Bachelor's Degree in Bioanalytical Sciences

General Objectives of the Course

The bachelor’s degree in Bioanalytical Sciences (BBS) provides a specialized and multifaceted training by applying the analytical areas and preclinical control food quality, environmental, agricultural and environmental, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, water, wastewater and soil, as well as chemical-biological analysis of application to clinical and toxicological through a course of study focused on the acquisition of skills and competencies, technical skills, acquisition of attitudes and internalization of values by students, able to meet the country's needs in this area of knowledge and perfectly matched with the European requirements that needs qualified staff in the bioanalytical sciences’ area.

Admission Requirements

a) National Access Competition: 12th school year or legal equivalent; minimum marks of 95 out of 200 in the admission exams and in the application mark: (art. 24, a) and c), of the DL no. 296-A/98, 25/09); formula of the application mark: (art. 26 of the same): 50% corresponds to the final mark of secondary education and 50% corresponds to the mark of the admission exams – Biology and Geology (02) and Physics and Chemistry (07); b) Special Access Competition for International Applicants, in accordance with the Regulation no. 135/2014, 04/04; c) Re-Entry, Change and Transfer of Course Regimes; d) Special Access Competition for Students over the age of 23 and Special Access Competition for Holders of Secondary or Higher Education Degrees, in accordance with the DL no. 113/2014, 16/09.

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Professional Goals

Bachelors will be professionals with skills and competences that allow them to enter quickly a labour market lacking in qualified professional staff in this branch of Health Sciences, being at their disposal a whole range of career opportunities, such as:
- clinical analysis laboratories;
- toxicology analysis laboratories;
- environment analysis laboratories;
- waste and effluent treatment facilities;
- quality control and management institutions, among other professional activities.
- This cycle of studies is also intended to harmonize training with the European Union countries, thus allowing free movement of professionals able to assure quality and safety of the services delivered to citizens within Bioanalytical Sciences applied to clinical biomedicine, environment, food industry, chemical industry and pharmaceutical industry.

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 Bachelor’s Degree in Bioanalytical Sciences provides specialized and multi-faceted training in pre-analytical and analytical areas applied to the control of public health, in their clinical, food and environmental dimensions. In addition, this study cycle also enables students to perform different functions in areas related to the management and quality control in public health, as well as research and development activities in bioanalytical fields. The curricular framework of this study cycle is set according to its objectives involving: Basic Training in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology; Preanalytical Training (instrumental analysis, Hematologic, Biochemical, Immunological and Molecular Biology), which imparts skills in techniques applicable to different types of patterns in the field of Public Health; Analytical Training (specialization) with quantitative analysis of biological and chemical parameters as essential elements in the context of public health.

Course Coordinator(s)

Rui Manuel Silva Gomes Barbosa

Sara Margarida dos Santos Domingues

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

António José Ribeiro

Ricardo António Esteves de Castro

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 Bachelor’s Degree in Bioanalytical Sciences is granted to students who accomplish with a successful assessment the whole curricular units which make a total of 180 ECTS, 6 semesters.

Access to Further Studies

Connection to 2nd cycle studies: Ability to take advantage of the mobility this 1st cycle studies offers the student in relation to attendance of 2nd cycle studies in clinical areas (clinical analysis, clinical toxicology, forensic toxicology), environment and public health, drugs control, nutrition sciences among others.

Study Programme

Bioanalytical Sciences

Academic year

Course Type
1st Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9819

Qualification Awarded: Licenciado

Duration: 6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 20-09-2021
Start date (first year): 06-10-2021
End date: 18-12-2021
2nd Semester
Start date: 07-02-2022
End date: 21-05-2022


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