Master in Biotechnology


Master in Biotechnology

The Master’s Program in Biotechnology was launched in the fall of 2006 by the Department of Chemistry. 


The Master’s Program in Biotechnology at FCT NOVA provides the ideal training for the development of a successful career in the field of Biotechnology. It offers a multidisciplinary curriculum, which is essential for the development of solutions for complex, real-world problems, covering both established and emerging scientific areas, as well as knowledge of business development and skills for science-based innovation.

The offer of electives, adjusted every year, lends flexibility to the provided training profiles, which can be directed to biopharmaceuticals, the food industry, nanobiotechnology, marine biotechnology, environmental biotechnology, or technology transfer and innovation.

Students are welcomed into a high quality research environment, at two research units – LAQV and UCIBIO – that have been rated Excellent, and Exceptional, respectively, by the Portuguese public agency that supports science, technology and innovation. Strong collaboration exists with partner institutions ITQB NOVA and iBET. ITQB NOVA is one of the Schools of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, and iBET is a private not for profit research intensive SME in the area of biology, chemistry, and biotechnology, bridging university and industry research.

This dynamic and research intensive environment gives a distinctive feature to the training provided, emphasizing the relevance of scientific achievements for the development of new products in Biotechnology.

The course is lectured in English.


Career opportunities

The versatility and high quality of the training in Biotechnology open up excellent career opportunities in R&D, technology transfer, management and commercial services, in various business areas, research centers, and academic institutions, relating to (bio) pharmaceuticals, the agro-food industry, environmental and biomedical applications, among others.

Titles of recent thesis projects

The titles of the theses (60 ECTS) completed in the last three years, as well as thesis advisors and institutions where the work was carried out, are given here

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 200 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 the areas of Exact Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, or Technology;
  2. Holders of an academic degree awarded by a foreign institution in one of the areas referred above, upon completion of a 1st cycle program organized according to the Bologna Process;
  3. Holders of an academic degree awarded by a foreign institution in one the areas referred above, which the Scientific Council of FCT NOVA accepts as meeting the requirements of a bachelor’s degree;
  4. Holders of an academic, scientific, or professional curriculum that the Scientific Council of FCT NOVA deems appropriate for carrying out successfully the Master’s Program in Biotechnology.


  • Degree grade;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Possible interview.

Course coordinator:

Professor Ana Rita Cruz Duarte

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Ef 3094/2011/AL03 on 11/01/2019


Publication date of the accreditation decision: 23/03/2021

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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