Master in Materials Engineering


Master in Materials Engineering

120 ECTS; 2 years (4 semesters)


We live in a world that is both dependent and limited by materials. To do this, just a simple look at everything around us: cars, airplanes, computers, refrigerators, televisions, radios, mobile phones, sports equipment, biomedical devices (artificial valves, prostheses, among others). All these applications required the development of materials and manufacturing processes, in order to be given the required properties and functionality. The new technologies developed in Science and Engineering will continue to effect changes in our lives and the Master in Materials Engineering will continue to be the key to such change and progress.

Through attendance of the MEMat, the student should:

  • acquire the specific skills and knowledge seen as fundamental to exert a professionalactivity;
  • possess the research and analytical methodological tools which are fundamental requisites for adequate learning and critical thinking;
  • be informed as to the diversity of situations and professional possibilities;
  • be capable to articulate the knowledge gathered during the course and the requirements of the job market;
  • feel attracted to the difficulties inherent to the resolution of industrial and R&Dproblems;
  • develop a critical view conducive to creative autonomy within the course’s subject area;
  • demonstrate the necessary capabilities for team work, leadership and entrepreneurship.

The Master in Materials Engineering should understand, manipulate and modify materials in order to fulfil any market requirements, thus offering a contribution to industrial development.


Career opportunities

Training in Materials Engineering was launched at the NOVA School of Science and Technology FCT|NOVA in 1981. Since then, the demand for Material Engineers has increased significantly, as a result of a highly technological training that enables the Masters in Materials Engineering to exercise a profession immediately after completing the course.

The employability of the Masters in Materials Engineering is 94%, according to official data, obtained for graduates between the academic years 2014/15 and 2017/18.

In which the sectors of activity of graduates are as follows:

Saídas Profissionais

Scientific Area

Materials Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Transferable Skills
Micro and Nanotechnology
Any Scientific Area

Curricular Plan

1st Year

1st semester
Metal Processing
Ceramics and Glasses Processing
Mesomorphic Materials and Applications
Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies

2nd semester
Polimeric Materials Processing
Coatings and Thin Films Technologies
Materials for Energy
Conversion and Storage
Unrestricted Elective B
Quality Planning and Control

2nd trimester

2nd Year

1st semester
Materials Selection and Sustentability
Computational Modelling ofMaterials
Surface Degradation and Protection
Dissertation Project
Option I

2nd semester
Dissertation in Materials Engineering

Option Group I
Recording Electronic Information
Sensors: Materials and Applications
Smart Materials and Systems
PhotovoltaicEnergy: Materials and Applications
Paper and Cellulosic Materials
Foams and Cellular Materials
Foundry and Welding Technologies
Finance for Entrepreneurs
Biochemical Engineering I
Cell and Tissue Engineering
Machine Learning
Business Management
History of Technology and Engineering
Industrial Organization


Marina Castanheira (ex-aluna)

The Master degree in Materials Engineering was one of the best experiences I could have chosen for me: the classes, from mandatory to optional; the teachers and the environment created between everyone and the department, with its events and initiatives.

Academically, our master's degree is considered one of the best, also accredited and certified, and it taught me a lot by being able to transmit and materialize theoretical knowledge for the practical component, and the laboratory environment allowed me to consolidate and understand everything much better. The enormous involvement that each student can and can have in each chair has made the Teacher / Student connection more narrow and meaningful, greatly enriching the atmosphere and spirit of the course. This dynamic was strongly complemented by the initiatives and opportunities that the department itself allowed, both through academic and recreational activities. I can honestly say that I spent some of the best moments and experiences as a volunteer or participant in some of these initiatives, having been able to meet and work with great people.

It is with great pride that I say that I am a Master in Materials Engineering from the Faculty of Science and Technology!

Tuition Fees

Portuguese students: 1500 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year


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

2nd phase: 3rd June to 17th july 2024

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 2024/2025 academic year

Vacancies for 2024/2025:


Admission rules:

1.     Holders of bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent in Micro and Nanotechnologies engineering, Materials Engineering, Physics Engineering or Electrical Engineering. Candidates with similar backgrounds will be evaluated based on their Curriculum and professional experience.

2.     Holders of a foreign higher academic degree conferred following a 1st cycle of studies organised in those areas in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process by a State adhering to this process;

3.     Holders of a foreign higher academic degree in those areas, which is recognized as meeting the objectives of the bachelor’s degree by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Science and Technology;

4.     Holders of a scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized as attesting capacity to conduct this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Science and Technology under proposal of the CC of the cycle of studies.


1.     Course classification;

2.     Academic and scientific curriculum;

3.     Motivation letter;

4.     Eventual interview.

Course coordinator:

Professor Mª Margarida Rolim Lima

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Cr 203/2021 on 02/07/2021


Publication date of the accreditation decision: 25/05/2021

Period of validity of the accreditation:
6 years from 31/07/2021

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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