Master's degree in Forensic Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

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Academic year




Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits



Advanced specialization second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria Ermelinda da Silva Eusébio (quierme@ci.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

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

General Objectives of the Course
The Master’s degree in Forensic Chemistry, organized by the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Forensic Medicine and Criminal Investigation Department, aims to: provide adequate preparation to plan, execute and interpret chemical analyses in forensic and criminal investigations; provide advanced knowledge of modern methods of analysis of remains in forensic samples; develop the critical use of advanced analysis techniques; provide training in solving complex multidisciplinary problems, including problems related to ethics and law. Students may request a postgraduate diploma in the area of specialization, after achieving 60 ECTS (one year).
Mode of Study
full time attendance
Access to Further Studies
Holders can access the degree of PhD studies.
Admission Requirements

i) Holders of a Bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent;
ii) holders of a foreign academic degree after completing 1st cycle of studies organized according
to the principles of the Bologna Process by a State acceding to this process,
iii) holders of a foreign academic degree that is recognized to meet the objectives of the Bachelor’s degree by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Science and Technology;
iv) holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized by Scientific Council of Faculty of Science and Technology to attest the capacity to complete 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

Candidate’s Professional training is taken into account in the ranking for access to the course.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no 74/2006, March 24 th, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, June 25th; ordinance no 782/2009, July 23th.
Professional Goals
Masters in Forensic Chemistry acquire the appropriate training to work in analysis laboratories of Forensic Medicine, chemical analysis laboratories in Forensic Science and others. They can also work as expert consultants.
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.
Graduation Requirements

Students are to achieve a total of 120 ECTS, by attending courses (60 ECTS) and by writing a thesis (60 ECTS).

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2015-06-09 a 2021-06-08
R/A-Ef 1582/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18