Instituto Superior Técnico

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



Instituto Superior Técnico was created in 1911 following the division of Lisbon Industrial and Commercial Institute. The first director was engineer Alfredo Bensaude, who promoted a profound renewal in engineering teaching methods by creating the first engineer courses: Mining, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical-Industrial.


Instituto Superior Técnico offers a wide range of academic programmes (1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles), attempting to respond to market changes and investing in continuous training.

Técnico has increased its innovation capacity over the past years, namely through the development of new technologies that will bring added value and generate economic development.

In this context, postgraduate training appears as an experimental field on technological innovation and scientific research. Técnico has had a prominent role in this area, standing out from other higher education institutions.


Research at IST is organised in 23 Centres and Institutes that pursue challenging research programmes with a strong social impact in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, Science and Technology.

These Centres and Institutes address a multidisciplinary research in an international and multicultural atmosphere.


The placement of graduate students in the labour market is one of the priorities at Técnico. Students and recruiters have at their disposal several programmes and activities that improve job matching, internships and summer jobs, among others.

Técnico has created the Técnico’s Students’ Career Discovery Program aiming to provide its graduates the best options within their professional area and provide companies the opportunity to know suitable high-potential employees.

Several initiatives have been implemented within Career Discovery@Técnico, such as the IST Career Weeks, the AEIST Jobshop and the IST Summer Internships. Companies can manage and disclose job offers through the IST Job Bank.

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Student services

The Student Support Unit (NAPE) promotes the integration of students at IST. This team works with the students and supports all kind of activities that contribute to an effective involvement of the academic community, as well as promoting IST among secondary school students.

The main activities of NAPE covers mainly two specific areas:

  • Welcome, integration and monitoring , of students, specially the new 1st year students, foreign students and other students entering IST for the first time.
  • Diffusion/Admission, this is done by organizing study visits to IST and by direct contact with secondary schools, guiding and motivating future applicants to higher education.

Housing services

Técnico Lisboa seeks to provide all foreign students spending a period of studies at our college with assistance in finding accommodation. Further to students’ requests the Student Support Unit decided to make a list of residences that rent rooms. Therefore, by means of this list, students may establish direct contact with several accommodation offers and therefore select the opportunities that suit them most.

Library services

The Central Library, located in the Central Pavilion of the Alameda Campus, is in the stage of requalification of its space, and all its documentary collection has been transferred to the Library of the Interdisciplinary Complex.

ICT services

The Computer and network services Division (DSI) manages and coordinates Information and  Communication Technologies (ICT) in the various campuses of IST. DSI is responsible for Information Technology (IT) resources, the network infrastructure and as well as the IST’s central information systems, of which we enhance the FenixEdu™ academic application system.

Medical services

Health Services at Técnico were initially created for the purpose of providing better life and working conditions to all IST community. Currently, these services play a major role in providing health care also to the local population.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Alameda

Located in one of Lisbon’s most central areas, Alameda campus is surrounded by a wide range of public transportation network, allowing easy access to all points of the city. 

  • Taguspark

Located in Oeiras, this modern campus was inaugurated in 2000, and it’s part of Taguspark – Science and Technology Park, one of the most important technological parks across the country, namely in the area of information and communication technologies..

  • Tecnológico e Nuclear

Located in Loures, CTN – Tecnológico e Nuclear Campus is one of the most important technology parks across the country, namely in areas related to nuclear sciences, as well as in the field of radiological protection and nuclear safety.

Sports facilities

Técnico promotes academic spirit through a set of extracurricular activities in a multicultural atmosphere, fostering interaction among students, faculty, researchers and staff.

Student clubs

  • Student groups at Técnico play an important role in school’s life, contributing to a full academic integration and supporting students throughout their academic journey.
  • Student groups develop a set of activities that enhance students’ academic career, providing them distinctive skills that will enable a successful entry into the labour market.


Subsequently, and when the new Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) started its activity, Tecnico Lisboa submitted for accreditation all its study cycles (SC), and obtained positive results (100% of accredited courses).

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