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Research Institute for Medicines (iMed.ULisboa)

The Post-Graduated Specialization Course in Biopharmaceutical Sciences, corresponding to curricular year 1 of the Master, allows the continuation of the studies by the student, through the preparation of the Master dissertation.

The 2-year Master Course in Biopharmaceutical Sciences is organized in 4 semesters (120 ECTS).

General Objectives:

This Course enlarges the classical concept of biopharmaceutical sciences by providing scientific, multidisciplinary background on the discovery phase of the drug development process, at advanced level. The program includes the study of molecular mechanisms of disease, potential therapeutic targets and therapeutic strategies, while motivating students to equate and solve problems. Aimed at preparing creative and independent


investigators and knowledgeable professionals, the Course will encourage the debate of recent topics and the use of advanced experimental technologies. These objectives will further engage the contribution of professors and investigators from other institutions, pharmaceutical industry, and biotechs. In this openness perspective, the student will have the option to obtain credits in other related scientific areas within the University of Lisbon, not restricted to the Faculty of Pharmacy, although with complementary interests. The Course will benefit from the close collaboration with the FCT R&D unit Research Institute for Medicines (iMed.ULisboa), at Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon.

Course Duration:

The Master Course takes two academic years, divided into four semesters, starting in September 2016.

Degree Requirements:

BSc degree with diverse background, in areas of Health Sciences, Life Sciences or Biotechnologies, or with adequate curriculum vitae.


Applications – July 4 to September 05, 2016 Results – September 9

Registration – September 12 through 15 Beginning – September 19


The application form and further instructions are available at www.ff.ulisboa.pt

Selection Criteria:

Applicants will be selected by the Scientific Committee based on: i) classification of the academic degree, and adequateness to the program; and ii) curriculum vitae. An interview will be undertaken if needed. Maximum 16 students will be selected.


Tuition Fees:

The Master Course tuition fee for the national student is € 3.250,00 (€ 1.500,00 on the 1st year and € 1.750,00 on the 2nd year).

The Master Course tuition fee for the international student is € 7.000,00 (€ 3.250,00 on the 1st year and € 3.750,00 on the 2nd year).

Application Fee - 75 Euros Registration Fee - 75 Euros

Student’s Insurance Fee – To be defined


The Course runs from Monday until Friday, 17.00 to 20.00 h. Classes will be at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon. The research project of the dissertation will develop in the Faculty of Pharmacy and/or in any other national/foreign laboratory, recognized by the Scientific Committee of the Master Course, co-supervised by an internal faculty member. Research projects from previous editions are currently being developed by students in internal laboratories and in external laboratories, both in Portugal and abroad.


Cecília M. P. Rodrigues

Study Plan:

The Master degree in Biopharmaceutical Sciences offers a unique curriculum, with competitive research projects and student-oriented training. It includes a curricular part during year 1, composed by 6 optional curricular units in each semester and mandatory curricular units Project I and Project II. Students will benefit from participative theoretical classes, theoretical-practical classes, laboratory classes and tutorial supervision. The structure of intensive optional curricular units or courses, with the duration of 2 weeks each, allows the student to define an individual curriculum, according to personal objectives. The tutorial supervision is in agreement with the purposes of the Bologna Process for a Master degree and is based on extensive scientific-pedagogic background of the teaching staff.

The preparation of the research project is initiated in year 1 (Project I), with a state-of-the-art review within the scientific area of interest, and ends with the presentation and


defense of the research project (Project II). Year 2 is dedicated to the research project of the dissertation and ends with the defense to obtain the degree.

Semester ECTS

Optional Curricular Units*

Metabolic Biochemistry 1 4

Membrane Transport 1 4

Molecular Genetics of Bacteria 1 4

Human Molecular Genetics 1 4

Development and Organization of the Nervous System 1 4

Brain Barriers in Drug Development 1 4

Eukaryotic Gene Regulation and Functional Genomics 1 4

Cell Signaling 1 4

Methodologies of Data Analysis 1 4

Free Curricular Unit I** 1 4

Mandatory Curricular Unit

Project I 1 6

Total 1st semester 30

Optional Curricular Units*

Oncobiology and Biology of Stem Cells 2 4

Pharmacogenetics 2 4

Proteostasis Network in Health and Disease 2 4

Neuropathology and Neuropharmacology 2 4

Pathophysiology of Neuroinflammation 2 4

Cellular Microbiology 2 4

HIV/AIDS and Associated Infections 2 4

Research and Development of Biopharmaceuticals 2 4

Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics 2 4

Free Curricular Unit II** 2 4

Mandatory Curricular Unit

Project II 2 6

Total 2nd semester 30

Total 1st and 2nd semester 60

*Optional curricular units — select 24 credits. The 6 curricular units/semester selected by more students will be given in each year.

**Curricular unit within related scientific areas offered by the University of Lisbon.

Dissertation 3 and 4 60


Scientific Committee:

Cecília M. P. Rodrigues José Moniz-Pereira Dora Brites

Graça Soveral

Information and Secretariat:

NPGA - Núcleo de Planeamento e Gestão Académica

Apoio aos Cursos Pós-Graduados – posgraduados@ff.ulisboa.pt Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade de Lisboa.

Av. Prof. Gama Pinto, 1649 -003 Lisboa Tel. 217946400 Fax: 217946470



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