Academic Degree
Bachelor (Bologna 1st cycle degree)
General Objectives
Biochemistry is a multidisciplinary science that uses the methods and strategies of the different Exact and Natural Sciences and allows its graduates to have a solid basic training in order to better understand biological systems. The relevance of this area has been given increased attention in contemporary society, since environmental and health problems are often explained on the basis of a strong interaction between biochemistry and other areas of scientific knowledge.
Biochemistry is directly related to the Life Sciences and therefore has contributed significantly to technological development in diverse areas, such as Health, Environment, Biotechnology and Agro-industry.
The Degree in Biochemistry at UTAD is a 1st cycle course with a duration of 6 semesters and 180 ECTS, whose main objective is the training of professionals with a high-level knowledge of the structure, organisation and functioning of living matter, from its molecular bases up to its integration in the individual. Biochemistry graduates should have a solid and comprehensive background in biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry so that they can effectively intervene in research, innovation, development and follow-up of subjects in various fields, particularly those that are linked to the health area. Graduates should be able to participate in innovation within different technologies. They are expected to have similar training in the area of Business Sciences, so as to have adequate sensitivity in this area. Furthermore, graduates should be able:
- To have the ability to gather and interpret relevant scientific information and produce judgements based on scientific and ethical considerations and transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to informed audiences;
- To have acquired knowledge and a global view of the phenomena that occur in living systems, in order to interpret/predict their modifications as a result of the inherent characteristics of the systems themselves and the variability of external factors;
- To develop, through acquired laboratory experience, practical skills that enable them to join quality control and research laboratories;
- To develop skills that allow them access to the labour market, to intervene efficiently in monitoring, development and research in various fields;
- To pursue studies in a second cycle in areas complementary to their training: Biochemistry, Health Sciences; Food Sciences; Biotechnology; Chemistry and Biology, etc.
CNAEF Classification
Biology and Biochemistry
(421) Portaria n.º 256/2005 [PT]
Study Programme/Publication in the Portuguese Official Gazette
Weekly: Daytime
6 semesters
Requirements and Regulations
Career Opportunities
The aim is for Graduates in Biochemistry to join public or private companies, regulatory bodies or organisations, and state entities with the possibility of conducting various activities in the professional field, including the following:
- Scientific research in universities, institutes, research centres and public or private laboratories;
- Technological development of goods or services in institutes, research centres and public or private laboratories;
- Technical functions in medical analysis laboratories, and quality control, water and food analysis, and pharmaceutical laboratories;
- Provision of technical, professional or other consultancy services in companies dealing in chemical reagents and equipment in the biological and chemical sciences field.
- Other careers - Scientific journalism in specialist journals, technical service in Regulatory Bodies and Commissions.
Graduate Profile
Graduates in Biochemistry demonstrate a solid training in the knowledge of the structure, organisation and functioning of living matter, from its molecular bases to its integration in the individual. This training is based on knowledge in the field of biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry.
On completion of their training, graduates will have competencies that enable them to have a global view of the phenomena that take place in living systems, in order to interpret/predict their changes as a result of the inherent characteristics of the systems themselves, and the variability of external factors to which they are subject, and be able to perform a varied range of functions in entities connected to these areas of knowledge.
Entities to Practice
Graduates in Biochemistry can conduct their professional activity in different organisations:
- Higher Education Institutions;
- Institutions and Centres for Scientific Research and Technological Development;
- Local, regional and national public
- Consultancy and Project Management Offices;
- Clinical Medical Analysis Laboratories in private Medical Centres and Hospitals;
- Chemical industry;
- Pharmaceutical industry;
- Agri-food industry;
- Agrochemical industry.
9015 (See more information) [PT]
Admission Requirements
Regional Preference:
not applicable

not required
Admission Tests
One of the following tests: 02 Biology and Geology; 07 Physics and Chemistry; 16 Mathematics
Minimum Classification
Entrance Testing: 95 (scale of 0-200)
Application Note: 95 (scale of 0-200)
Lowest Admission Grade (1st phase)
2022: 140,3
2021: 147,1
2020: 128,6
Calculation of the Grades
Middle of Secondary: 65%
Entrance Examinations: 35%
Resolution Date
A3ES Deliberation
Registry Date
Accreditation Validity