Master in Ergonomics

 

Official duration

Years: 2      Semesters: 4      ECTS Credits: 120

Objectives

The Master course in Ergonomics aims to answer to the technical and scientific training needs of all those dedicated to the optimization of working conditions; the design of production systems and products; safety, hygiene and health at work; or usability and user experience.

This course enables continuous professional development, either for Ergonomics professionals or for all those who are interested in these issues.


The applicants to the Master Degree in Ergonomics must be:

  1. Holders of a Degree or legal equivalent;
  2. Holders of a foreign academic Degree, awarded after the completion of a 1st cycle of studies organized according to the Bologna Process, by a State adhering to this process;
  3. Holders of a foreign academic Degree recognized by the FMH Scientific Board for meeting the objectives of an undergraduate degree;
  4. Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, recognized by the FMH Scientific Board to prove the ability to complete this cycle of studies

1st cycle final year students may also apply, benefitting from a provisional registration, if with a minimum pf 165 ECTS completed.

Coordination

Coordinator
Catarina Maria Gomes Duarte da Silva, Ph.D.

Adjunct Coordinador
Rui Miguel Bettencourt Melo, Ph.D.

Curricular Structure

The curriculum structure consists of compulsory and elective courses. The latter allow for three distinct alternative groupings viewing the deepening of skills in one of the following areas: Human Factors, Occupational Safety and Usability and User Experience.

Duration of the course – 4 semesters, i.e., two years.

Scientific Area
ECTS
Compulsory Elective
PCM Psychology and Motor Behavior 69 87
BAF Biology of Physical Activities   9
MAE Applied Mathematics and Statistics 3  
SEG Sociology, Cultural Studies and Management of Physical Activities and Sports 3  
PMI Pedagogy and Intervention Methodologies in Motor Activities 3  
Total  78 42*

* Number of credits of the elective scientific areas requited to obtain the Degree or Diploma.

Specializations

Human Factors

This specialization domain aims to prepare students with skills to develop, coordinate and intervene in studies within the optimization of working conditions, the design of production systems and products, and safety, hygiene and health at work, in different contexts. It also views continuing scientific training, enabling the development of research.

Specific objectives:

  • To deepen the concepts, practices, trends, and models of ergonomics intervention;
  • To deepen knowledge on methods within ergonomic work analysis;
  • To deepen knowledge on methodologies within the design of products and systems;
  • To deepen the skills of systemic and integrated analysis of work systems from an ergonomics perspective;
  • To deepen the ability to plan and implement labour and product systems transformation processes.

It also views scientific training in the area of Human Factors, enabling the development of research

Safety at Work

This specialization domain aims to train technicians with skills to coordinate, develop, and control prevention and protection activities against occupational risks in various sectors of activity, focusing on an ergonomic approach to work situations.

Specific Objectives:

  • To provide the command of key concepts, practices, trends, and analysis models related to the worker safety and the management of occupational risk;
  • To develop the ability to identify new risks in the field of safety and health at work, to plan and implement resolution and/or research strategies, and its corresponding dissemination;
  • To promote systemic and integrated analysis of issues related to safety and health at work.

Usability and User Experience

This field of study aims to prepare professionals with skills to successfully lead in the development of products and systems with a high level of usability and user experience. We prepare professionals for careers in the fields of human-computer interaction; usability of systems, user experience, development of ubiquitous systems, and scientific research.

Specific Objectives:

  • to provide the command of key concepts, practices, trends, and analysis models related to usability and user experience;
  • to develop design solutions centered on the user;
  • to promote systemic and integrated analysis of issues related to usability and user experience.

Comments

The curriculum structure of the Human factors study area enables training according to the international recommendations of HETPEP (Harmonising European Training Programmes for the Ergonomics Profession), which is one of the requirements to be awarded the title of European Ergonomist by CREE (Centre for Registration of European Ergonomists). The curriculum structure of the Security at Work studies domain is organized according to the recommendations of the Authority for Working Conditions (ACT). This is an application means to obtain the Certificado de Aptidão Profissional de Técnico Superior de SHT, and the title European Manager of Safety and Health at Work, awarded by the European Network of Safety and Health Professional Organisations..

Study Plan

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Elective course units/study domain:

