Graduate Programs: Academic Progams


The aim of the Graduate Programs in Chemistry is to provide the students with all necessary tools to become successful as academic professionals and leading scientists or highly prepared professionals to innovate in the industry. The student has a wide option of complementary disciplines, in such the field as didactics, informatics and administration, as well as the opportunity of doing experimental work with the most advanced instrumental techniques.

The lines of research developed at the Department focus on 4 major areas:

  • Energy, Environment and Sea Science
  • Nanosciences, interfaces and colloids
  • Drugs and Chemical-Biological Interactions
  • Analytical Methods and metrological quality

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Civil Engineering

The PUC-Rio graduate program in Civil Engineering was the first M.Sc. program in the field implemented in Brazil. Currently, the Civil Engineering department offers degrees in Structural (M.Sc. since 1965; Ph.D. since 1985) and Geotechnical (M.Sc. since 1967; Ph.D. since 1985) engineering. The program has a widely acknowledged teaching and research excellence. Its graduates have leading roles as professors, in the main Brazilian universities and in several foreign ones as well (in Latin America, the USA and Canada), and also as engineering professionals and entrepreneurs.

The graduate program offers advanced studies and provides the opportunity of interaction with foreign institutions to carry out joint research and academic exchange programs.

In the field of Structural Engineering, our department produces theoretical and experimental studies on static, dynamic, instability and collapse behavior of structures. New experimental and computer modeling techniques (with use of numerical methods and computer graphics) are developed for use in advanced methods of analysis and design. These techniques are applicable to structures made of concrete, steel and other materials (including non-conventional materials), as well as to biomechanics and nanotechnology.

In the field of Geotechnical Engineering, the program emphasizes theoretical and experimental research on the behavior of soils, rocks, and geosynthetics, with applications to dams, excavations, foundations, slope stability, mining, waste disposal, environmental geotechnics, engineering geology, soil dynamics, underground water hydrology, petroleum geomechanics, and field instrumentation of earthworks, among other areas.

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Electrical Engineering

The activities of the Department of Electrical Engineering started in 1947 when the undergraduate course was first offered. The pioneering M.Sc. program started in 1963 and the Ph.D. program was launched in 1981.

The graduate programs, funded mainly by governmental agencies since the 70’s, have been recognized by scholars and professionals, both nationally and abroad, as a leading force in this field.

This program aims to prepare highly qualified human resources in addition to developing and transferring innovative scientific and technological knowledge to the academic and business world. More than 900 students have graduated with a Master’s degree and 180 have been awarded a Ph.D. over the years. There are currently more than 200 students enrolled in the undergraduate courses.

As Electrical Engineering is a privileged field for interaction with the industrial sector, the program comprises a large diversity of research initiatives lead by its highly qualified faculty members, graduated from top-ranked institutions.

The strongest areas of research are Applied Electromagnetism, Decision Aid Methods, Signal Processing and Control, Communication Systems and Electric Power Systems.

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The Center for Telecommunications Studies (CETUC) is an additional unit created in 1965 to carry out research, to coordinate and conduct teaching activities both in the undergraduate and graduate programs and to develop projects in the area of Telecommunications.

Its teaching activities are achieved through the Department of Electrical Engineering and, in order to fund its research, CETUC maintains agreements with government agencies and contracts with industry. It also provides consulting services and personnel training for telecommunication professionals.

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ETDs and the Maxwell System

ETDs – Electronic Theses and Dissertations is the international designation of theses & dissertations made available as full-text works from digital libraries or institutional repositories all over the world.

ETDs became mandatory at PUC-Rio from August 01, 2002 on. Before this date, some graduate programs had been using the Maxwell System to publish their ETDs.

The Maxwell System is an institutional repository that hosts and makes available scholarly communication of the university; ETDs are one of the contents on the system.  This system is a product of LAMBDA – Laboratório de Automação de Museus, Bibliotecas Digitais e Arquivos of the Departamento de Engenharia Elétrica. It has been in operation since 1995.

