Master in Chemical Engineering

General Objectives of the Course

The Master in Chemical Engineering (MEQ) of UC is anchored in the EFCE recommendations (, focusing on multi-scale and integrated approaches to analyse phenomena/processes, in stimulating creativity to find new solutions, in the sustainability and safety of industrial processes, in teamwork, which allow a multifaceted training of future Chemical Engineers, whose competences include:
- Analysis and description of physicochemical and biological phenomena/processes on multiple scales using appropriate methodologies;
- Design, simulation, control and optimization of processes with high complexity;
- Use of tools of energy integration and environmental protection, pursuing a logic of circular economy and improvement of process quality (Process, Environment and Energy);
- Development of innovative (bio)materials with adjusted functionality and biotechnological processes relevant to the areas of fine chemistry, health, food, pharmaceutical (Bioprocesses and Biomaterials).

Admission Requirements

1. Applicants to the cycle of studies leading to this Master's degree must be:
a) Holders of a Bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent in Chemical Engineering, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Biological Engineering, Polymers Engineering, Bioengineering, Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Technology, Petroleum Engineering, Petroleum Technologies - Refining Branch, which courses are organized according to the Bologna principles;
b) Holders of a foreign higher academic degree, in the areas referred to in a), awarded following a 1st cycle of studies organized according to the principles of the Bologna Process by a State compliant with this Process;
c) Holders of a higher academic degree obtained abroad that is recognized as meeting the objectives of the degree of bachelor in one of the areas mentioned under the previous points by the Scientific Committee of FCTUC;
d) In duly justified cases, the holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum relevant to the attendance of this study cycle and, as such recognized by the FCTUC Scientific Council, according to criteria duly weighted and approved by referred council;
2. The recognition referred to in sub-paragraphs b) to d) of paragraph 1 merely provides access to the study cycle leading to the degree of master and does not confer on its holder the equivalence to the degree of bachelor or the recognition of that degree.

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

Professional Goals

The Masters in Chemical Engineering from University of Coimbra have a solid, multidisciplinary, modern preparation, also focused on resilience and creativity towards new challenges, which allows them a robust performance in areas involving the design of industrial processes, active and safe management of production lines and their teams, design of new products, environmental management, quality control, sales and marketing, as well as a new level of solicitation in cutting-edge areas such as biotechnology, energy production/recovery, sustainable solutions, advanced materials and data science. The following list gives examples of the most important sectors of employability:
- Chemical Industry: pulp and paper, polymers, ceramics and glass, cement, petrochemical, detergents, paints, textiles;
- Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology;
- Food industry and food processing;
- Environment: wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) and industrial wastewater treatment plants (IWWTP);
- Industrial and environmental consulting and licensing;
- Organizations and processes management and implementation of quality systems;
- Public sector: central and regional administration;
- Innovation, research & development.

Mode of Study

Daytime / Full-time / Face-to-face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese/ English

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 communications. The students are admitted to evaluation of the courses in which they are enrolled and registered in the corresponding examinations when registration is required, according to the regulations of University of Coimbra. The evaluation elements may be as follows: written or oral exams, tests, problems solving, written or practical works as well as projects, carried out individually or in group, that may involve an oral presentation, and classroom participation. The evaluation of the courses may include one or more of the elements indicated above and students must be informed about the weighting of each component in the final evaluation of the curricular unit, following the regulations of University of Coimbra. 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 approval in the Dissertation in Chemical Engineering includes a public defense of the developed work before a jury composed of specialists in the field in which it is framed, according to the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra (RAUC).

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

-Multidisciplinary preparation to perform the Chemical Engineering career in multiple areas of chemical/biochemical processes, including project development/coordination, production and quality control, industrial/environmental management, safety, R&D, in several sectors (traditional chemical industry; cutting-edge areas, e.g. energy, bio-systems, sustainable processes/products or others).
Specific skills: i) to apply advanced knowledge and tools in system modeling/control, multiphase reactors, separation processes, process/product design, complemented by others in environmental protection technologies, energy production/management and quality engineering (PAE area), or biochemical engineering and biomaterials (BB area); ii) ability to design innovative and/or highly complex processes/products.
Generic skills: critical analysis, synthesis, teamwork, communication, autonomy, adaptation to new situations and values of honesty and ethics.

Course Coordinator(s)

Luísa Maria Rocha Durães

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

In order to obtain the Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, the student has to complete a total of 120 ECTS, i.e. be approved in all curricular units of the study’s cycle that compose one of the selected alternative areas of specialization (Process, Environment and Energy, PAE, or Bioprocesses and Biomaterials, BB) and successfully accomplish a public defense of a Master's Dissertation (developed in an academic or industrial environment). The PAE and BB areas include, respectively, 18 and 24 ECTS of elective curricular units.

Access to Further Studies

Holders of the Master's degree in Chemical Engineering will be able to access 3rd cycle studies in the same area or in related areas leading to the Ph.D. Degree.

Study Programme

Bioprocesses and Biomaterials
Chemical Processes, Environment and Energy

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

DGES Code: 6362

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Continuity second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 12-09-2024
End date: 18-12-2024
2nd Semester
Start date: 03-02-2025
End date: 22-05-2025


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2020-07-31 a 2026-07-31
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Cr 53/2021