Master in Steel and Composite Construction

General Objectives of the Course

The Master’s degree in Steel and Composite Construction aims to provide advanced training in the specialized field of steel and composite structures, while developing the necessary skills to work in the construction sub-sector, namely in tasks concerning the project, production, execution, supervision and management of construction sites including steel and composite structures. Furthermore, the degree provides the theoretical basis for a possible PhD application. In this context, the Master’s degree in Steel and Composite Construction provides a solid scientific background, which allows students to further develop their knowledge and skills in a research context as well as their lifelong learning competences in a self-sufficient way. They should be able to become active agents of technological innovation.

Curricular Structure
The Master’s degree in Steel and Composite Construction is a 120 ECTS course with the duration of four semesters. The structure of the degree is organized in the following way: (1) one semester with compulsory classes, (2) two semesters of optional training with subjects from six scientific fields, namely: Project, Technology, Management, Sustainability, Advanced Theory and Computing. Attending the optional subjects may be conditioned as described in Article 15 of the Regulation of the Master’s degree courses of FCTUC. The Master’s thesis will be developed in the third (12 ECTS) and fourth semester (30 ECTS).

Admission Requirements

a) Holders of the Bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent;
b) Holders of a foreign academic degree obtained after a 1st cycle of studies, organized according to the principles of the Bologna Process by a Member-States of this Process;
c) Holders of a foreign higher education academic degree that is recognized as meeting the objectives of Bachelor’s degrees;
d) Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae that is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies.
Degree recognition as mentioned in points b), c) and d) is granted by the Scientific Committees responsible for the aforementioned courses, and they may delegate this task to a Selection Committee.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Professional Goals

i) Performance of duties in the construction sub-sector related to the design, production, implementation, supervision and management of construction with steel and composite structures;
ii) Participation and coordination of scientific research projects in the area.

Mode of Study

The course is delivered on a daytime schedule: Friday and Saturday morning.

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.

Course Coordinator(s)

Aldina Maria da Cruz Santiago

Luís Alberto Proença Simões da Silva

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

João Carlos dos Santos Alves Vieira

Recognition of Prior Learning

Courses of the same degree obtained in similar areas of study and in renowned schools are recognized.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Decree-Law no. 74/2006, 24th of March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no. 107/2008, 25th of June; Ordinance no. 782/2009, 23rd of July. The course plan was published in the Dispatch no. 22071/2009.

Graduation Requirements

In order to receive the degree, students must obtain the minimum of 120 ECTS, as well as prepare and publicly defend a master’s dissertation.

Access to Further Studies

The Master’s Degree in Steel and Composite Structures provides access to a PhD in Steel and Composite Structures.

Study Programme

Steel and Composite Construction

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Lifelong Learning Master Programme

DGES Code: 6059

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 4 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Lifelong training second cycle


Call for Applications (only in portuguese)


1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2013-09-26 a 2019-09-25
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior