Geological Engineering

Education objectives

Geological Engineering is a specialty that applies principles, concepts and techniques of Geological Sciences in solving engineering problems involving the Earth and its functioning as a geodynamic system. 

The Earth Sciences and Engineering are considered as the main areas of knowledge in many of the more developed countries of the world. Are basic to the development of society and the welfare of Man. Natural materials, water, energy (oil, coal, natural gas, geothermal), construction and public works are essential and indispensable to today''''''''''''''''s society. The search and exploitation of natural resources, the issues associated with appropriate regional and urban planning and the resolution of environmental problems resulting therefrom, are some of the core activities of the Engineer Geologist. 

The undergraduate degree in Geological Engineering, New University of Lisbon (LEG), aims to prepare graduates with solid basic training in the areas of Geosciences and Engineering Sciences which, with the field materials of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science , may be able to work in various fields of applied nature and technology. 

The goals are consistent with the assumptions of the Dublin descriptors. The teaching workload is the average of 23 hours per week. Many disciplines rely on education supported the system of "blended-learning" program through Moodle. This program allows you to develop a direct interface with each student, launch questions, discuss issues or provide assessment tests. 
The major intervention areas of future graduates in engineering geology are related to construction and public works and the exploration and exploitation of natural resources. It covers the fields of action and/or expertise that connect not only among other specialties of engineering (civil, mining and environment) as between engineering and geology. 


  • Provide services within the study to: 
  • civil works; 
  • exploration, collection and protection of groundwater; 
  • exploration and exploitation of aggregates for the construction industry; 
  • exploration and exploitation of minerals and ornamental; 
  • petroleum geology; 
  • urban and regional planning; 
  • Protection against Natural Hazards.

General characterization

DGES code



Bachelor (1st Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to 2nd cycle


Paulo do Carmo de Sá Caetano

Opening date





871.52 Euros/year or 7000,00 Euros/year (for foreign students).



Teaching language

Available soon

Degree pre-requisites

Duration : 3 years
Credits : 
180 ECTS

Scientific Area Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Transferable Skills CC 3  
Engineering Sciences CE 57  
Social Sciences and Humanities CHS 6  
Physics F 12  
Geology G 54  
Informatics I 6  
Mathematics M 30  
Chemistry Q 6  
Any Scientific Area QAC   6 (a)
TOTAL 174 6

(a) 6 ECTS in courses chosen by the student on a list approved annually by the Scientific Council of FCT / UNLwhich includes the unity of all scientific areas of FCT / UNL

Conditions of admittance

Available soon

Evaluation rules

The following modes of evaluation are used with regard to academic qualifications:

  1. Evaluation based solely on an examination or completion of a final project.
  2. Evaluation based on work done throughout the semester excluding examination or final project. In these courses students can expect to carry out, for example, laboratory activities, mini-tests, tests, individual or group projects, seminar-related activities, any combination of which will be used to determine the final grade.
  3. Evaluation based obligatorily on an examination or a final project. In these courses there extists a form of evaluation similar to one of the aformentioned activities in paragraph 2 as well as a form of evaluation based on a final exam.
  4. Evaluation based on work done throughout the semester with the possibility of foregoing an examination or a final project.


1.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
11505 Linear Algebra and Analytic Geometry 6.0
11504 Mathematical Analysis I 6.0
10663 General Geology 6.0
10664 Mineralogy 6.0
10429 Chemistry C 6.0
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10347 Mathematical Analysis II C 6.0
10352 Soft Skills for Science and Technology 3.0
7706 Stratigraphy and Paleontology 6.0
12292 Physics I 6.0
10665 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 3.0
7702 Topography and Field Geology 6.0
3.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
5004 Mathematical Analysis III C 6.0
10344 Informatics for Science and Engineering 6.0
10576 Applied Mechanics I 6.0
3813 Sedimentary Petrology and Sedimentology 6.0
10354 Probability and Statistics D 6.0
4.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10358 Science, Technology and Society 3.0
10668 Geophysics 6.0
7712 Structural Geology 6.0
10669 Geochemistry 3.0
10666 Geostatistics and Data Analysis 6.0
10667 Geographical and Geological Information Systems 6.0
5.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10670 Remote Sensing 6.0
10671 Geology of Portugal 3.0
11273 General Hydraulics 6.0
10672 Mechanical Exploration 3.0
7715 Strength of Materials 6.0
5.º Semester - Unidade Curricular do Bloco Livre
Code Name ECTS
11066 Electives 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
6.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
11024 Geological Cartography 3.0
10579 Economics 3.0
7719 Engineering Geology 6.0
2761 Hydrogeology 6.0
3827 Soil Mechanics 6.0
11025 Industrial and Ornamental Rocks 3.0
6.º Semester - Opção PIIC/PIPP
Code Name ECTS
10599 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program 3.0
10598 Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program 3.0
O aluno deverá obter 3.0 créditos nesta opção.