Master in Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine


Master in Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine

Started in the academic year 2008/2009. 


The curricular content of the MSc Degree in Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine is based on the vast pedagogical and scientific experience of Faculty Members and Researchers at the Department of Life Sciences in the fields of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics as well as in areas generally included in Biomedicine, such as Neurobiology, Immunology, Oncobiology, Human Genetics and Molecular Diagnostics.

The MSc in Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine stands out for being quite comprehensive in what concerns the subjects it covers, offering the student the possibility to choose to attend courses in very diverse scientific areas or, conversely, to build their own specialization by selecting elective courses focused on a particular scientific area. Another hallmark of this programme is having a strong practical component, since all mandatory courses and many elective ones comprehend laboratory sessions.

Teaching language: English, whenever non-portuguese speaking foreign students are enrolled


Career opportunities

Advanced training in Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine will allow access to further academic training through the attendance of a 3rd cycle (PhD). It can also provide access to research and development (R&D) areas in the national and international service and industry sectors, such as:

  • Medical and hospital centers
  • Clinical and veterinary laboratories
  • Forensic science
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Food industry
  • Cosmetic industry
  • Biotechnology industry
  • Small and medium biotechnology companies
  • Consultancy with government organizations

Tuition Fees

Portuguese students: 1500 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year




Language of the master's degree



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

2nd phase: 3rd June to 12th 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 250 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 degree, or equivalent, in the areas of Natural Sciences and Biotechnology;
  2. Holders of a foreign academic degree in required areas conferred following the 1st cycle of studies according to the Bologna Process;
  3. 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 Faculty of the FCT NOVA;
  4. 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 FCT NOVA.


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

Course coordinator:

Professora Alexandra R. Fernandes

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Ef 3111/2011/AL02 on 16/05/2018


Publication date of the accreditation decision: 11/10/2016

Period of validity of the accreditation:
6 years from 31/07/2015 (ACEF process 2020/2021 under evaluation)

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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