Bachelor’s degree in Informatics Engineering

General Objectives of the Course

The Degree in Computer Science seeks to meet the dual objective of ensuring a solid basic training in structural areas, such as mathematics, physics, and programming, besides specific areas of Informatics Engineering and to develop a broad spectrum of skills for further study for the 2nd cycle and the eventual initiation into professional practice. It is intended both to encourage students to value some skills and personal attitudes necessary to practice the profession, including: scientific spirit and creativ, critical sense and responsibility, the ability to learn autonomously, to interact and work in groups and in interdisciplinary teams, and the capacity to self-adapt, have communication skills and self-demand. The course has a strong curriculum alignment in core subjects and structuring courses with national and international reference in the field.

Admission Requirements

One of the following sets: Mathematics A (19) or Physics and Chemistry (07) + Mathematics A (19)

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Professional Goals

The bachelor program in Informatics Engineering was designed in order to provide a solid training in Informatics Engineering foundations and competences and to develop required competencies for post-graduate studies, namely in the master program in Informatics Engineering. This master program was developed with the goal of high quality and specialized professionalization in several areas of Informatics engineering (Data Networks and Communication Engineering, Systems and Computation, Information Systems and Software Engineering) and provides necessary scientific training to pursue studies in doctoral programs.
Professions: Possible professions include programmer, software engineer, specialist in information technology management, consultant in informatics, researcher.

Mode of Study

The course is taught full time or part-time, classroom based and daytime

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

The main objective of the Bachelor degree in Informatics Engineering is to provide future graduates with basic principles, theories, methods and practices of Informatics Engineering and Computer Science, so that they can
master all concepts for their intervention in society, or complement their training by pursuing the 2nd cycle of studies and getting a job or following a scientific career. To achieve this overall goal, this cycle of study aims to
reconcile the following specific objectives: instrumental, interpersonal and systemic. i) On the instrumental plan, it is demanded that graduates acquire skills in Computer Science in order to smoothly articulate the complementarity between analysis and synthesis, and also that they internalize the dynamics of problem solving, learn the logic and practices of information management and that they look into the exercise of those powers according to organizational planning approaches focused on building value for the customer and in the
transformation of the complexity in performance. (Ii) At the systemic level, it is sought to strengthen students’ autonomy and ability to learn, their adaptability to new situations, their projective sense in the application of
knowledge and skills, and their acculturation to quality and excellence. (Iii) Finally, at the interpersonal level, the aim is that students acquire other skills that will contribute to the development of their personal and civic traits, the ability to acquire knowledge autonomously, a critical sense of responsibility, information management, group work in interdisciplinary teams, collective learning and a sense of body in the construction of success, etc .. The operationalization of these goals takes into account a solid structuring basic preparation, particularly in the fields of mathematics, physics or programming, through a broadband training, to culminate in a downstream specialization in the 2nd cycle.
Beyond these specific nature of skills associated with Computer Science, it is intended that the strategies, teaching methods adopted and their own processes for evaluating courses can provide students with additional training in most aspects of individual responsibility and critical sense. The means used in the qualitative assessment of the degree and the fulfillment of the objectives of learning are the survey results for students and teachers, the results of monitoring of school success.

Course Coordinator(s)

Filipe João Boavida Mendonça Machado de Araújo

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

João Paulo da Silva Machado Garcia Vilela

Jorge Miguel Sá Silva

Recognition of Prior Learning

Not applicable

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The qualifications framework is in Decree-Law No. 74/2006, dated March 24, amended by Decree-Law No. 107/2008, of June 25, and Decree-Law No. 230/2009 of September 14

Graduation Requirements

The Bachelor’s degree in Informatics Engineering requires 180 ECTS, in the following scientific fields: Mathematics (24 ECTS), Physics (6 ECTS), Informatics (138 ECTS), Economy, Management and Social Sciences (12 ECTS).

Access to Further Studies

Post-graduate studies, master’s degree, Phd.

Study Programme

Informatics Engineering

Academic year

Course Type
1st Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9119

Qualification Awarded: Licenciado

Duration: 3 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0


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
2014-09-16 a 2020-09-15
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior