Master in Civil Engineering - Structures and Geotechnics


Master in Civil Engineering - Structures and Geotechnics

Started in the academic year 2008/2009. The minimum number of credits for the degree is 120 (2 years). Course only start with 10 or more confirmed entries as definite by the Executive Council of the FCT NOVA.


Master in Civil Engineering - Structures and Geotechnics focus on the professional aspects covered by the new European regulations, on the ability to team work and in the encouragement for continuing education and respect for ethical and professional standards.

It is also expected a dynamic management of the Course setting up in the market flow justifying a new expansion and/or curricular structure changing.

Students benefit from interaction with research projects providing the introduction of new structural and geotechnical materials, solutions for ‘’smart structures’’, studies for TGV infrastructure and applications in seismic areas, dynamics and structures repair.


Career opportunities

In construction companies, in civil engineering projects companies, intake structures and geotechnical laboratories, participation in planning studies and environmental impact of major engineering works depend on the type of training given to students who complete this Master.

Seismic risk studies, design of bridges and dams, soil containment structures, tunnels, embankments and port infrastructures.

Tuition fee 

Portuguese students: 1063,47 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year (60% reduction for CPLP students) 




1st phase: 1st may to 14th july

2nd phase: 26th to 31st august 2019

Acceptance rate in masters

Accepted applicants will have to pay (within a maximum of 7 consecutive days from the date of placement) a non-refundable rate of 100 euros, which will be deducted, after registration, from the total tuition fee. Any payment made after the deadline will not be refunded, leaving the candidate excluded.


Entrance requirements for the 2019/2020 academic year

Vacancies for 2019/2020:


Admission rules:

  1. Holders of a Bachelor's degree in Civil 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 Bachelor's degree or Master degree in Mechanics Engineering, Mines and Geology are subject to adequate defined plan, depending on the case, by the Scientific Board Council; 
  4. 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 under a proposal from the Scientific Committee of the Department of Civil Engineering;
  5. Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting the capacity to accomplish referred cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of the FCT NOVA under a proposal from the Scientific Committee of the Department of Civil Engineering.


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

Course coordinator:

Professor Ildi Cismasiu

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Ef 3539/2011 on 18/03/2011


Accreditation on 26/09/2013, for 6 years

About the Department of Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering (DEC) was established in 1996. Today it offers a Master in Civil Engineering (5 years), two 2nd cycle Masters (2 years), in Structures and Geotechnics and in Building Rehabilitation, a PhD program in Civil Engineering (4 years) and training and graduate courses in the field of Sustainable Construction and Buildings' Thermal Performance.

There are currently more than 600 students enrolled in Civil Engineering at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and the DEC’s faculty totals 35 teachers, 32 of whom with PhDs.

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