Program overview
3 years
Bachelor's degree

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program

Cell and Molecular Biology

The Undergraduate Program on Cell and Molecular Biology aims at explaining the basic structures and fundamental processes of life at molecular and cellular level, providing an in-depth study of concepts together with the development of advanced technological and scientific skills in Cell and Molecular Biology.

The Undergraduate Program on Cell and Molecular Biology follows the current model in other European Universities: 3 year cycle with a total of 180 ECTS (1st cycle). The first 4 semesters work towards building a solid knowledge in supporting scientific areas (e.g. biology, chemistry, biochemistry, genetics etc), which provide sufficient background to enable students to continue with more specialised courses. The last two semesters consist of more specialised classes, such as applied microbiology, immunology, virology, and toxicology.

At the end of the course, it is expected that students: i) understand the major concepts in cell and molecular biology and are able to apply the acquired knowledge; ii) have an active attitude towards problem solving and experimental design; iii) use acquired skills in a professional atmosphere (e.g. research or industry); iv) demonstrate effective use of transferable skills in oral presentation, report writing and the use of information technology

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

  • Soft Skills for Science and Technology
  • General Biology
  • Chemistry of Life
  • General Mathematics
  • General Chemistry
  • Biology Laboratory Techniques I

Semester 2

  • General Biochemistry A
  • Informatics for Science and Engineering B
  • Introduction to Biophysics A
  • Probability and Statistics D
  • General Organic Chemistry A

Semester 3

  • Animal Biology
  • Cell Biology A
  • Fundamentals of Ecology
  • Metabolism and Regulation
  • Thermodynamics B

Semester 4

  • Molecular Biology A
  • Plant Biology
  • Biosafety and Bioethics
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Microbiology B
  • Laboratory Techniques in Biology II

Semester 5

  • Molecular Genetics A
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics

Semester 6

  • Biotechnology
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Physiology
  • Project in Cell and Molecular Biology


Tuition Fees

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

Career paths

Outputs Professionals

  • Further academic development - Continuation towards 2nd cycle
  • Research/Academia (Portugal and abroad)
  • Teaching and Research (Universities and High Schools)
  • Pharmaceutical, Food and Biotechnology companies
  • Health Professions (e.g. Genetics and Microbiology clinical laboratories)
  • Forensics
  • Insurance Companies
  • Environmental Pollution and Bioremediation
  • Biotechnology/Biomedical Consultants

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