2nd cycle Component of Integrated Master in Materials Engineering


2nd cycle Component of Integrated Master in Materials Engineering

Started in the academic year 2011/2012. 


The best way to answer this question is drawing the attention to the fact that we live in a world dependent and limited by materials. Materials are actually the support of all current technologies, transport, communications, health and leisure.

To prove it, we just need a simple look at our surrounding: cars, aircraft, computers, refrigerators, televisions, radios, mobile phones, sports equipment, biomedical devices (artificial valves, prostheses, etc). All these applications required the development of materials and manufacturing processes in order to be conferred necessary properties and functionalities. New technologies developed in Engineering will continue to make changes in our lives and the Masters in Materials Engineering will continue to be the key to such change and progress.

Current Master in Materials Engineering follows the Bologna Process requirements. All teaching activities are supported by the Excellence Research conducted in CENIMAT / I3N (Center for Research in Materials FCT NOVA) and for the network of laboratories that make up the current Associate Laboratory I3N (Institute of Nanostructures, Nanomodelling and Nanofabrication) prime location for Masters students to be supported during their training and to carry out their R&D work leading to Master’s degree. Integrated Master curricular organization is based on credit units (ECTS) giving students the opportunity to participate in mobility programs within the European Union.

Career opportunities

Graduated Engineering in the Department of Materials Science gives career opportunities in following areas:

  • Industry and energy: 
  • Polymers and Plastics;
  • Prostheses and Biomaterials;
  • Cellulose products;
  • Metallomechanics; 
  • Aeronautics;
  • Electronics, Microelectronics and Optoelectronics;
  • Food industry;
  • Conservation and Energy Conversion;
  • Renewable energy;
  • Automobile;
  • Ceramics, glass and cement.

Education and Scientific Research:

  • Laboratory technicians in State Research Laboratories or Research Laboratories for Industrial Development.

Primary, secondary and higher education

2020/21 Fees

Tuition information

Portuguese students: 697 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year




1st phase: 1st may to 14th july

2nd phase: 26th to 31st august 2020


International Applications

Entrance requirements for the 2020/2021 academic year

Vacancies for 2020/2021:


Admission rules:

  1. Holders of a Bachelor's degree any area, or equivalent, of Exact Sciences or Engineering;
  2. Holders of a foreign academic degree in required areas conferred following the 1st cycle of studies according to the Bologna Process; 
  3. Holders of a foreign academic degree in required areas recognized as meeting the objectives of the Bachelor´s degree, in the same area, by the Scientific Council of the FCT NOVA;
  4. Holders of a curriculum that is recognized as attesting the capacity to accomplish referred cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of the FCT NOVA.


  • Course classification;
  • Academic and scientific curriculum;
  • Professional curriculum;
  • Possible interview.

Course coordinator:

Professor Alexandre Velhinho


About the Department of Materials Science

The Department of Materials Science (DCM), NOVA School of Science and Technology, was the first to be created nationally in 1976 at the initiative of its first president, Prof. Leopoldo Guimarães. The initial aim was to create university extension courses in the field of materials leading to the creation of a root degree covering a wide range of scientific areas, including metallurgy, semiconductor materials, polymeric materials and mesomorph, ceramic materials and crystals, crystal chemistry and quality control.

Since then the Department of Materials Science has grown and diversified its activities, mainly due to the efforts of its faculty and staff, embodied in a large number of projects (academic and industrial) funded by National, European and International authorities. This allowed its modern adaptation to new technologies, providing  for such a unique laboratory infrastructure in Portugal, for teaching and research, internationally recognized and that has allowed to form Material Science Engineers of high scientific quality , able to respond to current society's demands.

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