Undergraduate Programme in Materials Engineering


Undergraduate Programme in Materials Engineering

180 ECTS; 3 years (6 semesters)


The Undergraduate program in Materials Engineering (LeMat) aims at the formation of a scientific-technological base in the field of Materials Engineering, with a view to the pursuit of studies; mobility between training courses offered at the NOVA School of Science and Technology and other schools; employability in services that do not require specific 2nd cycle skills.

LEMat, like all courses at NOVA School of Science and Technology, follows a new pedagogical approach known as “FCT Curricular Profile” . Essentially, the “FCT Curricular Profile” reinforces the technical-scientific training provided with complementary skills (soft-skills) that provide the student with the tools that will influence his academic performance and, in the future, his professional performance as a graduate. Although technical skills are important, in the current context, and even in terms of employability, complementary skills play a leading role.

The BSc. course on Materials Engineering  offers the students the opportunity to learn the important mutual influences involving materials’ Structure, Properties, Processing and Applications.

By the end of course, the student should:

I. Thoroughly understand the links between the structure and the properties of the different classes of materials
II. Know the most relevant materials characterization techniques
III. Adequately use the relevant characterization techniques to solve concrete industrial problems
IV. Be familiar with the most relevant materials processing technologies
IV. Know and use within its proper context the relevant mathematical, physical, chemical or informatics language and concepts indispensable to acquire technical competences
V. Communicate efficiently within an academic and professional context
VI. Be familiar with corporate organizational templates


Career opportunities

First and foremost, the Undergraduate Course in Materials Engineering is the ideal preparation for more advanced studies in any engineering specialty, particularly in Materials Engineering.

Training in Materials Engineering was launched at the NOVA School of Science and Technology in 1981. Since then, the demand for Material Engineers has increased significantly, as a reflex of a highly technological training that enables the Materials Engineering graduates to successfully exercise a profession.

The main sectors of activity of the graduates are as follows:

Saídas Profissionais

Scientific Domains

Materials Engineering
Materials Science
Human and Social Sciences
Transferable Skills
Any Scientific Area

Course Plan

1st Year

1st semester
Mathematical Analysis I
Linear Algebra and Analytical Geometry
Chemistry B
Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

2nd semester
Mathematical Analysis II D
Crystal Chemistry
Introduction to Probabilities, Statistics and Operational Investigation
Thermodinamics of Processes
Informatics for Science and Engineering

2nd trimester
Complementary Skills for Science and Technology

2nd Year

1st semester
Mathematical Analysis III D
Technical and Computer- Aided Drawing
Physical Metallurgy and Metallography
Instrumentation Techniques

Ceramics and Glasses
Polymeric Materials I
Physical Properties of Materials
Mechanical Behaviour of Materials
Option I

OPTION I - possible courses

Photonics of Materials
Surfaces and Interfaces
General Organic Chemistry B
General Biochemistry B
Chemical Processes and Technologies
Programming for Science and Engineering
Biosafety and Bioethics
Contemporary Thought
Sociology of Organizations
Socio- Economics of Innovation

3rd Year

1st semester
Semiconductor Materials
Polymeric Materials II
Characterization Techniques and Non-Destructive Testing
Composite Materials
Option II (free)

2nd semester
Rheology of Materials
Microelectronics: Processes
Heat Treatments and Mechanical Treatments
Project in Materials Engineering

3rd Year – Opportunities Program  – 2nd trimester
Undergraduate Research Initiation Program
Undergraduate Industry Initiation Program

Tuition Fees 

Portuguese students: 697 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year

Entrance requirements for the 2023/2024 academic year

Vacancies for 2023/2024:


Specific exams:

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 2022/2023 (contingente geral do CNA): 143.0

Course coordinator:

Professor João Pedro Sousa Oliveira


Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Cr 169/2021 on 09/06/2021


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

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

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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