IPLeiria Community

IPLeiria is a public institution of higher education that began its activity in 1980 and is present in the region of Leiria and West through its five schools of higher education, located in Leiria (School of Education and Social Sciences, School of Technology and Management and School of Health), Caldas da Rainha (School of Arts and Design) and Peniche (School of Tourism and Maritime Technology).



In recent years, the number of students and teachers of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria has grown considerably. The institution currently has about 12,000 students, 980 teachers and 316 technical and administrative staff shared by the mentioned schools. In an effort to always provide the best conditions for teaching and learning to its students, the IPLeiria has been investing in modern, well-equipped infrastructures, which provide support services with excellent quality at the base of social support (scholarships, canteens, restaurants, housing, medical services, camping and leisure), psychological and psychopedagogical support and also in relation to the access to extensive documentary resources and bibliographical (libraries, B-on-Science Digital Library).


As for R & D activities developed are distributed by 13 research units and two delegations in the domain of Arts, Education, Social Sciences, Motricity, Mechanical, Computer Science, Telecommunications, Economics, Management, Tourism, Health and Marine Resources. Noteworthy is the Center for Rapid and Sustained Development Product (CDRSP) which reputedly has developed research in the areas of Mechanical Engineering and Textiles, and was recently awarded with ‘Excellent’ by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and the Research Group on Tourism (GITUR) and the Research Group on Marine Resources (GIRM).

How many learning courses?

50 Masters Courses accredited

63 Underdegree Courses

12 Postgraduate Courses

33 Technological Specialization Courses

What areas of knowledge?esquema



Engineering and Technology

Arts and Design

Business and Juridical Sciences

Education and Social Sciences