Undergraduated Courses – 1st cycle (first cycle)
The main objective of the degree in Tourism and Recreation is to train graduates that are able to perform functions in companies, agencies and other entities within the tourism sector, in particular relating to Tourism Recreation, in its multiple sides: sporting, cultural, environmental, historical and recreational.
The study cycle aims to provide students with skills that serve as the structural basis for the deepening of general concepts related to tourism and other more specific sectors, through the curricular units that feature the tourism recreation field, in the referred areas. The development of transversal skills, such as: communication, language training, entrepreneurship, creativity and personal initiative are also objectives of this degree, aiming at the integral formation of citizens.
This study cycle is intended to provide technical and scientific skills to enable an active contribution to the sustainable management of living marine resources, namely through activities related to Marine Biology, Aquaculture and Biotechnology. Aims to train technicians to collaborate with companies and institutions related to fisheries, aquaculture, biotechnology and environmental consultancy as well as to continue to more advanced study cycles (master and PhD). The MBB course also intends to give to the student’s autonomy, critical thinking, communication and creativity skills that allows them to design and develop successfully any professional or scientific research related to the dominant scientific areas.
Train professionals with scientific and technical skills necessary for their integration in biotechnology-based companies (agrifood, marine, pharmaceutical, biomedicine, environmental or the like), as well as for pursuing advanced studies (masters and doctorate). Also want to provide professionals with the necessary skills for the development of entrepreneurial initiatives of business nature, as well as to strengthen the link between applied research and new product development.
The degree in Event Management aims to train technicians with superior knowledge and skills to plan, coordinate and control activities related to event management, as well as define the human, material and financial resources in order to provide a service quality. The course allows the operationalization of the concepts and practical application of tools in making management decisions in the exercise of functions in the organization of events. With this training, graduates can directly integrate the labor market, being able to play a wide range of functions associated with the sector of events, or continue their studies in a second cycle..
The Tourism and Hotel Management degree main aim is to develop skills in the areas of Travel Management and Hospitality Management, emphasizing an integrated perspective of the development and implementation of policies and action plans of each tourism company and each department of a hotel. In the area of Travel Management, the training for the exercise of professional activities within the tourism industry is especially valued, ensuring students with a component of application of knowledge and with the understanding of the specific activities of different professional profiles, regarding direction and management. In the area of Hospitality Management, the formation of graduates able to perform tasks such as planning, organization, coordination, leadership, control and evaluation of a tourism company departments or at a hotel is promoted.
The complexity of the Tourism industry demands of our country the training of qualified professionals, able to understand seasonality, competition, and the high sensibility to technological evolution, characteristics of this sector. The Marketing for Tourism degree, as an example of ESTM’s attitude towards innovation, was created as an answer to the need for specialized professionals in tourism promotion, able to develop solutions that combine what Portugal’s authenticity and innovative offers in this area. ESTM’s degrees, where the Marketing for Tourism graduate degree is supported by modern infra-structures, and a young, qualified and motivated faculty.
Provide knowledge and essential skills, with the intention of organizing and strategically structure the sector for future challenges in the restaurant industry. Qualify professionals able to dominate the management, organization of technical and direction of restaurants, catering enterprises, hotels and food production enterprises. Promote the development and mastery of technical and scientific skills in food control areas, the level of its confection, plating and service. Promoting a culture ofrigor and motivation contributing to the differentiation of the food and beverage manager through the acquisition of specific skills and techniques for the implementation of a quality service. Increase notoriety of companies in the sector with the collaboration of graduates in Restaurant and Catering Management with the implementation of knowledge and skills acquired throughout their education in the degree.
The Degree in Food Engineering results from a partnership between the School of Tourism and Technology of the Sea (ESTM) of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL), the Superior Agricultural School (ESA) of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB) and the School of Technology and Management (ESTG) of the Polytechnic Institute of Viana de Castelo (IPVC).
The curricular structure is supported by the Project Based Learning (PBL) methodology in which there is an active participation in learning.
