Master in Geosciences

Department of Earth Sciences

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Academic year




Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



4 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits



Continuity second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

Alcides José Sousa Castilho Pereira (apereira@dct.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Luís Vítor da Fonseca Pinto Duarte (lduarte@dct.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
The 2nd cycle in Geosciences trains graduates in key topics of Earth Sciences. It is intended to provide a solid theoretical and practical training in areas of great importance to Science and to the economic and social development of the country. The three areas of specialization - Environment and Planning; Geologic Resources; Geology of Petroleum - broadly reflect the diversity of existing human resources in the DCT-FCTUC, their scientific interests and their interaction with the national and international scientific community, as well as the business community in the country.
The course lasts four semesters (two academic years), 120 ECTSs must be obtained for completion. The syllabus and scientific areas are described in the curriculum (http://www.dct.uc.pt/ and https://apps.uc.pt/courses/PT/course /338).
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
Knowledge in research and identification of geological resources through integrated methods of geological exploration and skills for planning and execution of exploration campaigns. In this sense, the students should:
identify the phases of exploration in context; list the following tasks to develop in each exploration phase; identify select and execute exploration techniques to be used "in a position"; estimate and justify the economic potential of the targets; determine the prospecting techniques to be used in subsequent phases; review DR and GIS knowledge applicable to exploration and planning proposals for its use; reviewing knowledge of mineral deposits and
geochemistry; distinguish the application of exploration techniques; plan and propose the use of techniques in prospecting campaigns to specific fields; describe and analyze specific cases applied to different types of geological context; interpret and compare the techniques used in case studies.
Mode of Study
Full time attendance
Access to Further Studies
Geosciences Doctoral program in FCTUC.
Doctoral programs at other national or international universities.
Admission Requirements

Can apply for Master in Geosciences graduates in Geology, Geological Engineering and other related fields.
Information about the second cycle FCTUC and the online application form can be found in:

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

Recognition of Prior Learning
It is recognized the prior training and academic achievements of the candidate, in accordance with the requirements presented in last point. Accreditations may be granted at the time of admission.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The legal framework for the qualification is established by the following decrees (DL): 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.
Professional Goals
The holder of the degree of "Master in Geosciences" will be able to work in the following companies and institutions: Reserach centers, Exploration, and drilling companies; Planning and environmental companies, Companies for exploration and exploitation of geological resources; Engineering and civil protection services, Regional coordination committees, other public administration institutions.
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.
Graduation Requirements

Frequency and approval on a group of disciplines (minimum of 10 disciplines) and public defense of a dissertation

Study Programme
Applications Notice (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
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2017-02-23 a 2023-02-22
R/A-Ef 1577/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18