Cell and Molecular Biology

Education objectives

The Undergraduate Programme on Cell and Molecular Biology aims at explaining the basic structures and fundamental processes of life at molecular and cellular level, providing an in-depth study of concepts together with the development of advanced technological and scientific skills in Cell and Molecular Biology.

The Undergraduate Programme on Cell and Molecular Biology follows the current model in other European Universities: 3 year cycle with a total of 180 ECTS (1st cycle). The first 4 semesters aim at building a solid knowledge in supporting scientific areas (e.g. biology, chemistry, biochemistry, genetics etc), which provide sufficient background to enable students to continue with more specialised courses. The last two semesters consist of more specialised courses, such as applied microbiology, immunology, virology, and toxicology.

At the end of the course, it is expected that students: i) understand the major concepts in cell and molecular biology and are able to apply the acquired knowledge; ii) have an active attitude towards problem solving and experimental design; iii) use acquired skills in a professional atmosphere (e.g. research or industry); iv) demonstrate effective use of transferable skills in oral presentation, report writing and the use of information technology


  • Further academic development - Continuation towards 2nd cycle
  • Research/Academia (Portugal and abroad)
  • Teaching and Research (Universities and High Schools)
  • Pharmaceutical, Food and Biotechnology companies
  • Health Professions (e.g. Genetics and Microbiology clinical laboratories)
  • Forensics
  • Insurance Companies
  • Environmental Pollution and Bioremediation
  • Biotechnology/Biomedical Consultants

General characterization

DGES code



Bachelor (1st Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to 2nd cycle.


Luís Jaime Gomes Ferreira da Silva Mota

Opening date







Teaching language

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Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 3 years
180 ECTS

Scientific Area
Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Biology B 99 15
Transferable Skills CC 3  
Social Sciences and Humanities CHS 3  
Physics F 12  
Informatics I 6  
Mathematics M 12  
Chemistry Q 24  
Any Scientific Area QAC   6 (a)
TOTAL 159 21

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

Conditions of admittance

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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
10352 Soft Skills for Science and Technology 3.0
10647 General Biology 6.0
3737 Chemistry of Life 6.0
10692 General Mathematics 6.0
10713 General Chemistry 6.0
10649 Biology Laboratory Techniques I 3.0
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10650 General Biochemistry A 6.0
11146 Informatics for Science and Engineering B 6.0
11823 Introduction to Biophysics A 6.0
10410 Probability and Statistics C 6.0
11194 General Organic Chemistry A 6.0
3.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
7933 Animal Biology 6.0
11010 Cell Biology A 6.0
10651 Fundamentals of Ecology 6.0
10652 Metabolism and Regulation 6.0
11821 Thermodynamics B 6.0
4.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10654 Molecular Biology A 6.0
3466 Plant Biology 6.0
10653 Biosafety and Bioethics 3.0
10358 Science, Technology and Society 3.0
3804 Microbiology B 6.0
8143 Laboratory Techniques in Biology II 6.0
5.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10655 Molecular Genetics A 6.0
12028 Introduction to Bioinformatics 6.0
5.º Semester - Opção 1
Code Name ECTS
10656 Immunology 6.0
10657 Applied Microbiology 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
5.º Semester - Opção 2
Code Name ECTS
11822 Cellular and Molecular Toxicology 6.0
10659 Virology 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
5.º Semester - Unidade Curricular do Bloco Livre
Code Name ECTS
11066 Unrestricted Electives 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
6.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12030 Biotechnology 3.0
7112 Genetic Engineering 6.0
10661 Physiology 6.0
12029 Project in Cell and Molecular Biology 12.0
6.º Semester - Opção PIIC/PIPP
Code Name ECTS
11012 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program 3.0
11013 Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program 3.0
O aluno deverá obter 3.0 créditos nesta opção.