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Learning Opportunity: Biology - Geology - Universidade do Minho, Escola de Ciências

Biology - Geology - Universidade do Minho, Escola de Ciências

Course Information

The Undergraduate Degree Course in Biology-Geology, restructured according to Bologna Process gives theoretical, laboratorial and field skills in Biology, Geology and Environmental scientific areas. This three-year training first-cycle course encompasses a set of curricular units of specific and bi-disciplinary formation, seeking to provide a competitive access to job market, in sectors such as Environment, Preservation of Natural Resources and scientific research. 
In addition, the course give technical and scientific skills to access second-cycle (Master) courses in areas such as Plant Biology, Animal Biology, Molecular Biology Microbiology, Geological Resources, Geoconservation, Environmental Sciences and in Teaching (High-Scholl teachers).

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UMinho is a central actor in the region, an important reference for the country and a recognized partner at a European and global level. Located in the north of Portugal, the University has a campus in the city of Braga and another in the city of Guimarães. The University's organizational structure is flexible and conducive to innovation and interdisciplinary, favoring the exploration of emerging research areas.

Internationalization is a strong commitment and international activities are quite intense, not only within the EU and Portuguese Official Language African Countries (PALOP), but also with several other countries on different continents. The 2010/2011 academic year is marked by the beginning of a broader educational provision based on distance and post-working hour learning programmes. This offer will have a great social impact and it will open the University to a new public, in the context of demand and quality which has always been the hallmark of this institution.

School of Sciences is located on the campuses of Gualtar and Azurém, where it carries out its activities of teaching, research and interaction with society.

A solid knowledge combined with a bold and innovative spirit allows the School of Sciences to fully accomplish its mission: to develop, teach and disseminate science.

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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; or Mathematics

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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 FoundationFoundation for the Sciences and Technology; Fulbright CommissionInstituto CamõesLuso-American Development FoundationFundação Oriente.


1037,20 €/academic year


180 ECTS

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Universidade do Minho
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Qualifications Awarded

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Bachelor in Biology - Geology
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Job opportunities for graduates in Biology-Geology (1st cycle) include:

 - technician jobs in parks and nature reserves (conservation of biological resources, geoconservation and environmental protection, ...);

 - environmental technicians and ecotourism technicians;

 - technicians in museus, science centers and other educational spaces (dissemination of Life Sciences);

 - technician jobs in local and central administration, in areas related to planning and environment;

 - technicians in trading companies of science and technology materials;

 - technicians in laboratories of biology and geology areas (eg, laboratory testing for water industries, water treatment plants (WTP's) and wastewater (WWTP's), food industry, Biomonitoring; Geotechnics; Thematic Cartography);

 - laboratory technicians in scientific research institutions.

Course Locations

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Escola de Ciências
Campus de Gualtar 
4710-057 Braga – Portugal

Tel.: +351253604390/ +351253604396 - Fax: +351253604398

E-Mail: presidencia@ecum.uminho.pt; sbarreto@ecum.uminho.pt; sec@ecum.uminho.pt 
URL: http://www.ecum.uminho.pt

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The Halls of Residence of UM have a global capacity of 1397 beds, 855 in Braga, 32 of which are dormitories, and 542 in Guimarães, 60 of which are dormitories.

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