This study cycle (MEIC) results from the transformation of the former Integrated Master in Informatics and Computing Engineering (MIEIC) of FEUP into two independent study cycles, in order to comply with article 19 of Decree-Law No. 65/2018 of 16 August, LiEIC being the 1st and M.EIC the 2nd of these cycles. Given the success and market recognition of the previous integrated study cycle, the constant technological and scientific evolution in the area, and the evolution of pedagogical practices and technologies, several strengths of the previous integrated study cycle have been preserved and a number of updates and improvements have been introduced in the design of the new study cycle.
This study cycle consists of:
- a non-degree-awarding master’s course in Informatics and Computing Engineering, consisting of an organized set of course units (UCs) corresponding to 90 ECTS credits. The possibility of awarding the diploma will only occur in the 2nd year.
- an original scientific dissertation specifically conceived for this purpose, corresponding to 30 of the 120 ECTS credits in the study cycle; the defense of the dissertation in public examination will allow obtaining the master degree in Informatics and Computing Engineering.
The curricular units offered in the curricular component are organized in the following scientific areas:
- 7 core areas of Informatics and Computing Engineering: Computer Architecture, Operating Systems and Networks; Cybersecurity; Software Engineering; Artificial Intelligence; Interaction and Multimedia; Programming; Information Systems;
- 2 complementary areas: Quantitative Methods and Management; Personal Development/ Transversal/Transferable Skills;
- UCs classified in Multidisciplinary Themes, as they potentially cover all areas of Informatics and Computing Engineering.
Regarding mandatory and elective UCs, the curricular component comprises:
- a common core of mandatory UCs totaling 40.5 ECTS credits, with 5 UCs from different core areas plus two multidisciplinary UCs (Project Management Laboratory and Dissertation Planning);
- a set of free choice electives totaling 49.5 ECTS credits, including an option in “Transferable Skills” with 1.5 ECTS credits.