Master in Gastronomic Sciences


Master in Gastronomic Sciences

(In association with ISA) 


The Gastronomic Sciences course aims to respond to the needs resulting from a profound change in the relationship between consumers and food and in the process of small-scale food production that has occurred over the last decade. The evolution of gastronomy in its most varied forms, as well as that of catering, requires an evolution in work processes and at the level of knowledge.

The general objective is to provide in-depth and specialized scientific and technical training in the field of food science. It should also give students an overview of gastronomy that involves cultural and technical aspects of other areas, to allow a more comprehensive approach to the various subjects and/or create a bridge between the world of knowledge and the real world of the various economic and cultural activities in the field of gastronomy.

The curricular structure was designed with a view to making it compatible with the training of students coming from different 1st cycle courses (bachelor’s degree) from various higher education institutions. It is considered that the addressees of this course will be:

1. Graduates in the areas of Chemistry, Biology, Agronomy, Food Engineering, Health, Hotel and Restaurant Management and Tourism. Recent graduates who wish to complement their basic training, as well as graduates or highly qualified professionals who feel the need to deepen and update their technical and scientific knowledge in the areas of Gastronomic Sciences.

2. Graduates in other areas who show a justified interest in the course subjects.


Career opportunities

Students are expected to acquire skills that will enable them to respond to the growing demands for quality, creativity and innovation in small-scale food production, but will also enable them to work in the food and tourism industry. Students will have an interdisciplinary education, integrated in a study plan that contemplates various professional outlets.

Tuition fees

National students: 1750 Euros/year

International students: 3000 Euros/year




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

2nd phase: 3rd June to 17th july 2024


Accepted candidates will have to pay (within a maximum of 7 consecutive days from the date of placement) a fee amounting to €100, non-refundable, to be deducted, after registration, from the total amount of the tuition fee.

Non-payment within this deadline will automatically exclude the candidate. No exceptions or late payments are considered. Any payment made after the deadline will not be refunded and the candidate will remain excluded.


International Applications

Entrance requirements for the 2024/2025 academic year

Vacancies for 2024/2025:


Admission rules:

Place and form of application

Application can be made at FCT - UNL or at ISA-UTL. All applications will be considered together.

Documentation of the application process:

  1. Qualifications certificate detailing the classifications obtained;
  2. Curriculum vitae and professional curriculum;
  3. Identification document
  4. Letter of motivation


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

Course coordinator:

Professor Ana Lourenço

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Cr 96/2010 on 28/07/2010


Publication date of the accreditation decision: 03/05/2022

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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