Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering


Primeiro e segundo ciclos


Após a obtenção de 180 ECTS é concedido o grau de Licenciado. Com a conclusão do curso é atribuido o grau de Mestre.


Maria Ascenção Carvalho Fernandes Miranda Reis

Opening date



1063,47 Euros/year or 7000,00 Euros/year (for foreign students).



Education objectives

The purpose of the Integrated Master degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is to provide a solid background in the basic scientific areas , such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry Biology as well as Engineering Sciences which are recognised by the National Boarder of Engineers

After the first cycle component, the student is expected to:

  • Understand the basic principles and the concepts ruling Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (balances of mass, energy and momentum; equilibrium; chemical and biochemical kinetics)
  • Analyse and solve problems by analytical, numerical or graphical means.
  • Plan, perform, explain and describe simple experiments.
  • Understand the main concepts on Instrumentation and Processes Control.
  • Understand the concept of sustainability and the impacts of engineering solutions in the environment and society.
  • Acquire competences on using informatics and communicating in English, both orally and in written form.
  • Work in multidisciplinary teams and understand the professional and ethical responsibility.
  • Learn on his/her own, and have recognition of the need for life-long learning.

And after the second cycle component, the student is expected to:

  • Perform equipment design and to calculate process and project costs.
  • Relate topics and deal with complex questions.
  • Propose solutions or raise hypothesis in situations of limited or incomplete information.
  • Formulate and optimise innovating solutions.
  • To self-study a topic in depth.

Degree pre-requisites

Duration: 5 years
Credits: 300 ECTS

Scientific Area Acronym ECTS
Mandatory Optional
Biology B 6  
Biochemistry Bq 6  
Transferable Skills CC 6  
Social Sciences and Humanities CHS 3  
Materials Science CM 6  
Biochemical Engineering EBq 12  
Industrial Engineering EI 12  
Chemical Engineering EQ 129 6
Physics F 9  
Informatics I 6  
Mathematics M 36  
Chemistry Q 39  
Social Sciences and Humanities or Materials Science or Biochemical Engineering or Industrial Engineering or Chemical Engineering CHS / CMt / EBq / EI / EQ   6
Biochemical Engineering or Industrial Engineering or Chemical Engineering or Sanitary Engineering or Mathematics EBq / EI / EQ / ES / M   6
Any Scientific Area QAC   12(a)
Total 270 30

(a) 12 ECTS in courses chosen by the student on a list approved annually by the Scientific Council of FCT / UNLwhich includes the unity of all scientific areas of FCT / UNL

Access to other courses

Access to a 3rd cycle

Evaluation rules

The following modes of evaluation are used with regard to academic qualifications:

  1. Evaluation based solely on an examination or completion of a final project.
  2. Evaluation based on work done throughout the semester excluding examination or final project. In these courses students can expect to carry out, for example, laboratory activities, mini-tests, tests, individual or group projects, seminar-related activities, any combination of which will be used to determine the final grade.
  3. Evaluation based obligatorily on an examination or a final project. In these courses there extists a form of evaluation similar to one of the aformentioned activities in paragraph 2 as well as a form of evaluation based on a final exam.
  4. Evaluation based on work done throughout the semester with the possibility of foregoing an examination or a final project.

The final Dissertation (or Project) involves a public discussion with a Jury.


1.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
11504 Mathematical Analysis I 6.0
11505 Linear Algebra and Analytic Geometry 6.0
10352 Soft Skills for Science and Technology 3.0
10690 Introduction to Physical Chemistry 6.0
3683 Chemical Structure and Bonding 6.0
10824 Laboratory Techniques 3.0
2.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10347 Mathematical Analysis II C 6.0
10349 Physics I 6.0
11146 Informatics for Science and Engineering B 6.0
10675 Introduction to Chemical and Biochemical Engineering 6.0
10676 Inorganic Chemistry I 6.0
3.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
5004 Mathematical Analysis III C 6.0
7321 General Biochemistry B 6.0
7289 Transport Phenomena I 6.0
3690 General Organic Chemistry 6.0
3689 Chemical Thermodynamics 6.0
4.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10358 Science, Technology and Society 3.0
10678 Transport Phenomena II 6.0
12036 Physics III Q 3.0
5353 Microbiology A 6.0
10410 Probability and Statistics C 6.0
9279 Physical Chemistry II A 6.0
5.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10478 Numerical Analysis 3.0
10575 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering 6.0
10679 Biochemical Engineering I 6.0
10681 Solid-Fluid Operations 6.0
10822 Chemical Reactors I 6.0
5.º Semester - Opção PIIC/PIPP
Code Name ECTS
11051 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program 3.0
10691 Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program 3.0
O aluno deverá obter 3.0 créditos nesta opção.
6.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
4094 Engineering Economy 6.0
7342 Instrumentation and Process Control 6.0
7319 Separation Processes I 6.0
12037 Processes in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry 6.0
10683 Chemical Reactors II 6.0
7.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
11053 Chemical Reactors III 6.0
10684 Simulation and Process Optimization 6.0
7268 Clean Technologies and Green Chemistry 6.0
7.º Semester - Opção 1
Code Name ECTS
10685 Separation Processes for Biological Products 6.0
10686 Separation Processes II 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
7.º Semester - Unidade Curricular do Bloco Livre A
Code Name ECTS
11066 Electives 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
8.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10380 Entrepreneurship 3.0
7403 Biochemical Engineering II 6.0
3705 Quality Planning and Control 6.0
10687 Project I 9.0
8.º Semester - Opção 2
Code Name ECTS
7113 Industrial Bioenergetics 6.0
1154 Polymer Science 6.0
2641 Production Management 6.0
10423 Business Management 3.0
10361 Operational Research (Engineering Courses) 6.0
10610 Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) 3.0
10399 Treatment of Municipal and Industrial wastewaters 6.0
10688 Enzyme Technology 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
9.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
10689 Engineering Design II 18.0
9.º Semester - Opção 3
Code Name ECTS
10826 Biocatalysis and Bioremediation 6.0
9659 Systems Biology 6.0
11535 Petroleum Engineering 6.0
10420 Quality Management 6.0
7502 Chemical and Biological Industries 6.0
3710 Logistics 6.0
11506 Nanomaterials and Nanotechnologies 3.0
12088 Processos em Engenharia com Solventes Alternativos 6.0
10508 Sociology of Organizations 3.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
9.º Semester - Unidade Curricular do Bloco Livre B
Code Name ECTS
11066 Electives 6.0
O aluno deverá obter 6.0 créditos nesta opção.
10.º Semester
Code Name ECTS
8914 Master Thesis in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering 30.0