Master’s degree in Materials Engineering

General Objectives of the Course

The MSc in Materials Engineering aims to train graduate students that are stakeholders in the country's technological development, with capacity to innovate. Our Master graduate students combine a solid base with a cutting-edge applied technology training, only possible to teach in schools that promote research excellence, such as the Faculty of Science and Tecnology of the University of Coimbra.
The main objective of this study cycle is to graduate Master students with skills in this area of knowledge, able to develop activities in the industry, services or research. They must be able to solve problems in materials engineering in its various forms and to adapt themselves to multidisciplinary teams of related areas. They must also meet the skills to pursue further education (3rd cycle).
In oder to achieve these objectives, the MSc in Materials Engineering consists of 2 years of study (4 semesters) and several areas of training, such as Engineering Science, Materials Engineering Science, Biomaterials Engineering Science and Industrial Engineering.

Admission Requirements

1. A degree in the 1st Cycle of Bologna for the first three years (180 ECTS) for the integrated Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering FCTUC (direct access).
2. Bachelor degree or legal equivalent in Materials Engineering (or other degrees that have similar curricula, although they may have different names), Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Environmental Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Civil Engineering.
3. Bachelor degree or legal equivalent in other areas of Engineering and Exact and Natural Sciences, after curricular analysis by the Scientific Committee of the Master’s degree.
4. Academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized by the Scientific Committee of the Master’s degree as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies.

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

Professional Goals

The career opportunities for holders the Master’s degree in Materials Engineering are perhaps the most comprehensive in the job market in engineering. Indeed, these Master graduated students, as professionals who can work in Conceptualization, Materials Selection, Manufacture, Management and Consultancy, easily find a job in companies of almost all economic sectors. FCTUC Master graduated students are easely employable.
EMat displays high employability and diversity ratings, as professionally covers all industries involved in the production, use and development of materials, as well as consulting and project development enterprises and even teaching and research institutions.
• Aerospace
• Automotive
• Biomedical
• Food
• Energy
• Cement
• Electronics
• Metalworking
• Microelectronics
• Metallurgy
• Moulds
• Plastics
• Cellulosic Products
• Welding
• Glassworks
Industrial Development
• Consulting
• Quality
• Composite materials
• Structural materials
• Functional Materials
• New technologies
• New materials
Research / Education
• Research laboratories
• State laboratories
• Industrial laboratories
• Primary / Secondary education
• Higher education
• Polytechnic education

Mode of Study

Full-time, daytime attendance

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

There are various evaluation rules, according to the type of subjects. By law there are two possible exams: the regular exam and the second exam (appeal exam)) that take place in this order after the 15 weeks of teaching of each semester. Many disciplines have continuous evaluation that may be more practical or more theoretical. Home working is also a common form of continuous evaluation. The examination method of each subject is refered in the respective curricular unit form.
Final grading is translated into a scale of 0 to 20.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

In terms of specific skills, the course is structured in four "main formative lines” with different depth and autonomy formative levels, and specific broadwith career opportunities:
.Surface Engineering;
.Materials processing by conventional and advanced techniques;
.Design and materials selection;
These lines are served by one more formative line with "instrumental" nature: Materials and Surface characterization. Regarding "general descriptors" they are those defined in Dublin descriptors for courses 1 and 2 cycle, including instrumental, personal and systemic skills.

Course Coordinator(s)

Ana Paula da Fonseca Piedade

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Ricardo Nuno Madeira Soares Branco

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, de 24 th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; ordinance no 782/2009, 23th July.

Graduation Requirements

public defense of a dissertation

Access to Further Studies

Students possessing the MEMAT can access a 3º study cycle, conducing to a PhD degree in engineering.

Study Programme

Materials Engineering

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

DGES Code: 9415

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 4 Semester(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


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