Master in Medical Microbiology


Master in Medical Microbiology

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa offers the Master in Medical Microbiology, through four of its Schools:  Faculdade de Ciências Médicas|NOVA Medical School (FCM|NMS), Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT NOVA), Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical (IHMT NOVA), and Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica António Xavier (ITQB NOVA).

The 9th Edition (academic years 2019/2020 and 2020/2021) will be coordinated by FCT NOVA.

Duration: 2 years (4 semesters).

The minimum number of credits (ECTS) for the degree is 120.

The Master in Medical Microbiology only starts with 10 or more confirmed student registrations, as defined by the Executive Council of the FCT NOVA.


The general objective of the Master in Medical Microbiology is to train students to become experts in the field. It uses a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach, combining theoretical and practical training, that provides its graduates with capabilities in the application of the most advanced laboratory diagnostics technologies, microbiological testing, inspection and quality assurance in microbiology laboratories.


Career opportunities

Advanced training in Medical Microbiology will provide access to a more advanced scientific and technology development corresponding to a PhD (3rd cycle).

It can also provide access to areas of research and development (R&D) in national or European public health sectors, particularly in:

  • Medical centers and hospitals;
  • Clinical, veterinary, and research laboratories;
  • Public health.

Structure and organization

1st  year

The first semester comprises the mandatory and nuclear Curricular Units.

The second semester is flexible, allowing the selection of 5 optional Curricular Units (out of a group of 16), allowing the student to build a curriculum adapted to his/her needs.

The Curricular Units are mainly taught in Portuguese and have diverse contents. They all have a strong practical component, particularly in the second semester. Attendance to the classes is mandatory and admission to the final assessment depends on attendance of 2/3 of the classes (except for student-workers).

The choice of optional Curricular Units is subject to numerus clausus, and the selection is based on academic performance.

2nd year

Dedicated to experimental work and preparation of the original Thesis to obtain the Master degree in Medical Microbiology. The theme of the Thesis will be developed in a laboratory in one of the four institutions involved. However, the student is free to select any other laboratory, in Portugal or abroad, after approval of the Scientific Committee and appointment of an internal co-supervisor.

Tuition fee 

Portuguese students: 2500 €/year.

Foreign students: 7000 €/year (60% reduction for CPLP students) 


Monday to Thursday (4:00-8:00 pm).


1st Phase: 1st May to 14th July 2019.

2nd Phase: 26th to 31st August 2019.

Acceptance rate in masters

The accepted candidates will have to pay 200 € within 7 calendar days from the date announcing the formal acceptance in the master. This value is non-refundable but, after registration in the master, will be deducted from the total value of the tuition fee.

If the payment is not made within the indicated period, this will imply the exclusion of the candidate.

Other important dates of the applications

Possible interviews: 17th and 18th July 2019.

Announcement of the outcome of the applications: 19th July 2019.

Registration: 2nd-6th September 2019.

Opening ceremony: 23rd September 2019.

Beginning of the classes: 24th September 2019.


Entrance requirements for the 2019/2020 academic year

Vacancies for 2019/2020:

24, with 10% (a maximum of two students) reserved for students from PALOP countries.

Admission rules:

Holders of a degree, or equivalent, in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biology, Pharmacy and other areas, as reviewed by the Scientific Committee of the course.


Candidates will be selected and ranked based on the following criteria:

  1. Bachelor grade;
  2. Academic, scientific, and professional curriculum;
  3. Previous performance, and motivation and interest to carry out studies in the field of Medical Microbiology;
  4. Possible interview.

Course coordinator:

Luís Jaime Mota

Scientific Committee of the course:

Adriano O. Henriques (ITQB NOVA)

Ana Madalena Ludovice (FCT NOVA)

Cecília Maria Arraiano (ITQB NOVA)

João Piedade (IHMT NOVA)

José Paulo Sampaio (FCT NOVA)

Luís Jaime Mota (FCT NOVA)

Maria de Jesus Chasqueira (FCM|NMS)

Maria Miragaia (ITQB NOVA)

Miguel Viveiros (IHMT NOVA)

Paulo Paixão (FCM|NMS)

Ricardo Parreira (IHMT NOVA)

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Ef 3114/2011 on 18/03/2011


Accreditation on 02/02/2018, for 6 years

About the Department of Life Sciences

The Department of Life Sciences (Departamento de Ciências da Vida - DCV) is aims at 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/FCT/UNL), while collaborating in several other Courses at FCT and UNL.

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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