Geological Engineering


Undergraduate Programme in Geological Engineering

The Undergraduate Programme in Geological Engineering (PGE), in the Post-Bologna version, came into operation in the 2006/2007 academic year. The PGE is a 3 year course, 6 semesters, corresponding to 180 ECTS. The course is accredited by the Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) for the maximum period (6 years; last evaluation in 2017) and was awarded the EUR-ACE® Bachelor Label by the Portuguese Engineering Association Accreditation Agency, also for 6 years (2017-2023).

Find out more about the PGE and the Earth ScienceS Department


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

The Earth Sciences and Engineering are considered as major areas of knowledge in many of the most developed countries of the World. They constitute a fundamental basis for the development of society and the welfare of humanity. Raw-materials, water, energy (oil, natural gas, coal, 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 and mitigation of environmental problems resulting therefrom, are some of the core activities of the Geological Engineer.

The PGE at NOVA School of Science & Technology aims to prepare graduates with solid basic training in the areas of the Geosciences and Engineering Sciences which, together with Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Sciences and Informatics, provide the knowledge to work in numerous fields of applied and technological nature.


Career opportunities

  • The major intervention areas for the future graduates in Geological Engineering are related to the research and exploitation of natural resources, civil construction and public works, and to the mitigation of environmental problems, sustainability and land management and planning. This training area covers fields of action and / or specialization, which establish a link, not only between other engineering specialties (civil, mining, and environmental), but also between engineering and geology.

    The Geological Engineering Programme at NOVA provides comprehensive training that allows access to several areas of specialty, to be further developed in the Second Cycle Degree (Master in Geological Engineering), with professional opportunities (among others) for:

    • Exploration and exploitation of mineral raw materials (geological resources):
      • Metallic and non-metallic minerals
      • Ornamental and industrial stones for the construction industry
    • Groundwater exploration and management
    • Oil and gas exploration and exploitation
    • Geological and geotechnical mapping
    • Geological and geotechnical mapping
    • Geoenvironmental engineering
    • Regional and urban planning
    • Waste management and valorisation
    • Assessment, characterization, and mitigation of geological and anthropogenic risks

Tuition Fees 

Portuguese students: 697 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year


Entrance requirements for the 2024/2025 academic year

Vacancies for 2024/2025:


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)

Nota do último colocado em 2023/2024 (contingente geral do CNA): 128,6

Média do último colocado em 2023/2024 (contingente geral do CNA): 148,0

Course coordinator:

Professor José Carlos Kullberg

Registration and Accreditation


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


Publication date of the accreditation decision: 02/01/2017

Period of validity of the accreditation:
6 years from 31/07/2016

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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