Civil Engineering (Structures and Geotechnics)

Education objectives

The Master in Civil Engineering - Structures and Geotechnics provides a scientific and applied background of the best quality in the field of Geotechnical and Structures, covering the topics of recent developments in safety and innovative tecnhiques

The students, in close liaison with teachers, also benefit from interaction with research projects that provide the introduction of new structural materials and geotechnical solutions for "smart structures", active mitigation of effects of severe environmental actions,  from studyinfrastructure for TGV and seismic applications in the areas of dynamics and repair of structures. 

It attaches importance to the professional aspects covered by the new European regulations, the ability to work as a team, the stimulus for continuing education and respect for ethics and professional standards. 

It is expected, moreover, a dynamic management of the course that will set forth the changes in the labor market to justify expansion or change the curriculum. 


The opportunities for integration in construction companies, firms in civil engineering projects and geotechnical engineering, participation in planning studies and environmental impact of large engineering works depend on the type of training given to students who complete this Masters. 

Studies of seismic risk, design of bridges and dams, containment of soil, tunnels, embankments, port infrastructure are additional examples of projects and works lacking the training provided to graduates at this Masters.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to a 3rd cycle


Ildi Cismasiu

Opening date





National students (already enrolled in 2019/20): 1063.47  / annual

National students (admission in 2020/21): 1500 € / year

International students: 7000 € / year



Teaching language

Available soon

Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 2 years

Credits: 120 ECTS 

Mandatory scientifc areas

Scientific Area Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Construction Engineering EC 78 24
Engineering Sciences CE 6 -

Construction Engineering / Engineering Sciences

EC / CE - 3
Transferable Skills CC   3  -
Any Scientific Area   QAC  -  6 a)
TOTAL 87 33

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.

The final Dissertation (or Project) involves a public discussion with a Jury.


1.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
11604 Analysis of Structures IA 6.0
8421 Reinforced Concrete I 6.0
3828 Foundations 6.0
11301 Geotechnical Modelling 6.0
1.º Semester - Unidade Curricular de Bloco Livre
Code Name ECTS
11066 Unrestricted Electives 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
11605 Analysis of Structures IIA 6.0
10759 Reinforced Concrete II 6.0
10380 Entrepreneurship 3.0
10463 Special Foundations and Retaining Walls 6.0
10455 Finite Element Method 6.0
2.º Semester - Opção I
Code Name ECTS
10758 Earthquake Engineering (MEG) 3.0
12173 Road and Railway Infrastructures 3.0
10441 Structural Safety 3.0
O aluno deverá obter 3.0 créditos nesta opção.
3.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
7580 Dynamics of Structures 6.0
12345 Steel and Composite Structures 6.0
12344 Structural and Geotechnical Project 6.0
10795 Topics on Structures and Geotechnics 6.0
11066 Unrestricted Electives 6.0
3.º Semester - Opção II
Code Name ECTS
9398 Underground Works 6.0
12343 Bridges and Special Structures 6.0
3286 Strengthening and Repair of Structures 6.0
10445 Building Technologies 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
4.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
11656 Dissertation in Civil Engineering (Structures and Geotechnics) 30.0
11066 Unrestricted Electives 6.0