This master’s degree imparts theoretical concepts and high-level techniques in order to furnish highly specialised workers to the sectors in biochemistry-related fields, namely life sciences, health and biotechology. Biochemistry master’s holders are set to undertake fundamental or applied research or to carry out highly specialised technical functions.
Why the Master’s of Science in Biochemistry? The discipline aims to define and characterise all biomolecules, analysing their structural and functional properties and their interconversions and interactions. It seeks to understand and integrate all biological process along the scale of increasing complexity. Thus, it has always been a thoroughly interdisciplinary science. Biochemists are indispensible is the following productive proccesses: providing insight into division and cellular differentiation at the molecular level (phenomena with implications spanning oncology to tissue engineering); manipulating molecules and cells in order to achieve the optimisation/production of biologically active substances (such as in the development of novel drugs); developing strategies for the systhesis and purification of biological substances; and monitoring all the processes mentioned above and more. Thus it is logical that a qualified workforce must be trained, particularly in the areas of critical analysis and the resolution of biochemical issues at the molecular and cellular levels.
The Master’s of Science in Biochemistry targets, primarily, first cycle degree holders in biochemistry or related fields wanting to improve and broaden their expertise in preparation for demanding careers requiring a high level of autonomy and combined with a drive for self-improvement and constant innovation.
Note 1: Candidates with a rating lower than 14/20 points may eventually be admitted if the selection committee considers their curriculum vitæ to be relevant. These may be interviewed if the selection committee deems it necessary.
Note 2: All candidates who do not prove that they have completed the degree (or equivalent) by the end of the enrollment deadline will be excluded.
Note 3: Candidates who fail to demonstrate that the previous academic training is compatible with the ability to carry out this cycle of studies through official documentation validated by the academic services (via syllabus, teaching loads and specifications of the curricular units) will also be excluded.
Note 4: Foreign candidates may be subject to an interview to ascertain proficiency in the working language of the study cycle (e.g. Portuguese - “Suitable for English-speaking students”). All candidates who do not demonstrate this proficiency in oral and written language will be excluded.
Note 5: Candidates whose academic path does not specifically include a degree or professional experience in specific areas for the study cycle may be subject to an interview.
Note 6: Candidates must provide documents demonstrating that they meet the required criteria, namely diplomas of the academic degrees obtained or the respective degree recognition in Portugal, when awarded by a foreign higher education institution, with final grade (see https://www.dges.gov.pt/pt/page/recognition?plid=374). If the documents proving the degree submitted by candidates do not present the final grade with the respective score converted to the Portuguese classification scale, the selection jury will consider that the candidate has the minimum classification required to obtain the degree in Portugal.
Note 7: In situations where it is necessary to check the parallelism between different classification scales, namely in the case of candidates of foreign nationality and/or holders of a foreign academic degree, it is requested to present a document with the classification according to the European scale of comparability of classifications or, in cases where this scale is not applicable, another that allows it. Failure to submit these documents within the deadline set for the application determines the candidate's exclusion.
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|Director:||Paulo Correia de Sá|
|Type of course/cycle of study:||Masters Degree|