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Structural Engineering Master programme (STREMUM)

Course Description


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 - http://www.stremum.uminho.pt/eco-efficient-structures/
- Advanced Structural Analysis and Design - http://www.stremum.uminho.pt/advanced-structural-analysis-and-design/
- Smart Structures - http://www.stremum.uminho.pt/smart-structures/
- Risk Management and Extreme Events - http://www.stremum.uminho.pt/risk-management-and-extreme-events/
- Geotechnics - http://www.stremum.uminho.pt/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.

Find out more about Guimaraes

LIVING AND STUDYING IN GUIMARAES - http://www.sri.uminho.pt/Default.aspx?lang=eng

Visit the Structural Engineering Master programme (STREMUM) page on the University of Minho website for more details!

All Available Videos:

(Student Profile)

António Carlos Rodrigues

4644.jpg Presidente do Conselho de Administração da Casais Engenharia e Construção

"A reference in the field of Civil Engineering, projected by the constructions that the professionals of this school continue to design and build around the world, which will surely serve civil society for many years. The knowledge developed in different areas such as construction, urban infrastructures and water treatment systems, represents a great added value for Casais. The large contingent of technicians with origin in this school is an asset that allows our group to achieve a leading position in the 12 countries where we operate. Also of great relevance is the cooperation in the technical development, research and testing conducted with the support of the services of the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Minho. The skills and quality of training found at the School of Civil Engineering will continue to be critical success factors for the growth of Casais. We believe, therefore, in a future of growing cooperation between this school and our business group."

(Student Profile)

Fernando de Almeida Santos

4645.jpg Administrador Presidente do Grupo TABIQUE SGPS, SA / Presidente do Conselho Diretivo da Região Norte da Ordem dos Engenheiros

"As a former student of the Civil Engineering course at the University of Minho I believe that this institution is a reference in terms of Engineering teaching in Portugal. The University of Minho always found, in an evolutionary way, its path to the prominent place of excellence in higher education that it currently occupies. The Civil Engineering Department, through its civil engineering course, represents a great added value for the strong relationship with the business and management, instilling in students and future professionals an analytical perspective, strong technical background and the capacity for systemic analysis that will serve them for a lifetime. These concepts leverage in a unique manner their innovation skills and entrepreneurship, as well as a participative role in society."

(Student Profile)

José Teixeira

4646.jpg Presidente do Conselho de Administração do grupo DST, S.A

"‘His to its owner’: the DST is, nowadays, the product of the influence of the Civil Engineering Course at the University of Minho in our business life. The DST has 158 Civil Engineers in total, of which 126 have carried out their training at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho. Without this school DST would not be what it is today. We have Civil Engineers which were graduated from other schools, but the preparation of the graduates this school is powerful."

(Student Profile)

Rui Dias Ferreira

4647.jpg Presidente do Conselho de Administração da VORTAL Connecting Business

"The teaching of Civil Engineering at the University of Minho, very focused on innovation and on the economic aspects of construction and not only for structural solutions, led me to develop a focused career to optimize the management and control processes through the intensive use of Information Technology. This route came to generate the development of various solutions for industry, currently used in many countries where the Portuguese engineering is present, and most notably in ‘econstroi’, the electronic marketplace of Construction. For this Vortal project also contributed numerous companies in the region, which employ so many and highly skilled engineers trained at the University of Minho, as well as those working in Vortal themselves."


Entry Requirements

The admission requirements for students wishing to enroll the STREMUM programme are the BSc in Civil Engineering or equivalent qualifications.Students from non-English speaking countries are required to have one of the following certificates: TOEFL certificate internet based (minimum score 72), IELTS certificate (academic version, minimum score 6.5) or other recognized language proficiency certificate.

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