Master in Biochemistry


Master in Biochemistry

Started in the academic year 2012/2013.  


The Master in Biochemistry, due to its transversal nature to several areas of life sciences, such as molecular biology, biophysics, biotechnology, and structural biochemistry, offers a multidisciplinary training, preparing students for the most varied challenges of their future professional lives. The course has a strong laboratory component, providing advanced training in emerging methodologies through its practical classes. As the faculty of this master's course consists of professors and researchers with an exceptional scientific curriculum and integrated in Research Units/Associated Laboratories (UCIBIO and LAQV) recognized in the national assessment system as excellent, students will havecthe opportunity to get in touch with lines of research of great scientific relevance and current.

Additionally, students will acquire skills in entrepreneurship, as well as proficiency in data processing and critical analysis, and scientific presentation to peers. This framework guarantees students a quality, versatile training, in line with the needs of the employer market, and even in line with a career in scientific research.

In the “Dissertation in Biochemistry”, held in the second year of the course, the student can choose between research laboratories at NOVA School of Science and Technology, other organic units of the university, or other national higher education and/or scientific research institutions; or even by a dissertation in a company or in ERASMUS.

Classes are taught in Portuguese or English to ensure the inclusion of international students.


Career opportunities

The Master in Biochemistry can pursue a career at national or international level in the following areas:

  1. Research and Development (R&D) in Biochemistry, Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical Sciences.

  2. Clinical, Biochemical, Microbiological, Genetic and Environmental Analysis Laboratories.
  3. Forensic chemistry.
  4. Food and Agri-food Industry.
  5. Cosmetic and Pharmaceutical Industry.
  6. Public Health Laboratories, and Medical Research Institutes.
  7. Science Management.
  8. Regulatory Bodies and Commissions and Quality Control.
  9.  Auditing, Consulting and Design Companies.

Tuition Fees

Portuguese students: 1250 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year




1st phase: 12th february to 22nd march 2024

2nd phase: 3rd June to 17th july 2024

Acceptance rate in masters

Accepted applicants will have to pay (within a maximum of 7 consecutive days from the date of placement) a non-refundable rate of 100 euros, which will be deducted, after registration, from the total tuition fee. Any payment made after the deadline will not be refunded, leaving the candidate excluded.


International Applications

Entrance requirements for the 2024/2025 academic year

Vacancies for 2024/2025:


Admission rules:

  1. Holders of a bachelor's degree, or legal equivalent in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Health Sciences or related areas;

  2. Holders of a foreign academic degree in required areas conferred following the 1st cycle of studies according to the Bologna Process;
  3. Holders of a foreign academic degree in required areas recognized as meeting the objectives of the Bachelor´s degree by the Scientific Council of the NOVA FCT;
  4. Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized as attesting the capacity to accomplish referred cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of the NOVA FCT.


  • Course classification;
  • Academic and scientific curriculum;
  • Professional curriculum;
  • Possible interview.

Course coordinator:

Professor Sofia R. Pauleta

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Cr 6/2012/AL03 on 07/07/2022


Publication date of the accreditation decision: 04/04/2022

Period of validity of the accreditation:
6 years from 31/07/2020

About the Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry is a permanent organic unity of the NOVA School of Science and Technology, devoted to teaching, to scientific research and to provide services in areas of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering. The Chemistry Department (DQ, founded in 1981, has recognized market implementation in education and employment, particularly so because of the novelty and specificity introduced by the course in Applied Chemistry with which teaching at the School of Chemistry began.

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