Master Course in Building Rehabilitation

General Objectives of the Course

The proposed Master Course intends to create an educational offer in the area of buildings rehabilitation to civil engineers but which is also of interest to architecture professionals and eventually to other branches of engineering. The proposed course is devoted to the transmission of advanced knowledge in the specific domains of the principles, strategies, techniques and dimensioning of interventions on buildings, whether in situations of premature deterioration and accident or in aging and natural degradation or functional maladjustment, both in old urban centers and contemporary cities. It is also intended that students reinforce their critical consciousness on the field of the management of urban rehabilitation operations in legal, cultural and economic terms, and always under the logic of construction sustainability.

Admission Requirements

- The candidates to the branch of Structural Rehabilitation should be
holders of bachelor course in Civil Engineering (before Bologna) or first
cycle course in Civil Engineering (after Bologna) or an integrated master
course in Civil Engineering (after Bologna);
- The candidates to the branch of Non-Structural Rehabilitation should be
holders of first cycle (bachelor) courses or equivalent in Civil Engineering,
Architecture or similar

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

Professional Goals

In this Master Course it is expected that most students are already in the labour market, so their perspective is not that of a beginning a new professional area but, mainly, seeking of advanced knowledge to improve their competitiveness in this specific area of expertise. Given the expected increase in the activity of urban renewal, it is expected that these students will also represent the commitment of the companies in this field, by changing their main economic activity, actually focused on new construction. This paradigm shift also requires a higher technical qualification of local authorities, funding institutions and insurance companies, which are major employers in the sector.

Mode of Study

Daytime regime / Face-to-face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese Language

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The evaluation rules are defined for each unit of the course. The final mark in every unit will be defined in the range 0 to 20; The lower mark to obtain the approval in each unit is 10.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

It is intended that at the end of the master course students have acquired knowledge and competencies that allows them to:
-Observe, register and diagnose building anomalies
–Define strategies and rehabilitation intervention techniques as well as characterize and select the appropriate materials
–Dimension interventions to be realized (either in structural or nonstructural perspective)
-Plan, schedule and manage rehabilitation processes
– Dialogue (in a qualified way) with the different specialties and interveners in the building and urban rehabilitation process in a multidisciplinary perspective and within a construction sustainability framework
- Develop research skills in the field of rehabilitation.

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria Isabel Morais Torres

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

José Paulo Pereira de Gouveia Lopes de Almeida

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The Master Degree is obtained according Portuguese Law DL 74/2006, published in the official journal 24th March, 2006.

Graduation Requirements

The course is organized in three semesters, with 30 ECTS each. The first semester will consist of different optional units; The second semester will consist of different optional units, and 2 mandatory units for each branch of the course: Project Development and Dissertation I on Structural Rehabilitation for students of this branch and Project Development and Dissertation I on Non Structural Rehabilitation for students of this second branch. The third semester is devoted entirely to the preparation of the dissertation (30 ECTS in this semester). The optional units can be chosen from different scientific areas, provided that the student completes at least 42 ECTS, where, at least, 12 ECTS in area of Transversal Knowledge and, at least, 18 ECTS in the specific branch of the course. In each edition of the course, eventually, only a few of the optional units will be available and this will be announced on time.

Access to Further Studies

By attributing the Master Degree, this course allows access to third cycles studies, limited to the specific requirements established by each of these courses.

Study Programme

Non-Structural Rehabilitation of Buildings
Structural Rehabilitation of Building

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: M831

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 3 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 90.0

Category: Advanced specialization second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Quarterial
Start date: 01-09-2022
End date: 30-11-2022
2nd Quarterial
Start date: 01-12-2022
End date: 28-02-2023
3rd Quarterial
Start date: 01-03-2023
End date: 31-05-2023
4th Quarterial
Start date: 01-06-2023
End date: 31-08-2023
1st Semester
Start date: 12-09-2022
End date: 17-12-2022
2nd Semester
Start date: 06-02-2023
End date: 20-05-2023


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2015-06-18 a 2021-06-17
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