Bachelor in Aquatic Sciences


Total Estimated Investment

International Student 4000€ *2

CPLP Students 2200€ *2

European Student 1250€ *2


The Bachelor’s Degree in Aquatic Sciences falls within the area of fundamental and applied biology and is oriented towards scientific research and technological development. Offers training in:

Marine biology
Aquatic ecology
Aquatic resources management
Food technology
Environmental management

In addition, in the first two years, is given general training in biology, with complementary training in chemistry, biochemistry, geology and statistics, offering students a basic preparation that allows them to enter several 2nd cycles of studies (master’s degree) in the area of life and environmental sciences.

Students can participate in research projects in marine animal biology, aquaculture, animal behaviour, effects of pollutants and consequences of climate change, among others. In addition to laboratory work, study visits and fieldwork are carried out in several disciplines.

Application Procedures 2022/2023


The course is intended to be diversified as to the subjects taught, allowing the training of senior staff with the ability to solve practical problems, with high scientific and technological aptitude. Due to the accumulation of environmental problems in the oceans, coastal zones, estuaries, rivers and reservoirs, training in the environmental area is an important component of the study plan. On the other hand, the course highlights aquatic animal production as a means of obtaining quality food products (fish and others).

Professional Opportunities

The available data indicate that graduates are spread across a diverse range of jobs. Based on the information collected, we can say that graduates have found a placement, although they may not have a stable situation immediately, since many have started their professional life as research fellows. With the new bachelor’s degrees of only 3 years, according to the “Bologna Process” model, it becomes almost indispensable for new graduates to attend a master’s degree, and many even opt to obtain a doctoral degree, to strengthen their academic training, a situation that occurs in the majority of bachelor’s degrees in the various scientific fields. Besides scholarships, in terms of more stable employment, we can mention higher education, scientific research, aquaculture, and the food sector. Scientific dissemination, oceanariums and public aquariums have also made interesting professional careers possible for alumni of this bachelor’s degree. Others are spread across a wide range of professions, sometimes not related to the specific profile of Aquatic Sciences graduates, but in which skills developed in the bachelor’s degree are also applied. The recognition of sufficient qualification to teach biology in secondary education and of appropriate qualification for the area of natural sciences in basic education is another alternative in terms of career prospects.
1st semester (Year 1)
Computational Biochemistry
Industrial Biochemistry
Complements of Molecular Biology
Instrumental Analysis
1st Semester Options – M:BIOQ
2nd semester (Year 1)
Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology
Structure and Function of Proteins
2nd Semester Options – M:BIOQ – Option in Biological Sciences or ICBAS
2nd Semester Options – M:BIOQ – Options in Chemistry or FCUP
3rd and 4th semester (Year 2)

Contact us

Rua de Jorge Viterbo Ferreira,
228 4050-313 Porto


Prof. Carmen Jerónimo

“This is a master’s degree with a multidisciplinary and multidimensional character, promoting a critical scientific interpretation of students. In addition to being
composed of a highly qualified faculty, this Master’s
has a privileged connection with an international
reference center (IPO-Porto), giving students the
opportunity to take classes in a hospital environment
in the different areas of clinical oncology, in contact
direct with clinical practice in oncology. It is, therefore,
an asset for those who want to specialize in this area.”