Higher Technical Professional Course

Networks and IT Systems

Higher School of Technology and Management


Dílio Adalberto da Rocha

Relevant Areas

Qualification in the relevant area(s) for this course (Article 40-F of Decree-Law n.º 65/2018), must be demonstrated with the approval in the following subject, attested in the certificate of secondary education or legally equivalent qualification:

  • Computer Science or
  • Mathematics 

DGES Registry

Course registered at the General Directorate of Higher Education with the number  R/c 364/2015

Area of Education and Training 

481 - Computer Science

Publication in the Official Gazette

Notice  nº 10364/2017 - 2nd series, n.º 174, of 8 September.

Study Program Evaluation 

This Higher Technical Professional Course is a vocational training course taught as part of polytechnic higher education and lasts 4 semesters, corresponding to 120 ECTS. 
The course is organised into general and scientific training, technical training and on-the-job training (internship), and each student is awarded with a Higher Technical Professional Diploma at level 5 of the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning.

Professional profile

The Higher Technical Professional Course in Networks and IT Systems aims to train professionals who are able to plan, install, configure,  administer, maintain and monitor IT systems and networks that support the different areas of an organisation, in order to guarantee the management and operation of IT equipment and related communication networks.

Professional opportunities

Performing duties related to installing, configuring and administering communication networks and services; installing, configuring and administering application servers; planning and designing IT systems and networks.

Entry requirements (one of the following)

  • Having completed a secondary education course qualification or a legally equivalent qualification.
  • Having passed the special exams for assessing capacity to attend higher education for people over 23 (Decree-Law no. 64/2006 of 21 March).
  • Holding a technological specialisation diploma, a higher technical professional diploma or a higher education qualification.

Pursuit of further studies - Bachelor's degrees

 In case of pursuit of further studies, the credits acquired in the scope of the short-cycles can be transferred as follows:

The application by holders of Higher Technical Professional Diplomas to attend IPMAIA Bachelor’s degrees is subject to the conditions established by the institution body that is competent to do so in accordance with the law and the statutes. Depending on the Higher Technical Professional Course and Bachelor’s degree, these conditions may establish the need to pass a specific IPMAIA admission exam, or allow the exemption to perform such an exam.
a) Students who intend to apply for an IPMAIA Bachelor’s degree course and must sit the specific admission exam will receive suitable preparation during the teaching of the Higher Technical Professional Course.