Master's degree in Urban Fire Safety

Department of the Civil Engineering

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Academic year




Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Lifelong Learning Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



4 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits



Lifelong training second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

João Paulo Correia Rodrigues (jpaulocr@dec.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

João Carlos dos Santos Alves Vieira (jvieira@dec.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
This master’s degree derives from the reorganization of the Postgraduate Program in Urban Fire Safety that began in October 2005 in FCTUC. This Master’s will be again organized by FCTUC and LNEC, whose scientific expertise and training competences guarantee a high level of education. The course aims to provide advanced training in various fields of fire safety and train specialists capable of self-learning and lifelong learning.
Graduates are to plan and manage project tasks by applying fire safety engineering, thereby becoming agents of innovation and optimizing resource management.
The curriculum of this course reflects not only the key areas of fire safety, but the state-of-the-art knowledge in this field.
Mode of Study
Full-time, daytime attendance
Access to Further Studies
Admission Requirements

Holders of a pre-Bologna degree or Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Geological Engineering, Mining Engineering, Planning Engineering, Materials Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Safety and Hygiene at Work, Civil Defense and Geology, with the minimum mark of 14. Applications from candidates with other qualifications and / or less than a mark of 14 may be considered based on the curriculum vitae. The selection of candidates will be carried out by assessing their curriculum conducting interviews.

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

Recognition of Prior Learning
Not Applicable
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: 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
Professional Goals
The course is intended for Local Council technicians, technical assistance offices, insurance companies, the National Civil Protection Authority (ANPC), Health and Safety at Work technicians, safety technicians, higher education teachers, fire safety enterprise technicians.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Given the fact that pedagogical assessment is inseparable from teaching, it is intended to ascertain competences and knowledge that students acquired, their critical thinking, their ability to point out and solve problems, as well as their written and oral expression. Students admitted to examination are those who are registered in the curricular units in the academic year in which the exams are carried out and, simultaneously, registered in those examinations, whenever this registration is necessary, in accordance with number 7, article 5 of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra.
The assessment elements are the following examples: written or oral exam, tests, written or practical assignments, as well as individual or group projects that may have to be orally defended and students’ participation in classes. Assessment of each curricular unit may include one or more of the mentioned assessment elements.
The mark obtained by each student in each curricular unit consists of a whole number between 0 and 20 points and students who obtain the minimum final mark of 10 points are successfully assessed.
Whenever assessment of a curricular unit comprises more than one assessment element, the final mark is calculated on the basis of the marks students obtained in each assessment element by means of a formula that is made public in accordance with number 1, article 8 of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra.
Graduation Requirements

public defense of a dissertation

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2013-09-26 a 2019-09-25
R/A-Ef 3431/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18