As far as ETDs are concerned the system complies to metadata specifications for these works: MTD-BR – Modelo Brasileiro de Metadados para Teses e Dissertações, the Brazilian National Standard, and ETD-ms – An Interoperability Metadata Standard for Electronic Theses and Dissertations, the international standard. The system is an OAI-PMH – Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvest data provider. Due to these characteristics, PUC-Rio’s ETDs are haversted, indexed and made available from union catalogs all over the world. PUC-Rio joined the MetaArchive Cooperative to assure the digital preservation of the ETD collection hosted by the Maxwell System.

The graduate programs of CTC – Centro Técnico Científico are responsible for more than 50% of the almost 5 thousand ETDs in the collection. Some programs published works presented before 2002  and Electrical Engineering engaged in retrospective digitization of its complete collection, dating back to 1966.

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The graduate program in Computer Science at the Department of Informatics (DI) is the oldest of its kind in the country and was the first to obtain the highest score awarded by CAPES, the agency of the Ministry of Education in charge of evaluating all national graduate programs.

The program comprises 9 areas: Data Bases, Computer Graphics, Software Engineering, Hypertext and Multimedia, Human-Computer Interaction, Programming Languages, Optimization and Automatic Reasoning, Computer Networks, Distributed Systems, Theory of Computing.

The department also hosts the Institute of Software Technology (ITS), which congregates 13 thematic laboratories and serves as a center for projects developed with the industry and funding agencies.

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Chemical and Materials Engineering and Environmental Processes

Versatility is one of the main characteristics of the graduate program offered in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. The M.Sc. and D.Sc. programs, implemented in 1971 and 1991 respectively, receive students from a large variety of related areas to pursue studies on the wide range of materials and industrial processes addressed by our Department and to integrate their research with environmental issues.

The program caters for both graduates holding a degree in Materials and for professionals of other areas, since the professors are involved in research that covers diverse areas of Chemical and Materials Engineering as well as well as Environmental Processes, encompassing such fields as mineral technology, environmental technology, the chemical processing of raw materials for the production of materials and for the analyses of structural and mechanical properties.

Because of its association with the industry, the Chemical and Materials Engineering and Environmental Processes also focuses on issues concerning the control and preservation of the environment.

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The Mathematics Department was created in 1966. Its undergraduate program began in 1968, the M.Sc program started in 1969 and the Ph.D. program in 1973. The graduate programs specialize both on Pure and Applied Mathematics. So far, more than 292 Master of Science degrees and 105 Doctor of Philosophy degrees have been awarded by the Department.

The department is a structural unit of PUC-Rio which concentrates all the academic, scientific and administrative activities related to the teaching, study and research of Mathematics. The department is responsible for all of the Math-related disciplines that are offered in the varied university curricula, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. By integrating the different fields of study, the department’s course offerings is constituted of different disciplines in Mathematics which make up not only the Basic Core courses for students in the Science and Technology Center (Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Materials and Metallurgy Sciences, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Informatics) but also those for students in the Center of Social Sciences majoring in Business Administration, Economics and Actuary.

An interesting aspect of the graduate program in Mathematics is the close contact established between pure and applied mathematicians with researchers of other fields – an integration that is encouraged by the University, especially due to the fact that PUC-Rio is strong in technological and economic research and in the interaction with the private sector. The Mathematics program is also directly involved with the business world, mainly with companies in the petroleum, insurance and healthcare industries.

The academic staff of the program is made up of nationally and internationally renowned researchers whose scientific publications appear in journals published worldwide. Of its 16 faculty members, 15 professors have been awarded important research grants and two of them are members of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. The Department’s involvement in exchange programs with other universities in Brazil and abroad is intense and the quality of its graduate program in Mathematics is recognized by the scientific community.

