Integrated Master in Medicine


Total Estimated Investment

International Student 4000€ *2

CPLP Students 2200€ *2

European Student 1250€ *2


The training in medicine at the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Porto (ICBAS), began in 1976, based on an innovative pedagogical and institutional project and different from the traditional training of medicine. This project has evolved, given the new challenges facing the future doctor, which reflect the role he or she should have in society, being now an integrated master’s degree in accordance with the new Basic Law of the Educational System, designed to apply the principles set forth in the “Bologna Process”. A new innovative and differentiating curricular philosophy incorporates a set of objective core curricular units and a range of optional curricular units that allows each student to enrich their skills according to their needs. It promotes early clinical contact of students, with an integrated approach to clinical problems from the early stages of the course. The new model promotes training in an even more articulated manner, both in the more basic sciences and in purely clinical ones. The programmatic space intended for a truly professional training was reinforced in the 6th and final year. The balance between exact, biological, social and medical sciences, taught by multidisciplinary teams, was and continues to be one of the most innovative pedagogical objectives of medicine at ICBAS. Moreover, to achieve the goal of training doctors with the most comprehensive preparation possible, ICBAS and the University Hospital Centre of Porto (General Hospital of Santo António – which operates as the nuclear hospital since 1980) collaborate together in the training of medicine. In addition, ICBAS has established protocols with several health institutions in Greater Porto, such as the Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Porto, the Hospital of Magalhães Lemos and the Hospital Centre of Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho, as well as several health centres that receive students under a cooperation protocol with Northern Region Health Administration (ARS Norte), or even, for example, the Holy House of Mercy.

Why this program?

The programme, with a duration of 5,5 years (11 semesters and 330 ECTS credits) starts by first contemplating the structure, function and behaviour of healthy animals for, from the third year on, address the diseases that affect them and the medical and surgical procedures needed to treat them. In the last years, a great emphasis is given to the teaching of diseases that affect both, humans and domestic animals to ensure safe and humane interactions and, therefore, protecting their health. The goal is to enable students to:

  • Protect (proactively) the health and welfare of animals, as well as the principles of biosafety;
  • Diagnose health problems that affect animals on an individual or population basis;
  • Caring and treating, implementing adequate management protocols and treatments;
  • Always act in favour of public health, being a sentinel and an enforcer of the animal health, food security and animal production, according to the principle of “One Health”, animal, human and environment.

ICBAS has modern units to provide community services that were created precisely to support veterinary training, namely:

Students also participate in an ambulatory clinic service aimed at equine, cattle and other livestock species. To ensure the quality of practical training, IMVM also counts with the helpful support of several institutions, companies and services related to veterinary activities.

This is a School focused on science, therefore, the diversity of doctoral programmes and research projects in the different biomedical branches allows students to have a first approach to scientific research facilitating their integration in future research projects. In this regard, in addition to the many ICBAS’ laboratories and research units, the School maintains close cooperation with important research institutes:

IMVM is accredited by Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) since 2016. The IMVM Self-Assessment Report and the IMVM Final Report of the External Assessment Committee are available for public consultation. In 2020, IMVM submitted new Self-Assessment Report to A3ES that reports to the evolution of the cycle of studies since the previous assessment and which lead to the decision of A3ES Management Board of renew the accreditation of the course. 

In addition, IMVM is an approved course by the European Committee of Veterinary Education (ECOVE) and by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE). IMVM commitment to obtain this recognition is reflected in the Final Assessment Report. This European recognition of IMVM quality is a guarantee that the course fulfil the requirements of the European System of Evaluation of Veterinary Training (ESEVT), as well as the European legislation relating to the recognition of professional qualifications, being enabler of academic and professional mobility of their graduates.


IMVM’s general objective is the integrated qualification for the exercise of the profession, as defined in the document “IMVM Day-one skills”.

The training programme comprises 59 curricular units distributed over five years (10 semesters). The specific programmes of each curricular unit can be consulted online, in the Official Plan. In the sixth year, students undertake a Professional Training Period in the professional area of their preference. More information can be found on the page of the Professional Training Period curricular unit.

In addition to ICBAS Strategic Plan, IMVM has a specific strategic plan. The brochure for public consultation is available on “IMVM 2020-2025 strategic plan“.

Professional Opportunities

The Integrated Master’s Degree in Medicine of School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Porto/University Hospital Centre of Porto offers the range of career prospects in the medical field, such as the practice of medicine, research in medical and biomedical sciences and industry.
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.”