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IST has collected a set of common questions and some helpful answers related to the students’ interest in regards to academic and pedagogical aspects.

Undergraduate Programmes

  1. I want to apply for a course at IST. What is the difference between applying for an undergraduate course or an Integrated Masters’ course?

    • There is no difference between an application for an undergraduate degree or an integrated Master’s Degree. At the end of the 1st study cycle (first 3 years) of any of these courses there is always the option to continue to a Masters (2nd cycle) of the same study field, or switch to a different 2nd study cycle programme. There is also no difference in the amount of the annual tuition fee. In both cases a diploma with Bachelor’s Degree will be issued after completing the first 3 years.
  2. Does IST demand entry requirements?

    • No entry requirements are necessary.
  3. Which academic degrees are conferred by IST?

    • Students who complete the 1st study cycle (first 3 years), IST confers a Bachelor’s degree, even if the students have applied to an Integrated Masters. Students who complete the 2nd study cycle (2 years), IST confers a Master’s degree.
  4. How can I access the programme plan of the courses offered at IST?

  5. What is the difference between 1st and 2nd study cycle, in regards to job opportunities?

    • The 1st study cycle structure has no professional goals. One cannot, however, confuse professionalism with employability; the 1st cycle of studies will ensure a set of skills necessary to integrate the graduates in the labour market. The 2nd cycle will allow students to deepen their knowledge, empowering them for a professional development activity, enhancing skills and project concept in the specialised field of work.
  6. If I graduate at IST will I encounter a prompt placement in the labour market?

    • According to data of June 2011, it shows that 61% of IST students are employed before concluding the course and an average of 92% in the first 6 months after completion. The strategic study on employability of IST students can be found in the Institutional Planning and Evaluation.
  7. If I join IST do I have to complete all my studies at IST or can I finish my 2nd study cycle in a foreign university?

    • The IST is proud to provide their students with the possibility to participate in various mobility programmes (ERASMUS, BRAZIL, SMILE, etc.), promoting the opportunity to study at one of its international partner universities. In some of these programmes there is the possibility to obtain double diploma: one from IST and another from the foreign university. For further information, please consult the webpage: http://nmci.tecnico.ulisboa.pt.
  8. What is the ECTS? What are they for?

    • ECTS stands for “European Credit Transfer System”. ECTS is a standardized method in order to provide a common procedure to guarantee academic recognition of studies. It provides a way of measuring and comparing learning achievements and transferring them from one institution to another. These Credit Points indicate the student’s workload, which includes course attendance, the quantity of practical work, subject assessments and internships, as well as study and evaluation time. In IST it was established that 1 ECTS corresponds to 28 hours of workload. In general, the duration of each study cycle is defined according to the following number of credits: 1st Cycle – Bachelor’s Degree grants 180 ECTS; 2nd Cycle – Master’s Degree grants 120 ECTS; 3rd cycle – PhD Degree or Life Long Learning Program grants 30 to 60 ECTS.

Master’s Degree

  1. I am a final year student in a 1st study cycle of an undergraduate degree course (or Integrated Masters) at IST. Do I have to do anything specific to pursue my studies in the same 2nd study cycle?

    • No, in these cases the transition to the 2nd cycle is automatic.
  2. I am a final year student in a 1st study cycle of an undergraduate degree course (or Integrated Masters) at IST. Under which circumstances is it automatic to change to a different 2nd study cycle?

    • It is always possible to change course and pursue studies in another field of study after completing the 1st study cycle, as long as the scientific consistency is ensured between both courses. This scientific consistency occurs whenever the study skills obtained comply with those required for entering the 2nd study cycle. The Scientific Consistency Table between IST courses shows you, in which cases the change to a different 2nd study cycle may occur with some easiness.
  3. I am a final year student in a 1st study cycle of an undergraduate degree course (or Integrated Masters) at IST. What should I do if I want to pursue studies in a 2nd study cycle with no scientific consistency in relation to the chosen course of the 1st study cycle?

    • You must submit an application process to the 2nd study cycle in accordance with the applied terms and regulations. The process will be analysed along with the applications of foreign students seeking to enter a 2nd cycle programme at IST.
  4. I hold a pre-Bologna IST undergraduate Degree. May I apply for a master’s 2nd cycle programme in the same field?

    • Yes, you may.