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Natural Products and Bioprospecting

Qualification awarded (in original language)
"Mestrado em Produtos Naturais e Bioaplicações". 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 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
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 master course and its study programme intend to prepare professionals with advanced knowledge in Natural Products (NP), namely in terms of the identification and description of raw materials, isolation, identification and characterization of NP with therapeutic, nutritional and health interest and well-being promoters. To strengthen interdisciplinary theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to manage different approaches and solve problems, provide technological development and innovation in NP domain. Moreover. to perform several processes to obtain, develop, manipulate, innovate and apply NP responding to the demands and concerns of consumers regarding raw materials and products of natural origin, environmentally friendly, respecting sustainable use, preventing and promoting health and wellbeing. To meet national and i nternational demand for postgraduate training in the NP domain, since its offer in the public education network remains scarce, unclear and inconsistent. Pharmaceutical Sciences

Key learning outcomes
The degree of "mestre" (master) in Natural Products and Bioprospecting, 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
To recognize, identify and apply different processes in the field of NP, according to their origin and a pplications. To obtain, develop and manage NP with application in therapy, dietetics and cosmetics, among others. To design and implement bioassays that validate the use of PN. To contribute to technological development and innovation in th e field of NP. To master the European legislation and regulatory requirements for obtaining , developing, applying and distributing NP.

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
The conditions of access are described in the Portuguese Higher Education System, as well as in IPB Regulatory Standards for Master Courses Degrees Eligible candidates are holders of a bachelor degree, or legal equivalent degree, or else foreign higher academic degrees conferred following a 1st cycle of studies organized according to the Bologna Process by a State acceding to this process. Moreover, potential candidates are also the holders of foreign academic degree recognized by the Technical and scientific Council of the schools (CTC) as meeting the objectives of a degree, and holders of an academic, scientific or professional degree, that is recognized by the CTC as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies. The candidates for enrolment in the course are selected by the Scientific Committee of the Master, taking into account criteria referred in the IPB Regulatory Standards.

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

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 FisheriesAFF6.00.0
IPB Free Units---12.00.0
Life SciencesLS39.00.0
Mathematics and StatisticsMS6.00.0
Pharmaceutical SciencesPSC51.00.0
Physical SciencesPS6.00.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral 
Experimental design and multivariate analysisMS6.0
11 Semestral 
Pharmacology of natural productsPSC6.0
11 Semestral 
Production of aromatic and medicinal plantsPSC6.0
11 Semestral 
Chemistry of natural productsLS6.0
11 Semestral 
Laboratory analysis techniquesPS6.0
12 Semestral 
Phytotherapy BasesLS/
12 Semestral 
Bioassays and isolation of natural productsLS6.0
12 Semestral 
Bioethics, pharmaceutical and food legislationPSC6.0
12 Semestral 
Alternative sources of natural productsLS6.0
12 Semestral 
Free IPB UC I---6.0
Final Project/DissertationLS/
21 Semestral 
Natural product technologyPSC6.0
21 Semestral 
Free IPB UC II---6.0



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