Academic Degree
Bachelor (Bologna 1st cycle degree)
General Objectives
The Degree in Biology is a 1st cycle course lasting 6 semesters and offering 180 ECTS. Throughout the six semesters the student acquires knowledge and competences in Biological Sciences at different levels of organisation, such as systematics, cellular biology and physiology, biochemistry, genetics, ecology, developmental biology, general and molecular biology, etc. The specific aims are: a) To be recognised in similar cycles in European higher education, allowing immediate access to other educational degrees in national and international institutions; b) To develop the capacity to understand the morpho-functional, physical and chemical processes related to biological systems; c) To develop skills for analysing and evaluating biological problems, based on the knowledge acquired in the different areas, in an integrated perspective; d) To provide knowledge for the development of scientific and technical skills in the area; e) To provide a set of transversal competences, including generic and applied skills for Biological Sciences, particularly in the areas of oral and written communication, management and ability to work as a team.
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
Graduates in Biology, given the breadth of their training, may have professional opportunities in all areas of Biology, such as: Structural Biology, Functional Biology, Developmental Biology, Cytology, Histology, Evolution and Biodiversity, Ecology, Use and Conservation of Biological Resources, Biotechnology,
Biological and Biochemical Analysis, where they can:
- Carry out scientific research and development activities in universities, institutes, research centres and public or private laboratories;
- Provide technical and professional services in the biological sciences.
Other areas:
- Work in the area ofscientific journalism, specialist magazines, companies selling scientific material, regulatory bodies and commissions;
- Consultancy in private and state-owned enterprises.
Graduate Profile
- Ability to understand the morpho-functional, physiological and biochemical processes of biological systems;
- Ability to analyse and evaluate biological problems, integrating their scientific, technological and ethical aspects;
- Ability to communicate and discuss scientific results;
- Ability to work as a team;
- Suitable preparation for students interested in continuing their academic education through post-graduate studies, nationally or internationally.
Entities to Practice
- Laboratories in the pharmaceutical, agri-food, environmental, health and biotechnology industries;
- Centres for scientific research and technological development;
- Medical centres and hospitals;
- Biological parks;
- Design and consultancy offices;
- State bodies and public or private regulatory entities.
9011 (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)
2023: 123,3
2022: 148,9
2021: 143,9
Calculation of the Grades
Middle of Secondary: 65%
Entrance Examinations: 35%
Resolution Date
A3ES Deliberation
Registry Date
Accreditation Validity