Master in Biochemistry for Health

Education objectives

The main objective of this Master programme is to provide a solid education in Biochemistry directed to multidisciplinary areas of research and development of Human Health, including sectors of industry and services.

In addition to training, the specific objectives aim at fostering skill and ability development.

Specific objective 1 - Development of abilities and skills:

Collect and interpret scientific data
Reason based on the most current scientific knowledge
Adapt to new situations and make decisions
Prepare and deliver oral and written presentations reporting scientific results

Specific objective 2 - Training:

Critical evaluation of experimental results grounded in intensive laboratory practice
Mathematical modeling of biological systems
Search of relevant scientific databases and use of specific software
Use of specialized scientific equipment

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



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Maria Teresa Nunes Mangas Catarino

Opening date

September 2020


Vacancies: 25


Annual fees:
Naitonal Students: 1.063,47 € (euros)
International Students: 2700,00 € (euros)


Monday to Friday from 09:00 am - 05:00 pm

Teaching language

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Degree pre-requisites

a) "Licenciado" or Master degree or its legal equivalent;
b) Foreign University degree obtained after a first or second cycle of studies organized in observance of the principles of the Bologna Treaty by a member State that signed this Treaty;
c) Foreign University degree that has been recognized as fulfilling the objectives of a "licenciado" degree by the Scientific Councils of FCT-UNL, ITQB-UNL or FCM-UNL;
d) Academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognized as sufficient to enroll in the study cycle by the Scientific Council of the Master in Biochemistry for Health.

Course Structure

Semester 1

Bioanalytical Procedures (6 ECTS)
Integrated Laboratory Practicals I (6 ECTS)
Methods for Characterization of Biomolecules (6 ECTS)

Option 1 *
Active Ingredients (3 ECTS)
Basics of Toxicology (3 ECTS)
Bioenergetics (3 ECTS)
Drug Discovery, Design and Development (3 ECTS)
Functional organization of the cell (3 ECTS)
Glicobiology and Disease (3 ECTS)

Semester 2

Advanced Topics in Bioinformatics (6 ECTS)
Integrated Laboratory Practicals II (6 ECTS) **
Molecular Bases of Disease (6 ECTS)

Option 2 *
Bioethics (3 ECTS)
Biopharmaceuticals (3 ECTS)
Biological Effects of Radiation (3 ECTS)
Bionanotechnology (6 ECTS)
Entrepreneurship (3 ECTS) **
Human Genetics (3 ECTS)
Molecular Immunology (3 ECTS)
Structural Biochemistry A (6 ECTS)

* Students choose up to four curricular units corresponding to a total of 12 ECTS

** Classes take place between the 1st and 2nd semesters

Semesters 3 and 4
Dissertation (60 ECTS)

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.

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

All requirements and conditions regarding the evaluation of the UC, namely the minimum weights and classifications, if any, of each component, as well as the frequency conditions, are defined a priori and, mandatorily, published in the Discipline Form. For each UC, combinations of three evaluation components are allowed: (i) Theoretical-practical evaluation; (ii) Laboratory or project evaluation; (iii) Summative assessment. The Dissertation (or Project) discipline comprises a public discussion with the Jury, according to the law.


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