Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering

Education objectives

  • to offer a comprehensive preparation in the fields of: solid and fluid mechanics, applied thermodynamics, structural mechanics, structural dynamics, manufacturing processes, materials characterization and behaviour, and technical drawing as a relevant communication tool for a mechanical engineer.

  • to promote experimental and computational assignments, essential for the development of a mechanical engineer.

  • to offer a fundamental and solid education in engineering sciences at large, and in mechanical engineering in particular, that allows our graduates understand, to analyse and to solve problems, even if entirely novel to them, and that empowers them with an attitude of autonomy and critical thinking, so that they will succeed on their actions anywhere in the world.

  • to promote an integrated vision of engineering, through the completion of a product development project and of an internship at a company, following the programme’s subjects (curricular units).

  • to prepare not only the engineer, but the person as well, through the development of soft-skills by the complementary formation offered by the FCT NOVA Curricular Profile.

Prospective careers

Our Undergraduate Programme in Mechanical Engineering provides an excellent foundation for a professional career in all fields of economic activity. Those concluding the programme may integrate design teams and assume functions involving: equipment selection, industrial and manufacturing technology, maintenance and management, production planning, computer aided modelling and manufacturing (CAD/CAM), thermodynamic and heat transfer processes, equipment for energy conversion or HVAC, structural mechanics solutions, noise and vibration harshness, fluid networks, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, among several other situations.

Specific fields of economic activity are:

  • Industry: aeronautical and automotive, and their components; naval construction and repair; metalworking; electromechanics; machine tools; metallurgical; mining; refrigeration and HVAC; energy conversion; transports; communications; chemical and pharmaceutical; food and beverages; glass and ceramics; paper; textile; plastics; among other processing industries.

  • Services: health care; transports including airlines; public sector; insurance; supply chain; supply or collection & treatment of fluids, among several others.

  • Consulting and design: engineering design and analysis offices; among others.

  • Other opportunities: research and development activities in mechanics or related fields.

General characterization

DGES code



Bachelor (1st Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to 2nd cycle.


Daniel Cardoso Vaz

Opening date



Available soon


Portuguese students: 697 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year

(Students from CPLP countries may apply for a reduction of up to 50% of tuition fees, subject to the following conditions:

  1. 1st Registration: students must demonstrate through their academic certificates that their academic performance is in the first quartile of the evaluation scale used in the system of their country or school of origin;

  2. Subsequent enrollments (regardless of the year of entry): exclusively for academic merit, that is, approval in all UCs in which the student enrolled in the previous year, totaling 60 ECTS each year.)



Teaching language

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Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 3 years
180 ECTS

Scientific Area
Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Mechanical Engineering EMc 57 3
Engineering Sciences CE 48 0
Mathematics M 30 0
Physics F 18 0
Chemistry Q 6 0
Industrial Engineering EI 3 0
Social Sciences and Humanities CHS 6 0
Transferable Skills CC 3 0
Any Scientific Area QAC 0 6 (a)
TOTAL 171 9

(a) 6 ECTS in courses chosen by the student on a list approved annually by the Scientific Council of FCT NOVA, which includes the unity of all scientific areas of FCT NOVA.

Conditions of admittance

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Evaluation rules

The evaluation of all UCs is continuous for all the components that integrate it, and it must be completed by the last day of the school term of the academic semester.

The continuous evaluation of a UC must include a minimum of three elements in the set of evaluation components, on dates adequately spaced throughout the period of classes.

All UCs with a theoretical-practical evaluation component must provide, in addition, a form of evaluation of this component by exam, to be carried out after the period of classes (Examination of Appeal).

All requirements and conditions related to the evaluation of the UC, namely the minimum weights and classifications, if any, of each component, as well as the Frequency conditions, are defined a priori and, mandatorily, published in the Discipline Form.

For each UC, combinations of three evaluation components are allowed: (i) Theoretical-practical evaluation; (ii) Laboratory or project evaluation; (iii) Summative assessment.

Regulamento de Avaliação de Conhecimentos (Licenciaturas, Mestrados Integrados e Mestrados.)


1.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
11505 Linear Algebra and Analytic Geometry 6.0
11504 Mathematical Analysis I 6.0
10482 Mechanical Engineering Drawing 6.0
10349 Physics I 6.0
10429 Chemistry C 6.0
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10572 Mathematical Analysis II D 6.0
10352 Soft Skills for Science and Technology 3.0
10579 Economics 3.0
10353 Physics II 6.0
11148 Informatics for Science and Engineering D 6.0
12039 Introduction to Technology and Mechanical Processes 6.0
3.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
7544 Mathematical Analysis III D 6.0
10575 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering 6.0
10411 Physics III 6.0
10576 Applied Mechanics I 6.0
12510 Probability and Statistics B 6.0
4.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10633 Computer Aided Design 6.0
12560 Electrotechnics and Electrical Machines 3.0
3651 Applied Mechanics II 6.0
3654 Solid Mechanics I 6.0
12512 Society, Sustainability and Digital Transformation 3.0
3669 Applied Thermodynamics 6.0
5.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10581 Introduction to Electronics 3.0
12552 Fluid Mechanics 6.0
3656 Solid Mechanics II 6.0
10494 Foundry and Welding Technologies 6.0
5.º Semester - Opção PIIC/PIPP
Code Name ECTS
10566 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program 3.0
10565 Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program 3.0
6.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
3660 Mechanical Behaviour of Materials 6.0
12557 Production Management 3.0
12553 Product Development Design 3.0
10477 Cutting Technologies 6.0
10505 Heat Transfer 6.0
3668 Mechanical Vibrations and Noise 6.0
10566 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program 3.0
10565 Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program 3.0