Bioanalytical Sciences

General Objectives of the Course

Specialized and multifaceted training in analytical and preclinical areas applied to Health’s field by means of a cycle of studies focused on the acquisition of skills, competencies, technical skills, attitudes and the internalization of values by students, able to meet the needs of the country in this area of knowledge. This cycle of studies is also perfectly adjusted to the requirements of a European Space lacking in qualified professional staff in pre-clinical aspects of analytical sciences.

Admission Requirements

Specific entrance exams: Biology and Geology (02) and Physics and Chemistry (07).

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Professional Goals

Bachelors will be professionals with skills and competences that allow them to enter quickly a labour market lacking in qualified professional staff in this branch of Health Sciences, being at their disposal a whole range of career opportunities, such as:
- clinical analysis laboratories;
- toxicology analysis laboratories;
- environment analysis laboratories;
- waste and effluent treatment facilities;
- quality control and management institutions, among other professional activities.
- This cycle of studies is also intended to harmonize training with the European Union countries, thus allowing free movement of professionals able to assure quality and safety of the services delivered to citizens within Bioanalytical Sciences applied to clinical biomedicine, environment, food industry, chemical industry and pharmaceutical industry.

Mode of Study

The course is delivered in full time or part time attendance and daytime schedule.

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


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.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

Multidisciplinary skills with application in analytical and pre-clinical areas for the control of food quality, environment, agri-environment, pharmaceutical products and cosmetics, water, effluents and soil, as well as for the chemical-biological analysis of application to clinical and toxicological diagnosis.

Course Coordinator(s)

Paula Cristina Santos Luxo Maia

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Angelina Lopes Simões Pena

António José Ribeiro

Recognition of Prior Learning

The provisions of article 45 in the Decree Law no. 74/2006, 24th March, with the words of Decree Law no.107/2008, 25th June shall apply.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no. 74/2006, 24th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; Ordinance no. 782/2009, 23rd de July.

Graduation Requirements

The Bachelor’s Degree in Bioanalytical Sciences is granted to students who accomplish with a successful assessment the whole curricular units which make a total of 180 ECTS, 6 semesters.

Access to Further Studies

Connection to 2nd cycle studies: Ability to take advantage of the mobility this 1st cycle studies offers the student in relation to attendance of 2nd cycle studies in clinical areas (clinical analysis, clinical toxicology, forensic toxicology), environment and public health, drugs control, nutrition sciences among others.

Study Programme

Bioanalytical Sciences

Academic year

Course Type
1st Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9819

Qualification Awarded: Licenciado

Duration: 6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 15-09-2014
Start date (first year): 15-09-2014
End date: 20-12-2014
2nd Semester
Start date: 09-02-2015
End date: 02-06-2015


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2017-09-20 a 2023-09-19
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior