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Structural Engineering Master programme (STREMUM)

  • Study Type

    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 2 years

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Course content


Structural Engineers conceive and design structures. Bridges, dams, ports, tunnels, skyscrapers and houses are examples of structures that support the human activity and contribute to the society as we know it. Most structures are technically challenging and push engineering to the limits. These are often subjected to extreme events, such as earthquakes, storms, explosions and fire. They can also be exposed to harsh environments under extreme conditions, whether due to the exposure to chemically aggressive agents or to extreme temperatures, moisture or pressure conditions, such as the ones found in deep oceans or arctic regions, industrial facilities or even in the outer space. In order to safely analyse, design and manage efficient and modern structures, the structural engineer uses a range of methods to analyse and design structures with quantifiable reliability over their design life.


The Structural Engineering Master programme at the University of Minho (STREMUM) provides world class training to prospective students in search for a challenging international graduate programme.

STREMUM meets the current challenges of modern societies by specializing in different Structural Engineering domains which are nowadays of great relevance, both for the industry and for the societies.

- Eco-efficient Structures -
- Advanced Structural Analysis and Design -
- Smart Structures -
- Risk Management and Extreme Events -
- Geotechnics -


The programme combines a solid common core of fundamental and general courses with applied courses and research related to the specialization track selected. In addition, hands-on courses throughout the entire programme provide training on case studies and design projects, or in some cases field studies, for an effective consolidation of the acquired knowledge.

Because modern Structural Engineers are required not only to be technically proficient, but also to be effective on communicating and on interrelating with colleagues and team mates, the programme also includes training on soft skills. These courses are announced every year.

Students willing to finalize their study programme in another institution can take advantage of the numerous cooperation protocols that we have with EU member states and other international institutions, or many other institutions with which we can easily establish new cooperations, by request of the student. In particular, the Erasmus+ programme also offers scholarships for a period of studies in other European Institutions. For further information check our Services for International Relations.


- The official language of the programme is English. However, the students that become part of the programme will experience a challenging and multi-cultural environment. The city of Guimaraes has strong cultural roots and important historical significance, classified as UNESCO World Heritage.

- The hospitality of its locals is also acknowledged, always eager to share the richness of Guimaraes architecture and gastronomy with its visitors.

- International students can follow a Portuguese language course (one of the most spoken languages in the world). Be sure to take this opportunity when you are in Portugal!


The STREMUM programme is hosted by the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Minho, which is located at the School of Engineering, in the Campus of Guimaraes. The School of Engineering and the University of Minho are internationally reputed for the high quality of their scientific and training activities, having significant impact in various fields of Engineering. Although being a very young institution, check out in a few examples the relevant role that the institution has built during the few decades of its existence:

The learning environment is strongly influenced by a significant involvement of the teaching staff with an important research activity.
The group is strongly committed with a dynamic strategy of relevant research and innovation, backed by the research institute ISISE and the research laboratory facilities of LEST.


The STREMUM programme can be attended in full-time regime and lasts for 2 years or 4 semesters. The workload is equivalent to 120 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). If the candidate already holds a 4-year or 5-year graduate degree, the duration of the programme can be reduced up to 3 semesters (subjected to an individual analysis of the student’s background).

During the programme a modular structure is adopted. Each module typically lasts for 3 weeks and each week is composed of 5 full working days (Monday to Friday), during which the students spend the entire day at the University. In the morning the theoretical and practical lessons take place during 3 hours, and in the afternoon the students spend 5 hours solving practical exercises, carrying out assignments and in self-study, of which 1 hour takes place in the presence of the teacher; exceptionally, some afternoons are devoted to seminar lessons. In total, the students attend 5 modules each semester, during the first, second and third semesters. Additionally, the students also attend the parallel Integrated Projects, which are meant to allow the integrated application of the concepts learned at the modular courses and consolidate the acquired skills.

Supplementary courses are also taught on soft skills, such as:

- Leadership;
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation;
- Science Communication and Scientific Method;
- Public Speaking and Delivery of Presentations.


Thinking about the professionals at demanding positions which require continuous high quality complementary training and updating, the STREMUM programme offers them the possibility to attend one or more of the courses offered at the syllabus. In addition, single-event courses are also available every year. Please contact us if you wish to be kept informed about these events, so that you can take your decisions timely.

The STREMUM programme grants certificates of attendance to the professionals attending its courses as a separate complement to their curricula. These certificates contain also the description about the number of credits granted by the course attended.

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