Materials Engineering and Technology

ESTG - School of Technology and Management


            The main subjects in the Materials Engineering and Technology course are the knowledge, development and processing of new materials. Nowadays, the improving in the properties of existing materials and, simultaneously, the optimization in its manufacturing processes are an important field of knowledge.
            Materials Engineering is considered one of the leading areas in the development of modern societies, involving high-performance applications for many different uses, such as: aerospace industry (heat shield, e.g.), biomaterials (prostheses, e.g.), production systems and energy conversion (fuel cells and sensors, e.g.).

Course Aims

            The training objectives give emphasis to the knowledge application and ability to understand the technological processes in order to stimulate a proactive approach in the materials field.
            In a specific way, the course aims to prepare graduates with skills in Materials Science and Engineering, including strong knowledge in the properties of the different types of materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, etc.) and its manufacturing processes.
            The training will focus primarily on the study of the materials structures, their properties and processing technologies, and the consequent effect on the ratio performance / cost for each application.
            At the end of the course, the former students are able to control and develop the different processing materials technologies, in industrial scenery, and can then play leadership roles in areas of production, quality control, R & D, etc.. Alternatively they can enter in a second cycle of studies leading to a master degree.

Length and Professional Profile

            The course is organized into 6 semesters of 30 ECTS for a total of 180 ECTS.According to the acquired skills, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Apply scientific, technological and instrumental engineering and materials technology
  • Plan, supervise, develop and coordinate projects and engineering services
  • Supervise production processes and quality control of products
  • Control unit operations in industrial units;
  • Develop laboratory work, individual or group projects in design and materials processing;
  • Develop technical and scientific work, critical and independent in the field of materials technology in a professional context;
  • Innovate and incorporate concepts in the design of new systems or technologies for processing and recycling materials.

Entering Requirements
Number of vacancies: 24

Entry tests (one of the following): 

  • Physics and Chemistry
  • Mathematic

Career Opportunities

            The career opportunities of graduates in Materials Engineering and Technology are quite diverse due to the "broad range" nature implemented in the course. However, are highlighted the following:

  • Metallurgical Industry
  • Polymer Industry
  • Ceramic Industry
  • Glass Industry
  • Extractive Industry
  • Consulting Services
  • Laboratories of R&D

Course Coordinator
Eduarda Lima


Study programme