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Geological Engineering

Universidade de Aveiro
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Universidade de Aveiro

Program description

Geological Engineering

The principal objective of the 2nd Cycle in Geological Engineering is the training of professionals prepared to find solutions to concrete problems in the domain of their area of knowledge, studying them in an integrated way and resorting to specific approaches, as far as social, economic and environmental implications are concerned.

In the context of vocational training in Geological Engineering three areas of specialisation are proposed, articulated amongst themselves: a) Geotechnical engineering; b) Geological Resources; c) Environmental Geology.

Bearing in mind the areas of specialisation for which they opt, graduates will have the abilities necessary to fulfil the following functions:

  • Characterisation, evaluation, exploration and management of geological resources - water, mineral, energy and soils;
  • Geological characterisation and geotechnics of soils and preparation of engineering projects in this domain;
  • Prediction and analysis of geological risks;
  • Environmental planning: contamination of ground and underground water; selection of sites for the construction of risk infrastructures, such as: depots for the storage and treatment of waste; nuclear power and hydroelectric stations.

Admission requirements

  1. Licenciatura level degree, or legal equivalent in Geological Engineering, Mining Engineering,, Geotechnics Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Geology, Geophysics or similar scientific areas.
  2. Foreign higher education degree mentioned in 2.1 awarded on completion of a 1st cycle study programs organised in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process by a State adhering to this process.
  3. Foreign higher education degree mentioned in 2.1 recognised as satisfying the objectives of the licenciatura degree by the scientifically and statutorily competent body.
  4. The Scientific Council of the University of Aveiro may admit applicants proposed by the Director of the Study Cycle who do not meet the conditions specified above but whose academic, scientific or professional curriculum reveal an adequate preparation for frequenting the Masters programs, in accordance with Article 17, N.º 1, d), Decree Law n.º 74/2006, as expressed in DL n.º 65/2018 of 16 August, and Article 47, N.º 1, d) of the Study Regulations of the University of Aveiro.
  5. The recognition referred to in 2, 3 and 4 is valid only for entry to the study cycle and does not confer equivalence to the degree of licenciatura or recognition of this degree.
  6. Students enrolled in the 2019/2020 academic year in a cycle of University of Aveiro studies and who meet conditions for application in 2020/2021 may not apply for the same cycle o f studies under the terms of this competition.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website

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Program content

Year 1

1º Semester

  • Rock Mechanics
  • Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
  • Hydrogeology
  • Explotation Of Mineral Deposits
  • Project Management and Evaluation

2º Semester

  • Geological Construction Materials
  • Geological And Geotechnical Surveying
  • Geophysics Applied To Engineering
  • Economics And Legislation
  • Underground Works And Escavation

Year 2

1º Semester

  • Appled Geochemistry

Option I

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Modelling Environmental Systems


  • Geotechnics For Roads And Pavements
  • Site Construction Management and Legal Requirements
  • Appled Geochemistry

Option I

  • Geophysics Applied To Hydrocarbon Prospecting
  • Healing Minerals: Industrial Aspects

2º Semester

Option II

  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Risk Evaluation


  • Soil Mechanics II

Option II

  • Processing Of Geophysical Data
  • Treatment Of Minerals And Industrial Rocks


  • Dissertation/project/internship

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Local/EU Students: 1000€ per year
  • International/Non-EU Students: 5500€ per year

Career opportunities

The holder of this master's degree will be able to practise their profession as a high level technician in the following areas:

  1. Laboratories and enterprises of technical studies and consultancy, in particular in the domains of geotechnical engineering, of hydrogeology, of geophysics and of geochemistry;
  2. Environmental impact agencies;
  3. The inert materials extraction industry;
  4. Transformation of ornamental and industrial rocks businesses;
  5. Mines;
  6. Mineral and energy resource prospecting businesses;
  7. Central, local and regional public administration services;
  8. Public and private laboratories;
  9. Management and protection of geological and archaeological heritage services;
  10. Research laboratories and companies.

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Universidade de Aveiro

Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro

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