FCT Curricular Profile

Transversal Skills in all Degrees

In order to enhance student education with training in transversal skills, such as research and entrepreneurship, contact with industry and soft skills, FCT introduced these skills into the curricular structures of all BSc, MSc and integrated MSc, thus creating the “FCT Curricular Profile”.

The labour market is increasingly recognizing these skills, which are especially important for the first job, acting as a differentiating and distinctive feature of FCT graduates, and also, and undeniably, as a element of their training which facilitates their employability.



Transversal Competences for Science and Technology (3 ECTS)

(Soft Skills)

  • Writing a Curriculum Vitae / Job Interview
  • Communication in Science and Technology (Reports)
  • Spreadsheet use of advanced 
  • Time management – team work
  • Literature search and information analysis in Science and Technology
  • Ethics and Deontology


Science, Technology and Society (3 ECTS)

  • Understanding contemporaneous techno-scientific world
  • Thinking and Acting in a critical way about the Impacts of Science and Technology in Contemporary Societies 
  • Eight conferences:
    • Risk, Safety and Responsability/Ethics
    • Science, Technology and Gender
    • Sustainability networks: environment and society
    • War and Peace: Einstein, Bohr and Oppenheimer
    • The Bio and Nano Future
    • And man created the cyborg
    • The Information Society
    • Science, Technology and Cinema


IIntroduction to Scientific Research / Introduction to Professional Practice (3 ECTS)

  •  Contact with, and involvement in, ongoing research and development projects led by FCT lecturers and researchers (we currently have 322 students working on projects within this programme)
  • Contact with industry in an area relevant to the degree programme, through internships and short-term work (we currently have 334 students in companies)


Entrepreneurialism (3 ECTS)

  • To awaken and promote students’ potential vocation for the creation of value through the development of ideas
  • Training in basic skills in setting up businesses (in 2012/13, more than 500 ideas were developed and 160 business projects were proposed)


Free Credits (chosen by the student)

  • Enhancing training by developing skills relating to areas that are not directly part of the students’ main obejct of study


Erasmus-friendly semester

  • Semester which is designed to be more conducive to for student mobility programs