Master in Chemical and Biological Engineering

Education objectives

This cycle of studies awards a Master of Science degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering, accredited by A3ES (Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education) and by the professional order of engineers with the EURACE certificate. Students are enrolled in an advanced training program in chemical and biological engineering, leveraged in the cutting edge scientific research of its faculty, in tight connection with national and international industries in the areas of energy, environment, materials and (bio)pharmaceuticals. It balances a broadband formation, with high employability, with the challenges of sustainability, also opening doors to an international career in the areas of innovation and development of processes and products. This cycle of studies is integrated into a European network of engineering schools through the ERASMUS+ program, allowing students to network on a European scale.


Students enrolled at the Master of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering at NOVA FCT deepen their training in the development, design, optimization and digitalization of chemical and biological processes with strong industrial implementation. The transition to a sustainable economy motivates a growing industrialization of biotechnological processes. The integrated formation in chemical-biological processes presents itself as very advantageous to respond to the challenges ahead of sustainability and decarbonization. On the other hand, the Master of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering at NOVA FCT offers the opportunity to initiate in the world of scientific research, through the master´s dissertation research project, integrated in two research centers of excellence (LAQV and UCIBIO), in national and international R&D networks, in an academic or business context.

General characterization

DGES code



Master (2nd Cycle)



Access to other programs

Access to a 3rd cycle


Rui Manuel Freitas Oliveira

Opening date





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

Chemical and Biological Engineering

EQB 84 6
Industrial Engineering  EI 6 0
Social Sciences and Humanities / Industrial Engineering / Chemical and Biological Engineering / Biology CHS / EI / EQB / B 0 3
Chemical and Biological Engineering / Biology / Informatics / Sanitary Engineering  EQB / B / I / ES 0 6
Social Sciences and Humanities / Materials Engineering / Biology / Industrial Engineering / Chemical and Biological Engineering CHS / CMt / B / EI / EQB 0 6
Social Sciences and Humanities CHS 3 0
Transferable Skills CC 3 0
Any Scientific Area QAC 0 6 (a)
TOTAL 93 27

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

Conditions of admittance

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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
7342 Instrumentation and Process Control 6.0
12563 Numerical Methods Applied to Chemical and Biological Engineering 6.0
12562 Advanced Systems of Chemical Reaction Engineering 6.0
7268 Clean Technologies and Green Chemistry 6.0
1.º Semester - Opção 1
Code Name ECTS
12569 Advanced Separation Processes 6.0
10685 Separation Processes for Biological Products 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10380 Entrepreneurship 3.0
12727 Bioprocess Engineering 6.0
12564 Process Systems Engineering 6.0
3705 Quality Planning and Control 6.0
2.º Semester - Opção 2
Code Name ECTS
12571 Process Risk Assessment and Management 3.0
10717 Genomics and Molecular Evolution 3.0
12557 Production Management 3.0
10423 Business Management 3.0
10610 Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) 3.0
O aluno deverá obter 3.0 créditos nesta opção.
2.º Semester - Opção 3
Code Name ECTS
7113 Industrial Bioenergetics 6.0
12572 (bio)Polymer Science 6.0
12574 Wastewater Engineering 6.0
7112 Genetic Engineering 6.0
12529 Advanced Programming for Data Science and Engineering 6.0
10688 Enzyme Technology 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
3.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12565 Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering Design Project 18.0
3.º Semester - Opção 4
Code Name ECTS
10826 Biocatalysis and Bioremediation 6.0
9659 Systems Biology 6.0
11535 Petroleum Engineering 6.0
10420 Quality Management 6.0
7502 Chemical and Biological Industries 6.0
10657 Applied Microbiology 6.0
11506 Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies 3.0
12088 Processos em Engenharia com Solventes Alternativos 6.0
10770 Gene Regulation 6.0
10508 Sociology of Organizations 3.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
3.º Semester - Unidade Curricular do Bloco Livre
Code Name ECTS
11066 Unrestricted Electives 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
4.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
12567 Dissertation in Chemical and Biological Engineering 30.0