Geological Engineering

Education objectives

Geological Engineering is an engineering specialty that applies principles, concepts, and techniques of the Geological Sciences in solving engineering problems that involve the Earth and its functioning as a geodynamic system.

The Earth Sciences and Engineering are considered as major areas of knowledge in many of the most developed countries of the World. They constitute a fundamental basis for the development of society and the welfare of Man. Raw-materials, water, energy (oil, natural gas, coal, geothermal), construction and public works are essential and indispensable to today''s society. The search and exploitation of natural resources, the issues associated with appropriate regional and urban planning and the resolution and mitigation of environmental problems resulting therefrom, are some of the core activities of the Geological Engineer.

The Geological Engineering First Cycle Programme at NOVA School of Science & Technology (NOVA FCT), aims to prepare graduates with solid basic training in the areas of the Geosciences and Engineering Sciences which, together with Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Sciences and Informatics, may be able to work in numerous fields of applied and technological nature.

Career opportunities

The major intervention areas for the future graduates in Geological Engineering are related to the research and exploitation of natural resources, civil construction and public works, and to the mitigation of environmental problems, sustainability and land management and planning. This training area covers fields of action and / or specialization, which establish a link, not only between other engineering specialties (civil, mining, and environmental), but also between engineering and geology.

The Geological Engineering Programme at NOVA FCT, thus provides comprehensive training that allows access to several areas of specialty, to be further developed in the Second Cycle Degree (Master in Geological Engineering), with professional opportunities (among others) for:

  • Exploration and exploitation of mineral raw materials (geological resources):

    • Metallic and non-metallic minerals
    • Ornamental and industrial stones for the construction industry
  • Groundwater exploration and management

  • Oil and gas exploration and exploitation

  • Geological and geotechnical mapping

  • Geological and geotechnical mapping

  • Geoenvironmental engineering

  • Regional and urban planning

  • Waste management and valorisation

  • Assessment, characterization, and mitigation of geological and anthropogenic risks

General characterization

DGES code



Bachelor (1st Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to 2nd cycle


José Carlos Ribeiro Kullberg

Opening date





Portuguese students: 697 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year



Teaching language

Available soon

Degree pre-requisites

Duration : 3 years
Credits : 
180 ECTS

Scientific Area Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Transferable Skills CC 3 0
Engineering Sciences CE 57 0
Social Sciences and Humanities CHS 6 0
Physics F 12 0
Geology G 54 0
Informatics I 6 0
Mathematics M 30 0
Chemistry Q 6 0
Any Scientific Area QAC 0 6 (a)
TOTAL 174 6

(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.

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
10663 General Geology 6.0
10664 Mineralogy 6.0
10429 Chemistry C 6.0
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10347 Mathematical Analysis II C 6.0
10352 Soft Skills for Science and Technology 3.0
13244 Stratigraphy and Paleontology 3.0
12292 Physics I G 6.0
13245 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 6.0
7702 Topography and Field Geology 6.0
3.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
5004 Mathematical Analysis III C 6.0
10344 Informatics for Science and Engineering 6.0
13246 Applied Mechanics 6.0
3813 Sedimentary Petrology and Sedimentology 6.0
12510 Probability and Statistics B 6.0
4.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10668 Geophysics 6.0
7712 Structural Geology 6.0
10669 Geochemistry 3.0
10666 Geostatistics and Data Analysis 6.0
10667 Geographical and Geological Information Systems 6.0
12512 Society, Sustainability and Digital Transformation 3.0
5.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10670 Remote Sensing 6.0
10671 Geology of Portugal 3.0
11273 General Hydraulics 6.0
10672 Mechanical Exploration 3.0
7715 Strength of Materials 6.0
11025 Industrial and Ornamental Rocks 3.0
11066 Unrestricted Electives 6.0
6.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
11024 Geological Cartography 3.0
7719 Engineering Geology 6.0
10423 Business Management 3.0
2761 Hydrogeology 6.0
3827 Soil Mechanics 6.0
6.º Semester - Opção PIIC/PIPP
Code Name ECTS
10599 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program 3.0
10598 Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program 3.0
O aluno deverá obter 3.0 créditos nesta opção.
6.º Semester - Unidade Curricular do Bloco Livre
Code Name ECTS
11066 Unrestricted Electives 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.

Os estudantes deverão realizar, no 3.º ano, 6 créditos ECTS em unidades curriculares escolhidas, pelo próprio, de entre um bloco (indicado no plano de estudos como “Bloco Livre”) que inclui unidades de todas as áreas científicas da FCT-UNL. Este bloco de unidades curriculares é definido anualmente pelo Conselho Científico da FCT-UNL.