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Master's degree in Geographical Engineering (or Geomatics Engineering)

Department of Mathematics

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Academic year

2017-2018

Study Plan in alteration process for 2017/2018.

DGES Code

6093

Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

Qualification Awarded

Mestre

Duration

4 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits

120.0

Category

Continuity second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

Cidália Maria Parreira da Costa Fonte (cfonte@mat.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Ana Paula Jacinto Santana Ramires (aps@mat.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
The Master’s in Geomatics Engineering aims to train professionals with the following profiles in various areas of Geomatics Engineering:

Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
• Board, management and execution of production of topographic and thematic mapping
• Design, development, management, implementation and evaluation of GIS projects
• Design, development, management, implementation and evaluation of infrastructures that gather and provide spatial data
• Quality control of cartographic products and GIS

Photogrammetry and Remote Detection Sensing
• Design, development, management and implementation of aerial and terrestrial photogrammetry projects.
• Design, development, management and evaluation of geographic information gathered by optical sensors, lasers and radar.

Geodesy and Positioning Systems and Navigation
• Design, development, management, implementation and evaluation of Geodesy projects, processes and products;
• Design, development, management, implementation and evaluation of permanent infrastructures of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) networks for accurate positioning and navigation.

Related fields in Engineering and Technology
• Design, development, management, implementation and evaluation of products based on spatial information for industry.

Geomatics Engineering is crucial to the sustainable development of any country. The knowledge associated with the representation of the territory, such as selecting and updating the reference systems used in Portugal, producing and updating national and regional cartography and observing and maintaining the national geodetic network, corresponds to specific areas of Geomatics Engineering which are of paramount importance to the development of the country. In fact, as mentioned by His Excellency the Secretary of State for Local Government, in his speech at the inauguration ceremony of the members of the board of the Portuguese Geographic Institute, Lisbon, 30 July 2003: "only with the use of geographic information technologies and a reliable geographic information can we assure the compatibility of the various instruments of territorial management."

The Master in Geomatics Engineering is structured in 2 academic years corresponding to 120 ECTS. During the first year there are 10 semester courses and in the second year there is one semester course and a dissertation or an internship.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
The Master’s in Geographic Engineering aims to train professionals with the following profiles in various areas of
Geographic Engineering: Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
• Board, management and execution of production of topographic and thematic mapping
• Design, development, management, implementation and evaluation of GIS projects
• Design, development, management, implementation and evaluation of infrastructures that gather and provide spatial data
• Quality control of cartographic products and GIS Photogrammetry and Remote Detection Sensing
• Design, development, management and implementation of aerial and terrestrial photogrammetry projects.
• Design, development, management and evaluation of geographic information gathered by optical sensors, lasers and radar. Geodesy and Positioning Systems and Navigation • Design, development, management and implementation of Geodesy projects, processes and products; Related fields in Engineering and Technology.
• Design, development, management, implementation and evaluation of products based on spatial information for industry and society.
The areas of Geographic Engineering are crucial to the sustainable development of any country. Only with the use of geographic information technologies and geographic information with quality is possible to develop products,
processes and decisions with quality for the development of companies and safeguard the compatibility of the different instruments of land management.
The Master in Geographic Engineering is structured in 2 academic years corresponding to 120 ECTS. In the first year there are 9 compulsory subjects, all in the above areas, and an optional subject, which allows students to gain
knowledge in other areas, allowing them to get diversified additional skills according to the interests of each student. In the second year there is a mandatory subject, also on one of the areas indicated above, and the
completion of a dissertation or internship. All courses have a theoretical and applied component that enable students to acquire the necessary skills not only to the conception and management of processes and products, but also for their implementation.
Mode of Study
Full or part time attendance, classroom-based for continuous assessment, daytime schedule.
Access to Further Studies
Access to the third cycle (PhD) in Geomatics Engineering or other related fields.
Admission Requirements

. Bachelor graduates in Civil Engineering Science (the first three years of the integrated MSc in Civil Engineering) who choose the options of Geomatics Engineering have direct access to the Master’s in Geomatics Engineering. It is a continuation Master’s and its fees are equal to the ones of the Bachelor’s courses (see explanatory scheme of the relationship between Civil Engineering, Geomatics Engineering and Geological and Mining Engineering).
2. Graduates with courses in Engineering, Mathematics or other related Sciences at FCTUC who have completed the Minor in Geomatics Engineering have direct access to the Master’s in Geomatics Engineering, which is considered a continuation Master’s and its fees are the same as the ones of the Bachelor’s degree.
3. Applications are submitted online on page FCTUC (http://www.uc.pt/fctuc).
Applicants who are not in situation 1 or 2 (who have direct access to the Master's degree in Geomatics Eng) may apply through FCTUC. Applicants with an academic background in Engineering, Mathematics or other related sciences (or equivalent training or considered sufficient) will be accepted. They should have minimum knowledge of the disciplines of the Minor in Geographic Engineering.
(Candidates who are admitted to the Master’s and do not have the minimum knowledge in the disciplines of Minor in Geomatics Engineering, can fill in the gaps in their education by simultaneously attending the disciplines of the Minor in Geomatics Engineering, if in operation).

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

Recognition of Prior Learning
Previous experience is taken into account and eventually recognized by equivalences.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The legal framework for the qualification is established by the Decree-Law no. 74/2006, March 24th , amended and republished by the Decree-Law no. 107/2008, June 25th, and the Ordinance no. 782/2009, July 23rd.
Professional Goals
Masters in Geomatics Engineering can work in several areas (autonomously or within a multidisciplinary team), including:
• Cartographic Production
• Cadaster
• Geographic Information Technologies
• Geographic Information Systems
• Remote Sensing
• Photogrammetry
• Digital Image Processing
• Surveying
• Geodesy
• Geodynamics
• Navigation and Traffic Control
• Support to the construction of big engineering works (bridges, dams, highways and railways)
• Support to resource management and planning (Agriculture, Geology, Forestry and Environment)
• Construction Works Control
• Support to industrial and mining engineering
They may work in public or private organizations. Public employers of geomatics engineers include:
• Portuguese Geographic Institute (IGP);
• Army Geographic Institute (IGeoE)
• Hydrographic Institute
• Water Institute (INAG)
• Local councils and municipal services
• Technical Support Office (TAO's)
• Coordination Committees and Regional Directorates
In the private sector geomatics engineers can work in small and medium enterprises, namely in the areas of cartography, surveying, geographic information systems, positioning systems and photogrammetry, in companies such as: AmbiSIG, Artop, Estereofoto, Geoglobal, Geometral, Inforgeo, Municípia, Novageo and many others. They can also work in multinational companies, such as Autodesk, ESRI, Intergraph, Leica Geosystems, Sokkia, Topcon, Trimble, etc..
Geomatics Engineers can still devote themselves to scientific research and teaching and work in higher education institutions, including Universities and Polytechnics, or as teachers in secondary education schools.
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

Preparation of a dissertation or conducting training and preparation of its report, subject to public defense.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
Calendar
1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018
Accreditations
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
Período(s)
  • 2017-02-13 a 2023-02-12
R/A-Ef 1568/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
Período(s)
  • 2011-03-18