ISCTE Business School traces its origins back to the earlier department of management sciences, created in 1972. The school is recognised for its excellence in learning and research, international and multicultural environment, and the solid connection to the business world that it offers our exceptional graduates, leadership entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • 3 PhDs
  • 3200 Students
  • Public Institution Type


IBS has approximately 170 teachers (134.98 FTE) distributed throughout its six Departments: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Operations and Management, Quantitative Methods for Management and Economics, and Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour.

More than 3,200 students are currently enrolled in the 6 Undergraduate Programmes and 12 Masters Programmes offered by the school.

IBS is one of four schools that constitute University ISCTE-IUL, along with the School of Sociology and Public Policy, School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the School of Technology and Architecture.


IBS, through teaching, research and outreach, contributes to the development of management knowledge and practice, and prepares and develops managers and leaders to make a positive impact on organisations and society, in a globalised world.


IBS wishes to be, and be perceived by its stakeholders for one of the leading Portuguese Business Schools. It also strives to be recognised in Portugal and internationally for the quality of teaching and learning experience, academic rigour and relevance of its research, and excellence of its programmes, for the reputation of its graduates and faculty, and for its distinctive focus on the needs of organisations, individuals and society.


The culture of the school is based on the following deeply imbedded values which are shared by all faculty and staff of the school and communicated to all stakeholders in different ways.

PhD Programmes

Business & Management (2)
Social Sciences (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a PhD at ISCTE Business School | University Institute of Lisbon!


Services and Facilities

ISCTE is strategically located in the centre of Lisbon. It is directly served by a subway station and a number of convenient city buses that provide fast and easy access to almost everywhere in the city. There are a number of hotels within walking distance as well as restaurants, shops and one of Lisbon's largest sports and recreational facilities. The airport is a ten-minute drive away.
Though located in the heart of Portugal's capital, the ISCTE campus offers a peaceful atmosphere with plenty of fresh air and open space. The facilities include four buildings (45,000 m2), one of which is the "Edifício II", which was inaugurated in 2003 and awarded the Valmor Prize, Portugal's foremost award for architectural excellence.

ISCTE Business School (IBS) has a dedicated building for graduate education where the classes take place. Ultra-modern and fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology, this centre has several study rooms, computer labs, recreational areas, a restaurant, a permanent art gallery, and a modern documentation centre. Our documentation centre can boast of more than 3,000 monographic titles, 170 scientific magazines and generic databases such as Proquest, Web of Knowledge, JSTOR - and financial-oriented databases - Bloomberg, Reuters, Datastream, Worldscope, Compustat, CRSP, to which all students have free access. ISCTE has also recently subscribed to Wharton's Research Data Services (WRDS), a comprehensive, breakthrough, web-based data management system that allows faculty and students to retrieve information easily from a wide variety of financial, economic and marketing data sources without actually having to be within the physical space of the Library or the Documentation Centre. Our School is one of the few in Europe to have WRDS. The documentation centre provides the following services: assisted research, local reading, home borrowing and use of laptops.

The main library is a state-of-the-art facility that offers every service imaginable in a full-service bibliographic facility. In addition, PhD students have access to dedicated areas that include individual workstations and meeting rooms.

Furthermore, each student has free access to all areas of the campus, and can feel free to take advantage of all the study, recreational and catering facilities available. One of Lisbon's largest sports centres, with several sports pavillions, football and rugby fields, jogging tracks, swimming pools, and other sports and fitness facilities is within two minutes walking distance.
Students also benefit from:
  • Access to the ISCTE Library, situated in "Edifício II". Our library specializes in Management and the Social and Technological Sciences. There are approximately 80.000 titles and 30.000 journals in paper or in digital format.
  • Access to the Financial Lab, with its vast array of financially-oriented databases - Bloomberg, Reuters Xtra/ Knowledge, Datastream, Worldscope, Compustat (North America), Eventus, CRSP, Thomson One Banker and WRDS.
  • Remote access to excellent research systems such as B-On (more than 16,000 scientific magazines available), ABI/Inform Global, Proquest, Web of Knowledge and JSTOR.

Each student also has free access to all areas of the campus and can take advantage of all the study, recreational and catering facilities that are available. One of Lisbon's largest sports centres, with several sports pavillions, football and rugby fields, jogging tracks, swimming pools, and other sports and fitness facilities is within two minutes walking distance.

Student Life

Life at ISCTE Business School

ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon, is a public university-level institution established in 1972.
With close to 8,000 students, 400 faculty members and 200 non-academic staff, we are proud of our reputation as one of the most dynamic, innovative educational institutions in Portugal. As one of the most sought-after schools in the country, ISCTE-IUL always fills its enrolment capacity.

Our community-service sector has received growing impetus over the years thanks to the efforts of ISCTE-IUL teachers and graduates and, as a result, a number of scores of valuable relationships with outside companies and state-run and civil organizations have been established. Among the most worthy of note are the Institute for Corporate Management Development (Portuguese acronym INDEG), renowned for its success in post-gradate education and research and for its service to the community.

ISCTE-IUL is heavily involved in encouraging and promoting entrepreneurship. The nationally recognised Audax centre (Centre for Research and Support in Entrepreneurship and Family Business) is a not-for-profit research centre within ISCTE-IUL that maintain partnerships with local authorities, business associations and international institutions.

Students' Association

The ISCTEs Students Association «Associação de Estudantes do ISCTE AEISCTE» is an autonomous organization held by the students of ISCTE. Its mission is to socially and culturally complement the students academic life while they are with the ISCTE.

In the Association headquarters, located in the ISCTE main building, you will be able to find information about events held not only in Lisbon, but also in other cities of Portugal. There, you can also find leaflets about concerts, performing arts and movie festivals that take place in Lisbon, and much more

There is a students counselling office which could provide some help for any individual problem, not only concerning the student life but also the private life too.

To be a member of AEISCTE, all you have to do it is apply for. Afterwards you will receive the Membership Card. The enrolment costs 5 euro, and you need to hand over 2 pictures of yours.

With this Membership Card you have access to many discounts, like:

  • Medical clinics about 10%-20% of discount,
  • Language Schools depends on the school discount is 10%-50%,
  • Renting a Car,
  • Gyms 50% of discount in inscription and 10% of discount of monthly payment,
  • Danka Discount in the copy canter at ISCTE University,
  • Dancing classes,
  • All event that takes part at ISCTE, like parties

IBS Spirit

IBS provides its students with a great environment to learn as well as opportunities to relax and take a break from your studies. As well as the auditoriums and classrooms where you will take your classes we have many private and group study rooms which can be reserved. The campus also houses five café/bars, two restaurants and many spaces to relax in. Wi-Fi internet is available, to IBS , throughout the campus.


ISCTE Business School has been recognised by highly reputed foreign agencies and associations as one of the best Portuguese business schools and a reference both nationally and internationally in several programmes. Some of IBS accreditations and international references are shown below:

Agency of Evaluation and Accreditation in Higher Education (A3ES)

The Agency of Evaluation and Accreditation in Higher Education (A3ES) evaluates and accredits Portuguese higher education institutions and their programmes.

Association of European Universities (EUA)

EUA is an Association of European Universities that supports and represents higher education institutions in 46 countries. Its members are higher education institutions, Deans associations and other organisations with an active role in higher education and research.

Association of MBA's (AMBA)

Our Executive MBA has received accreditation from AMBA, the Association of MBAs. The Executive MBA of ISCTE Business School is the only EMBA in Portugal that has been granted the prestigious MBA accreditation from AMBA - Association of MBAs.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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