Programme Overview

Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering is fundamentally based on the design, construction and management of the operation of systems intended for the exploration of the sea, in its aspects of maritime transport, a source of living and mineral resources and also as a place for sport and leisure. As such, a naval engineer will be able to work in the design, construction, maintenance and management of all types of ships, vessels and floating structures.

Study Plan

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

  • 1st year (ECTS)

    • 30
    • 21
    • 9
  • 2nd year (ECTS)

    • 30
    • 30
  • 3rd year (ECTS)

    • 36
    • 12
    • 12

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 (previous programme structure).

  1. Basic Sciences (60 ECTS)

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

    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Programming
    • Chemistry
  2. Core Structure (87 ECTS)

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

    • Specific Fields (examples: naval architecture, naval design and construction, behaviour of naval structures, maritime systems, among others)
    • Engineering Sciences (examples: thermodynamics, applied mechanics, resistance and propulsion, among others)
  3. Pre-Major Options (12 ECTS)

    In the final year, students have the opportunity to choose specific subjects from the following three sets of curricular units, covering a wide range of fields that can be deepened in the master’s degree (the major):

    • Project and Naval Construction;
    • Oceanic Systems,
    • Seaports and Sea Transports.
  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 (12 ECTS)

    In order to improve the knowledge acquired during the undergraduate degree, students are challenged to work on a topic related to Naval Architecture and Ocean 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:


Students' Organisations

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

The Naval Engineering Students’ Organisation (NAEN) is the main structure of MSc students and promotes activities such as:

  • Study visits and workshops
  • Study Materials Repository
  • Organisation of the Naval Engineering Conference
  • Técnico Summer Internships
  • Leisure and sports activities