Master in Biotechnology for Sustainability

Education objectives

This MSc will create professionals with critical and analytical skills in Molecular, Biochemical, Cell and Organismal themes aimed at developing more sustainable technologies in the field of green and white biotechnologies. This objective will be achieved through solid training in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology Sustainable Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Bioinformatics, and their integration to develop new products and processes based on plants and microorganisms.

The course is designed to provide a solid multidisciplinary academic training in fundamental and applied topics, giving access to areas of R & D in various sectors of industry and services related to plant and microbial biotechnology. The acquired knowledge will be put into perspective either through training in the creation of biotechnology based companies or by analyzing the ethical implications of its use.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



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Margarida Oliveira

Opening date

Opening date:
October 2020

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The Master will open with 10 to 25 students.


Application Deadlines:

1st Phase
Applications: 15.04 to 13.07.2020
Publication of results: until 20.07.2020

2nd Phase
Applications: 27.07 - 21.09.2020
Publication of results: until 01.10.2020

Enrollment and registration of admitted candidates:

1st Phase
17.08.2020 to 07.09.2020

2nd Phase
02.10.2020 to 10.10.2020


Applications: € 51 (non-refundable)
Registration fee: 35 €
Annual fee: € 1063.47 for Portuguese students or other EU countries, € 7000.00 for students of other nationalities.


Monday to Friday, daytime.

Teaching language

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Degree pre-requisites

1st Year
Curricular Unit ECTS
Global changes and sustainability 3
Plant nutrition and Symbiotic interactions 3
Environmental and Industrial microbiology 4
Plant Stress Biology 3
Bioproducts, biomaterials and bioenergy 3
Laboratory Techniques 6
Genome Scale Technologies Biostatistics and bioinformatics 4
Plant Biotechnology for agriculture and forestry 4
Biocatalysis for sustainability 3
Clean bioproducts Separation 3
Bio- and Chemical-remediation 3

Laboratory Rotations 6
Ethics in Biotechnology 3
Free Option 3
Interdisciplinary Seminars I

Interdisciplinary Seminars II 1.5
Thesis Project Planning 3
Total 60
2nd year

Master Thesis: 60 ECTS

Conditions of admittance

Candidates fulfilling one of the following criteria will be admitted:

a) National "Licenciado" degree or its legal equivalent in the areas of Biology (Biological sciences, Biological engineering), Biotechnology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Agronomy (Agronomic sciences, Agronomic engineering) or others;

b) Foreign University degree awarded (in one of the areas indicated in –a) after a first 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 can be recognized as fulfilling the objectives of a "licenciado" degree by the Master's Scientific Council;

d) Possession of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum recognized as sufficient to enroll in the study cycle by the Scientific Council of the Master course on "Biotechnology for sustainability"

Selection Criteria

Candidates will be selected upon evaluation of:
- Grades of prior academic degree(s);
- Academic, scientific and professional curriculum;
- Interview (eventual);

Evaluation rules

The evaluation procedure is not equal to all curricular units.

It is predicted the following evaluation procedures for the curricular part:
1. Evaluation with an exam or final work
2. Evaluation without exam or final work. In these curricular units the evaluation will be distributed along the year, for example, lab work, small tests, tests, individual or group work, seminars, to which there will be a classification that will contribute for the final classification


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