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Postgraduate Program in Intelligence Management and Security


Postgraduate Program in Intelligence Management and Security

The program in Intelligence Management and Security creates skills to understand and respond in an objective and informed way to the challenges posed to the different institutions in the framework of the current system of security, defense, international cooperation and information culture in the global world. The course provides analytical skills of different types and presents methodologies to assess, manage and make decisions in complex international security and defence contexts, which require an understanding of the regional political, diplomatic, economic and social framework, namely those arising from the risks and new challenges brought by cybersecurity, counterintelligence, Artificial Intelligence, foresight and scenario building.

The Program gives access to the Geospatial Intelligence Certificate (GEOINT), accredited by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). This certificate implies the attendance of additional curricular units.

The applications for this program are open from October 10th to November 16th, 2023. To apply, click here.

Partner Entities

  • IDN
    Instituto da Defesa Nacional
  • Sirp
    Sistema de Informações da Républica Portuguesa
  • Vagas


    After Working Hours

  • Lingua

    Length and ECTS

    2 semesters (60 ECTS)

  • Semestres


    Twice a week

  • Book Open

    Start Date

    February 2024

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Who is it for?

This program is intended for students, graduates or professionals from any scientific area, who wish to acquire skills related to security studies and strategic studies or who wish to update their knowledge and explore new perspectives of looking at the dynamics of the current world and its evolutionary trends, considering current theorizing and emerging security themes.

Among the potential recipients of this postgraduate course are those who have responsibilities in the areas of information and security, at the level of information management. In particular, elements of the security forces and services, military, public or private sector managers in areas of information management, decision support and competitive intelligence, technicians from private companies, NGO technicians and different sectors of public administration.


The goal of this program is to train technical staff and managers to:

  • Obtain comprehensive skills in the various stages of the information production cycle;

  • Understand, analyze, and research globalization processes;

  • Demonstrate knowledge of intelligence and information gathering, and techniques of data analysis;

  • Communicate complex issues, clearly and effectively;

  • Promote key skills to support decision making, enhanced by the use of Competitive Intelligence and Business processes;

  • Understand the role of strategic intelligence to support decision making.

Study Plan

The Study Plan consists of 8 mandatory course units, in a total of 60 ECTS:

Spring Semester

Course Units Professor(s) Coordination ECTS
Cybersecurity João Barbas Marco Reis IDN 7,5
Globalization and Security Risks Teresa Rodrigues NOVA IMS 7,5
Intelligence Services and Political Regimes Vasco Rato Paula Esperança Paula Morais SIRP / IDN 7,5
Social Network Intelligence Guilherme Victorino Tiago Humberto Oliveira NOVA IMS 7,5

Fall Semester

Course Units Professor(s) Coordination ECTS
Economic and Competitive Intelligence Luís Madureira NOVA IMS 7,5
Methodology and Techniques of Analysis and Prospective José Félix Ribeiro NOVA IMS 7,5
Regional Dynamics of Security and Defense Luís Cunha IDN 7,5
Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence Analysis Paula Esperança SIRP 7,5

Academic Calendar

Academic Year 2022-2023

10th  Edition - Fall Semester

Classes from September 4th to December 16th, 2023.


  • 1st period: from January 2nd to January 27th, 2024;
  • 2nd period: from January 29th to February 10th, 2024.

Holiday period

  • Christmas: from December 18th to December 30th, 2023.

Academic Year 2023-2024

11th  Edition - Spring Semester

Classes from February 19th to June 8th, 2024.


  • 1st period: from June 11th to July 6th, 2024;
  • 2nd period: from July 8th to 20th, 2024.

Holiday period

  • Easter: from March 25th to 30th, 2024.

Length and Timetable


The program lasts 2 semesters. The classes will start in February 2024, ending in December of the same year, and run after working hours (after 6:30 p.m.), 2 times a week.


See the timetable for the Mandatory Course Units here and the Elective Course Units here for academic year 2023-2024.

Admissions and Fees

The Admissions' Jury Panel of NOVA IMS is looking for excellent students who have the potential to become good technical staff and excellent managers. Qualities such as maturity, determination and motivation, both in the academic path as well in a professional career, are some of the attributes that the Jury Panel is looking for.

3rd  Applications Phase

From October 10th to November 16th, 2023 (only for Portuguese speaking applicants).

Entry Requirements

To enter this program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree in a compatible field (completed by January 2024);
  • Be proficient in Portuguese (spoken and written).

