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Master in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution

InformationCourse/CS accredited by the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES).

The Master’s of Science in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution provide advanced training for First Cycle Degree holders in Biology, Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine or other related degrees for those students who wish to obtain a Postgraduate degree in the area of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biologyor or who wish to improve their knowledge aiming at applying it in nature conservation issues.

All levels of organisation will be studied from the gene and genome level to that of populations and ecosystems. The programme intends to provide advanced training in the use of new analytical methods and new technologies, particularly in the application of geographic information systems and techniques of molecular and populational genetics.

Schedule and teaching language

The Masters course schedule, although during daytime, will be concentrated in blocks as so to allow better time management for the students. All class materials will be distributed in English, including exams and other papers. Oral presentations will also be in English, unless justified.

Admissions Requirements

  • To hold a degree in Biology or related areas;
  • To hold a foreign academic degree in the field of Biology or related areas;
  • To have an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that the scientific committee of the Course recognizes as sufficient to attest to the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies. For candidates who do not hold the degree at the time of application, but are able to complete it by the date of enrollment in the study cycle, evidence must be made of the marking average at the application date, as well as of the missing curricular units for the degree.
  • Other graduates may be admitted as long as their curriculum demonstrates an adequate basic scientific preparation.

Note: All candidates who do not certify that they have completed their undergraduate degree by the end of the enrollment period will be excluded 

Criteria for Selection and Ranking

Ranking will be done according to the following criteria and sub-criteria:
  1. Academic curriculum (70%)
    • Sub-criterion 1: Formation area (10%)
    • Sub-criterion 2: normalized grade point average (60%)

      The adjusted grade is obtained by normalising the grade to the 0-20 scale, adding the value of ln(R/r), and rounding to the nearest integer in the 0-20 scale, with ln expressing the natural logarithm and R and r being, respectively for the University of Porto and the university issuing the degree, the positions in the world ranking published in http://www.webometrics.info
  2. Scientific curriculum and professional experience (30%)
    • Sub-criterion 1: Journal publications and Conference Communications (10%)
    • Sub-criterion 2: participation in research projects, internships in the area of study cycle or other relevant professional experience (10%)
    • Sub-criterion 3: Training actions in the scientific area of the Master (10%)

Tie-break criteria:

  1. Normalized grade point average
  2. Grade of scientific curriculum and professional experience
  3. Age (younger candidates are preferred)

Candidates whose final classification is less than 50% will be excluded.

Candidates who do not possess a bachelor's degree at the time of selection and/or have an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the statutory competent scientific body, will be ranked according to the criteria and subcriteria indicated above, but replacing the final average degree with the weighted average of the curricular units completed.



Course Director: m.bge.diretor@fc.up.pt
Postgraduate Section: pos.graduacao@fc.up.pt
Students: m.bge@fc.up.pt

This information is provided strictly for informational purposes
and does not preclude consultation of the Official Gazette.

General information

Official Code: 6020
Director: David Gonçalves
Acronym: M:BGE
Academic Degree: Master
Type of course/cycle of study: Masters Degree
Start: 2007/2008
Duration: 2 Years

Study Plan


  • Master's degree in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (120 ECTS credits)
  • Specialization in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution (60 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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