In the 1st and 2nd semester the training is given in the three institutions simultaneously, providing students with basic scientific and technical sciences applied to Engineering.
In the 3rd, 4th and 5th semester students are obliged to move to ESTG (IPVC), ESTM (IPLeiria) and ESA (IPB) respectively where they are taught the processing technologies and food quality analysis .On the 6th semester students will return to their home institution. In addition to interacting with the local business fabric in the development of a product or process, they prepare the engineering design work that should allow the student to integrate all the knowledge of Food Engineering.
The objective of the Tourism Course is the training of graduates able to carry out a range of tasks in agents related to the tourism sector. It is precisely in the level of qualification and expertise required to human resources included in tourism that is based the necessary innovation. The expansion of the sector requires the development of new products, new processes and new methods that can only be pursued with the acquisition of a set of professional skills, based on a training, which is itself more adjusted to qualifications that conduce to true agents of change.
Masters Courses – 2nd cycle (Second cycle)
Apply knowledge of modern aquaculture and rearing technologies to the developing of fish, molluscs, crustaceans and algae aquaculture. Acquire skills necessary to perform I&D activity and coordination functions or direction of Aquaculture companies in the various sectors that comprise it. Develop applied research, dedicated to the needs of the business, regional, national and Iberian trying to evaluate and solve concrete problems relating to the aquaculture activity: application of research in the aquaculture production; enhancement of production of the various species of interest; improving the quality of fish for the food industry of fish and apply this concepts to the sustainability development of the aquaculture.
The MSc in Marine Resources Biotechnology aims to provide students with advanced training in the area of Biotechnology with application to marine resources, seeking to apply current knowledge of biology and biotechnology to the study, protection and development of marine resources. This training gives students scientific expertise and solid and comprehensive techniques in order to integrate into the labor market in biotechnology-based companies or perform R&D activities, or even continue 3rd cycle studies. It seeks to develop autonomy, critical thinking, communication skills and creativity that allows the student to design and develop successful professional or scientific and technological research projects and careers in the area.
The MSc in Food Safety and Quality Management aims to provide students skills to respond effectively to issues related with quality management and food security. It seeks to prepare students for careers in the national and international food chain: working in national and local government; academia and research; food production, processing, retail sectors and related areas. This training gives students scientific expertise and solid and comprehensive techniques in order to assess and solve practical problems related to feeding activity, particularly in quality control and safety and integration of innovative concepts of quality management, as well as to perform R&D activities, or even continue 3rd cycle studies..
The Master in Food Engineering results from a partnership between the School of Tourism and Technology of the Sea – Peniche (ESTM) of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPLeiria) and the School of Technology and Management (ESTG) of the Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo (IPVC), institutions located in regions with a strong business component in the agro-food sector.
The cycle of studies is organized in 4 semesters. In the 1st and 2nd semesters, each institution offers a common core of curricular units (UC’s in areas such as Food Quality and Safety, Food Technology and Process Dynamics and Control. In the second semester, the curricular plan also includes optional courses. Each student will have the possibility of attending 3 optional subjects, in a total of 15 ECTS, which will be taught at the ESTG-IPVC or the ESTM-IPLeiria, according to curricular plan.
In the 3rd and 4th semesters, the student may opt for the development of a research work, leading to the preparation of a scientific dissertation, a project work or an internship in a business environment. The guidelines for this work will be shared by professors from ESTG-IPVC and ESTM-IPLeiria, which will enable the achievement of a diploma signed and recognized by both institutions.
The Master in Hotel Management aims to provide a professional training and specialized in hotel management. In addition to providing a deeper knowledge, the course enables the operationalization of the concepts and practical application of management tools in making decisions in the exercise of functions in the area of Hospitality Management. The Master is designed not only for those who want a professional valuation, but also for those who aspires to an adequate preparation of technical and scientific basis for developing applied research to hotels as well, is particularly essential for those wishing to develop functions in the area hotel management or consultancy achieve advanced studies on complex issues in this area.
