Integrated Master in Biomedical Engineering


Integrated Master in Biomedical Engineering

Started in the academic year of 2002/2003 as a five year engineering program, it became a Bologna Agreement Integrated Master program in the academic year of 2006/2007. The minimum number of credits for the degree is 300 (5 years). The Master is accredited by Ordem dos Engenheiros and FEANI (European Federation of National Engineering Associations), being able to assign the EUR ING title (European Engineer). 


Biomedical Engineering is a multidisciplinary area using principles, methods and tools from science, technology and engineering to analyze and solve problems in medicine and biology, to develop innovative approaches centered in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, and to provide a general improvement in health care and knowledge of the human body.

Biomedical Engineering is an innovative and a high growth scientific area, considered one of the most important of this century.

The most important areas of Biomedical Engineering are: Biocompatibility, Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Biosensors, Biotechnology (Cell, Tissue and Genetic Engineering), Prosthetic devices and artificial organs, Biological effects of electromagnetic fields, Electrophysiology, Clinical engineering, Rehabilitation engineering, Transport phenomena, Medical Imaging (incl. Nuclear Medicine and PET), Medical informatics, Biomedical instrumentation (incl. Lasers in Medicine), Physiological modeling, Simulation and control, Nanotechnology, Processing and analysis of medical and biological signals, Effects of Ionizing radiation, Radiotherapy and Radiological protection.


Career opportunities

  • Equipment and medical instrumentation companies;
  • Pharmaceutical material companies;
  • Hospitals in the areas of medical physics, clinical engineering and equipment maintenance;
  • Laboratory research and large enterprises development;
  • Pharmaceutical and analysis industry;
  • Laboratories of medical schools, universities and state bodies;
  • Biomaterials companies;
  • Health linked companies. 


Entrance requirements for the 2020/2021 academic year

Vacancies for 2020/2021:

To be announced

Specific exams:

07 Physics and Chemistry

19 Mathematics A

Minimum grade of the specific(s) exam(s): 95

Minimum grade of the application: 95

Admission formula:

60% of the final grade obtained in  secondary school
40% of the final grade of the specific(s) exam(s)

Course coordinator:

Professor Carla Quintão

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Ef 3116/2011 on 18/03/2011


Accreditation on 28/01/2016, for 6 years

About the Department of Physics

The Physics Department (DF) is a graduate teaching unit and a post-graduate degree unit (1st, 2nd and 3rd study cycles) and a basic and applied research unit in the fields of Physics, Physics Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. It is focused on scientific and technological development, services provision and scientific disclosure. Besides being responsible for the Integrated Masters in Physics Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, as well for the doctoral programs in the same areas in Physics  and for  the doctoral programs "NOVA Instrumentation for Health - NOVA 4H" and "Radiation Biology and Biophysics - Rabbit," the DF ensures the teaching of basic physics to all NOVA School of Science and Technology courses.

This Department started with a small existing nucleus since NOVA School of Science and Technology’s the birth, managed by Prof. Manuel Laranjeira (then Rector of NOVA), the Department of Physics was formally recognized in 1986 and maintained since then a faculty of about 30 people. Its activities in Physics and Physics Engineering were extended in 2000 to include the Biomedical Engineering.

The scientific DF activity takes place mainly in two Research Units, the LIBPhys-UNL and the CEFITEC. The research covers various areas such as nanophysics and energy, atomic and molecular physics, nuclear physics and plasma, physical interfaces, lasers and optoelectronics, sensors, cryogenics, analytical techniques applied to health and cultural heritage, medical instrumentation and medical imaging.

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