Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

General Objectives of the Course

The Chemical Engineering 1st cycle (LEQ) curriculum is based on the principles associated with the “New Frontiers in Chemical Engineering Education” and the recommendations of the European Federation Chemical Engineers (EFCE).

The degree in Chemical Engineering aims to offer:
-basic knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biochemistry and statistics, allowing to understand the phenomena involved in chemical processes;
- the fundamental principles explaining the transfer of mass, heat and energy and the chemical reaction mechanisms;
-theoretical and practical training on the main equipment of the Chemical Industry, and its design and operation;
The Bachelor in Chemical Engineering should be able to consider, analyze and evaluate products, processes on a systems engineering base and apply methods of analysis of the operation of chemical processes, identify and solve problems by combining theoretical and practical knowledge in an integrated way.

Admission Requirements

National Call for Access and Entry to Higher Education (DGES):

Entry exams:
07 Physics and Chemistry
19 Mathematics A

Application score: 100 points (0-200 scale)
Entry exams: 100 points (0-200 scale)

Calculation Formula:
Secondary school average: 50%
Entry exams: 50%

Other forms of access (UC-applicants):
- Change of Institution / Course Pair Schemes;
- Special Access Call for over 23-years-olds;
- Special Access Call for Holders of Other Higher Education Courses;
- Special Call for International Students.

This information does not exempt the consultation of the webpage of the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGES) and/or of the Applicants website. Please, visit the DGES and the Applicants websites

Professional Goals

Chemical engineers will be able to handle the demands of different industries carrying out tasks at a level of process analysis and problem solving, environmental issues, quality control, sales and marketing.
The following list gives examples of the most important sectors of employability:
- Bulk and fine chemicals;
- Oil refining;
- Pulp and paper;
- Polymers;
- Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology;
- Food;
- Ceramics, glass and cement;
- Textil.

Mode of Study

Daytime / Full-time / Face-to-face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese language

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The evaluation is a pedagogical activity that is inseparable from teaching. Its main objectives are to assess the skills and knowledge acquired by the students, their critical spirit, the ability to articulate and solve problems as well as their mastery of written and oral communication. The evaluation elements may be as follows: written or oral exams, practical work (in the laboratory or computing), assignments, as well as projects, carried out individually or in group, that may involve an oral presentation, and classroom participation. The classification of each student, for each course, is expressed as an integer value between 0 and 20 points and the students are considered approved when they obtain a final mark at least of 10 points. The evaluation of course subjects may include more than one evaluation element. Admission to assessment defined by the regulations of the University of Coimbra.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

At the end of the LEQ, taking advantage of the basic training in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology, and in the fundamental principles of chemical engineering: chemical reaction and transport processes, the graduates will be able to understand and analyze the operation of several equipment and develop mathematical models for medium complexity systems. It is also intended that graduates will have understanding of nowadays crucial technical areas: effluents and environment; instrumentation and control; management and entrepreneurship and data processing.
The graduate will understand the different stages of an industrial process: preparation of raw materials, chemical reaction and separation processes.
Skills in the field of written and oral communication, teamwork and understanding of professional and ethical responsibility will be developed throughout the LEQ.

Course Coordinator(s)

Cristina Maria dos Santos Gaudêncio Baptista

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Ana Clotilde Amaral Loureiro da Fonseca

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

Decree-Law No. 74/2006, of March 24, in the current wording

Graduation Requirements

The degree is awarded to those who, being regularly enrolled in the first cycle in Chemical Engineering, obtained, by approval in course units, 180 ECTS accordingly to the curriculum structure.

Access to Further Studies

Bachelors in Chemical Engineering can continue their study with a 2nd cycle.

Study Programme

Engenharia Química

Academic year

Course Type
1st Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9125

Qualification Awarded: Licenciado

Duration: 3 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0


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


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2020-07-31 a 2026-07-31
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