Master in Geological Resources

General Objectives of the Course

Each course edition aims to develop advanced skills on the geology and geological resources of a specific region of a CPLP country. It is particularly aimed at professionals from countries well endowed with mineral resources, but who do not adequately master the specific methods and techniques for the characterization of that type of geology / resources.
Thus, the alignment of curricular units with transnational pedagogical approaches, as a response to changing paradigms in the exploration and management of geological resources, will allow students to develop knowledge, skills and competences autonomously in the areas of exploration and exploration of water resources, minerals and energy, of geological and thematic cartography, in the evaluation and management of geological resources, in the optimization of geotechnology and development of new products or materials, and in environmental conservation and requalification.
The partnership established with the JBAS Geoscience Schools Group, which encompasses university institutions in Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique and East Timor, identified mutually advantageous situations in the interest of generating added value in the way of transmitting knowledge.
In this scope, the curricular structure of the first year of school is based on the delineation of practical curricular units, theoretical practical and laboratory practices and the complementary practical training structured in National and / or transnational Field Weeks activities.
Field weeks translate into training sessions in core areas of the study cycle. During their duration, students will enhance skills and develop positive relationships and shared visions of geological domains and resources.

Admission Requirements

The prospective candidates may apply for access to this course if: a) they are holders of a BSc degree or legal equivalent in Geology or other related fields; b) they are holders of a degree obtained abroad that is recognized as meeting the objectives of the degree in Geology or other related fields; c) in duly justified cases, holders of a scientific and professional curriculum that is considered relevant for attending this study cycle by the coordination of the course. Cumulatively candidates must demonstrate the adequacy and motivation to this cycle of studies, through a motivation letter. Whenever necessary an interview will be carried out.

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

Professional Goals

It is expected that most of the potential students of this cycle of studies will be already working, so more than promoting a new professional prospect, it seeks to increase the knowledge and to promote a greater competitiveness in this specific professional area. The holder of the degree of "Master in Regional Geological Resources" will be able to start and/or consolidate the professional activity in the following companies and organizations: Prospecting and surveying companies; Public works companies; Mining companies, Public administration institutions; Research organizations; Universities and other educational institutions.

Mode of Study

Regime daytime, full-time, B-learning

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese and/or English

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Evaluation is a pedagogical activity that is inseparable from teaching, it aims at ascertaining the skills and knowledge acquired by students, their critical spirit, their ability to enunciate and solve problems, as well as their mastery of written and oral exposition. Students enrolled in curricular units in each academic year are also enrolled in the evaluation system of the course. Assessment methods might include the following: written or oral tests, written or practical assignments, as well as individual or group projects, which may have to be presented orally and the participation in classes. The evaluation of each course unit may include one or more of the assessment elements listed above. The evaluation of the Project is carried out by means of the assessment of: (i) the final report; (ii) presentation and public discussion of the work, which also might include a detailed statement of the performance evaluation, if the project is developed in an external organization, and signed by both external and internal supervisors that must both accompany all the work developed. The classification of each student, for each curricular unit, translates into an integer value between 0 and 20 and it is considered approved the students who obtain the minimum final classification of 10 out of 20. Where the evaluation of a course unit comprises more than one evaluation element, the final grade is calculated from the marks obtained in each evaluation element by means of a formula made public in the course unit file, in accordance with paragraph 2, article 7 of the RPUC (Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

The proposed master course aims to create a post-graduated offer in the area of specialization in regional geological resources, simultaneously responding to a formative gap in the national and the international markets, namely in the CPLP, a group of countries in which the DCT has invested in deep relations with governmental organisms and other organizations. The curricular plan also establishes a program for the acquisition of instrumental, systemic and interpersonal competences, based on teaching methods that include the consolidation of theoretical and abstract objectives, along with fieldwork with capacity building to acquire knowledge with critical reasoning, to apply it in practice the theoretical and synthesis knowledge, as well as laboratory work with the acquisition of methodological and technological capabilities, application of references and guidelines, information management and decision-making capacity.
The study cycle aims to provide students with specific skills to:
(1) Carry out geological surveys of detail and establish thematic cartography of synthesis;
(2) Design, sample and size geological, geophysical and geochemical prospecting projects;
(3) To design, execute and evaluate projects for the execution, exploitation, transformation of mineral, water and energy resources;
(4) Conduct studies for the assessment of geological resources using conventional and / or geostatistical methods;
(5) Intervene and coordinate projects for requalification and strategic environmental assessment;
(6) To develop research and innovation capacity in the field of regional geo-resources from a multi-sectoral perspective.
The acquisition of skills, namely group work, interpersonal relationships, understanding the language of other specialists, planning and managing, adaptability to new situations, can respond to the global transnational nature of sustainability in adapting to climate change, capacity building of exploration and management of geo-resources in their dimensions and complexities.

Course Coordinator(s)

Nelson Edgar Viegas Rodrigues

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Joana Paula Machado Ribeiro

Recognition of Prior Learning

If the student so requires, it will be evaluated the possibility of accrediting prior relevant learning (professional or academic), in accordance to the regulation of the UC regarding accreditation of previous learning and of the professional experience, but it will be mandatory always to to get a successful result in the course unit of Dissertation or Project.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The qualification is legally bound by the Portuguese Decree-Law number 74/2006, of the 24th March, in its current version.

Graduation Requirements

To obtain the Master degree, the student has to get approved in 10 curricular units (8 mandatory 2 optional), corresponding to 60 ECTS, and, alternatively, a Dissertation or an equivalent Project, corresponding to 60 ECTS. Completion of the initial 10 curricular units (first year), entitles the student the right to request a diploma of the Specialization Course in Regional Geological Resources.

Access to Further Studies

This degree allows the access to the 3rd cycle, limited by the conditions of each doctorate program.

Study Programme

Recursos Geológicos

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Lifelong Learning Master Programme

DGES Code: MA22

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 4 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Lifelong training 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
2018-06-26 a 2024-06-25
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior