Undergraduate Programme in Mathematics


Mathematics is a science that underpins all scientific and technological areas, and also the Economics and Social Sciences.

The main objective of the course that now presents itself is to provide a sound basic training in mathematics, balanced in its various aspects, covering the areas of knowledge essential to the development in later cycles (2. And 3. Cycles) of advanced training. It is intended that this training provides the necessary basis for further studies in the area of ​​Mathematics Education or in the area of ​​Applied Mathematics.

As an example of areas in applied mathematics, to develop in later cycles, according to the specific skills of the faculty of the Mathematics Department of the FCT to mention: Actuarial; Algebra and Logic, Numerical Analysis and Differential Equations, Operational Research and Optimization, Probability and Statistics.

Statistics is the art of extracting information. It has applications, among others, market research, design and interpretation of experiences and Financial Mathematics. The Operational Research is aimed at creating models that allow the study of complex systems and optimal use of resources. The Actuarial Science aim to study the risk (life, accident risk, risk in the stock market). Differential Equations and its Numerical treatment are the foundation of modern physics and engineering, are still present in many biological processes and economic.

Algebra and Logic as core areas of mathematics are also largely responsible for the development of information and recent computational techniques.

Mathematics Education aims at training teachers for Basic and Secondary Education.



Entrance requirements for the 2020/2021 academic year

Vacancies for 2020/2021:


Specific exams:

19 Mathematics A

Minimum grade of the specific(s) exam(s): 95

Minimum grade of the application: 95

Admission formula:

60% of the final grade obtained in  secondary school
40% of the final grade of the specific(s) exam(s)

Course coordinator:

Professor Jorge Orestes

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Ef 3090/2011/AL02 on 14/10/2019


Accreditation on 22/06/2015, for 6 years

About the Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics is responsible for two undergraduate courses (1st cycle of study) two graduate courses (2nd cycle of study, which award a master’s degree), two postgraduate courses (3rd cycle of study, which award a doctorate degree), a one year post-graduate course and other short courses. The department's academic staff also cooperates in other courses of all qualification levels taught at NOVA School of Science and Technology.

The scientific activity of the majority of the faculty members of the Department of Mathematics is developed at the Center for Mathematics and its Applications (CMA). Its research work covers four major areas: Algebra, Differential equations and Numerical Analysis; Operational Research, Statistics and Risk Management. CMA is integrated into the NOVA School of Science and Technology and is financed by the Foundation for Science and Technology. In addition to the researchers of the Department of Mathematics, this center has the collaboration of many researchers belonging to several Portuguese and foreign universities. In the last evaluation that have been done by the Foundation for Science and Technology, CMA has obtained the classification of Very Good. The other members of this Department develop its scientific activity integrated in other research centers or autonomously.

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