Master’s degree in Physical Geography - Environment and Spatial Planning

General Objectives of the Course

This program aims to provide students with relevant theoretical and methodological tools for action on key issues and subjects that are part of Physical Geography as a dynamic and ever-changing field of study and research in today's world. For this reason, the program aims to prepare experts capable of identifying the main territorial problems affecting current development models. It also aims to provide them with practical resources and instruments that enable an effective intervention in areas ranging from rural to urban spaces, on several scales of analysis. In this program, the focus is on the relevance of the environment, the natural resources and physical supports in planning and the quality of life of populations.

Admission Requirements

1 - a) Holders of a degree in Geography, Tourism, Leisure and Heritage, Archeology, Geology or other areas of the University of Coimbra or European Universities. Holders of a Bachelor degree in other areas that present a curriculum considered adequate to the continuation of the cycle of studies by the Scientific Committee of the Department of Geography;
b) Holders of a foreign higher academic degree conferred following a 1st cycle of studies organized in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process by a State adhering to this Process, in the areas referred to in a);
c) Holders of a foreign higher academic degree that is recognized as satisfying the objectives of the degree of licenciado by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities;
d) Holders of a school, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
2. The recognition referred to in sub-paragraphs b) to d) of paragraph 1 shall only have access to the study cycle leading to the degree of master and does not confer on its holder the equivalence to the degree of licenciado or the recognition of that degree degree.

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Professional Goals

Teachers (basic, secondary and higher education); Spatial planning experts; Technicians and strategic managers of programmes and politics of environment (from local to international geographic scales); Advanced scientific researchers.

Mode of Study

The course is delivered in the daytime schedule.

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

- Ability to collect, process and analyze spatial qualitative, quantitative and cartographic data respecting the environment and territorial planning.
- Ability to analyze the main current development problems, within multiple geographic scales.
- Ability to understand the significance of the environment and land use planning as a problem and a potential.
- Ability to analyze recent major territorial dynamics.
- Ability to forecast future main territorial dynamics.
- Organization of responses and tools for action on the imbalances in territorial development.

Course Coordinator(s)

Adélia Jesus Nobre Nunes

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Luca António Dimuccio

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no 74/2006, 24th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; ordinance no 782/2009, 23rd July

Graduation Requirements

Successful assessment in each curricular seminar of the course (1st year). Elaboration and public defense of an original scientific research dissertation or an internship and its report which will be also subject to a public defense (2nd year).

Access to Further Studies

PhD degree studies

Study Programme

Geografia Física - Ambiente e Ordenamento do Território

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

DGES Code: 6134

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Continuity second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2023
End date: 16-12-2023
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2024
End date: 23-05-2024


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2017-11-06 a 2023-11-05
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Ef 1659/2011/AL01