Master’s Degree in Applied Pharmacology

General Objectives of the Course

Curricular offer in emerging fields of Pharmacology, integrating pharmacokinetics, pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology’s concepts, with a view to:
- Integrated management of drug therapy and pharmacotherapeutic follow, with a view to optimization of appropriate dose regimens and the consequent rational use of drugs;
- Improving the delivery of health care, taking into account the average life expectancy of the portuguese population, and the prevalence of chronic diseases.

Admission Requirements

Candidates to the master’s degree may be:
a) holders of a Bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent;
b) holders of a foreign higher academic degree, that was awarded after accomplishing a 1st cycle of studies, which should be structured according to the principles of the Bologna Process in an adhering country to this Process;
c) holders of a foreign higher academic degree that is recognized to meet the objectives of the Bachelor’s degree by the legal competent Scientific Council of the Higher Education Institution to which they want to be admitted.
d) holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized as attesting the capacity to accomplish this cycle of studies by the legal competent Scientific Council of the Higher Education Institution to
which they want to be admitted.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Professional Goals

To integrate multidisciplinary teams dedicated to scientific research in all aspects of pharmacology, including the study of molecular mechanisms of drug action, and in several strands of research into the discovery of new drugs (pre-clinical and clinical trials) .

Mode of Study

The course is delivered in full time or part time attendance and daytime schedule.

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

The objective of this Master is to provide professionals in the Health Sciences to acquire knowledge and develop skills to improve performance in steering and monitoring of drug therapies, and as knowledgeable of the drug, greater integration in providing multidisciplinary teams Health Care.
This integration in multidisciplinary teams can focus on teams dedicated to scientific research in all aspects of pharmacology, particularly in the study of the molecular mechanisms of action of drugs, as several avenues of research as part of the new drug discovery (pre-clinical trials, trials clinical).

Course Coordinator(s)

Ana Cristina Bairrada Fortuna

Isabel Vitória Neves de Figueiredo Santos Pereira

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

António José Ribeiro

Carla Sofia Pinheiro Vitorino

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no. 74/2006, 24th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; Ordinance no. 782/2009, 23rd de July.

Graduation Requirements

In order to accomplish this cycle of studies the student should carry out a Dissertation/Project with 60 ECTS. The number of credits, in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System, required to obtain the degree or diploma is 120 ECTS.
Usual course duration: 2 academic years.

Access to Further Studies

The Master’s Degree in Applied Pharmacology will be achieved when the student obtains 120 ECTS. The course duration is 2 years (2 academic semesters + 2 semesters to elaborate the dissertation).
After obtaining a Master's degree it is possible to advance to the third cycle of studies (PhD).

Study Programme

Mestrado em Farmacologia Aplicada

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: 6392

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 4 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Advanced specialization second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2023
End date: 16-12-2023
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2024
End date: 23-05-2024


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2017-09-20 a 2023-09-19
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Ef 1626/2011