Master Course in Sustainable Management of the Urban Water Cycle

Entidade parceira: Universidade do Minho

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.

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.

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.

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

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


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

- 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.

Course Coordinator(s)

José Alfeu Almeida de Sá Marques

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

José Paulo Pereira de Gouveia Lopes de Almeida

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

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).

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.

Study Programme

Public Health Engineering
Urban Hydraulics

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: M897

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 3 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 90.0

Category: Advanced specialization second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 21-09-2020
End date: 18-12-2020
2nd Semester
Start date: 15-02-2021
End date: 21-05-2021


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2016-03-17 a 2022-03-16
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior