Programme overview

Telecommunications and Informatics Engineering is dedicated to “Internet Engineering”, namely the so-called “internet of things”, which allows us to interact with various objects, such as refrigerators, heating our homes or products for sale in a supermarket. As such, a Telecommunications and Informatics Engineer works with complex, fixed or mobile communication networks and related infrastructures. It also develops services or applications, knowing the related security aspects.

Study Plan

The Master Programme in Telecommunications and Informatics 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)

    • 54
    • 6
  • 2nd year (ECTS)

    • 18
    • 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 (previous programme structure).

  1. Core Structure (54 ECTS)

    The Master Programme in Telecommunications and Informatics Engineering (Major) deepens knowledge acquired in Bachelor degree, with two main areas and five specialisations.

    Main Areas:

    • Telecommunications
    • Informatics

    The curriculum offers the possibility of choosing subjects within each main area.

    Specialisation Area:

    • Telecommunications Systems
    • Distributed Systems and Internet Applications
    • Network and Systems Management
    • Internet security
    • Internet of Things
    • Data Science for the Web

    The curriculum also offers the possibility of choosing subjects from the specialisation areas.

  2. Free options (24 ECTS)

    Part of the curriculum is of fully free choice, i.e., students may choose subjects not only in Telecommunications and Informatics Engineering, 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. 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 Telecommunications and Informatics Engineering.

  4. Dissertation (30 ECTS)

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

    • Scientific thesis
    • Internship at a company
    • Capstone project

Target Audience

The Master Programme in Telecommunications and Informatics Engineering is aimed at graduates in areas related to Engineering, namely those with curricular paths in Electrotechnics, Telecommunications, Electronics, Programming, Computing and related areas.

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 Telecommunications and Informatics Engineering can develop activities such as:

  • Design, implement and guarantee maintenance of communication systems, and respective terrestrial and satellite networks;
  • Design, install, configure and manage telecommunications networks, server clusters and data centers;
  • Development of computer internet applications and mobile phone applications;
  • Programming of multimedia, mobile, peer-to-peer and cloud applications, configuration and management of web servers and databases;
  • Solve problems that arise in this activity, such as attacks on computer security, latency and reliability of communications, and the need for quick recovery in case of equipment failure.
  • Marketing of products, equipment and processes;
  • Consulting and leadership, leadership and management functions;
  • Professional training and education.

Facts & Figures

employed MSc graduates

employability in the area of study


Source: Técnico Employability Observatory | 2016/17 academic year data.

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.

Students' Organisations

Técnico students stimulate autonomously and proactively projects that act as a complement to their academic background. For example, the Students’ Organisations provide them with skills and added value, making them more competitive in the labour market.

The Telecommunications and Informatics Engineering Students’ Organisation (NEETI) is the main student organisation of this course, promoting activities such as:

  • Workshops
  • BreakingDev Competition
  • Freshman berries challenge for new students
  • Study Materials Repository
  • Técnico Summer Internships
  • Collaboration with Taguspark Business and Technological Week
  • Recreational activities