Integrated Master's in Mechanical Engineering

General Objectives of the Course

The level of technical and scientific competencies required to MIEM students in each of the two field of expertise, combined with the capacity to integrate knowledge from several areas and the development of a strong critical spirit, allow the students to be able to solve complex problems in various industrial sectors, such as: industrial goods, transport, energy, heating, ventilation, industrial plants, plastics and mold, among many others.
The MIEM holders have access to the profession of engineer in industry, services and public sector. Students of MIEM have the opportunity to develop original work, in their dissertation or final project, which can be developed in academic or industrial environment, considering problems with more or less applied research. In each area of specialization of the MIEM, there are curricular units with a strong penchant for promoting innovation, either by their syllabus or by the challenges they pose to the students.

Admission Requirements

Physics and Chemistry (07) and Mathematics A (19).

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Professional Goals

The career opportunities for holders the Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering are perhaps the most comprehensive in the job market in engineering. Indeed, Mechanical Engineers, as professionals who can work in Conceptualization, Project design, Manufacture, Maintenance, Management and Consultancy, easily find a job in companies of almost all economic sectors. Mechanical Engineers who graduated at FCTUC are employable. In a recent survey carried out to DEM / FCTUC alumni, 90% had found a job in less than one month after ployable. In a recent survey carried out to DEM / FCTUC alumni, 90% had found a job in less than one month after completion of the course.

Mode of Study

Full time attendance

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

According to the spirit of integrated Master in Mechanical Engineering the first three years (1st cycle) have a structural and broadband character and are essentially for the students acquire knowledge of basic sciences namely Mathematics, Physics Programming, Thermodynamics, Fluid and Materials.
In last two years the knowledge is complemented with subjects of general interest to the end areas of course. Here the students must be able to use the knowledge of cross sectional areas, like Health and Safety, Maintenance, and of complementary area like Electrical Engineering and Economics Management, to solve and discuss problems in their area of training. All these other subjects are of great importance in many professional contexts of Mechanical Engineering.
The integration and implementation of all the knowledge acquired during the course are made in the subjects Project Systems and Master's Dissertation. Thus, the course is structured around "main lines", all of them with more and less autonomous formation and with a good bandwidth. These specific skills can be summarized in the following aspects: Design and Mechanical Design, Manufacturing Technologies, Energy and Environment, Measurement, Control and Performance Management and Industrial. The great opportunity during the course for the student developed na original work appear in the Master’s Dissertation. This can be in academic or industrial environment with a context, or not, for an applied research. In each specific area there are also some subjects with a strong penchant to stimulate innovation, either by providing the knowledge or by either the challenges proposed to the students.

Course Coordinator(s)

José Luís Ferreira Afonso

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Fernando Jorge Ventura Antunes

Ricardo Nuno Madeira Soares Branco

Recognition of Prior Learning

Prior learning might be recognized according to the applicable regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Decree-Law n. º 74/2006, of 24 March, in its present redaction.

Graduation Requirements

Public defence of a dissertation

Access to Further Studies

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

Study Programme

Common core
Integrated Master's in Mechanical Engineering
Areas of expertise
Energy and Environment
Production and Project

Academic year

Course Type
Integrated Study Cycle (1st and 2nd)

DGES Code: 9369

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 10 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 300.0

Category: Integrated second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 21-09-2020
End date: 18-12-2020
2nd Semester
Start date: 15-02-2021
End date: 29-05-2021


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2014-10-30 a 2020-10-29
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior