Master in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics


Master in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

Biology is witnessing a digital transformation driven by the rapid development of computer algorithms and artificial intelligence methods, which have revolutionized the analysis of biological systems and associated pharmaceutical and medical tecnologies.

The MSc in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (MCBBI) of University NOVA Lisbon provides a multidisciplinary training in the interface between Life Sciences and Information Technology. This advanced course is implemented by five complementary NOVA Schools: NOVA School of Science and Technology (NOVA FCT), Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier (ITQB NOVA), NOVA Information Management School (NOVA IMS), NOVA Medical School (NOVA MS) and Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical (IHMT NOVA).

The course provides solid hands-on training to students holding a degree in Life Sciences in the core disciplines of computational biology and bioinformatics, while maintaining a flexible structure composed of a common core and two branches. The common core develops the student's proficiency in informatics, mathematics and artificial intelligence and exposes them to the different fields of computational biology. The flexible structure enables the students to specialize in one of the two branches: Multi-Omics for Life and Health Sciences and Biosystems Simulation for Life and Health Sciences.

The Master will be taught in English.

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Tuition Fees

Portuguese students: 1500 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year



(ITQB Edition)

1st phase: 22 Feb – 15 Mar 2023 (10 vacancies)

Publication of results: until 07.04.2023

2nd phase: 17 Apr – 14 Jul (20 vacancies + remaining from 1st phase)

Publication of results: until 24.07.2023

3rd phase: 07 Aug –  18 Aug (remaining vacancies)

Publication of results: until 21.08.2023


Entrance requirements for the 2023/2024 academic year

Vacancies for 2023/2024:

ITQB Edition

1st phase: 10 vacancies

2nd phase: 20 vacancies + remaining from 1st phase

3rd phase: remaining vacancies

Admission rules:

1. Holders of a Bachelor, Master or Integrated Master degree, or equivalent, in the areas of Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering or similar. Holders of a degree in Mathematics, Informatics or similar areas will be assessed by the Master’s Scientific Committee and may need to do additional curricular units;
2. Holders of a foreign academic degree in any of the scientific areas mentioned above, conferred at the end of a 1st cycle of studies according to the Bologna Process;
3. Holders of a foreign academic degree in any of the scientific areas mentioned above, recognized as meeting the goals of a bachelor degree by the Scientific Council of the coordinating intitutions (FCT NOVA and ITQB NOVA);
4. Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum in the scientific areas referred in 1, recognized as attesting to the capability to follow the Master course by the Scientific Council of the coordinating intitutions (NOVA FCT and ITQB NOVA), at the proposal of the Master’s Scientific Committee.

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

Students who still did not finish their Bachelor Degrees are welcome to apply in any phase. They will be ranked based on their grades. Depending on the ranking position, they can be conditionally accepted but may only enroll when in possession of the Bachelor Certificate.

Course coordinator:

Professor Paula Gonçalves

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Cr 72/2020 on 14/07/2020


Publication date of the accreditation decision: 29/04/2020

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

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/NOVA FCT), 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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