Bachelor in Materials Engineering

Education objectives

The Undergraduate program in Materials Engineering (LeMat) aims at the formation of a scientific-technological base in the field of Materials Engineering, with a view to the pursuit of studies; mobility between training courses offered at the NOVA School of Science and Technology and other schools; employability in services that do not require specific 2nd cycle skills.

LEMat, like all courses at NOVA School of Science and Technology, follows a new pedagogical approach known as “FCT Curricular Profile” . Essentially, the “FCT Curricular Profile” reinforces the technical-scientific training provided with complementary skills (soft-skills) that provide the student with the tools that will influence his academic performance and, in the future, his professional performance as a graduate. Although technical skills are important, in the current context, and even in terms of employability, complementary skills play a leading role.

The BSc. course on Materials Engineering  offers the students the opportunity to learn the important mutual influences involving materials’ Structure, Properties, Processing and Applications.

By the end of course, the student should:

I. Thoroughly understand the links between the structure and the properties of the different classes of materials
II. Know the most relevant materials characterization techniques
III. Adequately use the relevant characterization techniques to solve concrete industrial problems
IV. Be familiar with the most relevant materials processing technologies
IV. Know and use within its proper context the relevant mathematical, physical, chemical or informatics language and concepts indispensable to acquire technical competences
V. Communicate efficiently within an academic and professional context
VI. Be familiar with corporate organizational templates

Career opportunities

First and foremost, the Undergraduate Course in Materials Engineering is the ideal preparation for more advanced studies in any engineering specialty, particularly in Materials Engineering.

Training in Materials Engineering was launched at the NOVA School of Science and Technology in 1981. Since then, the demand for Material Engineers has increased significantly, as a reflex of a highly technological training that enables the Materials Engineering graduates to successfully exercise a profession.

General characterization

DGES code



Bachelor (1st Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to 2nd cycle


Alexandre José da Costa Velhinho

Opening date



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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
Materials Engineering EMt 57 3
Materials Science CMt 42 0
Mathematics M 30 0
Physics F 18 0
Chemistry Q 6 0
Informatics I 6 0
Human and Social Sciences CHS 3 0
Materials Science / Chemistry / Informatics / Human and Social Sciences CMt / Q / I / CHS 0 6
Transferable Skills CC 3 0
Any Scientific Area QAC 0 6 (a)
TOTAL 165 15

(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
10352 Soft Skills for Science and Technology 3.0
10406 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering 3.0
12767 Mechanics 6.0
10407 Chemistry B 6.0
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10572 Mathematical Analysis II D 6.0
10408 Crystal chemistry 6.0
11149 Informatics for Science and Engineering E 6.0
10363 Introduction to Probability, Statistics and Operations Research 6.0
12692 Thermodinamics of Processes 6.0
3.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
7544 Mathematical Analysis III D 6.0
10413 Computer Aided Technical Drawing 3.0
12768 Electromagnetism 6.0
1897 Physical Metallurgy and Metallography 6.0
12512 Society, Sustainability and Digital Transformation 3.0
7474 Instrumentation Tecniques 6.0
4.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
3660 Mechanical Behaviour of Materials 6.0
7464 Ceramic and Glass Materials 6.0
12693 Polymeric Materials I 6.0
7471 Physical Properties of Materials 6.0
4.º Semester - Opção 1
Code Name ECTS
7321 General Biochemistry B 6.0
10653 Biosafety and Bioethics 3.0
11509 Photonics for Materials 6.0
10996 Contemporary Thought 3.0
12570 Programming for Data Science and Engineering 6.0
11195 General Organic Chemistry B 6.0
10506 Socio-Economics of Innovation 3.0
10508 Sociology of Organizations 3.0
7494 Surfaces and Interfaces 6.0
12509 Technologies and Chemical Processes 3.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
5.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12695 Composite Materials 6.0
12694 Polymeric Materials II 6.0
1849 Semiconductor Materials 6.0
11057 Techniques of Characterization and Nondestructive Testing 6.0
6.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12696 Microelectronics: Processes 6.0
12697 Project in Materials Engineering 9.0
7436 Rheology of Materials 6.0
7490 Heat Treatment and Mechanical Treatment 6.0
6.º Semester - Opção PIIC/PIPP
Code Name ECTS
10593 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program 3.0
10592 Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program 3.0
O aluno deverá obter 3.0 créditos nesta opção.