Integrated Master`s Degree Chemical Engineering

General Objectives of the Course

The Integrated Master in Chemical Engineering (MIEQ) program was designed accordingly to the "New Frontiers in Teaching of Chemical Engineering ", and is based on the triangular relationship " Molecules -Product - Process ", on the multi-scale analysis of the phenomena, on the sustainability of industrial processes aiming to provide a multifaceted training to future Chemical Engineers enabling them to:
- Analyse and describe physical, chemical and biological phenomena , at different scales of time and space using different methodologies;
- Design, control and optimize chemical / biological processes with a high degree of complexity;
- Model / simulate chemical processes and use tools for energy integration, environmental sustainability and quality engineering (Process, Environment and Energy);
- Develop new biomaterials with specific functionalities, or biotechnological processes for use in the fields of fine chemistry, health, food and pharmaceuticals (Biosystems).

Admission Requirements

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

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Professional Goals

The intervention areas of the Master in Chemical Engineer graduated at DEQ/FCTUC, with a multidisciplinary and multifaceted preparation, are not limited to the traditional chemical industry, where his/her intervention can go from process design to production, environmental management, quality control, sales and marketing as well as to a whole new range of applications in areas such as biotechnology, energy, materials and information technology. The following list gives examples of the most important sectors of employability:
- Chemical Industry: pulp and paper, ceramics and glass, cement, petrochemical, plastics, detergents, paints, textiles;
- Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology;
- Food industry and food processing;
- Environment: sewage treatment effluents (WWTP) and industrial treatment effluents (IWWTP);
- Industrial and environmental consulting and licensing;
- Organizations and processes management and implementation of quality systems;
- Public sector: central and regional administration;
- Research and development.

Mode of Study

full time attendance

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The evaluation is a pedagogical activity that is inseparable from teaching. Its main objectives is to assess the skills and knowledge acquired by the students, their critical spirit, the ability to articulate and solve problems as well as their mastery of written and oral communications. The students are admitted to evaluation of the courses in which they are enrolled and registered in the corresponding examinations when registration is required, according to no 7 of Article 5 of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra (RPUC). The evaluation elements may be as follows: written or oral exams, tests, written or practical works as well as projects, carried out individually or in group, that may involve an oral presentation, and classroom participation. The evaluation of the courses may include one or more of the elements indicated above. The classification of each student, for each course, is expressed as an integer value between 0 and 20 points and the students are considered approved when they obtain a final mark at least of 10 points. Whenever the evaluation of course subjects comprises more than one evaluation element, the mark is calculated from the marks obtained in each evaluation element, using a formula publicized pursuant to RPUC.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

The main objective of MIEQ is a multipurpose and multidisciplinary preparation of students so they can take, immediately after graduation, professional positions as Chemical Engineers in an extended range of areas of potential intervention, with the highest levels of quality, in Portugal or abroad. Areas of focus are not limited to traditional chemical industry, where its intervention can range from development, coordination and management of projects to production (process management, monitoring and control), industrial and environmental management (including WWTP), safety, and systems quality control, industrial innovation, logistics, sales and marketing. They may also respond effectively to a whole of new range of requirements in areas such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, food and agri-food, energy, materials and biomaterials. Apart from the technical and commercial activities or research and development, those activities are carried out predominantly by a team (with other engineers or other formations). In this context , the Specific Skills/Competences to be acquired by the MIEQ students go through the fundamental knowledge in the basic sciences, chemical engineering sciences and complementary sciences, such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biological Processes, Thermodynamics, Applied Computing and Statistics, Management and Entrepreneurship and Systems Quality. In the field of Chemical Engineering, the student acquires the knowledge related to the principles underlying the Transfer Processes (momentum, heat and mass), Separation Processes, Chemical Reaction, Instrumentation and also to Control, Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of chemical and biological processes, as well as the capacity to design Products and Processes (integration of knowledge from the last two years). In addition, principles of Safety, Environmental Impact, Sustainability and Energy Integration are also contemplated. It is also worth to highlight the new frontiers of chemical engineering, focusing on molecular changes, in biomaterials, in biological processes and in the multiscale analysis of systems. Another highlight is the dissertation, with an individual work (allowing to develop a scientific approach to solve problems of chemical engineering, as well as to plan and execute experiments and interpret their results). The MIEQ students also acquire generic skills: instrumental (analysis and synthesis, communication and problem solving), personal (group work, critical thinking) and systemic (autonomous learning, adaptation to new situations, self-evaluation and critical spirit), along with the values of honesty, ethics and deontology. The acquisition of this set of skills is developed continuously over the five years of the course, being partial skills evaluated in each discipline and culminating in the integrative disciplines of Product and Process Design and Dissertation.

Course Coordinator(s)

Cristina Maria dos Santos Gaudêncio Baptista

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Abel Gomes Martins Ferreira

Recognition of Prior Learning

The formation already acquired is analyzed and, if relevant in the context of Chemical Engineering, is credited.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

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.

Graduation Requirements

5 years course, 300 ECTS (180 ECTS in the first cycle of studies and 120 in the second one) which includes two group projects and a Master Thesis.

Access to Further Studies

Holders of the Integrated Master's degree in Chemical Engineering may follow a higher level education, including studies of 3rd Cycle in the same or related areas, leading to a PhD degree.

Study Programme

Common core
Integrated Master`s Degree Chemical Engineering
Areas of expertise
Specialization in Biosystems
Specialization in Process, Environment and Energy

Academic year

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

DGES Code: 9461

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 10 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 300.0

Category: Integrated second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 16-09-2019
End date: 21-12-2019
2nd Semester
Start date: 10-02-2020
End date: 30-05-2020


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2015-04-06 a 2021-04-05
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior