Integrated Master's in Civil Engineering

General Objectives of the Course

The Integrated Master’s in Civil Engineering (MIEC) of DEC-FCTUC started in the 2007-2008 school year, replacing the previous degree in Civil Engineering. It was necessary to adapt the Civil Engineering course to a new format compatible with the guidelines set by the Protocol of Bologna. The curricular structure and content are intended to provide a solid academic background that ensures professionalism in the several field of civil engineering.
Curricular structure
MIEC is divided into two cycles. In the first cycle, which has a three-year duration, students are granted a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering Sciences. It essentially consists of general courses (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Drawing, Statistics, etc.) and basic training in Civil Engineering. Students must achieve a total of 180 ECTS in order to complete the 1st cycle.
Students who completed the 1st cycle have direct access to the 2nd cycle, which has a two-year duration and corresponds to the Master’s degree. In the last year students are to attend courses from one of the six areas of expertise Civil Engineering and to write their Master’s dissertation.
Students must obtain a total of 120 ECTS, 60 in each year. Therefore, students must achieve a total of 300 ECTS in order to get the Master’s degree.

Admission Requirements

Physics and Chemistry (07) and Mathematics A (19).

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Professional Goals

All career opportunities which are possible for graduates in civil engineering, including: planning, direction, construction sites management or supervision, project, management, consultancy, etc.

Graduates may work in any sector of civil engineering: construction, banking and insurance, mining or manufacturing, services, central or local government, or personal initiatives (businessman or liberal professional).
Although most graduates start their professional life in Portugal, the potential market for job recruitment is now virtually unlimited. In fact, there are Portuguese engineers in almost all continents and in many European countries, either working in companies or working by their own personal initiative.

Mode of Study

Full time attendance required

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As 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.

Course Coordinator(s)

Paulo José Venda Oliveira

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

José Paulo Pereira de Gouveia Lopes de Almeida

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition or equivalence of previous learning is possible on the basis of curricular analysis and merit of the origin institution.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no 74/2006, de 24th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; ordinance no 782/2009, 23th July.

Graduation Requirements

300 ECTS: 180 ECTS in the 1st cycle and 120 ECTS in the 2nd cycle of studies. Public defense of a dissertation.

Access to Further Studies

PhD in several areas of the Engineering Sciences.

Study Programme

Common core
Integrated Master's in Civil Engineering
Areas of expertise
Area of Expertise in Construction
Area of Expertise in Geotechnics
Area of Expertise in Hydraulics, Water Resources and Environment
Area of Expertise in Structural Mechanics
Area of Expertise in Structures
Area of Expertise in Urbanism, Transportation and Transportation Infrastructures

Academic year

Course Type
Integrated Study Cycle (1st and 2nd)

DGES Code: 9360

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 10 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 300.0

Category: Integrated second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 21-09-2020
Start date (first year): 06-10-2020
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
2018-07-31 a 2024-07-30
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior