M.Sc. Applied Microbiology

Catholic University of Portugal - Porto | Porto, Portugal
This Master course explores the different aspects of microbiology (food, environmental, health, biotechnology) and the methodological approaches that are inherent. The proximity and involvement of students with research and development activities contribute to their valorization, allowing direct contact with professionals in areas related to this Master course.



This Master course covers the areas of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology and aims to prepare students for activities related to the development and implementation of services and products within these areas. In this respect, the fact that being in a college with a strong connection to Biotechnology, gives the course a distinctive character in relation to other similar training programmes. The curricular component of the course covers a number of units that explore the different facets of microbiology (food, environmental, health, biotechnology) and the methodological approaches that are inherent. In the 2nd year of study, students undertake a research project (Master's dissertation) aiming the development of skills for carrying out scientific research and scientific writing. The proximity and involvement of students with R&D and extension activities will contribute to their valorization, allowing direct contact with professionals in areas related to their training.

The program develops skills to:
- Exploit the beneficial aspects of microbial activity and avoid the non- favorable activities;
- Develop and implement original ideas in the field of microbiology;
- Solve problems related to microbiology, in a professional context and within multi-disciplinary teams;
- Plan and carry out research projects within the Microbiology / Biotechnology area;
- Communicate clearly the findings to scientific audiences and the general public.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline September 28th
Tuition fee Not specified
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS

The course curriculum comprehends a background in Biological and Biochemical Sciences, and a specialization in Microbiology. The courses included fall into four distinct scientific areas Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, and Humanities, with relative weights of ca. 10%, 20%, 65%, and 5%, respectively.

In the first year the subjects in Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology aim at providing basic knowledge in these areas. They will enable a solid and integrated learning in different domains, and at the same time promote the introduction of relevant subjects to Microbiology, such as Statistics, Instrumental Methods of Analyses, Genetics and Cell Culture.

In Year 2 you will start from basic subjects, such as General Microbiology and Mycology and Protozoology, and then, into subjects comprising a field of specialization Food, Environment, Clinical, Industrial, Virology and Immunology. Here you will progressively develop new laboratory, computing, data-handling and communication skills.

In the final year you will acquire knowledge of the latest developments in key microbial topics and will normally engage in a laboratory-based research project. Previous projects have included microbial pathogenicity, microbial genetics, food and environmental applications of microorganisms, functional foods and probiotics. The research project involves experience in research laboratories, clinical laboratories, education and industry.

Duration full-time 18 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The curriculum entails the following courses:



Calculus / Mathematical Analysis I (6 credits)

General Chemistry I (6 credits)

Biology I (6 credits)

Good Laboratory Practices (2 credits)

Information and Communication Methodologies (4 credits)

Topics in Biotechnology (3 credits)

Humanism and Christian Culture (2 credits) General Chemistry II (6 credits)


Biology II (6 credits)

Organic Chemistry (6 credits)

Algebra (6 credits)

Introduction to Microbiology (6 credits)

Critical Thinking I (annual) (1 credit)



Biochemistry I (6 credits)

General Microbiology I (6 credits)

Analytical Chemistry (6 credits)

General Genetics (6 credits)

Mycology and Protozoology (6 credits) Instrumental Methods of Analysis (6 credits)


Biochemistry II (6 credits)

General Microbiology II (6 credits)

Molecular Genetics (5 credits)

Statistical Methods (6 credits)

Critical Thinking II (annual) (1 credit)



Food Microbiology (5 credits)

Cell Culture (5 credits)

Industrial Microbiology (5 credits)

Virology (5 credits)

Environmental Microbiology (5 credits)

Microbiology and Health (5 credits)


Microbiology Project (20 credits)

Introduction to Bioethics (2 credits)

Development of Personal Skills (2 credits)

Immunology (5 credits)

Critical Thinking III (annual) (1 credit)

Total credits: 180


The Master inAppliedMicrobiologyis intended forstudentsholdinga a Bachelor degree in biological sciencesor related fields.


For further information on this course, please visit: http://www.esb.ucp.pt/pt/docentesESB

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To carry out the M.Sc. in Applied Microbiology, the applicants must be:

- Holders of the bachelor degree (licenciatura) or legal equivalent in the area of biological sciences and related areas; or
- Holders of a foreign academic degree in the areas of biological sciences or bioengineering, conferred by a 1st cycle of studies structured according to the principles of the Bologna Process; or
- Holders of a foreign academic degree in the areas of biological sciences, recognized by the Scientific Council of the ESB-UCP as meeting the objectives of a bachelor degree; or
- Holders of academic, scientific or a professional curriculum recognized by the Scientific Council of the ESB-UCP as attesting to the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies.

Applicants will be assessed based on the final classification of the bachelor degree, on the background field, on the scientific, academic and / or professional curriculum, and, when necessary, in an interview to assess, among other things, the motivation of the candidate.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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This Program is is fully accredited by A3ES (National Agency for Recognition) which is a member of ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education which is an umbrella organization which represents its members at the European level and internationally, especially in political decision making processes and in co-operations with stakeholder organizations.)

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