Recognition of prior learningFollowing 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 programm, the recognition procedures must be submitted when enrolling at the IPB.
For further inquiries 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 regulations4 Semesters (2 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). 120 ECTS Credits (30 per semester); 1 credit corresponds to 27 hours. It includes a scientific dissertation, a project work or a professional traineeship which is concluded with a final report comprising 48 credits.
The holders of this qualification may apply to the Order of Engineers. The professional title of Engineer is awarded by this institution, according to its internal rules.
Profile of the programmeThe profile of the programme is organized into two major areas of specialization, microbial biotechnology (Microbial Physiology and Genetics; Microbial Associations and Biofertilizers, Biomass and Bioenergy; Industrial Microbiology) and agricultural biotechnology (Microbial Associations and Biofertilizers, Genetically Modified Organisms; Biomass and bioenergy Production; Molecular Diagnostic Methods; Biopesticides and Biocontrol; Biofactories, Bioproducts and Innovation). A set of courses is the interface between the two areas (Biomass and Bioenergy; Biocatalysts Technology, Engineering of Biotechnological Processes), giving the necessary engineering component to this curriculum. Finally, the disciplines that provide the foundations of statistics and experimental design (Multivariate Analysis and Experimental Design), and safety and regulation in the biotechnology industry (Safety and Regulation in Biotechnology) complete the plan of studies. Biology and biochemistry
Key learning outcomesThe degree of "mestre" (master) in Biotechnological Engineering, is awarded to those students that demonstrate, in this field, the ability to:
a) develop and enhance the knowledge obtained in the first cycle, in order to develop and apply that knowledge to original situations often in the context of research;
b) apply their knowledge and understanding and problem solving capacities to new and unfamiliar situations in wide multidisciplinary situations, although related to their area of studies;
c) integrate knowledge, deal with complex matters, develop solutions or put forward opinions on situations of limited or incomplete information, including reflecting upon the implications and ethical and social responsibilities that result from both those solutions and opinions or indeed that condition them;
d) communicate their conclusions and the knowledge and reasoning that underlay them, both to experts and non-experts, clearly and unambiguously;
e) develop competences that will enable them to benefit from self-oriented or autonomous lifelong learning.
To complete the qualification, the student is required to pass all compulsory course units of the study plan.
Occupational profiles of graduatesThe degree of "mestre" (master) in Biotechnological Engineering belongs to the education and training area of Technologies. Graduates are specialized to develop a professional activity within the agrarian and industrial sectors of production associated with biotechnology; act at the level of new plant/animal production technologies and screening and diagnosis of plant/animal health; intervene in areas of connection between the primary and secondary sectors, bringing new skills to the two productive sectors; undertake business activities to bring the added value of the products obtained.
Access to further studiesThe degree of "mestre" allows to proceed to 3rd cycle 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 requirementsAccess and entrance into the cycle of studies leading to the master degree
Academic degrees and higher education diplomas - Decreto-Lei n. 74/2006, de 24 de Março, Artigo 17ª
Examination regulations, assessment and gradingExamination and assessment are regulated by the IPB general regulation, available in www.ipb.pt/sa, and by the School pedagogical regulation, available in www.esa.ipb.pt.
Consult this Guide under the option “The ECTS at the IPB” for information on the grading and qualification system.
Mode of studyFull-Time
Scientific areas of the study plan
|Scientific Area||Acronym||ECTS Credits|
|Agricultural and animal production||AAP||5.0||0.0|
|Biology and biochemistry||BIB||85.0||0.0|
|Engeneiring and related techniques||ERT||21.0||0.0|
|Mathematics and statistics||MAS||6.0||0.0|
|Social and entrepreneurial sciences||SES||3.0||0.0|
|1||1||Semestral||5010-509-1101-00-17||Microbial association and biofertilizers||BIB||5.0|
|1||1||Semestral||5010-509-1102-00-17||Experimental Design and Multivariate Analysis||MAS||6.0|
|1||1||Semestral||5010-509-1103-00-17||Engineering of Biotechnological Processes||ERT||6.0|
|1||1||Semestral||5010-509-1104-00-17||Microbial Physiology and Genetics||BIB||5.0|
|1||1||Semestral||5010-509-1105-00-17||Genetically Modified Organisms||BIB||5.0|
|1||1||Semestral||5010-509-1106-00-17||Safety and Regulation in Biotechnology||SES||3.0|
|1||2||Semestral||5010-509-1201-00-17||Biofactories, Bioproducts and Inovation||BIB||5.0|
|1||2||Semestral||5010-509-1202-00-17||Biopesticides and Biocontrol||AAP||5.0|
|1||2||Semestral||5010-509-1203-00-17||Molecular Diagnosis Methods||BIB||5.0|
|1||2||Semestral||5010-509-1205-00-17||Production of Biomass and Bioenergy||ERT||5.0|
|1||2||Semestral||5010-509-1206-00-17||Technology of Biocatalysts||ERT||5.0|