This program is taught in Portuguese.

How to Apply and Selection Process

To complete the application, the applicant must register in NOVA IMS' Applications Portal, fill the form, upload their Curriculum Vitae, choose the program and pay the application fee in the Portal.

The selection process is based on the analysis of academic and professional curriculum. The members of the Admissions's Jury Panel may decide to hold an interview with all or some candidates - face-to-face or videoconference.

Application Fee

The fee of the application is €51. The application can only be considered after the payment of the application fee, within the stipulated period, non-refundable in case of withdrawal or non-admission in the program.

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee of this postgraduate program is €4.100. There are special discount conditions and several payment methods.

Tuition fee payment dates

The tuition fee of this postgraduate program can be paid in full or in four installments:

  • Full payment: February 22nd to 29th, 2024.
  • Payment in four installments:
    • 1st February 22nd to 29th, 2024 (25% of tuition fee);
    • 2nd April 25th to 30th, 2024 (25% of tuition fee);
    • 3rd September 25th to 30th, 2024 (25% of tuition fee);
    • 4th November 25th to 30th, 2024 (25% of tuition fee).

Registration fee

After being admitted to the program and upon confirmation of enrollment, the applicant must make a payment of a pre-registration fee (around one week after the admission result announcement), deductible in this postgraduate program's tuition fee, non-refundable in case of withdrawal, with the following value:

  • €1.250 for applicants from EU and Portuguese-speaking countries;
  • €2.500 for applicants from other countries, unless their registration fee is provided by an official entity.

Upon registration, students should make the following payments:

  • €35 - for enrollment fee (the value is updated annually);
  • €1.40 - for annual school insurance (the value is updated annually).


  • Financial discount: students who choose to pay the tuition fee in a single payment have a 2,5% discount on the payable amount;
  • NOVA IMS' Alumni (Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Master Degree and Doctoral Programs) from a different program of the one they will attend have a 20% discount on the tuition fee, cumulative with the financial discount;
  • Companies that finance the program to at least 2 employees, in the same academic year, have a 10% discount on the tuition fee. This discount is not cumulative with other discounts;
  • Companies that finance the program to 3 or more employees, in the same academic year, have a 20% discount on the tuition fee. This discount is not cumulative with other discounts;
  • 15% discount, not cumulative with other discounts, for employees of:
    • Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
    • Ministry of Internal Affairs;
    • Ministry of National Defence;
    • Ministry of Economy;
    • Ministry of Finance;
    • Ministry of Justice.


The NOVA IMS programs, offer a unique learning experience, combining theory with the application of the best and most innovative teaching practices.

If you are interested in studying at NOVA IMS and want to explore scholarship and award opportunities, this page is your starting point to discover the options available in the different programs.

Know more about it here.


Do you have a question? Explore the most frequently asked questions and find the answer here! If you still have unanswered questions, please contact us!

  • Applications

    When can I apply?

    It is only possible to submit the application during its applications phase. The date of the call for applications is available in the Admissions and Fees page of each program. However, you can fill the application form at any time, submitting it when the applications phase starts.

    How can I apply?

    The applications are submitted online, in NOVA IMS’ Applications Portal. To submit their application, the applicants must register in the Portal, fill the form, upload your Curriculum Vitae, choose the program and pay the application fee in the Portal. The application process is the same for all the applicants, national or international.

    Which documents are required?

    The only mandatory document during the application process is the Curriculum Vitae (in .doc or .pdf format), except for the Doctoral Program, where it is also necessary to upload a Letter of Intent. The applicant can upload other documents such as diploma or other certificate of their qualifications.

    How do I convert a file to .PDF?

    Here is a list of websites where you can convert files to the pdf format, as a reference:

    Is there an application fee?

    The application fee is €51 in the academic year 2022-2023. The payment of the application fee will be made during the application process in the Applications’ Portal, through bank transfer/ATM reference, MBWay, PayPal or Visa. The application will only be considered successfully submitted after the payment of the application fee, within the stipulated time. It’s non-refundable in case of withdrawal or non-admission in the program.

    Can I apply to more than one program?

    You can apply to a maximum of 2 programs per application phase, by paying the application fee for each program, that is, the application to 1 program equals the payment of 1 application fee, the application to 2 programs equals the payment of 2 application fees.

    I'm a bachelor's degree senior student. Can I apply?

