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Welcome to the website of Coimbra Institute of Engineering (ISEC)!

As a dynamic engineering institute committed to continuous and constant improvement of its services, Coimbra Institute of Engineering is determined to create an atmosphere that will be more than just a learning experience for its students. Its major concerns are to encourage and inspire students to develop their research and creative skills, as well as to cultivate critically-minded and professionally motivated individuals.

Given these goals, the Institute therefore focuses on providing high-quality education that combines a strong practical component with a solid theoretical background. Furthermore and likewise, it is our prime concern that our degrees and content material taught throughout the courses meet the requirements and needs of the work environment and the new realities of today’s world.

Coimbra Institute of Engineering includes the following departments:
  • Biological And Chemical Engineering (DEQB);
  • Civil Engineering (DEC);
  • Computer Science and Systems Engineering (DEIS);
  • Electrotechnics Engineering (DEE);
  • Mathematics and Physics (DFM)
  • Mechanical Engineering (DEM).

Each department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees covering a wide and diverse range of engineering fields, thereby creating stronger ties and broadening opportunities of interaction with the professional community. As a result, our graduates have been highly successful and many have taken on positions of great value and importance in different activity sectors.

I invite you to join us.

Mission and Purpose

The mission of the Coimbra Institute of Engineering as an educational centre is:

  • To advance and extend knowledge and learning of culture, science and technology;
  • To provide preparation for professional and occupational careers within the engineering fields;
  • To promote and contribute to the development of its community.

To accomplish its mission, the Coimbra Institute of Engineering has chosen to pursue the following guidelines:

  • To strengthen its academic reputation in the labour market and in the community in general;
  • To improve the preparation of well trained graduates;
  • To invest in quality in order to ensure highly successful qualified engineers capable of facing challenges within their professional career;
  • To offer Research and Development services and activities. 


Coimbra Institute of Engineering - ISEC, (former Coimbra Industrial and Commercial Institute), was created as set forth by Law 830/74 of December 31. As stated by this law, “Engineering Institutes of higher education are university level institutions” and therefore authorized to confer undergraduate and graduate degrees.

ISEC began by offering undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering, Electrotechnics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering with eight-term/four-year syllabuses.

In 1988, ISEC was integrated into polytechnic higher educational system, as established in Law 389/88 of October 25. Curricular undergraduate programmes were then restructured and reduced to six terms/three years. ISEC courses were broadened to include two undergraduate degrees: Computer Science and Systems Engineering in 1989 and Electromechanical Engineering in 1991. In addition to the above-mentioned six undergraduate degree courses, ISEC also offered two courses in Specialized Higher Studies - CESE: Municipal Civil Engineering (1997/98) and Electric Energy Systems (1997/98 and 1998/99).

Following changes to the Education System Bases Law issued by Law 115/97 of September 19, six two-stage degrees were created during the academic year 1998/99. The first stage of these degrees began in the academic year 1998/99 and confers a six-term/three-year degree, while the second stage, which initiated in the academic year 1999/2000, confers a four-term/two-year degree.

The statutes of Coimbra Institute of Engineering were published in 1997 following approval of Law 54/90 of September 5 and approval of Coimbra Polytechnic Institute statutes (1995).

Since the undergraduate degree course (first stage) is primarily for young individuals concluding their secondary school studies, the courses are offered during normal daytime schedules. A late afternoon/evening schedule is also available to serve another kind of student population. The graduate degree course (second stage) is aimed for students who are already working or intend to do so. The campus has therefore drawn upon its resources and offers evening schedules thereby enabling a broader range of students to attend classes.

During the academic years 2003/2004, the European Courses in Computer Science were created, and in 2004/2005, the European Courses in Electrical and Electronics Engineering were also established. These higher degree courses are trans-national, within the European community, and are organised by European higher learning institutes. These courses have been planned and prepared in accordance to European guidelines, while focusing on the Bologna Agreement, and aim at preparing technical professionals to the advancement of their careers within the European Community.


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