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Postgraduate Program in Statistical Systems, with a specialization in Official Statistics

Pós-Graduação Sistemas Estatísticos com especialização em Estatísticas Oficiais

Postgraduate Program in Statistical Systems,
with a specialization in Official Statistics

The Postgraduate Program in Statistical Systems, with a specialization in Official Statistics, accredited by European Statistical System (ESS) with the EMOS (European Master of Official Statistics) seal, offers specialized training in official statistics, particularly in the production of statistics that cover the statistical activity of National Statistical Systems (NSS) and the international organizations of which Portugal is a member.

This programs aims at endowing technical sta­ff and managers who work in the scope of NSS, either as producers or as analysts or users of statistical information, the knowledge and skills crucial to the exercise of their activity.

The Postgraduate Program lasts 2 semesters. However, students may attend the program in part-time and complete it within a stipulated period of 2 academic years.  The classes are held in the classroom or through videoconference.

The applications for this program are open between June 18th and July 18th, 2024. To apply, click here.

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    Length and ECTS

    2 semesters (60 ECTS)

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    Start Date

    September 2024

Partner Entities

  • Emos
    European Master in Official Statistics
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Who is it for?

This program is aimed to employees of the organizations that take part of the National Statistical System of Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking countries. It is also addressed to everyone who is interested in official statistics, including the employees of any other organizations with interests in this field and the general public.


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

  • Manage and lead the process of producing official statistics;

  • Develop techniques and methodologies of data collection;

  • Master the tools and processes used for the storage, organization, and access to information in an entity responsible for the compilation of statistics;

  • Apply statistical and computational methodologies and exploration and information analysis tools, to produce official statistics that can add value to decision making;

  • Communicate results in written or oral form, adapting them to the level and specific interests of the audience.

Study plan

To earn the diploma, students must complete 60 ECTS. The course units will be chosen by the student from the folllowing course units offered in this program:

Course Units

  • Analysis of Discrete Data
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Business Intelligence
  • Computational Statistics I
  • Computational Statistics II
  • Data Collection, Administrative Sources and Big Data
  • Data Management for Official Statistics
  • Data Mining I
  • Data Mining II
  • Databases Management
  • Econometrics Methods
  • External Statistics and Globalization
  • Financial Reporting
  • Forecasting Methods
  • Monetary and Financial Statistics
  • Multivariate Data Analysis
  • National Accounts
  • Sampling and Estimation
  • Statistical Comunication
  • Statistical Treatment of Data
  • Time Series Analysis

The postgraduate program gives access to the Master Degree in Statistics and Information Management, with a specialization in Information Analysis and Management. The students must enroll in the mandatory course units of the specialization, including the course unit Research Methodologies in the 2nd year.

To earn the master’s degree, students must present a thesis or a work project or an internship report in the third semester, which corresponds to 35 additional credits.

This program gives access to the EMOS (European Master in Official Statistics) certification, awarded by the European Statistical System (ESS) to students who follow a specific pre-defined path of studies.

Length and timetable


The Postgraduate Program lasts 2 semesters. However, students may attend the program in part-time and complete it within a stipulated period of 2 academic years. The classes start in September 2024, ending in June 2025, and run after working hours (after 4:30 p.m.), 2 to 3 times a week. The classes are held in the classroom or through videoconference.


See the timetable here for the academic year 2024-25.


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.

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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.

5th  Applications phase

From June 18th and July 18th, 2024.

Entry requirements

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

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

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.

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).

Tuition fee

The tuition fee of this postgraduate program is €4.500. The fee for each individual course unit is €750.

Tuition fee payment dates

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

  • Full payment: September 25th to 30th, 2024.
  • Payment in four installments:
    • 1st. September 25th to 30th, 2024 (25% of tuition fee);
    • 2nd. November 25th to 30th, 2024 (25% of tuition fee);
    • 3rd. February 22nd to 28th, 2025 (25% of tuition fee);
    • 4th. April 25th to 30th, 2025 (25% of tuition fee).


  • 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 who have completed a bachelor's, postgraduate, master's, or doctoral degree at NOVA IMS have a 20% discount on tuition fee, cumulative with the financial discount.
  • Companies that finance the program to 2 or more employees, in the same academic year, have a 10% discount on the tuition fee. This discount is not cumulative with other discounts.


  • 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). 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 2024-25. 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 September 2024, you can apply and you must deliver an authenticated copy of your degree certificate or diploma until the beginning of the academic year, until September 2024.

    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 Zoom.

    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?

    Considering the diversity of students’ nationalities, all the classes will be taught in English.

    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

    Does the University offer a Portuguese course for international students?

    Yes, there is a Course of Portuguese as Foreign Language. This course is available in 4 types of classes:

    1. Individual lessons (the student arranges the schedule with the teacher according to their availability);
    2. Semester Group lessons (56 study classes + 8 hours for other activities);
    3. 30 hours intensive course (2 weeks);
    4. Online summer course (month of July).

    If you have any questions about this course, please contact:

Ana Sofia Nogueira
Statistical Technician | Banco Comercial Português
Flávia Serras
Data Analyst | Banco de Portugal
This Postgraduate Program has contributed to a better understanding of the harmonization process, the collection, processing and dissemination of official statistics. It allowed me to deepen, in a solid and comprehensive way, a number of concepts related to the structure of the financial and economic activity of a country. Although it is very demanding, this program is very well structured and there is concern in promoting complementarity and balance between theoretical knowledge and its integration in a work context.
The excellence of Postgraduate Program in Statistical Systems was result of the heterogeneity of taught courses and academic fields of not only teachers but also students. The two semesters of continual learning have been a useful tool on my work at Banco de Portugal.