Master in Mechanical Engineering

Education objectives

The main objective of the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at NOVA FCT is to teach Engineers to: investigate, design, optimise, manufacture, implement, operate, maintain and manage several complex and high-added value mechanical and electromechanical systems, in environments of multidisciplinary collaboration, in a VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world).

At the same time, it is a Master that allows students to:

  • develop skills to design and manage complex systems;
  • characterise market needs, define them, deduce a product design, its manufacturing and the marketing process;
  • prepare business plans to develop an entrepreneurial idea;
  • acquire skills to develop critical and structured thinking that allows addressing society''''s problems and formulating solution proposals;
  • develop skills for pursuing a Doctoral Degree at any university.

Career opportunities

The broadband nature of the teaching provided in the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering lead to the diversification of professional opportunities associated with it. Simultaneously, computing and information technologies in the fields of Mechanical Engineering have opened prospects for very attractive career opportunities, namely in the digitalisation of conception, design and production; in industrial and robotic automation; or in system simulation.

In this way, MEMc provides adequate training for activities in the following domains:

  • design of machines and diverse equipment;
  • manufacturing processes;
  • thermodynamics and aerodynamics;
  • structural mechanics;
  • hydraulic and pneumatic equipment;
  • management of energy resources;
  • engineering consultancy;
  • teaching and research;
  • management and maintenance in the area of ​​different industries and services.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to a 3rd cycle


Rui Fernando dos Santos Pereira Martins

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
Engineering Sciences CE 12 0
Mechanical Engineering EMc 63 21

Industrial Engineering

EI  6 0
Mathematics M 12 0
 Any Scientific Area   QAC 0  6 a)
TOTAL 93 27

(a) 6 ECTS in courses chosen by the student on a list approved annually by the Scientific Council of NOVA FCT, which 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
8575 Introduction to Operations Research 6.0
3666 Machine Elements I 6.0
10503 Metal Forming Technology 6.0
2478 Systems Theory 6.0
12554 Advanced Topics in Fluid Mechanics 6.0
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12556 Economic and Financial Analysis of Investments 3.0
13023 Industrial Automation 6.0
10380 Entrepreneurship 3.0
12555 Numerical Methods for Engineering 6.0
11055 Machine Design 6.0
10495 Design Theory and Methodologies 6.0
3.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12558 Introduction to Dissertation 3.0
3.º Semester - Especialização
Code Name ECTS
12040 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 6.0
2653 Hydraulic Machines 6.0
9936 Computational Fluid Mechanics 6.0
8452 Computational Methods in Mechanical Engineering 6.0
8451 Experimental Methods in Mechanical Engineering 6.0
3676 Machine Elements II 6.0
10514 Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Non Destructive Testing 6.0
2659 Computer Aided Production 6.0
12049 Tolerancing of Mechanical Systems 6.0
12043 Tópicos Avançados em Mecânica Estrutural 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 18.0 créditos nesta opção.
3.º Semester - Opção 1
Code Name ECTS
12046 Aerodynamics 6.0
12044 Condition Analysis of Mechanical Systems 3.0
12040 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration 6.0
12048 Dynamics of Mechanical Systems 6.0
12047 Energy Efficiency 6.0
3679 Energy and the Environment 6.0
2653 Hydraulic Machines 6.0
12041 Thermal Machines 3.0
8451 Experimental Methods in Mechanical Engineering 6.0
3676 Machine Elements II 6.0
10514 Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Non Destructive Testing 6.0
2659 Computer Aided Production 6.0
12042 Manufacturing Systems 3.0
12045 Mechanical Transmission Systems 3.0
12049 Tolerancing of Mechanical Systems 6.0
12043 Tópicos Avançados em Mecânica Estrutural 6.0
3.º Semester - Unidade Curricular do Bloco Livre
Code Name ECTS
11066 Unrestricted Electives 6.0
4.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12559 Dissertation in Mechanical Engineering 30.0
No 2º ano, o estudante terá de escolher somente um dos 4 Grupos de Especialização apresentados: Mecânica dos Fluidos; Tecnologia Industrial; Mecânica Estrutural; Projeto de Máquinas. Realizará as 3 UC obrigatórias e escolherá uma opção dentro do Grupo escolhido.