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Molecular and Cell Biology

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

Program description

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

  1. Licenciatura level degree, or legal equivalent in Biology and related areas.
  2. Foreign higher education degree in Biology and related areas awarded on completion of a 1st cycle study programs organised in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Process by a State adhering to this process.
  3. Foreign higher education degree in Biology and related areas recognised as satisfying the objectives of the licenciatura degree by the scientifically and statutorily competent body.
  4. The Scientific Council of the University of Aveiro may admit applicants proposed by the Director of the Study Cycle who do not meet the conditions specified above but whose academic, scientific or professional curriculum reveal an adequate preparation for frequenting the Masters programs, in accordance with Article 17, N.º 1, d), Decree Law n.º 74/2006, as expressed in DL n.º 65/2018 of 16 August, and Article 47, N.º 1, d) of the Study Regulations of the University of Aveiro.
  5. The recognition referred to in 2, 3 and 4 is valid only for entry to the study cycle and does not confer equivalence to the degree of licenciatura or recognition of this degree.
  6. Students enrolled in the 2019/2020 academic year in a cycle of University of Aveiro studies and who meet conditions for application in 2020/2021 may not apply for the same cycle o f studies under the terms of this competition.

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Program content

Year 1

1º Semester

  • Neurobiology
  • Development Biology
  • Free Option I
  • Rna Biology
  • Biological And Molecular Evolution

2º Semester

  • Genome Biology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology


  • Major Public Controversies in Biosciences
  • Cell and Tissue Culture
  • Cyto-metrics And Immunology
  • Forensical Genetic Biology
  • Genomics
  • Human and Environmental Biomarkers
  • Microbiology And Health
  • Microscopy And Ultrastructure
  • Molecular And Cell Biology Laboratories
  • Sex, Drugs And Cellular Biology

Option 2

  • Major Public Controversies in Biosciences
  • Culture Of Cells And Tissues
  • Cyto-metrics And Immunology
  • Forensical Genetic Biology
  • Genomics
  • Human and Environmental Biomarkers
  • Microbiology And Health
  • Microscopy And Ultrastructure
  • Molecular And Cell Biology Laboratories
  • Sex, Drugs 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

  • Local/EU Students: 1000€ per year
  • International/Non-EU Students: 5500€ per year

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Campus Universitário de Santiago
3810-193 Aveiro

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