Bachelor Biotechnology

What is Biotechnology? It is the application of science and technologies in microorganisms, plants and animals, for the development of products of interest to society in a sustainable way. Modern Biotechnology plays a crucial role in the society of the fut Read more



DegreeBachelor Semesters6 Credits180
  • Presentation


    What is Biotechnology? It is the application of science and technologies in microorganisms, plants and animals, for the development of products of interest to society in a sustainable way. Modern Biotechnology plays a crucial role in the society of the future and covers industrial, service and laboratory sectors, in areas such as agri-food, environmental (bioremediation processes in the treatment of polluting waste, new intelligent materials, renewable fuels, biodegradable products), pharmaceuticals, chemistry, forensic technologies and medicine, becoming one of the spearheads in the various areas of diagnosis in the treatment of diseases and the fight against pathogens. The course at University Lusofona of Lisbon aims to train professionals in a currently priority area, Biotechnology, at national and global level. In the degree in Biotechnology, areas of transversal knowledge are studied, combining disciplines ranging from cellular and molecular biology, microbiology, genetics, bioprocesses, chemical and information technologies, among other areas. This unique characteristic of Biotechnology has ensured a growing and considerable rate of employability in the various industrial and service sectors where the multipurpose character of Biotechnology has been predominant at different levels, such as the development of new environmentally friendly technologies. This innovative course, led by a team of PhD professors/researchers integrated in research centers of excellence, with a high professional profile taught at University Lusofona, provides training in fundamental and applied sciences in a harmonious way, complemented by intense laboratory practice. In this way, the course intends to respond to the needs of the industry and national and international analysis and research laboratories.
  • Admission Conditions

    Admission Conditions

    Podem candidatar-se a este ciclo de estudos os que apresentem candidatura através do concurso institucional de acesso e tenham aprovação a uma das seguintes provas:

    • 02 Biologia e Geologia
    • 07 Física e Química
    • 16 Matemática

    Candidates may also apply via the regimes of institution/programme transfer or via Special Application, in accordance with the legal regulations in force (holders of higher education degree, holders of a Technological Specialization Course, holders of Professional Higher Technician Course or Over 23 years of Age). Candidates who meet the requirements defined in the International Student Statute can also apply.
  • Who is this course for?

    Who is this course for?

    The Degree in Biotechnology is a specific cycle of studies in the transversal areas of technologies including bioprocesses, chemical processes, genetics, microbiology adapted to the job market and is intended for all those interested in working in the industrial sector related to pharmaceutical areas in the optimization of technologies in production of new drugs, food development of bioproducts more adapted to the needs of our actual society, in an environmental point of view for greater sustainability (circular bioeconomy) as well as a determinant application in the health area (hospital or clinic).
  • Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired

    Knowledge, abilities and skills to be acquired

    The study plan for the degree in Biotechnology includes 3 years of solid and quality training both in the fundamentals of the basic sciences and in adequate laboratory training in the field of biotechnological technologies that is carefully taken into account in the various curricular units. The main competencies are: 1) Training in Genetic Engineering techniques (manipulation of microorganisms, animal and plant cells for the study of disease treatment) as well as in techniques in gene therapy. 2) Training in the field of immunology (collection and processing of clinical samples, as well as diagnostic techniques). 3) In Pharmaceutical Biotechnology for the development of new drugs. 4) In environmental biotechnology with bioenergy production processes, chemical and microbiological treatments. Bioremediation. Waste treatments. 5) Training in bioprocesses involving enzymatic techniques applied to food production (ULHT beer pilot station) and biological products. 6) Training in traditional, microwave and supercritical extraction of plants
  • Objectives


    The degree course in Biotechnology at University Lusofona has a strong practical component and aims to train professionals in Biotechnology, a current, future and priority area with great demand, nationally and internationally. The coss-cutting nature of biotechnology makes it possible to contribute to the development of key green technologies and processes in the Agri-food, Environment, Pharmaceuticals and Health sectors. The study cycle aims to provide students with basic knowledge of a theoretical and practical nature in specific areas so that they can: a) Position itself with a strong educational background in multidisciplinary technological domains, b) Demonstrate a professional approach adapted and geared to the current job market, c) Gain critical capacity, team spirit, autonomous learning ability to support solutions. In this way they will be able to: a) Integrate technology-based analysis laboratories and research centers and contribute to the integration of new methodologies, processes or green technologies, b) Integrate companies contributing to technological innovation and their expansion or internationalization, c) Proceed to advanced specialization studies.
  • Career Opportunities

