Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Engineering

General Objectives of the Course

The LEB aims to provide a solid base training in structuring areas like physics, mathematics and biomedical sciences, and on specific areas of Biomedical Engineering, and to develop skills for following advanced studies and for the eventual start of professional practice.
At the end of LEB, the student should have:
essential knowledge of Physics, Mathematics, Biomedical Sciences, Programming and Signals and Systems Analysis, configuring an initial training of broad spectrum in Biomedical Engineering that allows him/her to follow his/her advanced training in different areas of specialization.
skills required for professional practice, as scientific aptitude and creativity, sense of responsibility and critical thinking, autonomous learning ability, teamwork skills, including in interdisciplinary teams and communication skills.
theoretical and laboratorial training that allows to begin professional practice in areas related to Biomedical Engineering.

Admission Requirements

According to article 31 of the Academic Regulation of the UC (RAUC nº 341/2015, DR 2ª series, nº 116 of June 17, 2015) the specific conditions of access and entrance of the students in the 1st cycles of studies and integrated cycles of studies, in particular with regard to tests and vacancies, are fixed by the Rector, on proposal of the Organizational Units, with the list of entrance tests fixed by the National Commission for Access to Higher Education (CNAES), on a proposal from the UC. Vacancies are fixed annually by the General Directorate of Higher Education (DGES).
- National Access Contest: Physics and Chemistry (07) and Mathematics A (19), with a minimum score of 10.0 points (100 points) in each entrance exam.

There is also the possibility of joining LEB by:
- Re-entry, transfer and change of course
- Special access contest for people over 23 years old
- Special access contest for holders of medium or higher education course
- Special contest for international students (the conditions for access and admission of international students are set out in their own regulations, available at
The conditions of access to these ingress tracks follow the Portuguese legislation and are detailed at

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

The main professional opportunities are those of superior technicians in the area of Biomedical Engineering and related. Graduates in Biomedical Engineering are prepared to perform functions in the area of technology applied to Health, such as the development of basic instrumentation, development of simple software and application of biomaterials. They can perform non specialized scientific and technical functions in sectors - Industry, Environment, Services, Research and Regulation - with links to Health.

Mode of Study

Daytime / Full-time / Face-to-face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese/ English

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The evaluation and classification rules are those provided for in the academic regulations of UC.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

Acquire the essential knowledge in Physics, Mathematics, Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology, Physiology, Programming and Signals and Systems Theory required by Biomedical Engineering.
Understand biological functions from the point of view of engineering, interpret them in physiological terms using mathematical models and implement these models computationally.
Understand the general structure and operational behavior of informatics systems and develop local and distributed applications.
Solve problems related to ionizing radiation detection and its interaction with matter.
Understand the approaches used in the development and synthesis of biomaterials and have laboratory skills for their synthesis, processing and characterization.
Acquire skills required for professional practice: communication, scientific aptitude and creativity, sense of responsibility and critical thinking, autonomous learning, teamwork in interdisciplinary teams, manage resources and comply with deadlines.

Course Coordinator(s)

João Carlos Lopes Carvalho

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Manuela Ramos Marques da Silva

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

Decree-Law No. 74/2006, of March 24, in the current wording

Graduation Requirements

The bachelor's degree is awarded to those who, through approval in all curricular units that comprise the cycle of studies, have obtained 180 ECTS.

Access to Further Studies

The Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering gives access to 2nd Cycle (Master Programs) in Biomedical Engineering and related areas.

Study Programme

Engenharia Biomédica

Academic year

Course Type
1st Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9455

Qualification Awarded: Licenciado

Duration: 3 Year(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 20-09-2021
Start date (first year): 06-10-2021
End date: 18-12-2021
2nd Semester
Start date: 07-02-2022
End date: 21-05-2022


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2020-07-31 a 2026-07-31
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