Master of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering


Master of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering


This cycle of studies awards a Master of Science degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering, accredited by A3ES (Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education) and by the professional order of engineers with the EURACE certificate. Students are enrolled in an advanced training program in chemical and biological engineering, leveraged in the cutting edge scientific research of its faculty, in tight connection with national and international industries in the areas of energy, environment, materials and (bio)pharmaceuticals. It balances a broadband formation, with high employability, with the challenges of sustainability, also opening doors to an international career in the areas of innovation and development of processes and products. This cycle of studies is integrated into a European network of engineering schools through the ERASMUS+ program, allowing students to network on a European scale.



Students enrolled at the Master of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering at NOVA deepen their training in the development, design, optimization and digitalization of chemical and biological processes with strong industrial implementation. The transition to a sustainable economy motivates a growing industrialization of biotechnological processes. The integrated formation in chemical-biological processes presents itself as very advantageous to respond to the challenges ahead of sustainability and decarbonization. On the other hand, the Master of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering at NOVA offers the opportunity to initiate in the world of scientific research, through the master's dissertation research project, integrated in two research centers of excellence (LAQV and UCIBIO), in national and international R&D networks, in an academic or business context.


Career opportunities

The profession of Chemical and Biological Engineering enjoys enormous prestige worldwide with practically full employability. Chemical and Biological Engineers are key developers of the technologies related to water and air quality, materials, energy, health, food and many others. It is so diversified that it penetrates virtually all industrial and service sectors. Some examples are:

Energy: petrochemical refining, biorefining and biofuels, development and production of efficient solar panels, batteries and fuel cells for automobiles, Hydrogen industry, etc.

Materials: sustainable polymers and biopolymers, biodegradable plastics and bioplastics, cement industry, paints, glues and varnishes, thermal and acoustic insulating materials, etc.

Health: Pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry, focusing on large-scale production of drugs (synthetic chemical-based active ingredients) and biopharmaceuticals (bio-based active ingredient, for example vaccines).

Environment: drinking water captation and treatment, wastewater treatment and recovery, CO2 sequestration to mitigate global warming, elimination of sources of pollution, etc.

In addition to a technology oriented career, Chemical and Biological Engineers have a strong tradition in business management, innovation and the creation of new businesses. Leveraged by a strong tradition, Chemical and Biological Engineering professionals are at the forefront of future sustainability challenges, in the development and large scale production of clean energy sources, biodegradable and sustainable materials, in the recycling of by-products and waste, in quality air and global warming control, in the availability and universalization of affordable drugs on a planetary scale. In short, a highly rewarding and prestigious profession at the forefront of the great challenges of the future.



The Master of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering accepts candidates with a graduation in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Biological Engineering or similar scientific areas (graduation in Biomedical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Environmental Engineering). Candidates with a graduation in Chemical or Biological sciences (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, etc ...) should request an interview to assess eligibility. Professionals who wish to deepen their training in the Chemical and Biological Engineering sciences, oriented towards research, innovation and the challenges of sustainable technologies, are also welcome to apply.


This cycle of studies is offered in English


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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 100 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 Chemical Engineering Science, Biological Engineering or related;
  2. Holders of a foreign academic degree in required area 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, in the same area, by the Scientific Council 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.


  • Course classification;
  • Academic and scientific curriculum;
  • Professional curriculum;
  • Possible interview.

Course coordinator:

Professor Rui Oliveira

Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Cr61/2021 on 26/02/2021


Publication date of the accreditation decision: 04/02/2021

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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