    Career Opportunities

    The 1st cycle of studies in Biotechnology, a markedly multidisciplinary area, aims to train graduates imbued with a critical spirit, creativity and team spirit and with scientific and technological skills that allow them to exercise their profession in the labor market, in scientific and technical functions, in Industry and in services; or the frequency of higher study cycles. Due to their multipurpose and diversified training, the Biotechnology graduate can embark on careers in various fields: 1)- Research, consultancy and coordination in project offices; 2)- Education. 3)- Industries: Biotechnology, Environment (Bioenergy, water treatment plants); agrifood; pharmaceuticals; cosmetics. 4)- Medicine, Health, Hospital (Clinical Analysis Laboratories); 5)- Laboratories in Forensic Technologies (PJ); in biological, chemical, biochemical analysis 6)- Journalism in scientific journals.
  • Future Studies

    Future Studies

    The degree course in Biotechnology at University Lusofona enables the attendance of a Master (2nd cycle) in the various areas of Biotechnology, Food, Pharmaceuticals, Health and Environment as well as the integration in post-graduate specialization courses.
  • Invited Teachers

    Invited Teachers

    Throughout the school year, several workshops are organized with invited companies as well as lectures and seminars in hybrid mode (in person and online) with national and international guests in order to share their knowledge and experience with students in a business or academic context as well as to promote motivation of students and faculty for mobility and exchange between the Lusophone University and national and international institutions/companies.
  • Infrastructure and Equipment

    Infrastructure and Equipment

    University Lusofona has numerous classrooms and auditoriums dedicated to classes and conferences. It is noteworthy that the course is based on a strong practical component: laboratories of Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics and Chemistry, as well as the Beer Industrial Pilot Unit, have basic equipment that allow the development of practical classes in all areas and subjects of the course. Two research laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment such as pilot microwaves, HPLC, spectrophotometers, among others, are exclusively dedicated to the development of the 3rd year project discipline project as well for the development of the research projects of the senior researchers of the course where our students are integrated.
  • Research


    Most of the professors/researchers of the course are integrated in research centers of excellence and carry out research projects at national and international level. In order to promote the strengthening of university-company interaction, the increase in the employability rate, student mobility and the efficiency of hiring staff by companies in the fields of supply are the priorities, the Business and Institutional Entities Unit (UEEI) was created ) ensuring the link between the university and the working environment with the possibility of developing final course projects in a business context, study visits, training provided with the support of companies/institutions/research centers in which all professors/researchers of the course are integrated, namely Central de Beer, Elisa da Câmara Lda, Namfungi Lda, WineVenture Lda, EXMceuticals Portugal Lda and institutions such as the Lisbon Judicial Police Laboratory, the University of Trier, Germany, Trinity College, Dublin, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon and Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, among others.
  • Observations


    All teachers have a weekly schedule of assistance/tutoring to support students.
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Current Application Dates

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Other fees may be applied in accordance with the regulations in force.
    • Application Fees
      Admission for Undergraduates 210€
      Holders of University Degree 210€
      Readmission 90€
      Over 23 years 210€
      International student 300€
      Change Course 90€
      International Student with ENEM 300€
    • Registration Fees
      Registration 265€
      Student Insurance 40€
      Enrollment 335€
    • Tuition
      Average monthly value for 30 ECTS semestral curricular units 403.2€
      Per ECTS 13.44€
    • Application Fees
      Admission for Undergraduates 215€
      Holders of University Degree 215€
      Readmission 100€
      Over 23 years 215€
      International student 350€
      Change Course 100€
      International Student with ENEM 350€
    • Registration Fees
      Registration 286€
      Student Insurance 45€
      Enrollment 350€
    • Tuition
      Average monthly value for 30 ECTS semestral curricular units 410.4€
      Per ECTS 13.68€

Course Subdirection

Pedro Fernandes


Natalia Raileanu

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  • Location
    Sala C.1.8
  • Service hours
    2ªf a 6ªf - 10h às 13h e das 14.30h às 17.30h

Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior

Acreditation state
Acreditado - Deliberation
Registry number: R/A-Cr 19/2018

Graduation Requirements

Have completed a total of 180 ECTS.
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