Learning Informatics and Computation Engineering at FEUP was conceived as requiring a full five years integrated cycle of education, training and apprenticeship. This integrated cycle matches the implementation of the 1st and 2nd cycles of the Bologna Process and immediately confers the Master of Science academic degree.
The Integrated Master in Informatics and Computation Engineering (MIEIC) formally aims to achieve the following general goals:
- to provide a solid base of scientific and engineering education, essential for interacting with other engineering specialties, and supporting a superior professional practice
- to provide a solid and specialized training and education, allowing the conception, specification, design and implementation of products, processes and services, based on computers, computations and information technologies
- to stimulate the acquisition and training of soft skills like creative attitudes and capabilities, critical mind, leadership and team work
- to stimulate the entrepreneurship and innovation spirit, risk assessment and opportunity exploitation
- to provide process management learning, stimulating quality and productivity increase and resource optimization
- to provide the required training and learning for granting the professional title of Engineer by the Portuguese professional engineering association (Ordem dos Engenheiros).
At the end of the first three years (1st cycle) the students will acquire a solid base instruction comprising not only the essential scientific and engineering skills, but also a wideband fundamental knowledge in several domains of informatics, although not specialized. This first step can be understood mainly as a mobility level to and from other national and european schools.
At the five years integrated cycle conclusion the graduated students will exhibit an advanced instruction in Informatics and Computation Engineering, comprising a specialization area or a deep broader range of interests. In the last two years the student has an extensive subject offer, individually configurable.
At present possible specializations include:
- Software Engineering and Information Systems (divided in two sub areas with the same name)
- Networks and Information Technologies (divided in Internet Technologies and Information Infrastructures sub areas)
- Intelligent Systems and Multimedia (divided in two sub areas with the same name)
Considering the multiple job functions and career opportunities open to MIEIC graduates we can mention the following:
- Information systems architecture design and conception
- Administration and management of informatics systems or centers
- Design and development of systems and applications
- Informatics projects management
- Consultancy and auditing
- Research and technological development
Typical FEUP Informatics Engineers employers include:
- Software development enterprises
- Information services providers
- Banks, finance and insurance companies
- Companies with their own information centers such as transports, distribution, logistics, etc
- Research and development institutions
- Candidates without a Batchelor's degree (Bologna 1st cycle)
Start in the first semester. After three years they can have a non professional Batchelor's degree (Licenciado em Ciências da Engenharia - orientação em Engenharia Informática e Computação) which confers mobility. After the five years integrated cycle they can obtain the Master's degree.
- Candidates with a Batchelor's degree (Bologna 1st cycle)
Start normally in the fourth year with some possible variation depending on the actual previous academic and professional curriculum and affinity. Actually, students admitted through this path may require from 1 to 5 semesters (30 to 150 ECTS) to complete MIEIC and obtain the Master's degree.
- 07 Physics and Chemistry
- 19 Mathematics A
- 18 Portuguese
- 19 Mathematics A