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Pharmacy and Chemistry of Natural Products

Qualification awarded (in original language)
"Mestrado em Farmácia e Química dos Produtos Naturais". Title of "Mestre".
Joint diploma with the University of Salamanca, Spain: “Master Universitario en Química y Farmacia de Productos Naturales”. Title of “Mestre”.

Level of qualification
2nd Cycle of Studies. EQF level 7. ISCED 2011 level 7.

Admission requirements
The holders of the licenciado degree or legal equivalent, the holders of a foreign academic degree and the holders of a relevant academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae may apply to the 2nd cycle of studies, as stated 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.

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 program, 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 regulations
4 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 42 credits.
Holders of this qualification are entitled to apply to the career of high staff in central and local public administration, as well as in private enterprises and institutions or to undertake their own independent qualified activity.

Profile of the programme
The master in science in Pharmacy and Chemistry of Natural Products is an innovative training that congregates the collaboration of two higher education institutions (Polytechnic Institute of Bragança-IPB and University of Salamanca-USAL) with
competences in the field of Chemistry of Natural products and Pharmaceutical Sciences, allowing to obtain a joint title. The first semester, first year, focus on the components of basic training in the area of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Mathematics and Statistics to level the skills of students from different Degrees. In the other semesters, the proposed curricular units are oriented to advanced and specialized knowledge in the fields of Pharmaceutical Sciences, physical sciences, life Sciences and Manufacturing . The second year of also includes the Thesis/Project/Training Program. Pharmacy and Chemistry of Natural Products: Pharmaceutical Sciences; Physical Sciences; Life Sciences.

Key learning outcomes
The degree of "mestre" (master) in Pharmacy and Chemistry of Natural Products, 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 graduates
The masters in Pharmacy and Chemistry of Natural Products are professionals with advanced knowledge in Chemistry of Natural Products such as isolation, identification and characterization of natural products with
interest to Pharmacy, with capacity to delineate and implement bioassays to validate their use. They are able to obtain, develop or manipulate products for application in Phytotherapy, Phytodietetics, and Phytocosmetic, and to contribute to technological development and innovation in natural products domain, answering to the demands and concerns of consumers with natural medicines, intervening in prevention and health promotion.

Access to further studies
The 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 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.esa.ipb.pt.
Consult this Guide under the option “The ECTS at the IPB” for information on the grading and qualification system.

Mode of study
Full-time, Full-time.

Programme director
Maria Joao Almeida Coelho Sousa (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Scientific areas of the study plan
Scientific AreaAcronymECTS Credits
Agriculture, forestry and fisheriesASP0.03.0
Life sciencesLS9.00.0
Mathematics and statisticsMS6.00.0
Pharmaceutical SciencesPS78.00.0
Physical SciencesPS15.03.0
Transformation industriesTI6.06.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
Experimental Design and Multivariate AnalysisMS6.0
11 Semestral 
Basic PharmacologyPS6.0
11 Semestral 
Methods of Physico-Chemical Control IPS3.0
11 Semestral 
Option I-Chemistry of natural products---
11 Semestral 
Control Quality and Accreditation of LaboratoriesTI6.0
12 Semestral 
Bioethics, Legislation, and Regulation of Medicines IPS3.0
12 Semestral 
Advanced PharmacologyPS6.0
12 Semestral 
Medicinal Flora and Identification of Plant DrugsLS/
12 Semestral 
Isolation and Identification of Natural ProductsPS6.0
12 Semestral 
Methods of Physico-Chemical Control IIPS3.0
12 Semestral 
Advanced Pharmaceutical TechnologyPS6.0
21 Semestral 
Bioassays of Natural ProductsLS6.0
21 Semestral 
Bioethics, Legislation, and Regulation of Medicines IIPS3.0
21 Semestral 
21 Semestral 
Option II-Phytodietetics---
21 Semestral 
Option II-Phytocosmetics---


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