Bachelor's Degree in Biology

General Objectives of the Course

The aim of this program is to promote training in Biology, including a broad range of areas, such as: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Physiology, Developmental Biology, Biodiversity and Systematics, Genetics, Ecology, Environment, Conservation and Bioinformatics.
The following are also objectives of this program:
- To provide essential knowledge of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry.
- To provide a solid scientific, theoretical and laboratory training allowing the student to pursue a career in several fields: Research, Industry (Food, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology) and Science Promotion, both nationally and internationally.
- To provide an initial training in a wide range of subjects within Biology being the basis for an advanced training in several areas of specialization, within the European education context.

Admission Requirements

National Call for Access and Entry to Higher Education (DGES):

One of the following sets:
02 Biology and Geology
02 Biology and Geology
07 Physics and Chemistry
02 Biology and Geology
16 Mathematics

Application score: 100 points (0-200 scale)
Entry exams: 95 points (0-200 scale)

Calculation Formula:
Secondary school average: 50%
Entry exams: 50%

Other forms of access (UC-applicants):
- Change of Institution / Course Pair Schemes;
- Special Access Call for over 23-years-olds;
- Special Access Call for Holders of Other Higher Education Courses;
- Special Call for International Students.

This information does not exempt the consultation of the webpage of the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGES) and/or of the Applicants website. Please, visit the DGES and the Applicants websites

Professional Goals

Careers in scientific research (Universities and research institutes), careers in productive activities, such as Clinical Laboratories and Diagnostics, Pharmaceutical and Food Industry, Biotechnology, Toxicology and also public administration (museums, protected areas management, municipalities, among others).

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The Examination Regulations, Assessments and Grading are established in chapter IV of the “Regulamento Pedagógico da Universidade de Coimbra”, Regulamento nº 321/2013, published in Diário da República, 2nd series, nº 162, of August 23th (2013) .

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

In accordance with the Dublin descriptors, the Degree in Biology in the University of Coimbra clearly identifies several transversal and specific competences in the scientific area of Biology. Both kinds of competences are distributed among the disciplines according to the objectives of each one and the teaching methodologies adopted (e.g. theoretical, practical, tutorial training).
The Degree in Biology of the UC provides the students both with a sound and pluridisciplinar knowledge and training in several specialization areas. On the whole, training is based on theoretical principles as well as laboratory practice and field work. At the end of their training, students get the skills and expertise necessary to pursue their advanced training (2nd and 3th degrees) or to initiate a professional career in several areas, for example, Scientific research in the fields of Environment, Biotechnology, Health, and Biodiversity and Conservation; Scientific dissemination and Consulting, management and technical consulting in the field of environment.

Course Coordinator(s)

Leonel Carlos dos Reis Tomás Pereira

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

António Xavier de Barros e Cunha Pereira Coutinho

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, the current wording.

Graduation Requirements

Students can choose one of the following branches:
-Degree in Biology (without Minor).
-Degree in Biology with Minor. The Minor will be in another scientific area, according to the Minor’s list approved by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra (30 ECTS in the Minor scientific area).

Access to Further Studies

The BSc Biology degree provides direct access to the MSc in Biology. For MSc in specialised areas within Biology (e.g. Ecology, Plant Biodiversity and Biotechnology) applications are accepted.

Study Programme

Common core
Bachelor's Degree in Biology
Areas of expertise
Biology with Minor

Academic year

Course Type
1st Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9011

Qualification Awarded: Bachelor's Degree

Duration: 6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0


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
2021-07-31 a 2027-07-30
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Ef 1536/2011