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Master in Molecular and Cell Biology

Universidade de Aveiro
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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Universidade de Aveiro

About this program

Master in Molecular and Cell Biology

Recent developments in the biomolecular sciences, particularly in genome sequencing, the mapping of molecular interaction networks, the biology of systems, structural biology, molecular evolution and cell development constitute a significant challenge to the teaching of biology. Developments of this type, however, have opened up new possibilities for building an integrated understanding of the functioning and evolution of life. The copious stream of information flowing from such advances has meant that a new teaching approach and a significant degree of knowledge integration have both become necessary. With this in mind, the second cycle in Molecular and Cell Biology places a strong emphasis on the study of genomes, cellular regulation and development, and molecular evolution. There are significant theoretical-practical and practical strands to the study programs which allow participants to extend their knowledge base and acquire laboratory training in the methods of modern Molecular and Cell Biology. There is a further component focusing on Bio-business that should help the transfer of knowledge acquired during the second cycle to the market place, and the setting up of biotechnology micro companies. Molecular and Cell Biology is one of the cornerstones of biotechnology and with a solid training in this area, graduates should be well prepared to set up micro companies to operate in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. The growing use of new molecular and genetic diagnostic tools in the national health service and in the food industry means there is a call for professionals with a solid training in the biomolecular sciences. The 2nd cycle in Molecular and Cell Biology at Aveiro was designed with the intention of preparing professionals for the field with competences in modern methods for the analysis of genes and genomes, RNA, proteins and other biomolecules that are of importance in clinical diagnostics and food safety.

Admission requirements

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Program content

Year 1

1st Semester

  • Neurobiology
  • Development Biology

2nd Semester

  • Genome Biology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology

Year 2

  • Dissertation
  • Transferable Skills in Life Sciences

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fees 2022/2023: 1000€/year
  • International tuition fees 2022/2023: 5500€ /year

Career paths

The Master in Molecular and Cell Biology trains qualified professionals, endowed with technical and scientific skills that allow them to carry out a professional activity in various areas of expertise, such as:

  • research in life and health sciences
  • biotechnology (e.g. agro-food, aquaculture and fisheries, pharmaceutical industries)
  • health (e.g. analysis laboratories, hospitals)
  • molecular diagnosis in the health and food safety areas

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Universidade de Aveiro

Join an international community with people from 96 countries, studying, researching and living together in one of the cities with best quality of life in Portugal. Universidade de Aveiro is globally recognized by the quality of its teaching and researching...

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Why study at Universidade de Aveiro

Why is Universidade de Aveiro the your next best step?

  • Teaching and research experiences of excellence: here in Aveiro, you will find some of the best teachers, known internationally for their field work, investigation methods and results and 20 research centers evaluated with incredible remark.
  • Intercultural environment: in a universe of over 90 nationalities, you can expect to see, feel and live cultures from all around the globe. Besides all the Intercultural events (more than 80 in 2019), you can count on a team fully dedicated to help you in any matters related to your studies and living abroad circumstances.
  • Learn for the future: it is a modern university, with excellent infrastructures to learn and to start developing your career today. The university’s interdisciplinary atmosphere is crucial for the growth of critical knowledge and to develop towards society.
  • Academic support: Universidade de Aveiro offers to its international students’ programs that allow them to get familiar with Portuguese language or level their knowledge on core subjects like Mathematics.
  • International cooperation and mobility: While studying in Aveiro, you can take advantage of numerous mobility programs that will take your education experience to a whole different level, while living in a new country, meeting new people and learning new skills. Universidade de Aveiro also has cooperation agreements with hundreds of international institutions.
  • Young and vibrant city: A medium sized city, with a low cost of life, capable of combining both amazing natural places, such as beaches, mountains and rivers and, at the same time, renowned innovation & tech events, projects and centers.

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Universidade de Aveiro

Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro

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