Geological Engineering


Undergraduate Programme in Geological Engineering

The Post-Bologna Degree in Geological Engineering came into operation in the academic year 2006/2007. The minimum number of credits to obtain the degree is 180 (3 years).

Course accredited for the maximum period (6 years) in 2017 by the Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES). Accredited course by the Quality System of the Engineering Association having obtained the EUR-ACE Quality Mark for the next 6 academic years. The course shows a low level of unemployment in the area (1.4), much lower than the national average (4.4) in 2018.


Geological Engineering is a specialty that applies principles, concepts and techniques of Geological Sciences in solving engineering problems involving the Earth and its functioning as a geodynamic system. 

The Earth Sciences and Engineering are considered as the main areas of knowledge in many of the more developed countries of the world. Are basic to the development of society and the welfare of Man. Natural materials, water, energy (oil, coal, natural gas, geothermal), construction and public works are essential and indispensable to today's society. The search and exploitation of natural resources, the issues associated with appropriate regional and urban planning and the resolution of environmental problems resulting therefrom, are some of the core activities of the Engineer Geologist. 

The undergraduate degree in Geological Engineering, New University of Lisbon (LEG), aims to prepare graduates with solid basic training in the areas of Geosciences and Engineering Sciences which, with the field materials of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science , may be able to work in various fields of applied nature and technology. 

The goals are consistent with the assumptions of the Dublin descriptors. The teaching workload is the average of 23 hours per week. Many disciplines rely on education supported the system of "blended-learning" program through Moodle. This program allows you to develop a direct interface with each student, launch questions, discuss issues or provide assessment tests. 
The major intervention areas of future graduates in engineering geology are related to construction and public works and the exploration and exploitation of natural resources. It covers the fields of action and/or expertise that connect not only among other specialties of engineering (civil, mining and environment) as between engineering and geology. 


Career opportunities

  • Geological and geotechnical mapping

  • Construction and civil engineering works

  • Geoenvironmental engineering

  • Geological resources exploration

  • Exploration and exploitation of mineral raw materials (geological resources):

    • groundwater
    • industrial minerals and ornamental stones
    • aggregates for the construction industry
  • Exploration and exploitation of oil

  • Regional and urban planning

  • Waste valorization

  • Evaluation and characterization of geological hazards


Admission requirements for the 2020/2021 academic year

Vacancies for 2020/2021:


Specific exams:

One of following groups:

02 Biology and Geology  + 19 Mathematics A

07 Physics and Chemistry  + 19 Mathematics A

Minimum grade of the specific(s) exam(s): 95

Minimum grade of the application: 95

Admission formula:

60% of the final grade obtained in  secondary school
40% of the final grade of the specific(s) exam(s)

Course coordinator:

Professor Paulo Caetano

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Ef 3088/2011 on 18/03/2011


Preliminary accreditation on 13/12/2011

About the Department of Earth Sciences

The Department of Earth Sciences (DCT) of the NOVA School of Science and Technology, whose regulation was reviewed in 2011 (DR 99, 2nd series of 23 May 2011), is a graduate and post-graduate teaching and research unit in the fields of Science and Geological Engineering and in those related or interdisciplinary fields. It promotes scientific and technological development, service delivery, university extension activities, and the development of dissemination activities.

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