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Graduate Program in Metrology

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+55 21 3527-1542

PUC-Rio / Metrologia
Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 225
Edifício Leme, Térreo
Gávea, Rio de Janeiro – RJ

Office hours:
9:30am to 12:00pm and
2:00pm to 4:30pm 



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Established in 1996, the Graduate Program in Metrology (Post MQI) was, at the time of its creation, an answer of the University to an interministerial effort of the Federal Government in the context of the “RH-Metrologia" Program, to stimulate the development of qualified human resources and metrological culture. In line with the essentially multidisciplinary nature of Metrology, the Program benefits from the conjunction of laboratory skills and infrastructures existing in several departments and units of the Scientific Technical Center at PUC-Rio. Its aims at specializing on the training of well-trained engineers, physicists and chemists, enabling them to work in the interface of their specialties with measurements science.


Train human resources in Metrology in order to meet the demands of the Metrology, Normalization and Industrial Quality National System (Sistema Nacional de Metrologia, Normalização e Qualidade Industrial- Sinmetro).

The Program also meets the specific demands of companies and organizations that desire to guide the training of professionals in specific areas focused on development of competitiveness. Within this context, the Master’s course in Metrology and the Lato Sensu specialization course are offered.

Brief History

During its development, at the end of the 2003, PósMQI redirected its performance. From its original view, focused on basic industrial technology, it started to incorporate new areas: biometrology, chemical metrology, environmental metrology, color metrology, energy metrology, instrumentation, automotive control and ionizing radiations. After granting more than one hundred master’s degrees in interesting subjects of metrology and its related areas, the Program has evolved to new areas of interest and competence, convergent with the political demands for competitiveness based on innovation. In its development, it prioritizes projects that seek sustainability and are guided by social responsibility. So, PósMQI, besides the continued emphasis in training and research applied to metrology, normalization and quality, has been consolidating its innovation pillar aiming to meet new demands of the different segments of science users and promoters and of the measurement technology.

Currently, the Program is structured on three pillars: metrology, quality and innovation. Regarding metrology, it meets the critical demands of the industrial competitiveness and of the metrology segments in energy, chemistry and biosciences. It promotes quality in its broad sense, focusing on quality, environment, product and people certification, social responsibility, and work systems. Concerning innovation, it researches, monitors and assesses local, regional and national innovation programs and systems, and contributes to the development of practices, routines and metrics for their management. Broadly speaking, it explores science, technology and measurement interfaces, and unveils new borders in an emerging society, boosted by an entrepreneur spirit, based on knowledge and moved by creativity.


