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Master's degree in Remote Sensing

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Vacancies 20
Phase 1 3
Phase 2 7 + Leftover vacancies
Phase 3 10 + Leftover vacancies
Minimum nº 10 students
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The FCUP Master’s degree in Remote Sensing offers advanced training in Earth observation techniques, analysis and use of geospatial data acquired by sensors deployed on space-borne or aerial platforms. This Programme aims to equip students with skills on the fundamentals of Remote Sensing (RS), the application potential of the various sensors, acquisition techniques, data processing and analysis, and familiarization with various RS and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) data processing tools. Students are expected to be able to use this knowledge in the study of the planet and in solving problems in various fields of application.
To this end, the Programme was organised with a common core of curricular units addressing fundamental subjects and a set of optional units that aim to teach specific skills in applications for the study of the ocean, agriculture and forests, coastal zones, climate change, etc.

Programme structure

The FCUP MSc in Remote Sensing is a two-year programme organised as follows
  • a first year corresponding to a study programme of a set of curricular units (60 ECTS);
  • a second year corresponding to a scientific dissertation or a professional internship with a final report (54 ECTS) plus a supporting curricular unit of 6 ECTS on scientific writing.

Schedule and teaching language

The Master's degree runs on a concentrated schedule predominantly on Friday afternoons and on Saturday mornings, attracting students from all over the country, including working students. It is also intended to attract students from other countries, and it is anticipated that classes may be taught in English.

Employment Prospects

As this is the only MSc of this type in Portugal, it will respond to the needs of specialized staff in Remote Sensing. The Masters in Remote Sensing will have unique competences to join public institutions or private companies of a technological nature, including space agencies (ESA, EUMETSAT, etc.), with activity in in areas related to the exploitation of Remote Sensing or GIS data, location-based services, thematic mapping, and many others involving the use of georeferenced data.
It is also expected that the graduates of this MSc will promote the technological development of the country through the creation of companies of a technological nature and some of them continue their studies for a PhD.

Entry requirements

  • Hold a higher academic degree in a study programme whose curricula provides students adequate scientific background for Remote Sensing: several branches of Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Informatics, Mathematics, Physics, Geophysics, Geology and related fields.
  • Hold a foreign higher academic degree in one of the areas described in the previous paragraph.
  • Hold an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that the scientific committee of the MSc Programme recognizes as sufficient to prove capacity to carry out this study program.

Selection criteria

  • 1. Candidates who hold a first degree in an appropriate field will be first selected.
The selection will be performed following the criteria indicated below:
    • 1.1 - Academic curriculum (60%)
      • 1.1.1 Sub-criterion 1: Training area (20%)
First degrees with study plans which include scientific background for Remote Sensing will be valued. Background in Mathematics (8%), Informatics / Programming (8%) and Physics (4%) will be considered.
      • 1.1.2 Sub-criterion 2: First degree’s grade and adequacy (40%)
    • 1.2 - Scientific curriculum and professional experience (40%)
      • 1.2.1 – Sub-criterion 1: Technical and/or scientific publications and communications (15%)
The following aspects will be considered: number of peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals (10%); other scientific papers (5%);
      • 1.2.2 – Sub-criterion 2: Participation in research projects (5%)
      • 1.2.3 – Sub-criterion 3: Professional curriculum (20%)
The duration and nature of professional activity in areas of relevance to the Master’s programme shall be considered, as follows: relevance of the professional activity (12%); duration of the professional activity (8%).

In case of equal ratings the following criteria will be adopted:
o First’s degree mark
o Number of years of professional activity on a relevant field.
o Number of scientific papers
o Participation in internships during the first degree, in Remote Sensing topics.
  • 2. Secondly, candidates who do not yet hold a first degree and / or have an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized to prove capacity to carry out this Master’s programme by the competent scientific body, will be selected, according to the above criteria. In this case, the degree’s grade will be replaced by the weighted average of the performed courses, assigning a weight of 2 to the courses considered as relevant to this Master’s programme and a weight of 1 to the remaining ones.



Course Director: m.dr.diretor@fc.up.pt
Postgraduate Section: pos.graduacao@fc.up.pt
Students: m.dr@fc.up.pt

General information

Official Code: MA03
Director: Joana Fernandes
Acronym: M:DR
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of study: Masters Degree
Start: 2018/2019
Duration: 4 Semesters

Study Plan


  • Master's degree in Remote Sensing (120 ECTS credits)
  • Specialization in Remote Sensing (60 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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