Education objectives

The Biochemistry Bachelor Programme (BBP) extends over 3 years, with 60 credits each year, in a total of 180 credits. Each credit corresponds to 28 hours of learning, including lectures, problem-solving sessions, laboratory classes, seminars, and other learning activities as well as individual study.

The Programme prepares the students to immediately integrate the European biochemistry / chemistry-related market, or to access a 2nd cycle of studies if their option is a major specialization.

All teaching activities of the BBP take place at the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, mainly at the Chemistry Department (

The BBP curriculum organization and contents provide the following general objectives: a) A solid background in Biochemistry and Chemistry; b) a recognised equivalence with other Cycles from European institutions that offer the same degree; c) an immediate access to other training degrees from National or European institutions; d) acquisition of the generic competences and basic knowledge in Biochemistry/Chemistry that enables the new bachelor graduate to enter the European biochemistry/chemistry-related market, including industrial and government laboratories.

Specific Goals of the Programme

  • To develop capacities for independent learning and generic competences that allow the new bachelor graduate to have access to a 2nd cycle of studies.
  • To provide a broad university-level education in biochemistry / chemistry, with a good background in mathematics, statistics, physics and genetics.
  • To acquire familiarity with the scientific method and develop the capacity to apply it and innovate, to have the capacity to do a previous evaluation, analysis and to solve biochemical/chemical problems, to achieve the competence for the treatment of experimental data, and to learn how to present reports.
  • To acquire competences for the use of equipment and laboratory material, individually or in team work, planning and performing tasks with deadlines.
  • To acquire competences in the utilization of informatics software in general, as well as in specific bioinformatic applications.
  • To acquire competences in science communication, both orally and in a written form.
  • To acquire competences to autonomously obtain documentation, bibliographic information about laboratory sessions and lectures, and specific information in key-areas of biochemistry/chemistry.

General characterization

DGES code



Bachelor (1st Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to 2nd cycle


Maria Cristina Oliveira Costa

Opening date





871.52 Euros/year or 7000,00 Euros/year (for foreign students).




Teaching language

Available soon

Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 3 years
180 ECTS

Scientific Area Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Biology B 18  
Biology or Biochemistry or Genetics or Chemistry or Chemical Engineering B/Bq/G/Q/EQ 12 24 
Biochemistry Bq  36  
Transferable Skills CC  3  
Social Sciences and Humanities  CHS 3  
Physics 6  
Genetics  G 6  
Mathematics  M 12  
Chemistry  Q 54  
Any Scientific Area  QAC   6 (a)
TOTAL 150 30

 (a) 6 ECTS in courses chosen by the student on a list approved annually by the Scientific Council of FCT / UNLwhich includes the unity of all scientific areas of FCT /UNL

Conditions of admittance

Available soon

Evaluation rules

The following modes of evaluation are used with regard to academic qualifications:

  1. Evaluation based solely on an examination or completion of a final project.
  2. Evaluation based on work done throughout the semester excluding examination or final project. In these courses students can expect to carry out, for example, laboratory activities, mini-tests, tests, individual or group projects, seminar-related activities, any combination of which will be used to determine the final grade.
  3. Evaluation based obligatorily on an examination or a final project. In these courses there extists a form of evaluation similar to one of the aformentioned activities in paragraph 2 as well as a form of evaluation based on a final exam.
  4. Evaluation based on work done throughout the semester with the possibility of foregoing an examination or a final project.


1.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
7122 Cell Biology C 6.0
10352 Soft Skills for Science and Technology 3.0
10693 Introduction to Biochemistry 6.0
10692 General Mathematics 6.0
10713 General Chemistry 6.0
10824 Laboratory Techniques 3.0
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10694 Bioinorganic Chemistry 6.0
10697 Biochemistry 6.0
11832 Introduction to Biophysics B 6.0
10696 Physical Chemistry 6.0
10695 Organic Chemistry 6.0
3.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10714 Enzymology 6.0
8792 Statistics 6.0
10699 Mechanisms of Organic and Biological Reactions 6.0
8791 Metabolism and Regulation 6.0
10698 Analytical Chemistry 6.0
4.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
1116 Molecular Biology B 6.0
10358 Science, Technology and Society 3.0
10661 Physiology 6.0
7102 Separation Methods 6.0
3804 Microbiology B 6.0
4.º Semester - Opção A
Code Name ECTS
10719 Environmental Biochemistry 3.0
10720 Nutritional Biochemistry 3.0
11324 Qualitative Analytical Chemistry 3.0
10716 Chemoinformatics 3.0
O aluno deverá obter 3.0 créditos nesta opção.
5.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
7300 Analytical Biochemistry 6.0
10721 Spectroscopy in Biochemistry 6.0
7104 Molecular Genetics B 6.0
5.º Semester - Opção B
Code Name ECTS
10718 Pharmaceutical Biochemistry 6.0
10701 Biosynthesis of Natural Products 6.0
11822 Cellular and Molecular Toxicology 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
5.º Semester - Unidade Curricular do Bloco Livre
Code Name ECTS
11066 Electives 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
6.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10702 Fundamentals of Structural Biochemistry 6.0
10874 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program 3.0
10700 Biochemistry Project 12.0
6.º Semester - Opção C
Code Name ECTS
10703 Bioelectrochemistry 6.0
7112 Genetic Engineering 6.0
7916 Forensic Chemistry 6.0
10704 Organic Synthesis 6.0
10688 Enzyme Technology 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
6.º Semester - Opção D
Code Name ECTS
10717 Genomics and Molecular Evolution 3.0
10423 Business Management 3.0
10748 Processes, Development and Monitoring 3.0
10705 Computational Chemistry 3.0
O aluno deverá obter 3.0 créditos nesta opção.