Master in Materials Engineering

Education objectives

We live in a world that is both dependent and limited by materials. To do this, just a simple look at everything around us: cars, airplanes, computers, refrigerators, televisions, radios, mobile phones, sports equipment, biomedical devices (artificial valves, prostheses, among others). All these applications required the development of materials and manufacturing processes, in order to be given the required properties and functionality. The new technologies developed in Science and Engineering will continue to effect changes in our lives and the Master in Materials Engineering will continue to be the key to such change and progress.

Through attendance of the MEMat, the student should:

  • acquire the specific skills and knowledge seen as fundamental to exert a professionalactivity;
  • possess the research and analytical methodological tools which are fundamental requisites for adequate learning and critical thinking;
  • be informed as to the diversity of situations and professional possibilities;
  • be capable to articulate the knowledge gathered during the course and the requirements of the job market;
  • feel attracted to the difficulties inherent to the resolution of industrial and R&Dproblems;
  • develop a critical view conducive to creative autonomy within the course’s subject area;
  • demonstrate the necessary capabilitiesfor team work, leadership and entrepreneurship.

The Master in Materials Engineering should understand, manipulate and modify materials in order to fulfil any market requirements, thus offering a contribution to industrial development

Career opportunities

Training in Materials Engineering was launched at the NOVA School of Science and Technology FCT|NOVA in 1981. Since then, the demand for Material Engineers has increased significantly, as a result of a highly technological training that enables the Masters in Materials Engineering to exercise a profession immediately after completing the course.

The employability of the Masters in Materials Engineering is 94%, according to official data, obtained for graduates between the academic years 2014/15 and 2017/18.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to a 3rd cycle


Maria Margarida Rolim Augusto Lima

Opening date





(await approval)

Portuguese students: 1250 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year



Teaching language

Available soon

Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 2 years

Credits: 120 ECTS

Scientific Area
Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Materials Engineering EMt 96 0
Industrial Engineering EI 6 0
Micro and Nanotechnology MNt 3 0
Materials Engineering / Mechanical Engineering / Industrial Engineering / Chemical Engineering / Biomedical Engineering / Informatics / Social Sciences and Humanities EMt / EMc / EI / EQ / EBm / I / CHS 0 6
Transferable Skills CC 3 0
Any Scientific Area QAC 0 6 (a)
TOTAL 108 12

(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

Available soon

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.

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

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