Civil and Environmental Engineering

ESTG - School of Technology and Management


Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Technology and Management School of the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, Portugal, approved under Bologna Treaty, appears both to be included in the new learning paradigm and as an opportunity to face the new challenges resulting from the big pressure civil engineering has been submitted to as consequence of the deep changes the world has been facing in the last decades – globalization, competitiveness and environmental issues.

Nowadays the civil engineer has new challenges to face. He has to deal with a larger and diversified entities and complex environmental issues, demanding them a greater academic and professional background. Deep changes demand new skills from engineers, namely transversal skills which may include critical issues (before not regarded as belonging to engineering) such as ethics, deontology, quality, environmental management, accountancy and fiscal work, oral and written proficiency, dealing with clients, mass media contact and social pressure, namely regarding environment. In fact, Civil Engineering interventions, no matter which, do still transform the environment. They shape spaces and alter the landscape, causing environmental impacts, both positive and negative. Civil and Environmental Engineering plays a central role in the intervention aiming to correct malfunctions caused to this environment by anthropic activities. Thus, the degree on Civil and Environmental Engineering gathers solid acknowledgments in environmental technologies with traditional civil engineering, as a practice of the utmost named European and USA universities, where most of the civil engineering courses were renamed Civil and Environmental Engineering (Oxford, Cambridge Universities, Imperial College of London, Stanford, MIT).

Course Coordinator (Coordenador do Curso)
Mafalda Lopes Laranjo

Course Aims

To graduate engineers with a good scientific training in production and construction, structures and geotechnics and environmental technologies;

To prepare students within the scope of intervention of civil engineering, management, production and Project;

To provide students with knowledge in planning, water supply project and management, wastewater treatment and drainage, collection and treatment of municipal solid waste, environmental management, among others.

Length and Professional Profile

The Civil and Environmental Engineering course is organized in three years consisting the first cycle of studies foreseen in the Bologna Treaty.

This course is designed to offer polyvalent graduates with skills for creating, executing and managing a large range of works within the scope of Civil Engineering and Environmental Technologies.

Career Opportunities

The diversity of activities in this professional activity allows its graduates to perform a broad range of different tasks. In a design office they can work in the conception, calculation, or preparation of construction projects. On site, they have responsibilities in the execution, whether in planning and coordinating the works, or in resources. In both cases, and given the course's comprehensive content, they have distinct abilities to coordinate multidisciplinary work teams. In central and local administration they are responsible for the organization and implementation of the assigned tasks. The kind of training given to the graduates allows, on the one hand to perform management functions, accordingly to the Institutions in which they work or its type of activity, and on the other hand to create their own enterprise. Lastly, their education further allows them to work in a market sector, that side by side with the Environment, reveals itself to be promising and in notable evolution as it is the Maintenance, Rehabilitation and Management of Buildings.

Study programme