Master Course in Building Rehabilitation

Department of the Civil Engineering

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Academic year




Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



3 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits



Advanced specialization second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

José António Raimundo Mendes da Silva (raimundo@dec.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

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

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.
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.
Mode of Study
Daytime regime / Face-to-face
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.
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.

Recognition of Prior Learning
If requested by the student , it will be evaluated the possibility of crediting the relevant prior learning (professional or academic), in the terms of the established rules of the University of Coimbra, always maintaining the obligation to get a successful result in the mandatory units of “Project” and “Dissertation” in his specific area (branch of the course).
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The Master Degree is obtained according Portuguese Law DL 74/2006, published in the official journal 24th March, 2006.
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.
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.
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.

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
  • 2015-06-18 a 2021-06-17
R/A - CR 161/2015 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2015-08-03