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Biomedical Laboratory Sciences

Qualification awarded (in original language)
Ciências Biomédicas Laboratoriais

Level of qualification
1st Cycle of Studies. EQF level 6. ISCED 2011 level 6.

Admission requirements
Students may apply to this 1st cycle program, through the general regime, if they obtain a minimum classification of 95 points (on a scale of 0 to 200) in one of the following national entrance examinations: Biology and Geology or Chemistry and Physics and Biology and Geology or Mathematics and Biology and Geology.
Application may also be possible, through special regimes, for:
. students inside the Portuguese educational system who want to re-enroll, change course of studies, or transfer education institution;
. holders of technological specialization course;
. olders than 23 who have succeed a special exam of assessment of capabilities to access the Higher Education System;
. holders of middle or high level courses;
. students coming from foreign higher education systems.
The access requirements for the 1st cycle of studies of Higher Education appear in the description of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement.
The pre-requisites of group A are compulsory.

Recognition of prior learning
Following the implementation of the Bologna Process and the consequent legislation regarding the mobility of students among degrees and higher education institutions, prior learning must be recognized and credited. The prior learning concept comprises all the previous learning/training undertaken in other higher education study cycles in national or international institutions (crediting of certified training), as well as previous professional experience and any post-secondary school training or education. As such, the IPB promotes the crediting of the student’s prior learning when arriving at the institution.
Aiming at a quick and full integration of the student in his/her new education programme, the recognition procedures must be submitted when enrolling at the IPB.
For further enquiries on crediting and recognizing prior learning and training at the IPB (calendars, procedures and assessment criteria), please go to the Applicant Portal at www.ipb.pt/portaldocandidato.

Qualification requirements and regulations
8 Semesters (4 years). 20 Weeks of study, per semester, full-time (40 per year). 40 total hours per week. 810 total hours per semester (1620 per year). 240 ECTS credits (30 per semester); 1 credit corresponds to 27 hours. It includes an internship with 60 credits.
The holders of this degree will be allowed to develop his professional activity as a diagnose and therapeutical technician in public and private health institutions, private clinical analysis laboratories, public health laboratories, besides I&R centers.

Profile of the programme
he profile of the programme comprises the development of the technical-scientific knowledge and professional skills in the study areas of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences; Expertise Sciences; Science Base; Complementary Sciences and Management Sciences. Biomedical Laboratory Sciences; Expertise Sciences; Science Base; Complementary Sciences; Management Sciences.

Key learning outcomes
The degree is awarded to students who demonstrate to have, in this area, the ability to domain key concepts of biological, physical, social and physiological sciences that underground biomedical laboratory sciences applied to health; as well as specific knowledges in hematology, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, immunohaemotherapy, histology, immunohistochemistry, thanatology and public health aiming to understand each one’s role in diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease. Based on thisknowledges students shall acquire the following skills and competencies, being able to:

a) Collect and select appropriate biological samples and relevant procedures to clinical-laboratory suitable needs;
b) Select, apply and evaluate techniques of clinical and laboratory analysis within the specific area of biomedical sciences;
c) Validate the clinical observations and laboratory data according to pre-established quality standards;
d) Design research and report scientific evidence, in biomedical sciences and related areas;
e) Have leadership ability, initiative and creativity.

To complete the qualification, the student is required to pass all compulsory course units of the study plan.

Occupational profiles of graduates
The degree of "licenciado" (bachelor) in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences belongs to the education and training area of Health Sciences and Social Protection. Graduates are qualified to develop a professional activity within the profile of the programme.

Access to further studies
The bachelor’s degree in Public Health Analysis allows to proceed to post-graduate studies, according to the diagram of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement.

Graduation requirements

Examination regulations, assessment and grading
Examination and assessment are regulated by the IPB general regulation, available in www.ipb.pt/sa, and by the School pedagogical regulation, available in www.essa.ipb.pt.
Consult this Guide under the option “The ECTS at the IPB” for information on the grading and qualification system.

Mode of study

Programme director
Josiana Adelaide Vaz (
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Scientific areas of the study plan
Scientific AreaAcronymECTS Credits
Biomedical Laboratory SciencesCBL170.00.0
Complementary Sciences CC3.00.0
Expertise SciencesCE33.00.0
Management Sciences CEs5.00.0
Science Base CB29.00.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral 
Anatomophysiology ICE5.0
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
Cell BiologyCB5.0
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
Introduction to Biomedical Laboratory SciencesCBL5.0
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
Organic ChemistryCB5.0
12 Semestral 
Administration and Management in HealthCEs5.0
12 Semestral 
Anatomophysiology IICE5.0
12 Semestral 
Molecular BiologyCB5.0
12 Semestral 
12 Semestral 
Epidemiology and Public HealthCE5.0
12 Semestral 
Hygiene, Safety and Quality LaboratoryCBL5.0
21 Semestral 
Food and Water AnalisysCBL5.0
21 Semestral 
Systematic Anatomy PathologyCBL5.0
21 Semestral 
Clinical and Laboratorial Biochemistry ICBL5.0
21 Semestral 
Histotecnology ICBL5.0
21 Semestral 
Clinical and Laboratorial Parasitology, Mycology and VirologyCBL5.0
21 Semestral 
Clinical Pathology ICE5.0
22 Semestral 
Clinical and Laboratorial Biochemistry IICBL5.0
22 Semestral 
22 Semestral 
Histotecnology IICBL5.0
22 Semestral 
Laboratorial ImmunologyCBL5.0
22 Semestral 
Clinical Pathology IICE5.0
22 Semestral 
Thanatology and Fetal PathologyCBL5.0
31 Semestral 
Applied Forensic SciencesCBL5.0
31 Semestral 
Cytopathology ICBL5.0
31 Semestral 
Clinical and Laboratorial Hematology ICBL5.0
31 Semestral 
Research in Lab. Biom. Sciences ICBL5.0
31 Semestral 
Cytohistochemical MethodsCBL5.0
31 Semestral 
Clinical and Laboratorial Microbiology ICBL5.0
32 Semestral 
Transfusion and Transplantation SciencesCBL5.0
32 Semestral 
Cytopathology IICBL5.0
32 Semestral 
Clinical and Laboratorial Hematology IICBL5.0
32 Semestral 
Immunohistochemistry and Molecular PathologyCBL5.0
32 Semestral 
Research in Lab. Biom. Sciences IICBL5.0
32 Semestral 
Clinical and Laboratorial Microbiology IICBL5.0
41 Semestral 
Internship in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences ICBL30.0
42 Semestral 
Internship in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences IICBL30.0


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