Degree in Physics

Department of Physics

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Academic year




Course Type

1st Cycle Studies

Qualification Awarded



6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits


Course Coordinator(s)

João Manuel de Sá Campos Gil (jmgil@ci.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Maria Isabel Silva Ferreira Lopes (isabel@lipc.fis.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
1st cycle in Physics aims at developing: deep knowledge & understanding of basic physics; capacity for analysis
and synthesis; capacity to learn; creativity; applying knowledge in practice; adaptability; critical and self critical
abilities; basic knowledge of a career in physics; research skills; interdisciplinarity; oral and written
communication; ethical commitment; interpersonal skills; elementary computing; decision making; estimation
skills; mathematical skills; experimental skills; problem solving; modelling skills; literature search skills.
The 1st cycle studies enable graduates to continue studies in the 2nd cycle (Master) at a portuguese or foreign
university. It also provides enough preparation to a number of career opportunities that do not require a strong
expertise in physics, namely technical posts in public or private institutions, scientific monitor and publisher of
science, and other activities in the field of information technologies.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
The graduated students of the 1st degree in Physics should:
- have a good understanding of the most important physical theories (logical and mathematical structure,
experimental support, described physical phenomena), including a deep knowledge of the foundations of modern
physics, e.g. quantum theory;
- be able to perform experiments independently, as well as to describe, analyze and critically evaluate experimental
data and have become familiar with most important experimental methods - through the laboratory component
present in many of the subjects;
- have acquired an understanding of the nature and ways of physics research and of how physics research is
applicable to many fields other than physics, e.g. engineering;
- be able to carry out the following activities: professional activities in the frame of applied technologies, both at
industrial and laboratory basic levels, related in general to physics and, in particular, to radio-protection,
telecommunication, remote sensing, remote control and quality control; participating in the basic activities of the
public and private research centers (including management); taking care of simple analysis and modelling issues
and of the involved physics and computing aspects; planning and management of basic technologies related to
physics, in sectors such as industry, environment, health, cultural heritage, public administration and banking; all
level popularization of scientific culture issues, with emphasis on theoretical, experimental and applied aspects of
classical and modern physics.
- be able to understand and master the use of most common mathematical and numerical methods;
- be able to perform calculations independently, even when a computer is needed, including capacity to utilize or
develop basic computation systems or sofware for information processing, numerical calculus, simulation of
physical processes, or control of experiments;- be able to work with a high degree of autonomy;
- be able to enter new fields through independent study;
- be able to understand the society problems that confront the profession and to comprehend the ethical issues of
research and of the professional activity in physics (professional integrity) and its responsibility to protect public
health and the environment;
- have improved the use of foreign languages through participation in courses taught in foreign language: i.e. study
abroad via mobility/exchange programmes.
The measurement of the degree of fulfillment depends on the curricular unit, but is usually achieved through
written or oral exams and eventually through reports of the performed laboratory works.
The1st degree cycle allows the student to proceed to the 2nd degree cycle in a national or international university,
where a more specific professional component will be attained.
Mode of Study
The course is delivered in the daytime schedule.
Access to Further Studies
Master’s degree.
Admission Requirements

To apply to the 1st degree in Physics (LF) the approval (10 out of 20) in the national exams of Physics and
Chemistry (07) and Mathematics A(19) are required.
There is also the possibility of enrolling in the 1st degree in Physics by:
- Re-entry, transfer and change of study program;
- Special access for candidates over 23 years old;
- Special access to holders of higher degrees;
The access conditions for these special cases are available at http://www.uc.pt/candidatos/escola_1

This information does not exempt the consultation of the webpage of the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGES) and/or of the Applicants website. Please, visit the DGES and the Applicants websites

Recognition of Prior Learning
Fulfillment of the conditions of access referred to in h allows the recognition of prior learning. For students who do not meet the general conditions and are older than 23 years old, the recognition of prior learning is done through an special examination.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Decree-Law no. 74/2006, 24th of March, changed and republished by the decree: DL no. 107/2008, 25th of June; Ordinance no. 782/2009, 23rd of July. The course description was published in the Dispatch no. 7631/2009.
Professional Goals
Research in I&D laboratories, job opportunities in the services sector and financial sector, in software development and testing companies, in instrumentation development and maintenance, in health units. Teaching and disseminating sciences in the education system.
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

In order to receive the degree, the student must achieve the minimum number of 180 ECTS.

Study Programme
Common core
Areas of expertise
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2016-10-06 a 2022-10-05
R/A-Ef 1543/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18