Training course - Experimental Medicinal Chemistry: From Academia to Pharmaceutical Industry

General Objectives of the Course

The main objective of this course is to allow students in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd cycles of higher education to acquire training in the areas of Chemistry / Medicinal Chemistry, namely in the emerging and interconnected techniques of organic synthesis, purification and characterization of compounds through chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques, drug formulation and administration, cell culture in vitro and data treatment and analysis - focused on scientific research and accompanied by an experience of initiation to scientific research in these areas.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor student or Masters’ student or PhD student.

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

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese language

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

Approved, Approved With Honors, Approved With Great Honors, Approved With Highest Honors.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

Skills to be developed by students: Students will be able to understand and discuss the fundamentals in the following areas: a) Organic synthesis (including alternative methods of synthesis, namely in microwave-assisted synthesis and Schlenck techniques/inert atmosphere); b) Synthesis of photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy; c) Purification using chromatography techniques, namely column chromatography and flash chromatography; d) Analysis and characterization using gas chromatography (GC), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, e) studies of photochemical and photophysical characterization, and f) evaluation of the dark toxicity and photo-toxicity using standard cell culture techniques. At the end, is expected that the students will be able to present their data in a clear and critical ways.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

Rules of creation and operation of non-degree courses at the University of Coimbra.

Study Programme

Experimental Medicinal Chemistry: From Academia to Pharmaceutical Industry

Academic year

Course Type
Non Degree Course

Qualification Awarded: Diploma/Certificate

Duration: 81 HORAS

ECTS Credits: 3.0


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