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Master’s degree in Biology

Department of Life Sciences

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Academic year

2017-2018

Study Plan in alteration process for 2017/2018.

DGES Code

9372

Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

Qualification Awarded

Mestre

Duration

2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits

120.0

Category

Continuity second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

Isabel Luci Pisa Mata da Conceição (luci@zoo.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

António Manuel Santos Carriço Portugal (aportuga@bot.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
This MSc aims to deepen the skills acquired in the first cycle and train professionals who can play in our society several professional activities defined by the order of Biologists in its statutes (Decree- Law No. 183/98 of 4 July; Article 54, paragraph 2). This is a course directed to the insertion of Biologists in the labor market. However, this does not exclude the possibility of the students to make the option for a third cycle of training. The opportunity to attend a wide range of options, in a particular area of biology (eg cell biology, ecology, molecular biology, etc.) associated with the possibility of conducting a scientific training in a different research laboratories of the Department and research units associated, will also allow students to choose to do a PhD. The aim is to give students some autonomy and accountability in choosing their own professional profile. The development of the Master's program with the collaboration of different research units of the Department of Life Sciences, which ensures faculty formed by domestic and foreign experts enabling the completion of the thesis work in national and international laboratories of high quality.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
1. Instrumental skills, eg: competence in analysis and synthesis, competence in organizing and planning, competency in oral and written communication, knowledge of a foreign language, computer skills related to the scope of the study, competence in managing information, competence to solve problems, decision-making capacity
2. Personal skills, eg: competence in group working, competence in working in interdisciplinary teams, competence in working in an international context, competence in critical thinking, competence in understanding the language of other specialists
3. Systemic competences, eg: competence in autonomous learning, adaptability to new situations, creativity, leadership, initiative and entrepreneurship, concern for quality, competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice, competence in planning and management, competency in self-criticism and self-assessment, competence in investigating
Mode of Study
The course is delivered in the daytime schedule and full time attendance
Access to Further Studies
The MSc in Biology gives access to enter a PhD program in any area of Biology or Environmental Sciences.
Admission Requirements

a) Holders of the Bachelor degree or legal equivalent;
b) Holders of a foreign academic degree achieved by following a 1st cycle of studies organized according to the principles of the Bologna Process by a State that has adhered to this Process;
c) Holders of a foreign higher education academic degree that is recognized to meet the objectives of the Bachelor degree by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology;
d) Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae that is recognized by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology to attest the capacity to attend this cycle of studies.

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

Recognition of Prior Learning
The experience gained during the first cycle or by participating in extra-curricular activities related to biology are taken into account in the ranking of candidate’s process. These also constitute an added value in the integration of the students in different research teams and helps the students to choose the research project.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Decree-Law no. 74/2006, 24th of March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no. 107/2008, 25th of June; Ordinance no. 782/2009, 23rd of July. The course plan was published in the Dispatch no. 22069/2009.
Professional Goals
The internship can be done in different institutions with which FCTUC has maintained over the years a close collaboration, such as the Hospital of the University of Coimbra ; ICN ; Agriculture Institutions; Commissions for Coordination and Regional Development and different companies that carry out their activity in the field of life sciences where students can find career opportunities. The course has a wide range of optional courses that allow students to obtain a more specific training in certain targeted areas according to specialization seeking a future doctoral program. The opportunity to attend a wide range of options, in a particular area of biology (eg cell biology, ecology, molecular biology, etc.) associated with the possibility of conducting a scientific training in different research laboratories of the Department of Life Sciences and associated research units, also allow students to follow this training path to opt for research and completion of a PhD. The aim is to give students some autonomy and accountability in choosing their own professional profile.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
The evaluation rules vary depending on the course. In most disciplines the evaluation is performed through the execution of written works often supplemented with oral presentations. Other courses evaluation is performed via the completion of an examination. In the case of the seminar and Introduction to Scientific Research, evaluation is performed by the supervisors and their respective research teams taking into account the student's performance. The classification follows the Portuguese scale of 0 to 20 being transformed (in the case of students of the European Master in Applied Ecology) according to the European system
Graduation Requirements

The degree or diploma will be obtained by gathering of the totality of credits required (120 ECTS)

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
Calendar
1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018
Accreditations
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
Período(s)
  • 2017-06-02 a 2023-06-01
R/A-Ef 1553/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
Período(s)
  • 2011-03-18