Master in Environmental Engineering


Master in Environmental Engineering

Planetary to local sustainability problems are increasingly at the core of the scientific, political, business and social agendas, asking for the best of innovation, competences and skills from professionals. Cities redesign, clean industries, circular economy or renewables are examples of how to tackle issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity, soil degradation, resource depletion, air pollution, hazardous waste and marine litter. Companies, organizations and communities are recognizing the value of a healthy Planet both for good business and people's quality of life. The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals are a primer for all countries and organizations to work on products, services and policies, to deliver a healthy Planet for the future. The Paris Agreement and the European Green Deal are pushing innovation and investment towards the new paradigm of a clean economy. The MSc on Environmental Engineering enables professionals with the systemic framework, tools and methods to solve those problems through innovation. FCT NOVA is the place to engage with real life challenges, through partnerships with business, institutions and NGOs.


The MSc on Environmental Engineering aims to train the next generation of professionals who will lead the way to a clean environment and economy, considering the ecological, social, economic and technological aspects. The program offers an education based on a systemic approach, to train problem-solving analytical skills, to develop innovation as a process for economic and social valorization, and to promote stakeholders’ participation as a key tool for decision-making. The interdisciplinary nature of the program, crossing natural sciences, engineering tools and social methods, provides the professionals with a unique profile to deal with complex systems, and to enjoy opportunities in different professional contexts.

Students may specialize on Environmental Systems Engineering (environmental monitoring, modeling and management, clean tech, eco-design, ecosystem services), or Sanitary Engineering (water resources, sanitation, waste management and treatment). Environmental engineers from NOVA are an asset for any organization, as they are able to create value for the market and society. This justifies the current high level of employment of our graduates in many countries worldwide.

Check the STUDY plan for the Master in Environmental Engineering - Environmental Systems Engineering Profile here

Check the STUDY plan for the Master in Environmental Engineering - Sanitary Engineering Profile here

Check details of the study plan and course syllabus at NOVA Program Catalog


Candidates must have the passion to improve the Planet health and believe economy and society should be transformed to that end, based on innovation, science and cooperation. Candidates should hold a Bachelor's degree, or legal equivalent, in the engineering field, in particular in environmental engineering or related. Experienced engineers interested in upgrading or acquiring new skills are also welcome candidates.

Career opportunities

Environmental engineers may work in very different contexts, public or private organizations, at national or international level: companies large and small, industry, government, public agencies, consultancy firms, city councils, non-profit organizations. NOVA alumni include: Lead at Amazon Sustainability Initiative, Environmental Program Manager at Google, Head of Earth Observation Services at the European Maritime Safety Agency, to name a few.

Tuition Fees

Portuguese students: 1250 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year




1st phase: 12th february to 22nd march 2024

2nd phase: 3rd June to 17th july 2024

Acceptance fee 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 2024/2025 academic year

Vacancies for 2024/2025:


Admission rules:

Candidates are eligible for the MSc in Environmental Engineering if:
a) Holders of a Bachelor's degree, or legal equivalent, in the engineering field, in particular in environmental engineering or related areas;
b) Holders of a foreign academic degree following the 1st cycle of higher studies according to the Bologna Process, in the fields referred in (a);
c) Holders of a foreign academic degree, or an academic, scientific or professional curriculum in the fields referred in (a), recognized by the Scientific Council of FCT NOVA as supporting enrolment in this program.


- Course classification;
- Academic, scientific and professional curriculum;
- Possible motivation letter or enterview.

Course coordinator:

 Professor Joanaz de Melo

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Cr58/2021 on 26/02/2021


Publication date of the accreditation decision: 04/02/2021

Period of validity of the accreditation:
6 years from 31/07/2020

About the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

The Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (DCEA) at NOVA FCT started in 1976, with the launching of the Environmental Engineering course, a first of its kind worldwide. Over the past 40 years, DCEA has been able to adapt to the extraordinary evolution in this area, expanding the scope and expertise to tackle new environmental and sustainability challenges of the 21st Century. DCEA provides several courses (bachelor, master and doctoral courses) in the broad area of environment and sustainability, guided by scientific and technical quality, preparing the students for the national and international markets. DCEA also promotes R&D, assumed as a key pillar of teaching, by supporting national and international projects and an extensive network of collaboration with industry and public administration. DCEA coordinates several education programmes under the EIT Climate-KIC, namely the Journey, the Climate Innovation Leadership program and Pioneers in Practice.  

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