bars and cafeterias, located at the university campuses.

Student clubs

The six academic units of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, that award first cycle degrees, have Students' Unions (Associações de Estudantes – AE).

The Global Study Awards

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