Programme Overview

Materials Engineering studies materials, from their atomic structure and properties to their large-scale production and recycling. A materials engineer analyzes and develops materials with a view to their application in the metallurgical and metalworking industry, polymers, ceramics, and glass industries. These professionals also work in certification and quality assurance and in the development of advanced biomaterials and materials, also contributing to electronics.

Study Plan

The 1st cycle in Materials 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)

    • 24
    • 36
  • 3rd year (ECTS)

    • 42
    • 9
    • 3
    • 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 Materials Engineering undergraduate programme derives from the former Materials Engineering Integrated Master’s programme.

  1. Basic Sciences (60 ECTS)

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

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

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

    • Specific Fields (examples: structure of materials, physical properties of materials, composites, ceramics, polymers, metals, among others)
    • Engineering Sciences (examples: transport phenomena, thermodynamics, geometric modelling, material behaviour or microscopy techniques)
  3. Pre-Major Options (3 ECTS)

    In the final year, students have the opportunity to choose specific subjects covering a wide range of fields that can be deepened in the master’s degree (the major).

  4. 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

  5. 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 Materials 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
  • 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.

Materials Engineering Students Group (NEMat) is the main students structure for Materials Engineering students. They promote several activities:

  • Visits to companies, workshops and training
  • Open week for secondary school students (Explore the Materials)
  • Técnico Summer Internships
  • 3D Printing
  • Voluntary and leisure activities