Cell and Molecular Biology


Undergraduate Programme in Cell and Molecular Biology


The Undergraduate Programme on Cell and Molecular Biology aims at explaining the basic structures and fundamental processes of life at molecular and cellular level, providing an in-depth study of concepts together with the development of advanced technological and scientific skills in Cell and Molecular Biology.

The Undergraduate Programme on Cell and Molecular Biology follows the current model in other European Universities: 3 year cycle with a total of 180 ECTS (1st cycle). The first 4 semesters aim at building a solid knowledge in supporting scientific areas (e.g. biology, chemistry, biochemistry, genetics etc), which provide sufficient background to enable students to continue with more specialised courses. The last two semesters consist of more specialised courses, such as applied microbiology, immunology, virology, and toxicology.

At the end of the course, it is expected that students: i) understand the major concepts in cell and molecular biology and are able to apply the acquired knowledge; ii) have an active attitude towards problem solving and experimental design; iii) use acquired skills in a professional atmosphere (e.g. research or industry); iv) demonstrate effective use of transferable skills in oral presentation, report writing and the use of information technology


Career opportunities

  • Further academic development - Continuation towards 2nd cycle
  • Research/Academia (Portugal and abroad)
  • Teaching and Research (Universities and High Schools)
  • Pharmaceutical, Food and Biotechnology companies
  • Health Professions (e.g. Genetics and Microbiology clinical laboratories)
  • Forensics
  • Insurance Companies
  • Environmental Pollution and Bioremediation
  • Biotechnology/Biomedical Consultants


Admission requirements for the 2020/2021 academic year

Vacancies for 2020/2021:


Specific exams:

One of following groups:

02 Biology and Geology  + 04 Economy

02 Biology and Geology  + 07 Physics and Chemistry

02 Biology and Geology  + 16 Mathematics 

Minimum grade of the specific(s) exam(s): 95

Minimum grade of the application: 95

Admission formula:

60% of the final grade obtained in  secondary school
40% of the final grade of the specific(s) exam(s)

Course coordinator:

Professor Luís Jaime Mota


Registration and Accreditation


Registration number R/A-Ef 3085/2011/AL03 on 14/10/2019


Accreditation on 20/12/2016, for 6 years

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/FCT/UNL), 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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