Relevant Marks

Creation and consolidation marks of the Metrology Graduate Program

  • March 15, 1995
    Launch of the RH Metrology Program (Program of Training of Human Resources in Metrology) formalized by Bid 01/95-Capes/RH-Metrology. Program created as result of an interministerial articulation between the Ministry of Industry and Commerce (INMETRO), Ministry of Education (CAPES) and Ministry of Science and Technology (CNPq).
  • June 1995
    Approval of the Proposal of PUC-Rio for creation of a Master in Metrology (Master`s Degree), submitted to the Bid 01/95-Capes/RH-Metrology.
  • December 06, 1995
    Act of creation of the Graduate Program in Metrology of PUC-Rio, with concentration area called: Metrology for Industrial Quality (Abbreviation: PósMQI), approved by Board of Education and Research (CEP) of PUC-Rio (Resolution in the Minute of the 294th Meeting).
  • June 17, 1996
    The project of creation of the PósMQI is approved by RH-Metrology Program to receive support of the PADCT/FINEP (financial support for adequacy of the physical infrastructure, training of professors abroad and help to development of Master`s researches in metrology).
  • August 06, 1996
    Beginning of the Graduate Program in Metrology at PUC-Rio, Enrollment of the First Class.
  • August 28, 1998
    Defense of the two first Master`s Thesis PósMQI/PUC-Rio.
  • November 12, 1998
    First Program Assessment (Emerging Course) by CAPES (Grade 3, Biennium 1996-1997).
  • October 11, 2000
    Twentieth Master`s Thesis defended in the PósMQI.
  • August 28, 2001
    Second Program Assessment by CAPES (Grade 4, Triennium 1998-2000). Result ratified by National Council of Education (NCE), Ordinance MEC 132/99, February 02, 1999.
  • September 24, 2003
    Approval acts of the PósMQI Reformulation. The concentration area was changed from “Metrology for Industrial Quality” to “Metrology for Quality and Innovation” (the abbreviation PósMQI was maintained).  Decision formalized by 15th Meeting of the Committee of the Graduate Program in Metrology; by 80th Meeting of the Graduate Sectorial Committee of the CTC/PUC-Rio; and by 466th Meeting of the Departmental Committee of the CTC/PUC-Rio.
  • September, 2003
    Achievement of the World Congress of Metrology, of the International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO) to be carry out in Brazil. Achievement of the Metrology Brazilian Society together with the PósMQI.
  • October 29, 2003
    Approval act of the Reformulation of the PósMQI (372th Meeting of the University Board of Education and Research).
  • September 2004
    Third Program Assessment by CAPES (Grade 4, Triennium 2001-2002-2003). Result ratified by National Council of Education (NCE), Ordinance MEC 2878/2005, published in the Federal Register on August 26, 2005, section 01, page 21.
  • September 2007
    Fourth Program Assessment by CAPES (Grade 4, Triennium 2004-2006). Result ratified by National Council of Education (NCE), Opinion of the National Council of Education (NCE/CES) No. 33/2008, dated February 20, 2008.
  • April 14, 2000
    Hundredth Master`s Thesis defended in the PósMQI.
  • September 2010
    Fifth Assessment of the Graduate Program in Metrology by CAPES. (Grade 5, Triennium 2007-2009). Result ratified by National Council of Education (NCE), grade that remains until 2012.
  • September 2010
    Opening of the new physical space of the Graduate Program in Metrology, with the consolidation of the Study and Project Office, celebrating the execution of its 15th project of R&D.
  • December 15, 2010
    University Board of Education and Research (BER) authorizes PósMQI to offer Non-Degree Graduate Course type Distance Learning (DL) in Management of the Professional and Technological Education.
  • December 2010
    the term ended with 129 Masters trained.
  • August 24, 2011
    Board of Education and Research of PUC-Rio (resolution ratified in its 435th meeting) approves the new Lines of Research (i) Instrumentation and measurement; (ii) Strategic Management of Innovation and Sustainability (iii) Smart Grid and the new Curricular Grid of the Program.
  • 2011
    Participation of PósMQI/PUC-Rio in Project of the International Standardization Organization (ISO), which resulted in the publication of the book "Economic Benefits of Standardization" (ISBN 978-92-10556-7). The result of this involvement in the ISO`s Project were three Master`s thesis.
  • 2011
    commitment of the Program whose subject is sustainable development. Engagement of the Program in the university Environmental Agenda, which is responsible to plan, materialize and operate the sustainability in the campus. Insertion of the word “sustainability” in the Program`s logo.
  • August 24, 2011
    Board of Education and Research of PUC-Rio (resolution ratified in its 435th meeting) approves project submitted by Graduate Program in Metrology (PósMQI/PUC-Rio) of restructuring of the Lines of Research and Curricular Grid. There are three new Lines of Research (i) Instrumentation and measurement; (ii) Strategic Management of Innovation and Sustainability; (iii) Smart Grid.
  • September, 2011
    Participation of PósMQI in the book published by World Bank, “H. Harnessing Quality for Global Competitiveness in Eastern Europe and Central Asia”, Frota, M. N.; Goddard, J. G.; Kellermann, M.; Kindler, M.; Racine, J. (Editor); Rodrigues, P.; Sanetra, C.; Schleier, A.; Sieber, S.; Diaz, M. T. S. P.; Ugur, 1. ed. Washington DC: The World Bank, 2011. v. 1. 330 p. (ISBN: 978-0-8213-8509-8). The book resulted from participation of the Program Coordinator in the World Bank Project that assessed the metrology, normalization, regulation, and conformity assessment infrastructures of 30 countries that are part of Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank.
  • December 2011
    PósMQI ended 2011 (141 Masters trained) as the only Brazilian Graduate Program with maximum grade (Grade 5) in the CAPES assessment of the Brazilian graduate.
  • March 2012
    Interinstitutional cooperation with l'Université d'Angers, France (STIA).
  • April - August 2012
    Initiative PósMQI /Academic Vice Rector Office together with Office of Scholarships, Training and Capacity-Strengthening of the Department of Human Development, Education and Culture da Organization of American States (OEA) for inclusion of PUC-Rio in the OAS Scholarship Program.
  • November 2012
    The Program coordinator becomes part of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Metrology and Quality Engineering.
  • December 2012
    PósMQI/PUC-Rio has two projects approved in the Science without Borders Program of the federal government (doctorate and post-doctorate abroad) involving master and researcher from Program.
  • November 2012
    34 applicants to PósMQI participated of the entrance procedure, of which 9 were foreigners (Cuba: 2; Colombia: 3 and Peru: 4). 15 applicants were chosen for enrollment in 2013.1.
  • December 2012
    PósMQI is part of the Examination Board of Competitive Civil-Service Examination for hiring of researchers of the National Lab of Time and Frequency Metrology of the National Observatory.
  • December 2012
    PósMQI becomes part of Globelics Latin American Network (Lalics), in the perspective of regional co-operation.
  • December 2012
    PósMQI ended the term with 13 new defenses (totaling 154 masters trained) and as the only Brazilian Graduate Program with maximum grade (Grade 5) in the CAPES assessment of the graduate.