  • Human factors
    • Prevention Managements - 6 ECTS (1st semester)
    • Ergonomic Analysis in Complex Systems - 6 ECTS (1st semester)
    • Foundations of Ergonomics- 6 ECTS (1st semester)
    • Cognitive Ergonomics - 6 ECTS (1st semester)
    • Ergonomics in Work Organization - 6 ECTS (2nd semester)
    • Management of Occupational Risks - 6 ECTS (2nd semester)
    • Industrial Ergonomics - 6 ECTS (2nd semester)
    • Epidemiology in Ergonomics - 3 ECTS (2nd semester)
    • Design of Complex Systems - 3 ECTS (2nd semester)
    • Usability and Information Systems - 6 ECTS (2nd semester)
  • Safety at Work
    • Prevention Management - 6 ECTS (1st semester)
    • Ergonomic Analysis in Complex Systems - 6 ECTS (1st semester)
    • Foundations of Ergonomics- 6 ECTS (1st semester)
    • Ergonomics in Work Organization  - 6 ECTS (2nd semester)
    • Management of Occupational Risks - 6 ECTS (2nd semester)
    • Hygiene at Work- 6 ECTS (2nd semester)
    • Psichosociology and Organizations Management - 6 ECTS (2nd semester)
    • Safety at Work - 6 ECTS (2nd semester)
  • Usability and User Experience
    • Ergonomic Analysis in Complex Systems - 6 ECTS (1st semester)
    • Foundations of Ergonomics - 6 ECTS (1st semester)
    • Cognitive Ergonomics - 6 ECTS (1st semester)
    • Usability and Information Systems  - 6 ECTS (2nd semester)
    • Search with Users - 3 ECTS (2nd semester)
    • Accessibility - 3 ECTS (2nd semester)
    • Design of Digital Games - 6 ECTS (2nd semester)
    • Emotional Design - 3 ECTS (2nd semester)
    • Design of Learning Management Systems - 3 ECTS (2nd semester)
    • Design of Interfaces - 6 ECTS (2nd semester)

Comments:

Students NOT holding a 1st cycle Diploma in Ergonomics+or similar, must choose one of the following pairs of course units:

  • Foundations of Ergonomics and Ergonomics Analysis in Complex Systems, for the Human Factors domain;
  • Foundations of Ergonomics and Prevention Management, for the Safety at Work domain;
  • Foundations of Ergonomics and Cognitive Ergonomics, for the Usability and User Experience domain.

Students holding a 1st cycle Diploma in Ergonomics or similar, must choose one two of the following three course units:

  • Cognitive Ergonomics, Prevention Management, and Ergonomic Analysis in Complex Systems.
Target

All those who meet the admission requirements.

Career Prospects

Depending on the study domain, (Human Factors, Safety at Work, or Usability and User Experience), the career prospects are, respectively:

  • Intervention in the domain of Ergonomics, integrating Occupational Health teams;
  • Intervention in the domain of Safety at Work as a Safety and Hygiene at Work Senior Technician (level V);
  • Intervention in the domain of the development and assessment of products and systems centred on the user experience.
Admission to a higher level of studies

This cycle of studies enables the admission to the 3rd cycle, corresponding to Doctoral studies.

Rules and Regulations

This course follows the Regulamento de Mestrados of the Faculdade de Motricidade Humana.

Quantitative limitations
  • Numerus clausus: 40
  • Minimum number of student enrolled required to enable the course opening: 10

Selection Jury:Catarina Silva, Ph.D. (President), Rui Melo, Ph.D. and Paulo Noriega, Ph.D. (members).
Accreditation Jury:Catarina Silva, Ph.D. (President), Rui Melo, Ph.D. and Carlos Colaço, Ph.D. (members).

Specific admission requirements | Ranking Criteria

a) The overall result of the Undergraduate Course (weights 20%) will be scored:

  • 18 - 20 valores: 5 points;
  • 16 - 17 valores: 4 points;
  • 14 - 15 valores: 3 points;
  • 12 - 13 valores: 2 points;
  • 10 - 11 valores: 1 point

b) Degree hold (weights 25%) will be scored:

  • Degree in Ergonomics (3 years’ undergraduate course ) completed in the academic year prior to the application to this Master: 5 points;
  • Degree in Ergonomics (3 years’ undergraduate course ) completed in another years other than the one prior to the application to this Master: 4 points;
  • Degree in Ergonomics (4 or 5 years’ undergraduate course): 3 points;
  • Degree in an area similar to Ergonomics: 2 points;
  • Degree in an area not similar to Ergonomics: 1 point.

c) Relevant further education/training will be scored 1-5 (weights 15%), taking into account:

  • Holder of further education/training in the area of Ergonomics, Safety and Health at Work, Scientific Research, etc.;
  • Level of written and spoken English.

d) Experience in scientific research will be scored 1-5 (weights 15%), taking into account:

  • Participation in scientific research projects;
  • Publication of papers;
  • Presentation of communications in scientific events;
  • Particiption in scientific events.

e)Professional experience will be scored 1-5 (weights 25%), taking into account:

  • Professional experience in the area of Ergonomics;
  • Professional Internship in the area of Ergonomics;
  • Professional experience in other relevant areas;
  • Professional Internship in other relevant areas;
  • In case of a tie, the years of professional experience and/or the number of internships may be taken into account.

f) If necessary, the jury may request an interview with the applicants.

Tiition Fee

Total amount: 3.200,00€ (2.240,00€ in the 1st year + 960,00€ in the 2nd year)

Regulations

Course Schedule

After work, from Mondays to Thursdays (18H00-22H00), or weekends, on Fridays (16H00-22H00) and Saturdays (9H00-13H00).

Legislation

Erasmus Incoming