Administratively, the teaching and research activities are distributed by Departments and Autonomous Sections, both with specialized faculties.
The University has more than 12,500 students distributed across 58 graduate courses, over 40 MSc courses and 25 PhD programs.
Its main campus is near the centre of Aveiro, including a nearby Administration and Accounting Institute. The university also has external regional campuses in Águeda, Higher Education Technological and Management School of Águeda, and Oliveira de Azeméis Higher Education School of North Aveiro.
It is an R&D university, having a research units developing programmes in fundamental and applied mathematics, physics, chemistry, telecommunications, robotics, bioinformatics, sea sciences, materials, design, business administration and industrial engineering.