Benefiting from the multi-disciplinarily action of a global university such as PUC-Rio, the Graduate Program in Metrology (an essentially multidisciplinary science) was born from an academic effort and the research of a select group of experienced university researchers linked to the Departments of Engineering, Physics and Chemistry from the PUC-Rio Scientific Technical Center. Within a multidisciplinary environment, the Program aims at training an interdisciplinary professional possessing knowledge and skills pertaining to fields other than that of his or her original academic background. The Program does not intend on specializing engineers, physicians and chemists, but to capacitate them to perform in the interface of science of measurements. Working in network, it stimulates cooperative research and facilitates access to the excellent research laboratories and the existing services of the University.


Concentration areas and lines of research

Concentration area

Conceived in the interface of the Engineering, Physics and Chemistry Departments of the Scientific Technical Center at PUC-Rio, and, accredited by CAPES, the Graduate Program in Metrology (Post MQI), is organized according to its concentration area: Metrology for Quality and Innovation, acting in three integrated lines of research:

  1. Instrumentation and Measurement;
  2. Innovation of Strategic Management and Sustainability and
  3. Intelligent network (Smart Grid)


Course Recognition


CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Eduction Personnel; from Brazilian Ministry of Education) evaluation: grade 4 for the 2010-2012 period.
Approved by the CNE/CES MEC n.288/2015 of July 08, 2015.


Requirements for obtaining the Master’s degree

The student must complete eight disciplines worth three credits each and two other guidance disciplines worth zero credits, in order to obtain twenty-four credits in ten disciplines.

The applicant to the Master`s Degree in Metrology for Quality and Innovation should have Undergraduate Degree in Engineer, Physics, Math, Chemistry or related areas. The choice of the applicants will be based in the assessment of the academic transcript, curriculum vitae, recommendation letters, study plan proposed and an interview.

The applicant selection process occurs in two subsequent phases:

  • Evaluation based on applicant documentation (school transcripts, curriculum vitae, two reference letters, study plan proposal) and;
  • Interview with selected candidates from the previous phase (perception of commitment and motivation, institutional links and interests, work plan defense).

According to the number of applicants, the coordination reserves the right to impose a written test (content, reasoning and ability, knowledge of second language) as a part of selection process. The result of the judgment is formalized to all registered applicants through a letter from the Program Coordination.

The master student must complete 8 disciplines (24 credits), distributed as follows:

  1. 5 compulsory disciplines (of which 3 are pre-determined and 2 are selected from the disciplines of Post MQI, at the advisor’s discretion) and
  2. 3 elective disciplines

In addition to this, the student must also enroll in the Master Seminar discipline, worth zero credits. The purpose of this seminar is to allow a permanent update in order to follow the sector advances.

At the end of the first year, the student must submit a thesis proposal to be developed during the course's second year, whose subject should contribute for the improvement of Metrology and its applications in the quality of products and services, competitiveness and progress in life quality.

In compliance with the regulation of the graduate programs of PUC-Rio, as an additional requirement, the program also requires:

  • Knowledge of a second language (English) and
  • The development, defense and approval of a Master’s dissertation


The maximum deadlines is 24 (twenty four) months, which can be exceptionally extended, according to the PUC-Rio regulation. Master’s course students with an excellent academic performance are able to finish the course within 18 months.


Admission and Enrollment

The Master`s Degree in Metrology for Quality and Innovation applicant should have Undergraduate Degree in Engineering, Physics, Math, Chemistry or other related areas. Selection criteria is based on the assessment of academic transcripts, curriculum vitae, reference letters, a proposed study plan and an interview.

Required Documents:

  • Admission Application form duly filled;
  • 02 reference letters (standard form available on the site at PUC);
  • Certified copy of the Undergraduate Diploma
  • Certified copy of undergraduate academic transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Birth certificate or marriage
  • A study plan; a brief report about the student's motivation to attend this course;
  • 01 photo 3x4

Further information available at the Program Secretary
Secretary Márcia Ribeiro - e-mail:
Street: Marquês de São Vicente nº 225, Ed. Cardeal Leme Sobreloja (Next to Chapel) Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Tel: (21) 3527-1542 / Fax: (21) 3527-1543