Programme Overview

In our daily lives, we are increasingly understanding that emerging technological areas, such as the productive sector, the financial market, information security, computational biology, telecommunications, robotics, nanotechnologies or quantum computing, have a large mathematical component. Applied Mathematics and Computation models systems from different technological areas and develops mathematical solutions that help their study or optimization, putting them into practice with the help of computational tools.

Study Plan

The 2nd cycle in Applied Mathematics and Computation has a duration of 4 semesters (2 years), which is equivalent to 120 ECTS credits, and is made up of the structure depicted below:

Note: Curricular distribution may differ, according to the Free Option chosen.

  • 1st year (ECTS)

    • 48
    • 12
  • 2nd year (ECTS)

    • 12
    • 18
    • 30

Programme Structure

The curricula of the 1st and 2nd Cycle were reformed in the 2021/2022 academic year, following Decree-Law 65/2018 and the implementation of a new teaching model. The MSc programme in Applied Mathematics and Computation derives from the former Mathematics and Applications.

  1. Core Structure (60 ECTS)

    Master Programme in Applied Mathematics and Computation (Major) deepens the knowledge acquired in the 1st Cycle, in the areas of specialization:

    Mathematics in which all subjects from three to five of the following scientific areas are offered a choice:

    • Algebra and Topology,
    • Real Analysis and Functional Analysis,
    • Differential Equations and Dynamic Systems,
    • Mathematical physics
    • Geometry

    Applied and Industrial Mathematics, in which all subjects can be chosen, part of which is included in the scientific area of Numerical Analysis and Applied Analysis.

    Logic and Computing, with the possibility of choosing half of the subjects outside the Logic and Computing scientific area.

    Probabilities and Statistics, with the possibility to choose from all disciplines in the scientific area Probabilities and Statistics or abroad.

  2. Free options (30 ECTS)

    Part of the curriculum is of fully free choice, i.e., students may choose subjects not only in Mathematics, but also in any other scientific field offered by Técnico.

    This component offers the possibility to take a Minor – a number of multidisciplinary courses – which is equivalent to 18 ECTS credits. The offer cuts across all programmes offered by Técnico.


    Extra-curricular activities may also be credited, to a maximum of 6 ECTS credit points.

  3. Dissertation (30 ECTS)

    The dissertation is the final assignment of the study cycle, which allows students to focus and specialize on a specific subject that may take any of these formats:

    • Scientific thesis
    • Internship at a company
    • Capstone project

Target Audience

Master Programme in Applied Mathematics and Computation is targeted at graduates in Mathematics, Science or Engineering.

The programme is taught in Portuguese however may there be international or mobility students enrolled, the curricular units will be taught in English.

Career Opportunities

Técnico MSc graduates in Applied Mathematics and Computation may work in banking and insurance, telecommunications or in industry, playing roles in the following fields:

  • Information security;
  • Computational Biology;
  • Optimization of networks;
  • Robotics;
  • Computation and quantum information;
  • Market studies,
  • Nanotechnology;
  • Audit;
  • Consultancy;
  • Research.

Entry requirements

To apply for a 2nd Cycle at Técnico you should:

  • hold a 1st cycle degree in Science and Technology (except in the case of the 2nd cycle in Architecture, which requires a 1st cycle degree in Architecture);
  • hold an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that certifies their ability to do the MSc programme which they apply for.

Candidates are selected according to these criteria:

  • affinity between the degree they hold and the programme they apply for;
  • type of degree they hold;
  • academic success in the programme they attended.

Note: if requested, we may appreciate the academic, scientific or professional curriculum and the candidate’s performance during the interview.

Student Organizations

Técnico students stimulate autonomously and proactively projects that act as a complement of their academic background. For example, Student Groups provide them with skills and added-value that make them more competitive in the labour market.

Mathematics Student Group (NMath) is the main student organization in mathematics and promotes several activities:

  • Workshops and training
  • Organization of the Mathematics Meetings
  • Organization of the National Meeting of Mathematics Students
  • Course Magazine (Ponto Fixo)
  • Study Materials Repository
  • Connection to alumni (former students of the course)
  • Técnico Summer Internships
  • Playful, sports and recreational activities