About the Course

Environmental Engineering looks at the existing environmental problems in society, namely those caused by the implementation of solutions given by other areas of Engineering. In a world where sustainability is on the agenda, the role of environmental engineers involves understanding what tools to use in order to lower the environmental impact and the ecological footprint of human activities while maintaining the efficiency of related processes. Thus, this field of Engineering operates in pollution planning and control, waste, effluent and gaseous pollutant treatment and environmental system management, while optimizing soil and land use.

Study Plan

The 1st cycle in Environmental Engineering has a duration of 6 semesters (3 years), which equals 180 ECTS, and it is structured as follows:

  • 1st year (ECTS)

    • 36
    • 24
  • 2nd year (ECTS)

    • 27
    • 30
    • 3
  • 3rd year (ECTS)

    • 48
    • 6
    • 6

Study Plan

The curricula of the 1st and 2nd cycles were reformed in the 2021/2022 academic year, following Decree-Law 65/2018 and the implementation of a new teaching model. The Environmental Engineering undergraduate programme derives from the former Environmental Engineering Integrated Master’s programme.

  1. Basic Sciences (63 ECTS)

    The basic sciences courses of this undergraduate programme ensure the fundamental training in:

    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Biology
    • Programming
  2. Core Structure (102 ECTS)

    The core training aims to complement the basic sciences by deepening knowledge in:

    • Specific Fields (e.g. microbiology, climate, hydrology, ecology, land planning, organic chemistry, among others)
    • Engineering Sciences (e.g. thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, hydraulics or energy and mass transfer)
  3. Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (9 ECTS)

    The humanist curricular component plays an important role in harnessing architects’ curiosity about the world they live in as well as understanding it, empowering them to actively respond to its challenges, using scientific and technological knowledge, in a more appropriate and contextualised way.

    Students can choose subjects, offered in several faculties of ULisboa, from areas such as Management, Economics, Literature, Psychology, Visual Arts or Sport, among others.

    Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

  4. Integrative Project (6 ECTS)

    In order to improve the knowledge acquired during the undergraduate degree, students are challenged to work on a topic related to Environmental Engineering that may be based on a real challenge, whose solution will be developed in teams.

Entry Requirements

National Admission to Higher education

  • National Admission Exams1: Mathematics A + Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics A + Biology and Geology
  • Application Grade2: MS x 50% + PI x 50%

1 Minimum grade point: 100 points (out of 200)

2 Minimum grade point: 120 points (out of 200)

MS: high school final arithmetic average grade | PI: Average of national admission exams’ grades.

National Admission to Higher Education

Admissions can also be done through one of the following ways:

  • Course Change and Transfer
  • Holders of Middle Level/Higher Education degrees
  • Applicants over the age of 23
  • Special Admission Regime for International Students

More information about admissions to Técnico (national and international candidates) is available at:


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 which make them more competitive in the labour market.

The Environmental Engineering Student Group (NEEA) is the main structure for Environmental Engineering students, which promotes:

  • Study visits and workshops
  • Leisure, sports and recreation activities
  • A repository of study material
  • Talks with alumni
  • Summer internships within the context of Técnico Summer Internships
  • The organization of Environmental Engineering meetings and seminars