Bioorganic Chemistry

Education objectives

Bioorganic Chemistry is an emerging scientific discipline lying at the interface of biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, and traditional organic chemistry. Master in Biorganic Chemistry appears as a response to the needs of human resources formation in Portuguese and European societies, following the recent development of fine chemistry, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries. The main objective of this course is to fit qualified professionals with specific skills in the areas of analysis, characterization and intelligent development of new drugs and biomaterials, rationalization of drug interaction with biological systems, as well as the design of new materials, and synthetic methodologies with improving efficacy and sustainability. 

Master students should receive an interdisciplinary formation, encompassing the following thematic areas:

  • Organic synthesis of bioactive compounds
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Computational chemistry
  • Forensic chemistry
  • Supramolecular and nanochemistry
  • Radicalar chemistry
  • Chemical catalysis
  • Structural analysis and analytical techniques

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to a 3rd cycle


Paula Cristina de Sério Branco

Opening date





1063,47 Euros/year or 7000,00 Euros/year (for foreign students).



Teaching language

Available soon

Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 2 years

Credits: 120 ECTS

Scientific Area Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Chemistry Q 105 -

Biochemistry/Chemical Engineering / Sanitary Engineering / Chemistry / Food Safety

Bq / EQ / ES / Q / SA - 6
Transferable Skills CC   3  -
Any Scientific Area   QAC  -  6 a)
TOTAL 108 12

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.

The final Dissertation (or Project) involves a public discussion with a Jury.


1.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
11265 Analytical Bioorganic 6.0
10380 Entrepreneurship 3.0
8889 Medicinal Chemistry 6.0
7208 Asymmetric Organic Chemistry I 6.0
11264 Physical Organic Chemistry 3.0
1.º Semester - Unidade Curricular do Bloco Livre
Code Name ECTS
11066 Electives 6.0
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
7210 Structural Bioorganic Chemistry 6.0
11266 Laboratory Quality Control 3.0
7211 Applied Computational Chemistry 6.0
7209 Asymmetric Organic Chemistry II 6.0
11267 Applied Organic Synthesis 3.0
2.º Semester - Opção
Code Name ECTS
10783 Clinical Biochemistry 6.0
1154 Polymer Science 6.0
1530 Photochemistry 6.0
12318 Metals in Biology and Medicine 6.0
7916 Forensic Chemistry 6.0
7913 Radiation Chemistry 6.0
10399 Treatment of Municipal and Industrial wastewaters 6.0
10573 Technologies and Chemical Processes 6.0
10754 Food Toxicology 6.0
2.º Year
Code Name ECTS
11268 Master Thesis in Bioorganics Chemistry 60.0