Master of Science in Sustainable Cities and Communities

Entidades parceiras: Université de Poitiers, University of Turku

General Objectives of the Course

The EU's existing and planned policy plans and targets in the area of Sustainable Development (for example, the “Green Deal”, launched by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen) will imply the need for a large number of experts with expertise in Sustainability area. The transition to a Green Economy will mean a huge change in the way of thinking, planning and living in cities, communities, companies and other institutions. MSC&C is expected to enable people, with diverse initial backgrounds, to respond to new challenges. These will be placed in the areas of environmental threats, the scarcity of energy resources, ecological degradation, climate change, the circular economy and will require professionals and researchers who master matters and interrelations between essential themes for the analysis of systems with great importance in the use of energy and in the relationship with the environment.

Admission Requirements

To enter the master program, candidates must have a Bachelor degree in one of the following areas: exact and natural sciences, life sciences, earth sciences, engineering, architecture, economics and management, and other social sciences relevant for the sustainable cities theme, or have a scientific technical curriculum that can be assessed equivalent to the bachelor's degree in areas similar to those previously listed.

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

Professional Goals

Urban Planning, Sustainability Departments of public institutions and companies, Energy Sectors, Transport, Environment, Civil Construction, Research and Development Departments, Design and Consultancy Companies, Education and Training Institutions.

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Given the fact that pedagogical assessment is inseparable from teaching, it is intended to ascertain competences and knowledge that students acquired, their critical thinking, their ability to point out and solve problems, as well as their written and oral expression. Students admitted to examination are those who are registered in the curricular units in the academic year in which the exams are carried out and, simultaneously, registered in those examinations, whenever this registration is necessary.Examples of the assessment elements are the following: written or oral exam, tests, written or practical assignments, as well as individual or group projects that may have to be orally defended and students’ participation in classes. Assessment of each curricular unit may include one or more of the mentioned assessment elements.
The mark obtained by each student in each curricular unit consists of a whole number between 0 and 20 points and students who obtain the minimum final mark of 10 points are successfully assessed.
Whenever assessment of a curricular unit comprises more than one assessment element, the final mark is calculated on the basis of the grades the students got in each assessment element.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

Instrumental skills in analysis and synthesis, organization and planning and problem solving are the most valued. With regard to systemic capacities, the concern with sustainable development is the most valued. With the exception that
this program is dedicated to sustainable cities and communities and constitutes a cycle of studies in which several international universities participate in association, the objectives to be developed and their operation are coincident
with those of the Master's already existing at UC in Energy for Sustainability that are described in detail in the article:
Batterman, S .; Martins, A .; Antunes, C .; Freire, F .; Gameiro, M. (2011). Development and Application of Competencies for Graduate Programs in Energy and Sustainability. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and
Practice, vol. 137 (4), pp. 198-207. DOI: 10.1061 / (ASCE) EI.1943-5541.0000069.

Course Coordinator(s)

Manuel Carlos Gameiro da Silva

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Ana Sofia Figueira Ramos

Recognition of Prior Learning

The recognition of training obtained in higher education institutions, domestic or foreign, as well as professional experience is possible, provided they are considered appropriate and consistent with the scientific content of the study cycle. The training previously obtained must be properly proven and can be reflected in the allocation of equivalencies for curricular units of the study cycle. The process of recognition and its limits in terms of ECTS are laid out in the Regulation for Recognition of Prior Studies and Professional Experience of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The Master is composed of 4 semesters, in which students are asked to complete 120 ECTS, according to DL 74/2006, of March 24, in its current wording

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete the set of course units defined for the completion of the master's program study plan, for a total of 120 ECTS, 30 of which correspond to the dissertation.

Access to Further Studies


Study Programme

Cidades e Comunidades Sustentáveis

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: MC70

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Advanced specialization second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 09-09-2024
End date: 14-12-2024
2nd Semester
Start date: 03-02-2025
End date: 22-05-2025


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2021-07-31 a 2027-07-31
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Cr 281/2021