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School: School of Technology and Management
Course: Civil Constructions
Degree: Master
Course code:

ECTS: 120
Duration: 2 years (4 semesters)


a) Holders of an undergraduate degree or legal equivalent, in Civil Engineering and related areas.
b) Holders of a foreign higher academic degree, awarded by graduation of a course following the principles of the Bologna Process, by a Country adhering to this Process, in Civil Engineering and related areas.
c) Holders of a foreign higher academic degree, which is recognized as satisfying the objectives of the degree by the statutory competent technical-scientific council, of the higher education institution where they intend to be admitted, in Civil Engineering and related areas.
d) Holders of a school, scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized, by the statutory competent technical-scientific council, as attesting to the ability to carry out this cycle of studies.

Learning objectives:

General objectives:
a) Provide specialized training in Civil Engineering.
b) Deepening knowledge acquisition in the core scientific areas of Civil Engineering.
c) Allowing the professional activities in Civil Engineer which results from the development capabilities to assume higher responsibilities at the level of understanding, design, and implementation of engineering solutions.
d) Develop learning methodologies for solving complex and diverse problems.

Specific objectives:
a) Skill development in critical analysis of results and technical solutions.
b) Research and study analysis.
c) Interpretation and deal with critical information.
d) Oral and written communication development.
e) Scientific and technological development of competences to allow the integration of graduates in business, and professional activities, in the companies’ technical staff, projects, consultancy and construction in local authorities’ staff and central government technical department.

Incoming profile:

a) Motivation for the development of competences in the Civil Engineering areas.
b) Good oral and written communication skills.
c) Good knowledge of English.
d) Ability to work in groups and autonomously.
e) Good knowledge in basic scientific areas (Structures, Urbanism, Hydraulics, Geotechnic, Roads and Infrastructures, and Building Constructions).

The teaching methodologies applied in the Master consider the specific objectives and syllabus of each curricular unit, being the same adapted to the professional skills that a graduate of the Master of Civil Constructions is expected to possess.

The different teaching strategies include theoretical exposition in the classroom using various audio-visual equipment and making available the information on the e-Learning platform; tutorial classes; realization of theoretical-practical exercises in the classroom or laboratory; conducting practical laboratory classes and fieldwork; study visits and seminars; design of solutions in the different fields of civil engineering.

Output profile:

General skills:
a) Ability to adopt a rigorous and creative approach to engineering problems, which must be solved using solutions conceptually functional, based on calculation results.
b) Design facilities systems.
c) Pick-respecting new solutions on functional, economic, safety rules and durability protecting the environment.
d) Adopt an ethical and humanistic behaviour to consider economic, social and environmental issues, including those related with professional activities.

Specific skills:
a) Develop and participate in projects of concrete, timber, masonry, steel, and composite constructions.
b) Geotechnical and soil modelling.
c) Systems and water networks, sanitation, and solid waste; physics of buildings.
d) Interventions in existing buildings, roads, and transportation systems.
e) Supervision of construction and rehabilitation works.
f) Quality management and safety in construction.
g) Maintenance and project management.

Career Opportunities:
The Master in Civil Constructions are professionals have competences for:
a) Planning, projects, advice, consultancy, or execution of civil construction and rehabilitation works.
b) Coordination and supervision of construction and rehabilitation works.
c) Ability to act at local, regional and national administration level.
d) Entrepreneur.
e) Technical consultant.
f) Researcher.

Course director:
José Carlos Costa de Almeida (


CodeUnitYearSemesterECTSGuide Course Unit
MTG1000 Hydrology and Water Resources11ºS5 Guide course unit
MTG1001 Prestressed concrete11ºS5 Guide course unit
MTG1002 Urban Planning and Municipal Urban Management11ºS4 Guide course unit
MTG1003 Pavement Conservation and Repair11ºS5 Guide course unit
MTG1004 Works of Excavation and Containment 11ºS6 Guide course unit
MTG1005 Conservation and Rehabilitation of Buildings11ºS5 Guide course unit
MTG1006 Entrepreneurship and Business Management12ºS4 Guide course unit
MTG1007 Applied Mathematics in Civil Engineering12ºS5 Guide course unit
MTG1008 Thermal and Acoustic Project 12ºS6 Guide course unit
MTG1009 Management Projects12ºS5
MTG1010 Steel and Composite Structures12ºS6 Guide course unit
MTG1011 Sustainable Construction12ºS4 Guide course unit
MTG1012 Geotechnical Design21ºS6 Guide course unit
MTG1013 Masonry and Timber Constructions 21ºS6 Guide course unit
MTG1014 Computer-Aided in Urban Hydraulics 21ºS6 Guide course unit
MTG1021/MTG1020 Professional Work Experience/Applied Project21ºS12 Guide course unit
MTG1021/MTG1020 Professional Work Experience/Applied Project22ºS30 Guide course unit

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