Programme overview

Petroleum Engineering studies new ways of prospecting, exploring and valuing energy mineral resources from a sustainable perspective. This Master provides knowledge, methods and tools to characterize and model the properties and processes that occur in the Earth’s subsurface, especially those related to geoenergy (geothermal, gas and oil) and geological carbon sequestration.

The curriculum of the Master in Petroleum Engineering is being restructured and already in the accreditation phase with the Associação de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superio (A3ES). After being accredited, the course will be called Master in Energy Resources Engineering.

Study Plan

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

  • 1st year (ECTS)

    • 48
    • 12
  • 2nd year (ECTS)

    • 3
    • 15
    • 12
    • 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 and pedagogical practices (former programme structure).

  1. Core Structure (51 ECTS)

    The Master in Petroleum Engineering (Major) deepens the knowledge acquired in the 1st Cycle, introducing themes in areas such as:

    • Geophysics (the study of the Earth with physical methods for the construction of numerical models),
    • Space Data Science and geostatistics (the integration of indirect measurements into these models),
    • Fluid simulation in porous media.
  2. Free options (27 ECTS)

    Part of the curriculum is of fully free choice, i.e., students may choose subjects not only in energy resources, 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.

    Minors

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

  3. Project (12 ECTS)

    To integrate the knowledge acquired in this Masters, students will study and elaborate a project, individually or in groups, and in an academic or business environment, on a challenge of Petroleum Engineering.

  4. 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

The Master in Petroleum Engineering is aimed at graduates in Engineering, namely those with curricular paths in Geology, Petrochemistry, Chemistry, Energy Resources, Mining and related areas.

The programme is taught in Portuguese and some of its units may be in English, if there are any international or mobility students enrolled.

Career Opportunities

Técnico MSc graduates in this course will have diverse career options, being able to develop activities in upstream areas, in which the main employers will be from the Energy Sector in the areas of:

  • Spatial data analysis;
  • Prospecting for energy resources;
  • Integrated energy companies;
  • Reservoir Engineering;
  • Petroleum Engineering;
  • Geophysics;
  • Carbon dioxide and hydrogen sequestration.

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.