The Master Program in Sustainable Tourism Management aims the training of students able to perform tasks in various branches of tourism, whether in public or in private sector. Thus, aims to: develop higher-level knowledge about the various disciplines that integrate the course, adapting the principles and concepts underlying the Management and Sustainability in Tourism; know deeply the human impacts on tourist systems and be able to establish effective solutions for this problem, apply the concepts and techniques developed with accuracy and ability to self-criticism; be able to, through the knowledge acquired, to diagnose problems and propose solutions to management and sustainability, have the skills to carry out plans for sustainable management of tourism resources; reaching research ability, critical analysis of information and scientific and technical dissemination; to motivate for the applications of knowledge, particularly through its sustained exploration and its integrated management, identifying potential employers, and promoting innovation; be introduces of new ideas and new products and services related to the sustainable exploitation and management of tourism resources in national /international market, through self-employment; understand and apply the techniques of scientific research, develop personal and professional skills that enable them to lead or join work teams; to acquire the skills needed to integrate doctoral or similar programs in related areas.
The Master in Marketing and Tourism Promotion aims to provide vocational and specialized training in marketing applied to tourism. In addition to providing a deeper knowledge the course allows the operationalization of the concepts and practical application of management tools in making decisions in the exercise of functions in the Marketing and Promotion of Tourism. The Master of MTP is designed not only for those who want a professional valuation, but also for those who need an adequate scientific preparation for further studies in this area of expertise. Thus, the MTP Master is essential for those wishing to develop roles in tourism or pursue advanced studies in this area. This training will enhance also the technical skills for the different areas where tourism is necessary to promote the awareness and attractiveness of tourist destinations.
The major challenges facing the development of tourism in Portugal are deeply linked to sustainability and environmental tourism, viewed from the perspective of economic, social, ecological and cultural. These are areas of scientific knowledge is critical for one of the major goals of this course which aims to equip the future Masters of knowledge and tools that enable them to achieve on the ground the diversification, differentiation and sustainable development of tourism offerings Contribute to affirm and promote tourism English a holistic sustainability logic is thus a major concern that presides over this cycle of studies that would also be introducer of new ideas and new products and services in domestic/international market through the creation of employment.
Higher Professional Technical Course – TeSP
The Higher Professional Technical Course in Aquaculture and Marine Resources aims to train professionals able to, independently or under guidance, develop the activities inherent to the production cycles, in aquaculture farms, as well as in the management of living marine resources.
The Higher Professional Technical Course in Laboratory Analysis aims to train professionals capable of planning, optimizing and executing physical-chemical, microbiological and biochemical analysis procedures in a laboratory environment, using the most appropriate analytical methods, respecting the safety standards and procedures defined in the scope of accreditation and certification and promoting the continuous improvement of the analytical quality control of the company or analysis laboratory.
The Higher Technical Professional Course in Recreation in Adventure and Nature Tourismaims to train professionals capable of planning, coordinating and organizing tourist animation activities in Nature and Adventure Tourism, respecting sustainability, the well-being of tourists and safety and preservation standards of the environment.
The Higher Technical Professional Course in Food Catering and Production aims to train professionals who conceive, organize and execute food preparation and groundwork activities, following the trends of evolution and creativity in terms of cuisine and gastronomy, and respecting the principles of seasonality, nutrition and food hygiene.
The Higher Technical Professional Course in Hotel and Accommodation Management aims to train professionals able to supervise, coordinate and control the activities of the reception sections and floors that incorporate the accommodation department of the different hotel units, namely reception, concierge, floors, rooms, public areas and laundry.
The Higher Technical Professional Course in Innovation and Food Technology aims to train professionals who are capable, independently or throughout teamwork, to define coherent sets of technologies and quality and management tools that allow the production of safe and quality food products.
The Higher Technical Professional Course in Digital Marketing in Tourism aims to train professionals capable of planning, implementing, managing, monitoring and evaluating communication strategies and actions in digital marketing using new information and communication technologies in the tourism sector.