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Biotechnological Engineering

Qualification awarded (in original language)
"Mestrado em Engenharia Biotecnológica". 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 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 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 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 programme
The 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 outcomes
The 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 graduates
The 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 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
Access 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 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

Programme director
Rui Miguel Vaz de Abreu (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Scientific areas of the study plan
Scientific AreaAcronymECTS Credits
Agricultural and animal productionAAP5.00.0
Biology and biochemistryBIB79.00.0
Engeneiring and related techniquesERT21.00.0
Mathematics and statisticsMAS6.00.0
Social and entrepreneurial sciencesSES3.00.0
Total 120.00.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral  5010-784-1101-00-23 Microbial association and biofertilizersBIB5.0
11 Semestral  5010-784-1102-00-23 Experimental Design and Multivariate AnalysisMAS6.0
11 Semestral  5010-784-1103-00-23 Engineering of Biotechnological ProcessesERT6.0
11 Semestral  5010-784-1104-00-23 Safety and Regulation in BiotechnologySES3.0
11 Semestral  5010-784-1105-00-23 Molecular and Metabolic Analysis TechniquesBIB5.0
11 Semestral  5010-784-1106-00-23 Technology of BiocatalystsERT5.0
12 Semestral  5010-784-1201-00-23 Biofactories, Bioproducts and InovationBIB4.0
12 Semestral  5010-784-1202-00-23 Biopesticides and BiocontrolAAP5.0
12 Semestral  5010-784-1203-00-23 Industrial MicrobiologyERT5.0
12 Semestral  5010-784-1204-00-23 Production of Biomass and BioenergyERT5.0
12 Semestral  5010-784-1205-00-23 Recombinant DNA TechnologiesBIB5.0
12 Semestral  5010-784-1206-00-23 UC Free IPBOTH6.0
2- Annual  5010-784-2001-00-22 Final Project/DissertationBIB48.0
21 Semestral  5010-784-2101-00-22 SeminarBIB12.0

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