Education

Master of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering

Objectives

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.

 

Why CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING?

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.

 

CANDIDATES

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, Applied Chemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, etc ...). 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.

LANGUAGE

This cycle of studies is offered in English

Schedule

Day time

Tuition Fees (awaiting approval by NOVA General Council)

Portuguese students: 1500 €/year

Foreign students: 7000 €/year

Applications

PhaseDate Comunicação de resultados
1st Phase17th to 28th february 2021

Not applicable

2nd Phase18th june to 22nd july 2021

Until 27th july

3rd Phase

30th august to 5th september

Until 8th september

Applications

Admission requirements for the 2021/2022 academic year

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.

Ranking:

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

Registration and Accreditation

DGES

Registration number R/A-Cr61/2021 on 23/02/2021

A3ES

Accreditation on 31/07/2020, for 6 years

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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