Integrated Master in Materials Engineering


Integrated Master in Materials Engineering

Started in the academic year 2011/2012. The minimum number of credits to obtain the Master Degree is 300 (5 years).  The Master is accredited by the Ordem dos Engenheiros and the FEANI (European Federation of National Engineering Associations) in order to assign the EUR ING title (European Engineer). 


Why Materials Engineering?

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

Tuition Fees 

Portuguese students: 697 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year

Without applications after 2021/22

Course coordinator:

Professor Alexandre Velhinho

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Cr 5/2011/AL02 on 11/01/2019


Prior accreditation on 22/08/2018, for 2 years

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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