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Learning Opportunity: Biochemistry - Universidade da Madeira

Biochemistry - Universidade da Madeira

Course Information

The 1st Cycle in Biochemistry provides a solid background, which may later be complemented with a 2nd cycle of studies. Biochemistry means the “Chemistry of Life” and is placed between chemistry and biology. It includes core courses in both of these areas, and also in the areas of mathematics and computing. Alongside the acquisition of knowledge, the degree also allows students to develop of laboratory skills, as well as other generic skills, such as aptitude for team work, transmission of knowledge, problem solving / autonomous learning. Throughout the degree, students are encouraged to take part in ongoing research at UMa and also in exchange programs with students of other universities, preparing them for placement in a global labour market.

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The University of Madeira, a public institution which is young, dynamic, open and attentive to the needs of the archipelago and the Euro-Atlantic area, aims at preparing its students to be full citizens of the 21st century global society and, through its entrepreneurial nature, the quality of its research and its spirit of service, to contribute to the economic, social and cultural development of Madeira, Portugal and the World.

The mission of the University of Madeira is to find appropriate solutions, within a framework of responsibility, equity and sustainability, which contribute to the development and assertion of Madeira and Portugal in a globalized and dynamic world.

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6 semesters, 3 years

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Have successfully completed secondary school or have an equivalent qualification

Have completed one of the following university entrance exams (central exams prepared by the Ministry of Education and Science): Biology and Geology or Physics and Chemistry

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Applications are done through the national admission contest (concurso nacional de acesso) organized by the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGES), or through special higher education contests. For more informations please check DGES website  (in portuguese).


There are some institutions in Portugal that give scholarships to international students and it is advisable that applicants confirm every year whether these grants are available and the eligibility terms: Calouste Gulbenkian FoundationThe Ilídio Pinho Foundation.


1035 €/academic year

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180 ECTS

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Universidade da Madeira
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Qualifications Awarded

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Bachelor in Biochemestry
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Higher Education and Institutes/ Research Centres; in companies/ industries in the areas of Biotechnology, Environment, Food and pharmacy; in chemical, biochemical and microbiological laboratories; scientific journalism; Public bodies and Regulatory Commissions.

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Penteada Campus

Caminho da Penteada

9000-390 Funchal - Portugal

Tel.: +351 291 705000

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Social Services website (in portuguese)