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Program overview
3 years
Bachelor's degree

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program


The Biochemistry Bachelor Program (BBP) extends over 3 years, with 60 credits each year, in a total of 180 credits. Each credit corresponds to 28 hours of learning, including lectures, problem-solving sessions, laboratory classes, seminars, and other learning activities as well as individual study.

The Program prepares the students to immediately integrate the European biochemistry / chemistry-related market, or to access a 2nd cycle of studies if their option is a major specialization.

All teaching activities of the BBP take place at the NOVA School of Science and Technology | FCT NOVA, mainly at the Department of Chemistry.

The BBP curriculum provides the following general objectives: a) A solid background in Biochemistry and Chemistry; b) a recognised equivalence with other Cycles from European institutions that offer the same degree; c) an immediate access to other training degrees from National or European institutions; d) acquisition of the generic competences and basic knowledge in Biochemistry/Chemistry that enables the new bachelor graduate to enter the European biochemistry/chemistry-related market, including industrial and government laboratories.

Admission requirements

Higher Education in Portugal - International Students

General entry requirements that both Portuguese and foreign students must satisfy to apply to a Higher Education institution: Access to Higher Education (information for national and foreign students)

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Cell Biology C
  • Soft Skills for Science and Technology
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • General Mathematics
  • General Chemistry
  • Laboratory Techniques

Semester 2

  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Biophysics B
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

Semester 3

  • Enzymology
  • Statistics
  • Mechanisms of Organic and Biological Reactions
  • Metabolism and Regulation
  • Analytical Chemistry

Semester 4

  • Molecular Biology B
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Physiology
  • Separation Methods
  • Microbiology B

Semester 5

  • Analytical Biochemistry
  • Spectroscopy in Biochemistry
  • Molecular Genetics B

Semester 6

  • Fundamentals of Structural Biochemistry
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
  • Biochemistry Project


Tuition Fees

  • Portuguese students: 697 €/year
  • Foreign students: 7000 €/year


Learning Outcomes

  • To develop capacities for independent learning and generic competences that allow the new bachelor graduate to have access to a 2nd cycle of studies.
  • To provide a broad university-level education in biochemistry / chemistry, with a good background in mathematics, statistics, physics and genetics.
  • To acquire familiarity with the scientific method and develop the capacity to apply it and innovate, to have the capacity to do a previous evaluation, analysis and to solve biochemical/chemical problems, to achieve the competence for the treatment of experimental data, and to learn how to present reports.
  • To acquire competences for the use of equipment and laboratory material, individually or in team work, planning and performing tasks with deadlines.
  • To acquire competences in the utilization of informatics software in general, as well as in specific bioinformatic applications.
  • To acquire competences in science communication, both orally and in a written form.
  • To acquire competences to autonomously obtain documentation, bibliographic information about laboratory sessions and lectures, and specific information in key-areas of biochemistry/chemistry.

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Universidade NOVA de Lisboa - SUPERNOVA Foundation Programme

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Universidade NOVA de Lisboa - Foundation Program

Campus de Campolide
1099-085 Lisbon Lisbon

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