Master (MSc)


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6 Years
30 Jul 2019
Accreditation DGES
Initial registry R/A-Ef 1071/2011 de 18-03-2011
Update registry R/A-Ef 1071/2011/AL01 de 13-11-2014 | R/A-Ef 1071/2011/AL02 de 02-06-2020
School of Technology and Architecture
Sedas Nunes Building (Building I), room 1E07
(+351) 210 464 013
9:30 - 18:00

Tuition fee EU nationals (2024/2025)

1.stYear 2500.00 €
2.rdYear 1600.00 €
Lectured in Portuguese
Teaching Type In person

The master degree in Information Systems Management lasts for two years, and is comprised of 120 ECTS credits, divided between: 48 in compulsory curricular units, 24 in optional courses, 6 in free electives and 42 for the dissertation or project.

The indicative electives will be made available in a sprecific timetable so that the student can choose the recommended course units, or others, that can be adjusted to their schedule.


Please note that the Master's programme in Informatics and Management is currently being restructured. In this context, there is a possibility that the 24/25 academic year will start with a new programme. Until information to the contrary is made available, it should be assumed that the start will take place with the old programme, which is described in detail here. Admitted candidates will be notified if the new plan is implemented as early as 24/25. Please note that the final decision depends on organisations outside ISCTE.  If the new plan is adopted, the curricular units will be: 

  • Leading Digital Transformation and Innovation 
  • Digital Transformation 
  • Disruptive Technologies 
  • Fundamentals of Information Technology Governance 
  • Artificial Intelligence for Business 
  • Business Process Management 
  • Agile Project Management 
  • Agility in the Digital Age 
  • Introduction to Research in Computer Science and Management 
  • Master's Dissertation or Project Work 
  • Optional 
  • Optional 
  • Optional 
  • Optional 

Programme Structure for 2024/2025

1st Year
Management Control Systems Design
6.0 ECTS
Data Science Fundamentals
6.0 ECTS
It Governance Fundamentals
6.0 ECTS
Management of Organizational Knowledge and Culture
6.0 ECTS
Process Modeling and Deployment
6.0 ECTS
Agile Project Management
6.0 ECTS
Introduction to Research in Computer Science and Business Management
6.0 ECTS
Advanced Data Analysis Methods
6.0 ECTS
2nd Year
Master Dissertation in Computer Science and Business Management
42.0 ECTS
Master Project in Computer Science and Business Management
42.0 ECTS

Recommended optative

The current study plan of the Master allows students to graduate with a specialization in one of two possible areas: Digital Transformation Technologies or Data Science.

In order for a student to have one of these specializations, he will have to register, using the optional curricular units (UC), of the 4 specific UC. Only if you successfully complete the 4 UC in that area you can complete the specialization.


Digital Transformation Technologies: 

03691 | Blockchain

03557 | Business Process Management

02674 | Cloud Techonologies and Systems 

04401 | Disruptive Technologies

04412 | Digital Transformation

03579 | Iot for Smart Cities

03746 | Internet of Things Laboratory

Data Science:

03363 | Computational Intelligence and Optimization

02864 | Algorithms for Big Data

02870 | Text Mining

03209 | Data Science Fundamentals


The course aims to equip participants with integrated abilities in organizational Information Systems, using the most appropriate and current methodologies, technologies and management principles. It aims to provide students with scientific and methodological skills corresponding to the 2nd cycle in the technological and management fields.

With this master's degree students will have the possibility to deepen knowledge about the main topics required and used by the labour market with regard to the governance and management of information technologies for the benefit of business. Agile, scrum, DevOps, project management, IT governance, IT service management, BPMN, process optimization, data science, ITIL, COBIT, will be some of the main approached topics.

It offers a subsequent cycle of studies to 1st cycle graduates in Information and Business Management, as well as to the graduates of other institutions. It also intends to affirm itself as an alternative for graduates who have followed a 3-year plan and who are looking for a training and learning process that follows standards of a high level of demand and result-orientation.

Students should be able to: communicate effectively in writing and orally; think critically; demonstrate high technical knowledge in the essential areas of information technology and management, relevant to management information systems; demonstrate specific skills for diagnostic, synthesis and research work.

These learning objectives are operationalised through the specific objectives of each course unit, duly specified in the respective FUC, and with a direct correspondence to at least one of the course's learning objectives.

The degree of fulfilment is measured in each course unit, in the respective FUC, which contains the assessment methodologies used for each specific objective.

Thesis / Final work

The program intends for students to develop and demonstrate abilities of independent work, planning, investigating, systematizing, developing, writing (in the form of a dissertation) and presenting their introductory work of scientific activity around a well-defined topic. The work will be guided by a supervisor or recognized specialist that, among other things, will help the candidates to choose the most appropriate research methodology. If the theme chosen is multidisciplinary, it is possible to have a co-supervisor in order to adequately cover the scientific areas involved. This curricular unit ends with the defense of the dissertation made before a jury appointed for this purpose in a public examination.

Iscte strongly encourages dissertations to be written in English, not only because this promotes their international dissemination by making them available in the institutional repository, but also because it facilitates the production of scientific articles based on the results of the research described in the dissertation. The acceptance for publication of such an article in an international event or journal with scientific peer review, prior to the defence, is a factor that will positively influence the final grade obtained in this UC. Please note that the dissertation grade counts for almost half of the final master's degree average, as this average is calculated on the basis of the credit-weighted grades of all the UCs taken within the scope of the MIG.

Although the "dissertation" option is favoured, as it provides a good introduction to the world of research, which is the main forge of knowledge throughout the world, the master's student may opt to carry out a "project work" of an innovative nature, totalling the same credits as a dissertation, whose preparation must be anchored in a well-identified development methodology and whose report, which will also be subject to a public defence before a jury, must meet the same quality requirements as a dissertation. Project work will typically be of a more applied nature than a dissertation and may be carried out within the scope of a research centre linked to ISTA, under the supervision of one of its researchers, or conducted in a company, typically under the supervision of a professor from DCTI or IBS and co-supervised by a specialist of recognised merit from that same company.

School of Technology and Architecture
Sedas Nunes Building (Building I), room 1E07
(+351) 210 464 013
9:30 - 18:00
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