Bachelor degree in Biochemistry

Department of Life Sciences

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Course Type

1st Cycle Studies

Qualification Awarded



6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits


Course Coordinator(s)

Luís Manuel de Oliveira Martinho do Rosário (lrosario@ci.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

António Jorge Rebelo Ferreira Guiomar (aguiomar@ci.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
The degree in Biochemistry at FCTUC aims to promote basic scientific knowledge and training in an area of strong scientific and technical development, prepares for graduate studies in the area of Life
Sciences, including the master's degree in Biochemistry and others, or to enter a career in high-growth areas such as biotechnology and health care research.
A solid background, with emphasis on experimental research and in the ability to broadcast scientific information, intend to facilitate the acquisition of diversified skills to enable further graduation in an area where are visible rapid scientific and technological changes. The curriculum includes a core scientific training in Chemistry and Biochemistry, and an area of basic and transversal-training (Biology, Physics, Mathematics and Molecular Biology). The degree allows students to gain additional education in a complementary scientific area through the structure of Minors in many areas of knowledge. The course includes experimentally-based research, and gives to the students’ skills to make a formal proposal, design an experiment, report and presentations in addition to the efficient use of computational resources.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
The degree in Biochemistry FCTUC aims to promote basic scientific knowledge and training in an area of strong scientific and technical development, prepares for graduate studies in the area of Life Sciences, including the several master's degrees in DCV and others, or to enters a career in high-growth areas such as biotechnology and health care research.
Experimentally based research training is an essential part of the undergraduate experience in Biochemistry. This research experience is achieved through laboratory courses and through a period in a research laboratory.
The degree aims to develop skills and competencies in the students in order to, by the time they have finished their undergraduate program, be able to:
1. Understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry and biology, and the fundamental principles of biochemistry and awareness of the main issues at the forefront of the discipline.
2 . Dissect a problem in its main features, designing experiments, understand the limitations of the experimental approach, and to interpret the experimental data
3 . Communicate the results to support the conclusions of their work to specialists and non-specialists, using appropriate scientific language, clearly and succinctly.
4 . Work with precision and reproducibility in laboratory, safely and effectively.
5. Demonstrate initiative, decision-making ability, critical thinking and flexibility in work performance in different areas related to Biochemistry.
6 . Demonstrate the ability to collaborate and integrate multidisciplinary work teams developing innovative projects of scientific and technological base.
Mode of Study
Day time schedule
Access to Further Studies
Access to different Masters.
Admission Requirements

Two of the following tests: Biology and Geology (02); Physics and Chemistry (07); Mathematics (16).

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Recognition of Prior Learning
The recognition of prior learning will follow the rules displayed in “Regulamento de Creditação de Formação Anterior e de Experiência Profissional da Universidade de Coimbra”, Regulation number 191/2014, published in Diário da República, 2nd series, nº 93 of 15/05/2014
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Official Gazette No 181, Series II, Supplement September 19, Order No. 12911 / 2008 published in Gazette No. 88, Series II, May 7 and with the amendments in the Order Nº 20224/2009 published in Gazette No. 173, Series II, September 7
Professional Goals
The graduated student can aim at follow a post-graduation course (Master or/and PhD) or teaching, professional carriers in Quality Control Laboratories, Clinical analysis and Diagnosis, Pharmaceutical Industry, Food Industry, Biotechnology, Toxicology, Environmental Control and Diagnostic Technology.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' skills and training, 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.
Graduation Requirements

The qualification is obtained after the acquisition of 180 ECTS, according to the curriculum of the 1st cycle. The plan includes performing, in working environment, of 12 ECTS in scientific or technical work in areas related to Biochemistry.

Study Programme
Common core
Areas of expertise
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2015-04-28 a 2021-04-27
R/A-Ef 1537/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18