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Mechanical Engineering

Since its foundation in 1964, the graduate program of the Department of Mechanical Engineering keeps high standards in teaching and research. With significant interaction with the national and international scientific communities, the program has always been rated the maximum grade by CAPES, the national agency that regulates the graduate programs in Brazil.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering acts in research and development in the areas of applied mechanics, thermosciences, oil and energy. It was one of the first departments in the country to offer a graduate program in Engineering. Joint projects with various industry sectors — such as the automotive, aeronautic, naval, and especially the energy sector — contribute to the continuous development of products, removal of technological barriers, modernization of laboratories, and placement of highly qualified professionals in the job market. The graduate program in Mechanical Engineering also promotes advanced studies and fosters joint research and exchange programs with several renowned foreign institutions.

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Metrology for Quality and Innovation

The Postgraduate Program in Metrology of Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PósMQI) was implemented in 1996 in response to the Brazilian Government’s Human Resources Metrology Program (RH-Metrologia), aimed at promoting Metrology and the development of qualified human resources to meet the country’s demands in areas related to the Science of Measurements. Consistent with the essentially interdisciplinary nature of Metrology, the Program benefits from the combination of existing laboratory skills and infrastructure in various Departments and Units of the University’s Center for Science and Technology.

Over the years, in addition to graduate education in topics of interest to metrology and its related areas, the Program has evolved to new areas of interest and competence, meeting the guidelines of the Country’s Industrial Policy and its National Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation. In addition to focusing on education and research in Metrology and Quality, also prioritizes its innovation pillar, aiming at meeting the new demands of the different industry and services sectors of the Brazilian economy. It also seeks to cooperate with other Science and Technology Institutions around the world, which are dedicated to the scientific and technological interface with measurement techniques and measurement standards.

Within this context (i) PósMQI meets the critical demands of industrial competitiveness, corporate sustainability and the Metrology segments in Energy, Chemistry and Biosciences, among others; (ii) promotes quality in its broadest sense, focusing on quality systems, environment, product and people certification, social responsibility, labor relations and the environment; and (iii) monitors and evaluates local, regional and national innovation programs and systems, contributing to the development of practices, routines and metrics for their effective management. It investigates the interfaces between Science and Technology and those of measurement, as well as exploring new frontiers in an emerging, knowledge-based society driven by entrepreneurship, creativity and innovative capacity.

Acting with the focus on its unique Area of Concentration (Metrology for Quality and Innovation), the Program offers the following three complementary lines of research in metrology:

  • Instrumentation and Measurement;
  • Strategic Management of Innovation and
  • Sustainability; and Smart Grid.

The Postgraduate Program in Metrology of Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro currently holds the highest evaluation score (5) in the four-year periodic evaluation carried out by the Ministry of Education (CAPES/MEC) of Brazil, reflecting the excellence of its performance, maturity and credibility. By 2018, the Program graduated 236 Masters in Metrology.

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The Department of Physics of PUC-Rio, ever since its foundation, has occupied an outstanding position in the Brazilian scientific arena, as can be seen from the number of publications of its faculty and their regular attendance at national and international conferences.

The M.Sc. program began in 1965, while the Ph.D. program was implemented in 1968. The research activities developed in the Department of Physics cover a broad spectrum of subjects including Atomic and Materials Physics, Applied Physics, Solid State Physics, Optics, Particles Physics and Field Theory and Phenomenology. The program aims to prepare scientists capable of developing ground-breaking technology.

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Production Engineering

The M.Sc. program in Production Engineering, which started in 1967, is the oldest of its kind in Brazil. In 1992, the Ph.D. program was implemented. The graduate programs of the Department of Industrial Engineering focus on the analytical and quantitative study of production systems in the areas of Operations and Production Planning, Transportation and Logistics Planning, Production and Operations Scheduling and Control, Transportation and Logistics Scheduling, Capital Markets and Corporate Finance.

The investigation of management issues that are relevant for Brazilian enterprises and the focus on research applied to organizations provide the preparation of highly qualified managerial personnel for the industry, as well as excellent professionals with an academic profile for teaching and research.

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