Civil Engineering (Structures and Geotechnics)

Education objectives

The Master in Civil Engineering - Structures and Geotechnics, created in 2007/2008, aims to provide scientific and applied advanced training in the field of Structures and Geotechnics, covering topics of recent developments and economic, safe, sustainable and innovative civil engineering techniques. It is the only 2nd cycle program at the national level offering training that adds skills in the areas of Structures and Geotechnics.

The course promotes the development of the necessary skills in tasks of analysis, design, and assessment of structures under conventional and severe environmental loading conditions. Importance is attributed to professional aspects covered by the new European regulations, the ability to work as a team and respect for ethical and deontological standards. In addition, the degree provides the theoretical basis for possible access to the PhD programs.

It is aimed at national and foreign candidates, with or without professional experience, seeking for lifelong learning opportunities, new possibilities for further studies or additional and innovative skills that can foster a successful professional insertion.

The quality of training obtained by graduates is recognized by new employers and by the candidates´ previous employers. The excellent teacher-student relationship and the ability to integrate different cultures stands out.

Career opportunities

Professional opportunities include positions in civil engineering construction companies, firms in civil engineering projects and geotechnical engineering, participation in planning studies and environmental impact of large engineering works, research and academic institutions or create their own start-ups.

Graduates will be qualified to participate in studies of seismic risk, design and rehabilitation of civil and industrial structures, design of bridges and dams, containment of soil, tunnels, embankments, port infrastructure and works lacking the training provided at this Masters.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to a 3rd cycle


Ildi Cismasiu

Opening date





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
Construction Engineering EC 96 9
Engineering Sciences CE 6 0
Transferable Skills CC  3  -
Any Scientific Area   QAC  -  6 a)
TOTAL 105 15

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

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.)


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
Unidade Curricular de Bloco Livre - O estudante deverá realizar 6 ECTS de entre as UC que integram o Bloco Livre FCT, aprovado anualmente pelo Conselho Científico da FCT NOVA, o qual inclui unidades de todas as áreas científicas da FCT NOVA.