Master in Bioenergy


Master in Bioenergy

Started in the academic year 2007/2008, under the heading of Energy and Bioenergy.



The fundamental axes of the Master's degree in Bioenergy are the assessment of available resources for the production of bioenergy and the study of sustainable technologies for the conversion of biomass and waste, in the context of the European Directive on the Promotion of the Use of Energy from Renewable Sources (EU Directive 2018/2001 of 11 December 2018) and the European Waste Directive (EU Directive 2018/851 of 30 May 2018). Masters in Bioenergy acquire concepts and tools necessary to intervene in the areas of biomass production, bioenergy and biomaterials including the valorization of waste and effluents through integrated strategies of Bioeconomics and Circular Economy.

The technical and scientific skills of a Master in Bioenergy are as follows:

1. Ability to propose sustainable projects to produce energy from biomass and waste, in order to contribute to the promotion of Bioeconomy and Circular Economy.

2. Ability to propose projects for the valorization of biomass resources, according to the concept of Biorefinery, in order to contribute to generate added value at local, regional and national levels;

3. Ability to design innovative projects for converting biomass, residues or effluents, for the production of Hydrogen, Methane, Synthesis gas, Biochars and Advanced Biofuels by Thermochemical or Biochemical Technologies;

4. Ability to assess and improve the economic viability and sustainability of processes for the conversion of renewable resources, by maximizing their energy efficiency and analysis of their life cycle.

5. Ability to intervene in the standardization and certification processes for new products and production systems for obtention of Bioenergy, Biofuels and Biomaterials.


Career opportunities

The Masters in Bioenergy are able to work in production, quality control and safety processes in the areas of biomass, bioenergy, biofuels and biomaterials production, as well as in the area of ​​waste and effluent recovery, in companies, administrative entities and entities without profit-making activities in the forestry, agricultural and agri-food, energy and waste management sectors.

They may also perform research and development tasks in entities of the public and private National Scientific System (Universities, Polytechnic Institutes, and Industry) as well as consultancy tasks in Bioenergy covering the topics mentioned above.


Tuition Fees 

Portuguese students: 1500 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year


Compressed time (three days a week)


1st phase: 17th to 28th february 2021
2nd phase: 18th june to 22nd july 2021
3rd phase: 30rd august to 25th september

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.


Entrance requirements for the 2021/2022 academic year

Vacancies for 2021/2022:


Admission rules:

  1. Holders of a Bachelor's degree (Bologna 1st cycle) in any area, or related fields, of Engineering, Natural Sciences and Exact Sciences with a minimum of 180 ECTS;
  2. Holders of a pre-Bologna Bachelor's degree in any area, or related fields, of Engineering, Natural Sciences and Exact Sciences;
  3. Holders of a foreign academic degree in required areas conferred following the 1st cycle of studies according to the Bologna Process;
  4. 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 Master in Energy and Bioenergy;
  5. 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 Master in Energy and Bioenergy. 


  1. Course classification;
  2. Academic and scientific curriculum;
  3. Professional curriculum;
  4. Possible interview.

Course coordinator:

Professora Maria Margarida Gonçalves

With the collaboration:

Department of Materials Science (

Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Ef 3097/2011 on 18/03/2011


Publication date of the accreditation decision: 24/04/2015

for 6 years

About the Department of Sciences and Technology of Biomass

The Department of Science and Technology of Biomass (DCTB) is the youngest department of NOVA School of Science and Technology,  created in February-2011 by the FCT Direction Decision number 06/2011.

DCTB resulted from the evolution of the former GDEH in the researching and teaching areas of Sciences and Technology of Biomass for two specific aims:

  1. Bioenergy (production of energy from biomass)
  2. Food Technology and Safety
More info