Master Course in Sustainable Management of the Urban Water Cycle

Department of the Civil Engineering

Entidade parceira : Universidade do Minho

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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 Alfeu Almeida de Sá Marques (jasm@dec.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

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

General Objectives of the Course
The course aims to create a training offer in the field of Sanitary Engineering. The proposed course is designed for the transmission of knowledge in the specific areas of urban hydraulics and its connection with the public health. These two themes have also a strong connection to several others, such as operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of infrastructure of urban hydraulic systems, water management and sustainability of systems of water services. It is intended to provide students with advanced theoretical knowledge that are useful from the point of view of their practical application and that constitute a significant added value in relation to the content traditionally taught in integrated masters courses. An objective is to transmit, to technicians advanced knowledge on the topics modelling of ydraulic systems, management, operation and maintenance of infrastructure and equipment and processes and essential water treatment technologies.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
- To operate, to manage and to rehabilitate systems and components of the urban water cycle;
- Define strategies, rehabilitation techniques, and selection of appropriate materials;
- Knowledge and understanding of processes and water treatment technologies
- evaluate the efficiency of the various unit processes of treatment (physical, chemical and biological) and alternative solutions based on the results of operational monitoring of treatment plants;
- To plan, schedule and manage process improvement of quality of service to minimize the cost / benefit
- Enable dialogue between stakeholders in the process of operation, management and in a multidisciplinary perspective and within a framework of sustainability of water resources and the environment
- To develop skills and research in the field of sustainable management of urban hydraulic infrastructures and water resources.
Mode of Study
Full-time, face-to-face and daytime. Edits work alternately one year at UC and the other in UM, beginning at UC
Access to Further Studies
By attributing the Master Degree, this course allows access to third cycle studies, limited to the specific requirements established by each of these courses.
Admission Requirements

Holders of first cycle (bachelor) courses or equivalent in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar.

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

Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of prior learning will be carried out according to the specific regulations of both institutions.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The Master Degree is obtained according Portuguese Law DL 74/2006, published in the official journal 24th March, 2006, in its current wording
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 water infrastructures, it is expected that these students will also represent the commitment of the companies in this field. This paradigm shift also requires a higher technical qualification of local authorities, public and private water sector companies, 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

To obtain the Master degree, the student should obtain approval in all curricular units of the common mandatory part of the course (33 ECTS), in the mandatory units of the specific area (18 ECTS) and, also, in 09 ECTS of optional units. Additionally, the student should obtain approval in the Dissertation (30 ECTS).

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
  • 2016-03-17 a 2022-03-16
R/A- Cr 50/2016 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2016-04-13