This master’s degree imparts theoretical concepts and high-level techniques in order to furnish highly specialised workers to the sectors in biochemistry-related fields, namely life sciences, health and biotechology. Biochemistry master’s holders are set to undertake fundamental or applied research or to carry out highly specialised technical functions.
The Master’s of Science in Biochemistry targets, primarily, first cycle degree holders in biochemistry or related fields wanting to improve and broaden their expertise in preparation for demanding careers requiring a high level of autonomy and combined with a drive for self-improvement and constant innovation.
Hold a degree in biochemistry, chemistry, biology, pharmaceutical sciences, or related fields with a strong curriculum in chemistry and/or in biological sciences, with a minimum classification of 14 points after correction to the nearest integer on the Portuguese scale from 0 to 20.
Candidates who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in those scientific areas at the date of application, but who are in conditions to complete the degree by the date of enrollment in the study cycle, must present the necessary documents to support calculation of the curriculum average weight by the ECTS (or legal equivalent) of completed curricular units, which value must also be equal to or greater than 14 points after correction to the nearest integer on the Portuguese scale from 0 to 20.
Hold of an academic path, scientific or professional curriculum that the selection committee of the study cycle recognizes as sufficient to certify the ability to carry out this cycle of studies
Why this master?
Why the Master’s of Science in Biochemistry? The discipline aims to define and characterise all biomolecules, analysing their structural and functional properties and their interconversions and interactions. It seeks to understand and integrate all biological process along the scale of increasing complexity. Thus, it has always been a thoroughly interdisciplinary science. Biochemists are indispensible is the following productive proccesses: providing insight into division and cellular differentiation at the molecular level (phenomena with implications spanning oncology to tissue engineering); manipulating molecules and cells in order to achieve the optimisation/production of biologically active substances (such as in the development of novel drugs); developing strategies for the systhesis and purification of biological substances; and monitoring all the processes mentioned above and more. Thus it is logical that a qualified workforce must be trained, particularly in the areas of critical analysis and the resolution of biochemical issues at the molecular and cellular levels.
Industry: Pharmaceuticals and Food, Biotechnology, Toxicology, Environmental Control and Technology of Diagnostic Means.
|1st semester (Year 1)|
|Complements of Molecular Biology|
|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)|
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.”