Aerospace Engineering is a new educational field at the School of Engineering

In the 2022/2023 academic year, the Bachelor and Master programs in Aerospace Engineering will start, with the opening of applications for both cycles scheduled for July.

These courses and their curricular framework result from the collaboration and experience accumulated in recent decades by the research centers of the School of Engineering and interface units of UMinho in the aeronautical and aerospace sector, as well as collaboration agreements with important institutions operating in these sectors. This diversity of experience and knowledge in the space sector has given rise to study plans that offer a solid education in basic science and engineering technologies with a focus on the future challenges of the space sector, to which is added an innovative perspective aimed at the development of systems with greater integration and complexity, increasingly frequent and important in this sector.

One of the distinctive aspects of this new educational offer will be its strong connection to projects that will be assigned to and developed by students, based on a project-based learning approach, already common to other courses offered by the School of Engineering. No less relevant will be the fact that the master’s degree will be entirely taught in English, allowing for an expected exchange with other institutions and students around the world.

As part of the creation of these courses, the School of Engineering has also structured a number of partnerships at various levels with renowned institutions in the field of Aerospace Engineering, which will allow the establishment of a structured research base and academic collaboration.

Among these partnerships, the partnership with the Guimarães City Hall stands out, with the creation of a development center in Aerospace Engineering, to be developed in the facilities of an old industrial unit in the center of Guimarães, known as Fábrica do Arquinho and that will have more than 3,000 square meters of built area dedicated exclusively to laboratories and equipment.

At the institutional level, we highlight the national collaborations with CEIIA and the MIT Portugal Program and the international collaborations with the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (Brazil), the University of Massachusetts – Lowell (USA) and the University of Vigo (Spain). The partnership with the latter institution will focus on the aerospace sector within the Euroregion, North Portugal – Galicia, which provides synergies in the development of research and joint training offer.

All information regarding these new courses, including deadlines and application processes, is available at http://aerospace.eng.uminho.pt/