Master in Geosciences
General Objectives of the CourseThe 2nd cycle in Geosciences trains graduates in key topics of Earth Sciences. It is intended to provide a solid theoretical and practical training in areas of great importance to Science and to the economic and social development of the country. The three areas of specialization - Environment and Planning; Geologic Resources; Geology of Petroleum - broadly reflect the diversity of existing human resources in the DCT-FCTUC, their scientific interests and their interaction with the national and international scientific community, as well as the business community in the country.
The course lasts four semesters (two academic years), 120 ECTSs must be obtained for completion. The syllabus and scientific areas are described in the curriculum (http://www.dct.uc.pt/ and https://apps.uc.pt/courses/PT/course /338).
Can apply for Master in Geosciences graduates in Geology, Geological Engineering and other related fields.
Information about the second cycle FCTUC and the online application form can be found in:
Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.
Professional GoalsThe holder of the degree of "Master in Geosciences" will be able to work in the following companies and institutions: Reserach centers, Exploration, and drilling companies; Planning and environmental companies, Companies for exploration and exploitation of geological resources; Engineering and civil protection services, Regional coordination committees, other public administration institutions.
Mode of StudyFull time attendance
Teaching / Evaluation language(s)Portuguese
Examination Regulations, Assessment and GradingAs assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.
Learning Objectives and Intended SkillsKnowledge in research and identification of geological resources through integrated methods of geological exploration and skills for planning and execution of exploration campaigns. In this sense, the students should:
identify the phases of exploration in context; list the following tasks to develop in each exploration phase; identify select and execute exploration techniques to be used "in a position"; estimate and justify the economic potential of the targets; determine the prospecting techniques to be used in subsequent phases; review DR and GIS knowledge applicable to exploration and planning proposals for its use; reviewing knowledge of mineral deposits and
geochemistry; distinguish the application of exploration techniques; plan and propose the use of techniques in prospecting campaigns to specific fields; describe and analyze specific cases applied to different types of geological context; interpret and compare the techniques used in case studies.
Eric Claude Font
ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)
Joana Paula Machado Ribeiro
Recognition of Prior LearningIt is recognized the prior training and academic achievements of the candidate, in accordance with the requirements presented in last point. Accreditations may be granted at the time of admission.
Qualification Requirements and RegulationsThe legal framework for the qualification is established by the following decrees (DL): Decree-Law no 74/2006, de 24 th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; ordinance no 782/2009, 23th July.
Frequency and approval on a group of disciplines (minimum of 10 disciplines) and public defense of a dissertation
Access to Further StudiesGeosciences Doctoral program in FCTUC.
Doctoral programs at other national or international universities.
- Specialization in Environment and Planning
- Specialization in Geological Resources
- Specialization in Petroleum Geology
2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme
DGES Code: 6133
Qualification Awarded: Mestre
Duration: 4 Semester(s)
ECTS Credits: 120.0
Category: Continuity 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
- 2017-02-23 a 2023-02-22