Master in Geosciences

General Objectives of the Course

• Analyze geological materials and processes, establish geospatial relationships and produce characterization or synthesis cartography through traditional and modern cartography methodologies;
• Assess the conditions for prospecting, exploring, and using geo-resources, in the search for alternative sources and materials, assessing impacts, in a framework of sustainable development;
• Understand and mitigate climate changes related to geological processes and anthropogenic activity and their impacts on the environment and land use, society and natural risks;
• Establish ways of valuing and conserving the geological heritage and reducing and mitigating risks;
• Development of instrumental, personal, and systemic skills by students.

Admission Requirements

The following can apply for access to the cycle of studies leading to the Master degree:
a) Holders of a Bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent in Geology, Geological Engineering, and other related areas;
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 point a);
c) Holders of a higher academic degree obtained abroad that is recognized as satisfying the objectives of the Bachelor degree by the Scientific Council of FCTUC;
d) In duly justified cases, holders of a scientific and professional curriculum relevant to the frequency of this cycle of studies and which, as such, is recognized by the Scientific Council of FCTUC.
Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

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

Professional Goals

Company of prospection and exploration of mineral resources, energy, and hydric
Companies of Geotechnics, civil construction, and public works
Companies and institutions of study and monitoring in environmental management and planning
Companies specialized in conservation and restoration of stone materials
Higher education establishments / scientific research centers
Liberal profession or small companies of specialized services or technical and scientific consultancy
State bodies - Public sector - Municipalities and intercity associations (environmental management; water management; natural heritage management, etc.)
Civil Protection Services
Business groups in the field of tourism and natural heritage
Other specialized bodies and institutions.

Mode of Study


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

Acquire the fundamental theoretical knowledge in the different areas of Geosciences to conceptualize, structure, and conduct a scientific or technical project and carry out a critical analysis of the results;
Develop scientific thinking and methodology,
Be able to gather information, to systematize and interpret data in the laboratory and in the field, to use specific analysis tools, to use appropriate software;
Organize and analyze data, synthesize and communicate effectively in Portuguese and English, and in a way adapted to a target audience.
Perform autonomous and teamwork
Develop decision-making skills, and plan and manage jobs.
Understand the language of other specialists, understand the professional contexts and the ethical and deontological standards of performance, establish and respect performance goals in the relationship with other professionals.

Course Coordinator(s)

Eric Claude Font

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Joana Paula Machado Ribeiro

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 nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording

Graduation Requirements

120 ECTS + validation of the master thesis by a jury.

Access to Further Studies

Geosciences Doctoral program in FCTUC.
Doctoral programs at other national or international universities.

Study Programme

Specialization in Environment and Planning

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

DGES Code: 6133

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


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2022-07-31 a 2028-07-30
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Ef 1577/2011/AL01