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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Isabel Abreu

Opening date

1st Period
Applications: 01.04 - 30.04.2021
Results: until 15.05.2021
Enrolment: 17.05 - 24.05.2021

2nd Period
Applications: 17.05 - 23.07.2021

Results: until 28.07.2021

Enrolment: 29.07 - 07.08.2021

3 rd Period
Applications: 09.08 - 06.09.2021
Results: until 09.09.2021
Enrolment: 10.09 - 21.09.2021

There is an acceptance fee of 100€ ( one hundred euros) on the academic year 2021/2022, that should be paid up to 7 days ( maximum) after the communication of acceptance at the Master Course.

The fee payment is mandatory after the acceptance of the Candidate.

Failure to pay within this period implies the automatic exclusion of the candidate, and no exemption situations are foreseen.

The amount paid will be deducted later in the total amount of the tuition fees.


The Master will open with 10 to 25 students.


The amount of the tuition fee is of 1063,47 €. The payment can be done through ATM or bank transfer.

The scholarship holders SASNOVA are exempt from the payment of the fee of € 35 (Law 68/2017). If this is the case, you must provide proof of how the grant was awarded to the academic services of ITQB at the time of registration.

In these cases, the payment of the tuition fee can be made in 10 installments of 106.35 € each. Maturing between October 31, 2021 and July 31, 2022. Payment must begin in the month in which the SAS grant the scholarship request to the students, and the late installments expire at the end of that month.

If you are not a SASNOVA Scholarship holder, you will have to pay the fee (31 €) and you can choose to pay the tuition fee in two modalities (Payment Methods for Master in Association):

When paying the full amount at the time of registration, you receive a 5% discount (€ 1010.30), or you can pay in 3 installments with the following deadlines:

1st installment: € until 23 September 2021 (Send proof SA ITQB)
2nd installment: € until December 23, 2021 (Send proof SA ITQB)
3rd installment: € until March 23, 2022 (Send proof SA ITQB)

According to DL No. 68/2017 of August 9, the modality of payment of tuition fees was created in 7 installments:

Installments 2021/2022 1st year 1st time

1st installment - € 152.00 until September 23, 2021
2nd installment - € 152.00 until October 23, 2021
3rd installment - € 152.00 until November 23, 2021
4th installment - € 152.00 until December 23, 2021
5th installment - € 152.00 until January 23, 2022
6th installment - € 152.00 until February 23, 2022
7th installment - € 51.47 until March 23, 2022

Deadline for full settlement of missing debts: July 31, 2022 (with possible aggravation due to non-compliance with deadlines).

Total tuition fees: 1063,47€*


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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