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Master of Science in Medicinal Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

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Academic year

2017-2018

DGES Code

6329

Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

Qualification Awarded

Mestre

Duration

2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits

120.0

Category

Advanced specialization second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

Luís Guilherme da Silva Arnaut Moreira (lgarnaut@ci.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Mário Túlio dos Santos Rosado (mtulio@qui.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
Medicinal Chemistry is at the carrefour of classical scientific areas such as Chemistry, Life Sciences (namely, Biochemistry) and Health Sciences (specifically Pharmacy and Medicine). This carrefour values interdisciplinary as well as an integrated view of the knowledge acquired in the different fields.
Objectives:
– To stimulate individual creativity and work in multidisciplinary teams
– Competences in the modelling of molecular and supra-molecular properties
– Functional knowledge (know-how-to-do) in the synthesis and characterization of molecules with pharmaceutical interest
– Understanding of the emerging problems in the development on innovative medicines
– Appropriation and manipulation of fundamental concepts of Life and Health Sciences relevant to the discovery and development of medicines.
– Recognition of potential therapeutic targets
– Ability to plan, carry on, interpret and communicate lab experiments.
The study programme has a duration of four semesters comprising 12 courses in the first year, and a science project (MSc Thesis) in the second year. The modules are distributed evenly for all semesters. This plan is organized according to the European system of credit units. It features 3 to 6 ECTS per course in the first year, with the exception of the discipline of Introduction to Scientific Research. This course is one of the focal points of the course, as well as the discipline of Scientific Project. The course is not organized in areas of specialization, focusing on a vision of innovative and integrated cross scientific fields.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
Critical competences:
– Interdisciplinary training given by specialists in Chemistry, Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Medicine, that joined together in this unique proposal in Portugal
– Initiative and entrepreneurship, stimulated by a curriculum where the student is encouraged to formulate and develop his/her own ideas, confront them with his/her pairs and referees, make proof-of-concept and quantify milestones and financial needs
Specific competences:
– Functional knowledge in the synthesis and characterization of molecules with pharmaceutical relevance
– Understanding of the emerging problems in the development on innovative medicines
– Appropriation and manipulation of fundamental concepts of Life and Health Sciences relevant to the discovery and development of medicines.
– Recognition of potential therapeutic targets
– Ability to plan, carry on, interpret and communicate lab experiments
– Competences in the critical reading of scientific literature and in the patents of the pharmaceutical industry
- Knowledge of the requirements of non-clinical studies.
Mode of Study
Full-time/Face-to-face
Access to Further Studies
The MSc in Medicinal Chemistry will give access to the PhD programmes in Chemistry – speciality in Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences – speciality in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biosciences, amongst others.
Admission Requirements

BSc in Medicinal Chemistry, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Bioanalytical Sciences or Medical Sciences, subject to a documental application and, if necessary, interview.

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

Recognition of Prior Learning
Admission in the MSC in Medicinal Chemistry requires the prior completion of a BSc in Medicinal Chemistry, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Bioanalytical Sciences Medical Sciences. Additionally, the candidates may be subject to an entry exam and/or interview. The equivalence to disciplines of the MSC in Medicinal Chemistry will be evaluated in a case-by-case basis, but will only be granted to disciplines completed in MSc or PhD courses in related areas.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Decree-Law no. 74/2006, of 24th of March, as amended by Decree-Law no. 107/2008 of 25th of June, and by Decree-Law no. 230/2009, of 14th September.
Professional Goals
The MSc in Medicinal Chemistry is trained to be a pivotal element in the laboratories of medical research and drug development centres. He/She should be able to start a career in the pharmaceutical industry, contract research organizations, academic and hospital laboratories, etc.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
The evaluation in each discipline is the responsibility of the academic staff in charge of the discipline. Grades are given individually to each student in the 0-20 points scale. Approval in each discipline requires a minimum of 10 points. Completion of the MSc requires the approval of all curricular units.
Graduation Requirements

Completion of the MSc requires the approval of all curricular units.

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)
  • 2012-05-30 a 2018-05-29
R/A-Cr 126/2012 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
Período(s)
  • 2012-07-25