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Chemical Engineering

Qualification awarded (in original language)
"Licenciatura em Engenharia Química". Title of "Licenciado".

Level of qualification
1st Cycle of Studies. EQF level 6. ISCED 2011 level 6.

Admission requirements
Students may apply to the 1st cycle of studies through the general regime, through special conditions and through special competitions, as stated in the description of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement. Students may apply, through the general regime, if they obtain a minimum classification of 95 points (on a scale of 0 to 200) in one of following national entrance examinations: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry or Biology and Geology.

Recognition of prior learning
Following the implementation of the Bologna Process and the consequent legislation regarding the mobility of students among degrees and higher education institutions, prior learning must be recognized and credited. The prior learning concept comprises all the previous learning/training undertaken in other higher education study cycles in national or international institutions (crediting of certified training), as well as previous professional experience and any post-secondary school training or education. As such, the IPB promotes the crediting of the student’s prior learning when arriving at the institution.
Aiming at a quick and full integration of the student in his/her new education programme, the recognition procedures must be submitted when enrolling at the IPB.
For further enquiries on crediting and recognizing prior learning and training at the IPB (calendars, procedures and assessment criteria), please go to the Applicant Portal at www.ipb.pt/portaldocandidato.

Qualification requirements and regulations
6 Semesters (3 years). 20 Weeks of study, per semester, full-time (40 per year). 40 total Hours per week. 810 total Hours per semester (1620 per year). 180 ECTS Credits (30 per semester); 1 credit corresponds to 27 hours. It includes a final project comprising 6 credits.
The holders of this qualification are admitted in ANET – National Association of Technical Engineers. Professional titles are awarded by this institution, according to its internal rules.
The programme is included in the FEANI INDEX - European Federation of National Engineering Associations.

Profile of the programme
The profile of the programme comprises the development of the technical-scientific knowledge and professional skills in the study areas of Thermodynamics and Transport Phenomena; Chemical Process Engineering; Chemistry

Key learning outcomes
The degree of "licenciado" (bachelor) in Chemical Engineering is awarded to those students that demonstrate, in this field, the ability to:
a) develop and enhance the acquired knowledge;
b) apply acquired knowledge and understanding capacity in order to clearly demonstrate a professional approach to the work carried out;
c) solve problems based upon their own arguments;
d) collate, select, and interpret relevant information which will enable them to consolidate the solutions they present and the opinions they put forward, including the analysis of relevant social, scientific and ethical aspects;
e) communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions, both to experts and non-experts;
f) develop competences that will enable them to benefit from lifelong learning with a high degree of autonomy.

To complete the qualification, the student is required to pass all compulsory course units of the study plan.

Occupational profiles of graduates
The degree of "licenciado" (bachelor) in Chemical and Biological Engineering belongs to the education and training area of Technologies. Graduates are qualified to develop a professional activity within the profile of the programme.

Access to further studies
The degree of "licenciado" allows to proceed to post-graduate studies, according to the diagram of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement.

Graduation requirements
Note: Programme taught in English

Examination regulations, assessment and grading
Examination and assessment are regulated by the IPB general regulation, available in www.ipb.pt/sa, and by the School pedagogical regulation, available in www.estig.ipb.pt.
Consult this Guide under the option “The ECTS at the IPB” for information on the grading and qualification system.

Mode of study

Programme director
Antonio Manuel Esteves Ribeiro (
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Scientific areas of the study plan
Scientific AreaAcronymECTS Credits
All of IPBAIPB12.00.0
Chemical Process EngineeringCPe27.00.0
Environmental TechnologyETc6.00.0
Thermodynamics and Transport PhenomenaTTP39.00.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral 
Linear Algebra and Analytic GeometryMat6.0
11 Semestral 
Calculus IMat6.0
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
General Chemistry IChe6.0
12 Semestral 
12 Semestral 
Calculus IIMat6.0
12 Semestral 
Fluid MechanicsTTP6.0
12 Semestral 
General Chemistry IIChe6.0
12 Semestral 
Organic Chemistry IChe6.0
21 Semestral 
21 Semestral 
Instrumental Methods of AnalysisChe6.0
21 Semestral 
Chemistry ProjetChe6.0
21 Semestral 
Organic Chemistry IIChe6.0
21 Semestral 
Chemical Thermodynamics ITTP6.0
22 Semestral 
Process AnalysisCPe6.0
22 Semestral 
Chemical Reaction EngineeringCPe6.0
22 Semestral 
Transport Phenomena ITTP6.0
22 Semestral 
Numerical MethodsMat6.0
22 Semestral 
Chemical Thermodynamics IITTP6.0
31 Semestral 
Transport Phenomena IITTP6.0
31 Semestral 
Environmental Quality Control LaboratoryETc6.0
31 Semestral 
Chemical Engineering Laboratory ITTP6.0
31 Semestral 
Applied Microbiology and BioprocessesBTc6.0
31 Semestral 
IPB Free Unit IAIPB6.0
32 Semestral 
Chemical Engineering Laboratory IICPe6.0
32 Semestral 
Separation ProcessesCPe6.0
32 Semestral 
Chemical Engineering ProjectCPe/
32 Semestral 
Food TechnologyBTc6.0
32 Semestral 
IPB Free Unit IIAIPB6.0


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