Glycobiology & Glycochemistry International e-learning course

The general aim of this course is to provide an easy-to-understand, succinct, and current overview of the fundamental facts, concepts, and methods in Glycosciences. It aims to encourage research in Glycosciences, by revealing the complex involvement of glycans in distinct human-related physiological and pathological conditions.


 Successful learners will be able to:

  • Describe and compare the different types of glycans.
  • Design methodologies / technologies to analyse glycans structures or glycans biosynthesis.
  • Discuss scientific subjects within the scope of Glycosciences.
  • Explain the relationship between glycan structures and physiological and pathological human conditions.
  • List glycans used as therapeutics and glycan-based therapies.


Design and development of projects in the areas of Glycosciences and its application in health. Design methodologies / technologies to develop or analyze glycans.

Career opportunities

Research institutions in the area of Glycosciences and in broader areas such as Chemistry, Biology and Biomedicine.

Higher education and research institutions.

Pharmaceutical and food industry.

Diagnostic laboratory

Study Plan

The following modules are included:

Module 1 - Carbohydrate Structure and Nomenclature

Module 2 - Biosynthesis, Metabolism of Carbohydrates

Module 3 - Glycan-binding Proteins

Module 4 - Glycans in Human Physiological Mechanisms

Module 5 - Glycans in Human Pathology

5.1 Cancer

5.2 Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation

Module 6 - Methods in Glycosciences

Module 7 - Applications of Glycosciences

Module 8 - Glycochemistry in Medicine

Module 9 - Biosynthesis of disease related carbohydrate antigens

Module 10- Glycomics

Módulo 9 - Biossíntese de antigénios de hidratos de carbono relacionados com doença

Módulo 10- Glicómica

Course Dates

1st stage: from 31 July 2019 up to six months

2nd stage: from 30 September 2019 up to six months

Tuition fee:

Application: 51€ (non-refunded) Registration: 35€ General Fee: 470€ Students Fee: 399,50€



Application Deadline

1st stage: 21 July 2019

2nd stage: 15 September 2019

Application online

Information and Application

Academic Office - Postgraduate Section
Campo Mártires da Pátria, 130 - 1169-056 Lisboa |
Tel.: 21 880 30 66 | Fax: 21 880 30 68

Entrance requirements for the 2019/2020 academic year

Admission rules:

The course is aimed at graduates or doctorates students in the fields of biology and / or chemistry and / or (bio) medicine. The course also welcomes health professionals and teachers.

Admission: Minimum required is the first degree and a letter of motivation.


CV and motivation letter.

Course coordinator:

Scientific Coordinators

  • Paula Videira – Departamento de Ciências da Vida, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Amélia Pilar Rauter - Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Pedagogical coordinator

  • Irene Tomé - Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Scientific advisors

  • Celso Reis - Instituto de Patologia e Imunologia Molecular da Universidade do Porto, Portugal.
  • Serge Perez - Centre de Recherches sur les Macromolécules Végétales, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Grenoble, France.
  • Angelina Palma - REQUIMTE/CQFB Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.
  • Nuno Xavier - Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

About the Department of Life Sciences

The Department of Life Sciences (Departamento de Ciências da Vida - DCV) focuses its activity on teaching and research in fundamental Biology relevant for application in Biotechnology and Biomedicine.

DCV is responsibel for BSc's Courses - Licenciatura em Biologia Celular e Molecular (1st Cycle), MSc's - Mestrado em Genética molecular e Biomedicina (2nd Cycle) and PhD Program in Biology and PhD Program in Biotechnology (Co-coordination with DQ/FCT/UNL), while collaborating in several other courses with NOVA.

DCV is organised in a single Scientific Section, grouping the scientific ares of Microbiology, Genetics and Cell Biology. Research at DCV is integrated into International and National collaborative efforts in the areas of Microbiology, Human and Molecular Genetics, Biotechnology, Nanobiotechnology and Cell Biology.

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