Master in Civil Engineering - Structures and Geotechnics


Master in Civil Engineering - Structures and Geotechnics

Started in the academic year 2008/2009. 


The Master in Civil Engineering - Structures and Geotechnics, created in 2007/2008, aims to provide scientific and applied advanced training in the field of Structures and Geotechnics, covering topics of recent developments and economic, safe, sustainable and innovative civil engineering techniques. It is the only 2nd cycle program at the national level offering training that adds skills in the areas of Structures and Geotechnics.

The course promotes the development of the necessary skills in tasks of analysis, design and assessment of structures under conventional and severe environmental loading conditions. Importance is attributed to professional aspects covered by the new European regulations, the ability to work as a team and respect for ethical and deontological standards. In addition, the degree provides the theoretical basis for possible access to the PhD programs.

It is aimed at national and foreign candidates, with or without professional experience, seeking for lifelong learning opportunities, new possibilities for further studies or additional and innovative skills that can foster a successful professional insertion.

The quality of training obtained by graduates is recognized by new employers and by the candidates' previous employers. The excellent teacher-student relationship and the ability to integrate different cultures stands out.


Career opportunities

Professional opportunities include positions in civil engineering construction companies, firms in civil engineering projects and geotechnical engineering, participation in planning studies and environmental impact of large engineering works, research and academic institutions or create their own start-ups.

Graduates will be qualified to participate in studies of seismic risk, design and rehabilitation of civil and industrial structures, design of bridges and dams, containment of soil, tunnels, embankments, port infrastructure and works lacking the training provided at this Masters.

Tuition Fees

Portuguese students: 1250 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year




1st phase: 27th february to 24th march 2023

2nd phase: 1st June to 12th july 2023

3rd phase: 28th august to 15th september 2023

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.


International Applications

Entrance requirements for the 2023/2024 academic year

Vacancies for 2023/2024:


Admission rules:

  1. Holders of Bachelor or MSc degree in Civil Engineering or related areas of Exact Sciences or Engineering, to be defined by the Department Council of DEC, FCT-UNL;
  2. Holders of a foreign higher academic degree awarded after a 1st cycle of study, organized in accordance with the principles of the Bologna process, in the areas of (1);
  3. Holders of a foreign higher academic degree that is recognized as meeting the objectives of the Bachelor's degree by the Scientific Council of the FCT-UNL, in the areas of (1);
  4. Holders of a curriculum that is recognized as attesting capacity to carry out this study cycle by the Scientific Council of the FCT-UNL, on proposal from the Department Council of DEC.


  1. Degree Classification;
  2. Academic and scientific Curriculum;
  3. Relevant professional experience;
  4. Eventual interview or admission test.

Course coordinator:

Professor Ildi Cismasiu

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Ef 3539/2011/AL02 on 10/10/2019


Publication date of the accreditation decision: 23/05/2019

Period of validity of the accreditation:
6 years from 31/07/2018

About the Department of Civil Engineering

The Department of Civil Engineering (DEC) was established in 1996. Today it offers a bachelor’s in civil engineering (3 years), four 2nd cycle Master Programs in Civil Engineering and in Structures and Geotechnics (2 years), Building Rehabilitation (1.5 years) and Facade Technology (1 year), and a PhD program in Civil Engineering (3 years). In parallel DEC has developed specific “lifelong learning” and graduate courses in the field of Sustainable Construction and Rehabilitation, and Rehabilitation of Railway Infrastructures.

DEC develops scientific and technological research activities with national and international partnerships, participating in R&D projects in several areas, such as Structural Concrete and Masonry; Structures Retrofitting; Structures under Extreme Events; Numerical Simulation of Structures; Ecoefficiency of Construction Materials; Energy, Comfort and IAQ Performance of Buildings; Building Pathology and Rehabilitation; Geotechnics; Road Pavements; Spatial and Urban Planning.

There are currently more than 300 students enrolled in Civil Engineering at NOVA and the DEC’s faculty totals 35 teachers, 32 of whom with PhDs.

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