Our research units are the key elements for the development of research and scientific knowledge within Polytechnic of Leiria.

Currently with 18 research units, they develop their R&D+i activity in 4 main scientific areas with diverse specializations, which allows us to meet our nature as a Polytechnic Institution, with a primary focus on transferring knowledge to the Economy, seeking practical and applied answers to a diversity of social, economic, technological, environmental, tourist, and health and well-being issues.

Social Sciences and Humanities

ESECS – Leiria
Promote scientific research in the area of identity reconstruction, from a personal, professional, social and/or cultural perspective. Collaborating with other regional, national and international institutions, this research unit intends to develop innovative projects and create products applicable to areas as diverse as heritage, tourism, social service, social education, multiculturalism, communication and information.
ESECS – Leiria
Implement R&D+i activities in education to: a) produce and increase knowledge of the educational reality; (b) develop interventions aimed at improving the quality of education and training; c) implement forms of cooperation with the community.
SC – Leiria
Promote the analysis of education systems and educational policies, by carrying out studies and intervention projects in society and their international comparison. Examples of this intervention include lifelong education and training, validation of skills, human rights and citizenship, inclusion, human development and sustainability.
ESECS – Leiria
Develop transdisciplinary scientific research in the field of Communication Sciences from a fundamental, applied and experimental perspective. To attain, we intend to develop integrative communication methodologies, techniques and products, train and provide services to the community, intervene in society and value the skills of people with special needs.
ESECS – Leiria
Conduct research and leverage scientific knowledge in international business (trade, investment and international mobility) and global competitiveness, collaborate in advanced level training, support and encourage students to engage in research and disseminate knowledge to private and public business and academic.
ESTG – Leiria
Contribute to the generation and dissemination of knowledge in the areas of Management and Sustainability, respecting the plurality of knowledge, and aiming to improve the competitiveness of organizations in a triple bottom line context, i.e. integrating the social, economic and environmental pillars in their management.
ESTM – Peniche
Promote scientific research and dissemination, ongoing training and service provision in various fields in Tourism and related areas, from hotel management to the development of new concepts, products and tourism brands.
ESTG – Leiria
Develop multidisciplinary research in the scope of Legal Sciences and Public Administration, in articulation with activities of advanced education and training and dissemination and provision of services, namely studies on current legal issues, legal opinions issuance and promotion of scientific updating courses In Public and Private Law.
ESAD.CR – Caldas da Rainha
Develop activities of artistic, scientific and technological research, as well as experimental development and transfer of knowledge, privileging the transdisciplinarity in the areas of design, arts and artistic and cultural studies.

Exact Sciences and Enginneering

ESTG – Leiria
Promote network research in the areas of Informatics and Communications with entities of recognized quality at national and international level to promote transfer of technology to industry, through creation of spin-off companies and provision of technical-scientific consulting services to public and private entities.
Marinha Grande
Contribute to the scientific and technological advance that leads to more efficient and adequate products, materials and processes through the development of new technologies, definition of the theoretical foundations of such technologies and development of methodologies based on strong scientific bases. The provision of research services, advanced training and counseling in strategic areas is also a priority.
ESTG – Leiria
Promote the progress of knowledge and scientific-technological development in the field of engineering sciences in the areas of aerodynamics, thermodynamics, transfer and conservation of energy, environment and others, through research, advanced training and community service, especially in the area of automotive engineering.
ESTG – Leiria
Contribute to the development of National and European scientific and technological knowledge in the area of separation and reaction processes in Engineering (separation processes, reaction engineering, modeling, simulation and process control and environmental engineering). The activities carried out cover fundamental research, the development of industrial products and processes, and the training of highly competent researchers and technicians through doctoral and postdoctoral programs.
ESTG – Leiria
Deepen scientific knowledge and foster technological development in the field of telecommunications through R&D+i projects. Support advanced human resources training initiatives at doctoral and master’s degree levels. Provide services to the community in the scope of telecommunications.
ESTG – Leiria
Carry out activities of scientific research, technological development, transfer and integration of knowledge, based on the Engineering sciences and Management/operational research, aiming to contribute to the improvement of organizations global performance and knowledge progress, in a Systems Engineering approach (i.e., creatively combining theory and methodology, technical issues, and human factors).

Natural and Environmental Sciences

ESTM – Peniche
Creation, development and application of knowledge associated with marine resources, in order to promote innovation in its use and management. Contribute to the development of new products in the field of science and technology of the sea.

Life Sciences and Health

ESSLei – Leiria
Develop scientific research in health, promoting interdisciplinary research activities and advanced training in health that allows the development of strategies aiming at a more efficient action towards individual and population health.
ESECS – Leiria
Transversally promote people’s life quality enhancement by: a) producing adequate food (food security and sustainable agriculture); B) physical activity as a condition for quality of life; C) education in its various aspects, combined with the creation and use of innovative and applied technology; d) analysis of the quality of life of the working population.