Undergraduate in Biotechnology

Course presentation

The degree in Biotechnology intends to give students solid scientific and technical expertise and comprehension in order to integrate the labor market for biotechnology-based companies (food processing, marine, pharmaceutical, environmental, or similar), as well as generate interest in pursuing studies at the 2nd cycle. Its multidisciplinary nature, including in the area of management, contributes to the development of skills that enable the development of entrepreneurial initiatives, as well as strengthen the link between applied research and commercialization of new products.

A degree in Biotechnology aims to confer students with autonomy, critical thinking, communication skills and creativity, allowing them to successfully design and develop any professional project or scientific and technological research in the field of Biotechnology.


This proposed study cycle provides students with the knowledge and technical and scientific skills to perform their duties and arouse interest in pursuing a scientific research or entrepreneurial career. The first semesters are organized to give basic and transversal skills within biotechnology, whereas in later semesters is given special emphasis to areas of specialization. Teamwork, autonomy, and communication to general public and peers skills will be developed through the discussion of case studies, presentations in oral, panel and report format of results of experimental and research work. At the end of the course students will develop a scientific project in biotechnology, inserted in R&D projects arising within the research unit recognized by FCT – GIRM / IPL.

Curricular plan

CodeCurricular Unit Period ECTS Workload
Mathematics I1st Semester550 h
Physics1st Semester767 h
Chemistry1st Semester658 h
Methodologies in Biotechnology1st Semester658 h
Cellular Biology1st Semester658 h
Mathematics II2nd Semester550 h
Biological Diversity2nd Semester660 h
Organic Chemistry2nd Semester658 h
Instrumental Methods of Analysis2nd Semester769 h
Microbiology I2nd Semester658 h
CodeCurricular Unit Period ECTS Workload
Biochemistry I1st Semester658 h
Biostatistic1st Semester658 h
Fundamentals of Industrial Processes1st Semester660 h
Microbiology II1st Semester658 h
Environment and Biotechnology1st Semester658 h
Biochemistry II 2nd Semester658 h
Industrial Biotechnology2nd Semester550 h
Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Applications2nd Semester660 h
Molecular Biology2nd Semester767 h
Food Biotechnology I2nd Semester658 h
CodeCurricular Unit Period ECTS Workload
Functional Genomics1st Semester550 h
Plant Biotechnology1st Semester658 h
Enzymonology and Separation Processes1st Semester658 h
Quality and Biosafety1st Semester658 h
Food Biotechnology II1st Semester767 h
Molecular Genetics2nd Semester658 h
Animal Cell and Tissue Culture2nd Semester658 h
Entrepreneursip and Management2nd Semester550 h
Marine Biotechnology2nd Semester550 h
Project2nd Semester845 h
Internship2nd Semester8

Conditions of admission

International Student
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