Master`s degree in Geriatrics

General Objectives of the Course

The Master in Geriatrics has as its general objectives prepare and train Doctors and Dentists for:
Recognize the various types of diseases that preferentially affect the elderly;
globally evaluate the problems of the elderly and not just physical illness;
Know the ways that enable healthy aging;
Propose attitudes and preventive behaviors regarding the disease and well-being of the elderly;
Making the differential diagnosis between what is and what is pathology physiological aging;
Adapting therapies based on age;
Design and organize protection strategies of the elderly;
To sensitize other health care professionals and the general public to the need to give attention to the problems associated with an aging population;
To propose research projects that aim to contribute to the development of Geriatrics;
In short contribute to that older people have better quality of life.

Admission Requirements

a) Students holding a graduate degree, master or legal equivalent in Medicine or Dentistry.
b) Students holding a 1st cycle graduate degree structured according to the principles stipulated in the Bologna process, obtained in a country that signed the Bologna Declaration.
c) Students holding a foreign graduate degree, which meets the standards, as set by the relevant scientific body of the higher education school in which they want to enrol.
d) Students with an educational, scientific or professional curriculum, attesting to their capacity to complete this study cycle, as set by the relevant scientific body of the higher education school in which they want to enrol.

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

Professional Goals

The Master’s degree intends to create the conditions to provide a broad and flexible spectrum of training activities in specific research areas of Geriatrics, which should improve the quality of professionals and of scientific research.

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

Sendo a avaliação uma actividade pedagógica indissociável do ensino, destina-se a apurar as competências e os conhecimentos adquiridos pelos estudantes, o seu espírito crítico, a capacidade de enunciar e de resolver problemas, bem como o seu domínio da exposição escrita e oral. São admitidos a provas de avaliação os estudantes inscritos nas respectivas unidades curriculares no ano lectivo a que as provas dizem respeito e, simultaneamente, inscritos nessas provas, quando tal inscrição for necessária, nos termos do n.º 7 do artigo 5º do Regulamento Pedagógico da Universidade de Coimbra. Entendem-se por elementos de avaliação os seguintes exemplos: Exame escrito ou oral, testes, trabalhos escritos ou práticos, bem como projectos, individuais ou em grupo, que poderão ter de ser defendidos oralmente e a participação nas aulas. A avaliação de cada unidade curricular pode incluir um ou mais dos elementos de avaliação indicados anteriormente. A classificação de cada estudante, para cada unidade curricular, traduz-se num valor inteiro compreendido entre 0 e 20 valores e consideram-se aprovados os estudantes que obtiverem a classificação final mínima de 10 valores. Sempre que a avaliação de uma unidade curricular compreenda mais do que um elemento de avaliação, a nota final é calculada a partir das classificações obtidas em cada elemento de avaliação, através de uma fórmula tornada pública nos termos do nº1 do artigo 8º do RPUC.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

In the Practical Education classes will practice either in laboratory or from patients, still wants to healthy people ,
the practical application of all the subjects taught in the lectures.
Students will essentially opportunity to acquire knowledge in practical areas of geriatrics field evaluation such as:
Nutritional, Physical, Mental, Performance, clinical pictures.
The total number of practical classes will be scheduled for each discipline according to the number of ECTS assigned to this.

Course Coordinator(s)

Anabela Mota Pinto

Maria Isabel Jacinto Santana

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Maria Joana Lima Barbosa Melo

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

The Master's degree requires the successful completion of all units of study in the study plan, as well as a dissertation or the stage, totalling 120 ECTS.

Access to Further Studies

After graduating, students may apply to a PhD (3rd cycle of studies).

Study Programme

Master's degree in Geriatrics

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: 6651

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 2 Year(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
2017-10-25 a 2023-10-24
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Ef 1670/2011/AL01