24 months
6000 EUR/year
2500 EUR/year
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The Software Engineering programme of the University of Porto aims at providing advanced, professional and scientific training, devised for professionals seeking to update their skills, as well as to acquire new, state-of-the-art knowledge in Software Engineering.



The main aim of the Software Engineering programme of the University of Porto is to promote the excellence in professional qualification in both core and advanced Software Engineering topics, from its theoretical foundations to integrating software technologies inside organisations.

Fields of Specialization

MESW study plan covers the following areas:

  • Software Engineering fundamentals and paradigms;
  • Software specification, design and construction;
  • Security issues in Software Engineering;
  • Software understanding, evolution, testing and verification and validation.
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship in Software Engineering.

Employment Prospects

The MESW curriculum is anchored in real world problem solving, through team based software development projects, based on a "learn-by-doing" philosophy. Consequently, MESW provides the industry with highly trained, specialised professionals capable of leading and managing large and complex software engineering projects, guaranteeing high quality standards.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Software Engineering Fundamentals and Paradigms
  • Software Architecture and Design
  • Software Testing Verification and Validation
  • Requirements Engineering and Software Modeling
  • Software Engineering Laboratory
  • Software Evolution and Program Comprehension


MESW graduates become indispensable professionals to the software industry, coping with size, complexity and market needs and constraints. Portugal needs to able to place its trained professionals at the top of the world’s software industry technical hierarchy.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in Portuguese


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Holders of a Bachelor's degree or legal equivalent
  • Holders of a foreign higher education degree awarded after a first cycle of studies structured in accordance with the Bologna Process by a State that implemented this process
  • Holders of a foreign higher education degree that is recognized as meeting the objectives of a Bachelor's degree by the statutory competent scientific body
  • Those with an academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognized as attesting to their ability to carry out the cycle of studies by the statutory competent scientific body
  • ID document (Citizen Card /ID Card / Passport) or declaration containing the identification data
  • Graduation certificate regarding a higher education degree
  • Certificate (Transcript) of the higher education institution listing the curricular units in which you got a passing grade, indicating the regime (semester/year) and the number of credit units/ECTS
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation
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Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2500 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Porto

556 - 865 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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