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Mining and Geological Engineering

Mining and Geological Engineering

MSc - Master Degree
IST Técnico Lisboa
Time period 
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Data de Acreditação A3ES 
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6 anos
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Number 
R/A-Ef 2169/2011
Official Portuguese Code (DGES) Registration Date 



The extractive industry ensures the sustainable exploration and management of raw materials, essential for the energy transition and transformation of our society towards a greener economy. Mining and Geological Engineering develops prospecting and mining techniques, promoting the digitization of the mining industry, based on the best practices of environmental sustainability, safety, smart mining, automation and robotics. The role of a Mining Engineer involves exploration, development and mining management, but also support for construction works, namely tunnels and other excavations in rock masses.


The new discoveries of mineral resources will be more and more to greater depths, difficult to access and in more complex geological environments, demanding sustainable mining projects and higher risk prevention.

The Master in Mining and Geological Engineering (MEGM) seeks, in this way, to train future professionals with the appropriate skills to be able to respond to some of the biggest challenges facing the mining industry in the short and medium term. The technology level, will imply the implementation of intelligent systems that are based on real-time monitoring and management of the main mining operations, being able to make use of AI tools and IOT technologies.

Therefore, the Master in Mining and Geological Engineering was restructured in order to meet the current turning point of the mining industry, in which digital technologies have a huge potential to generate new ways of managing uncertainty and increasing the rates of productivity, which can be summarized in 3 major groups of technologies, namely:
• Data, computational power, and connectivity, which includes real-time monitoring and management of mining operations and intelligent data management networks;
• Analytics and intelligence, which includes the integration of AI and Machine Learning techniques in mining operations, from prospecting to production and mineral processing;
• Digital-to-physical conversion that includes the entire automation and robotics component.

The curriculum of the Master in Mining and Geological Engineering aims to provide integrated training to future professionals with the skills to act in various fields, as defined and governed by Ordem dos Engenheiros - College of Mining and Geological Engineering, namely:

Experimental work plays an important role in the Master in Mining and Geological Engineering, being performed mainly at Geolab and ITlab


Within the scope of this Master's degree, IST developed partnerships with several foreign universities for student’s mobility, such as:
• Montanuniversitat Leoben, Austria
• University of Mining and Geology ´St Ivan Rilsky, Bulgaria
• University of Zagreb, Croatia
• Universidad de Oviedo, Spain
• Universidad de Vigo, Spain
• Universidad Politecnica de Madrid - Etsi Minas, Spain
• U. Politecnica de Cartagena, Spain
• Politecnico di Torino, Italy
• Universita degli Studi di Cagliari, Italy
• Universitá degli Studi di Catania, Italy
• Universitá degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza", Italy
• Politechnika Slaska, Poland
• Technická Univerzita Ostrava, Czech Republic

Career prospects 
Técnico MSc graduates in Geological and Mining Engineering will be prepared to develop activities such as: • Discovery of lodes or mineral masses; • Assessment, prospecting, exploration, processing and management of mineral resources and solid waste; • Assessment, exploration and management of groundwater resources; • Real-time monitoring and management of mining operations; • Assessment of environmental impacts and recovery of mines and quarries; • Use of explosive substances in excavations and demolitions; • Geological support for land use planning activities; • Support to the conception, design and execution of large engineering works (tunnels, airports, roads, bridges, large buildings, etc.); • Consulting and leadership, leadership and management functions; • Professional training and education.
National Admission Exams 
Only the students that meet the requirements below may apply for a 2nd cycle of IST or to a 2nd cycle of na IST Integrated MSC Programme: - those who have concluded a 1st cycle degree programme, or a 1st cycle of an Integrated MSc Programme, which do not have scientific consistency with the 2nd cycle for which they apply; - those who hold a 1st cycle degree in the area of Science and Technology (except for the 2nd cycle in Architecture which presupposes a 1st cycle programme in Architecture); - those who have a school, scientific or professional background, certifying their capacity to carry out a MSc for which they apply.
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