Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas


Avenida de Berna, 26-C

ECTS Coordinator

Francisco Caramelo


Founded in 1977, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (FCSH/NOVA) is an interdisciplinary unit with teaching and research objectives, characterized by the diversity and creativity of knowledge.

Located near Lisbon city center, it hosts a total of more than 5 thousand students and 209 professors, almost all holding PhD degrees. The guest professors are distinguished personalities in their area of expertis.

Assuming the task of qualifying citizens to the highest level, FCSH/NOVA offers 14 undergraduate programmes, during which students can benefit from mobility initiatives (e.g.: Erasmus), annually involving more than 350 students.
In graduate training, FCSH/NOVA offers 10 postgraduate programmes, 43 masters degrees and 23 PhDs, all provided in after-work schedule. One postgraduate programmes, six masters degrees and five PhD’s are offered in association with national and international institutions.

The teaching and research activities at FCSH ensure a solid scientific training in different areas of Social and Human Sciences. Flexibility is a hallmark in structuring the academic path of our students, both undergraduate courses and in postgraduate courses. The development of skills in these areas allows for autonomous learning throughout life.

The excellence in research in areas of Social and Human Sciences is one of vocations of FCSH / NOVA, secured by 25 FCSH/NOVA Research Centres, where 19 centres are financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia).

Currently, the growing academic community at FCSH/NOVA has about 1.272 researchers who are integrated and/or associated to a Research Centre, as well as many other collaborators, students and research grantholders.

One hundred research projects are currently taking place on FCSH/NOVA units, covering fundamental and applied research, funded by FCT and various other public and private institutions. Besides these, there are several international projects, in which the research centres participate as partners.

Pedro Hispano Programme – Doctoral Studies

The Pedro Hispano Programme – Doctoral Studies in Social Sciences and Humanities – aims to foster academic excellence, interdisciplinarity and internationalisation of all PhD programmes at FCSH/NOVA, through a set of joint initiatives:
- The Lisbon Winter School in Research Skills;
- The Lisbon Summer School in Social Sciences and Humanities;
- The Lisbon Graduate Conference, in which PhD candidates get together in Lisbon to present and discuss their research results;
- The Pedro Hispano Lectures delivered by academic experts.