    Yes. If you are a final year student and you graduate until January 2023, you can apply and you must deliver an authenticated copy of your degree certificate or diploma until the beginning of the academic year, until January 2023.

    In the application form, a Tax Identification Number is requested. What is Tax Identification Number? I don’t have one, what should I put in that blank field?

    In Portugal, the Tax Identification Number is required to identify a taxable entity or person, in tax declarations or financial transactions. If you don’t have a Tax ID Number or similar, please put “999999999” in that field of the application form.

    What should I write in the field: “Goals/motivation to apply to this program”?

    In this field, please mention:

    • In which way your background (academic and professional) fits the program;
    • What are your short-term professional goals;
    • What are your expectations with the attendance of this program.
  • Admission

    How does the selection process work?

    The selection process is based on the analysis of the academic and professional curriculum. The members of the Admissions’ Jury Panel may decide to hold an interview with all or some candidates – face-to-face or videoconference).

    In case I am contacted for an interview, can it be held at distance?

    Yes, the interview can be held at distance, preferably by Skype.

    When will I know the result of the application?

    The result of the application will be known, through email, in the date to be announced in the confirmation of submitted application email and/or by the Admissions’ Jury/Programs Manager.

    I was admitted in the program. What’s the next step?

    In case of admission, the applicant must make the payment of the pre-registration fee (around 1 week after the result announcement), until its deadline, in NOVA IMS’ Applications Portal and upload the diploma or other certificate of his latest qualification (example: Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or PhD).

    Can I attend more than one program by academic year?

    Yes, you may attend two programs per school year, although it’s not recommended. Please pay attention to the fact that there may be overlap of the Mandatory Course Units of each program, as well as the overlap of the exams.

    I was admitted in two programs, but I only intend to attend one. What should I do?

    In case of admission to two programs, the candidate will have to choose, in the Application Portal, the program in which they intend to attend. After choosing the desired program and paying the pre-registration fee, you must select the option "Withdrawal" in the 2nd program in which you do not intend to attend. Thus, your vacancy is available to a candidate on the Waiting List.

    I'm on the Waiting List. Can I still be admitted?

    Since it is possible for candidates to apply for two programs per application phase, there will be cases where the same candidate has been admitted to both programs, but intends to join only one. In these cases and if the limit number of vacancies is not completed, the remaining vacancy will be assigned to a candidate on the Waiting List.

    I intend the invoice for the payment of the application / pre-registration fees.

    The Invoice-Receipt will be available in this Applications’ Portal up to 2 business days after the payment, in the tab "Billing/Treasury".

    I was admitted in the program, but I need visa. What should I do?

    NOVA IMS can issue a document that proves admission in the program, that will be sent to the student and the Embassy. The document will only be issued or provided after the payment of the pre-registration fee. Regardless of issuance the document, the student must contact the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate in their country to get more information.

  • Other Informations

    Is this program taught in Portuguese or English?

    The classes will be taught in Portuguese.

    Are there scholarships?

    NOVA IMS does not award scholarships. However, you can apply to Universidade Nova de Lisboa’ scholarships and financial support, provided by the university’s Social Welfare Services. You can learn more at or contact them directly to We don’t hold information about other scholarships.

    Is it possible to park on campus?

    The students can park their vehicles on campus, if they have the access card. There are several parking areas on campus and near to NOVA IMS. The request for access of vehicles to Campus de Campolide is made through registration or renewal of registration and subsequent payment. To do this, the interested parties should register in the system and select the type of access. Afterwards, they will receive all the data for the payment. It should be noted that the management of parking spaces is the exclusive responsibility of the NOVA’s Rectory. For more information, please visit the webpage

    Is there accommodation on campus?

    The Social Welfare Services of Universidade Nova has ties with three student residences (one of them in Campus de Campolide) for Portuguese scholarship student and international students. The capacity of accommodation at school residences is limited. We can’t, in any way, guarantee you a room and we can only put your name on a waiting list, only after confirmation of admission. You will find more information about the residences at
    In case you are admitted to the program and want accommodation in one of the University’s residences, please contact

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My choice for this program was primarily aimed at deepening knowledge related to the role of intelligence in strategic decision-making in the areas of security and defense, but the fact that the faculty follows a multidisciplinary theoretical-practical approach opened up horizons for me in a broader spectrum of the business world.
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The Postgraduate Program in Intelligence Management and Security allowed me to acquire new knowledge in the field of intelligence and provided the essential tools and techniques for the decision-making process in the field of criminal action.