Academic Degree
Bachelor (Bologna 1st cycle degree)
General Objectives
The Degree in Genetics and Biotechnology is a 1st cycle course with a duration of 6 semesters and 180 ECTS, which aims to train advanced-level Technicians and Researchers with a solid, up-to-date scientific, theoretical and practical training in the scientific areas of Genetics, Biotechnology , Biology, Biochemistry, Virology and Chemistry. Graduates will be expected to pursue their future specialisation in more oriented Master's degrees such as "Comparative and Technological Molecular Genetics", "Biotechnology for Health Sciences" and "Plant Molecular Biotechnology", amongst others.
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 Genetics and Biotechnology can perform functions related to research, technical and consulting activities, both in public and private entities, or as self-employed, in the following strands:
- Scientific research in universities, institutes, research centres and public or private laboratories;
- Work in the areas of public health and medical research;
- Perform functions in specialised services (biotechnology and genetics, including diagnosis, forensics and product authenticity);
- Supply and provision of technical and professional services in the field of genetics and biotechnology in sales and marketing.
Other areas:
- Work in the area of scientific journalism, in
specialist magazines, companies selling scientific material, regulatory bodies and commissions;
- Consultancy to private and state companies;
- Set-up of biotechnology companies
Graduate Profile
Researchers with a solid, up-to-date theoretical and practical training in the scientific areas of Genetics, Biotechnology, Biology, Biochemistry, Virology and Biochemistry.
Graduates will have a solid scientific background, supported by a strong practical laboratory component, and very close contact with the reality of national and international scientific research.
Entities to Practice
- Higher Education Institutions;
- Biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemical, agro-food and agrochemical industries;
- Project and consultancy offices;
- Research and technological development institutions;
- Clinical analysis, agro-food and product development (food and clinical testing laboratories);
- Medical centres and hospitals;
- Regulatory and consultancy companies and bodies;
- Business enterprises;
- Companies providing services.
9761 (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: 145,9
2021: 150,6
2020: 140,4
Calculation of the Grades
Middle of Secondary: 65%
Entrance Examinations: 35%
Resolution Date
A3ES Deliberation
Registry Date
Accreditation Validity