Bioorganic Chemistry

Education objectives

The course aims to train qualified professionals with specific assets in the areas of analysis, characterization and intelligent development of new drugs and biomaterials, streamlining the interaction of drugs with biological systems, and design of new materials and more efficient and sustainable synthetic methodologies.

Students will have an interdisciplinary training, particularly in the following areas:

  • Organic synthesis of bioactive compounds

  • Medicinal chemistry

  • Computational chemistry

  • Forensic Chemistry

  • Supramolecular chemistry and nanochemistry

  • Radical chemistry

  • Chemical catalysis

  • Structural analysis and analytical techniques

Career opportunities

The degree of Master in Bioorganic Chemistry provides access to a career in the following areas and sectors of activity:

  • Research and development / Fine Chemistry (synthesis);

  • Chemical Analysis and Quality Control;

  • Education;

  • Environmental Technology;

  • Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics;

  • Agrochemistry and Food Industry;

  • Companies of auditing, consulting and project.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to a 3rd cycle


Luísa Maria da Silva Pinto Ferreira

Opening date





(await approval)

Portuguese students: 1250 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year



Teaching language

Available soon

Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 2 years

Credits: 120 ECTS

Scientific Area Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Chemistry Q 105 0

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

Bq / EQ / ES / Q / SA 0 6
Transferable Skills CC  3 0
Any Scientific Area   QAC 0  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 NOVAwhich includes the unity of all scientific areas of FCT NOVA.

Conditions of admittance

Available soon

Evaluation rules

The evaluation of all UCs is continuous for all the components that integrate it, and it must be completed by the last day of the school term of the academic semester.

The continuous evaluation of a UC must include a minimum of three elements in the set of evaluation components, on dates adequately spaced throughout the period of classes.

All UCs with a theoretical-practical evaluation component must provide, in addition, a form of evaluation of this component by exam, to be carried out after the period of classes (Examination of Appeal).

All requirements and conditions related to 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 final Dissertation (or Project) involves a public discussion with a Jury.

Regulamento de Avaliação de Conhecimentos (Licenciaturas, Mestrados Integrados e Mestrados.)


1.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
11265 Analytical Bioorganic 6.0
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 Unrestricted Electives 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
7210 Structural Bioorganic Chemistry 6.0
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
12892 Advanced Programming for Science and Engineering 6.0
12529 Advanced Programming for Data Science and Engineering 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
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
2.º Trimester
Code Name ECTS
10380 Entrepreneurship 3.0
2.º Year
Code Name ECTS
11268 Master Thesis in Bioorganics Chemistry 60.0
4.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12952 Master Thesis in Bioorganics Chemistry 30.0