Ciências Biomédicas Laboratoriais VA


About the program/cycle of studies

The evolution of technology in the field of health, in addition to offering health improvements, has also led to profound changes in the traditional approach to healing. Prevention is now more prevalent, meaning that screening and early detection, monitoring of illness and the development of auxiliary means of diagnosis are fundamental to health care intervention. 

Biomedical Laboratory Science degree holders acquire global training and skills that will evolve during the teaching and learning process that is organised in a continually evolving fashion within a multidisciplinary environment that incorporates the knowledge and skills of professionals with degrees in Clinical Analysis and Public Health and those of Anatomical Pathology, Cytology and Thanatology.

The degree holder must have a solid background enabling them to carry out their professional duties autonomously, participate in multidisciplinary teams sharing their special skill set, namely in the fields related to Clinical-laboratorial biochemistry, cytopathology, haematology and immune-haemotherapy, histotechnology, clinical-laboratorial microbiology, clinical and forensic thanatology, immunohistochemical techniques and molecular pathology, amongst others.

The degree in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences lasts four years (8 semesters) and comprises 240 ECTS.

Course accredited by A3ES on 03/02/ 2015 


Academic Degree

Polytechnic Education, Bachelor's Degree, 1st cycle of studies leading to a Bachelor's degree, ISCED Level 5.


Type of recognition

The holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Laboratory Science is qualified perform the duties of a technician in Clinical Analysis and Public health as well as that of Anatomical Pathology, Cytology and Thanatology in accordance with Order n.º 9409/2014 of July 10, 2014 - (professional recognition within the First Cycle of Studies in Biomedical Laboratory Science that is designed to provide joint training for technicians in Clinical Analysis and Public Health Anatomical Pathology, Cytology and Thanatology). These professionals are prepared to carry out their duties within a wide range of contexts such as: either public or private clinics, public health laboratories, histocompatibility, pathological anatomy, haemotherapy, genetics and forensics thanatology amongst others, in laboratories of clinical research in public institutions and in industry, laboratories of animal pathology (veterinary pathology); they are also equipped to conduct research. 


Entry requirements

Admission into the degree programme can either be gained by successful completion of the national admissions process, by way of ad hoc application processes, or through special admission schemes or as a result of course changes, transfers or readmissions. Applicants via the national admissions process must meet all requirements stipulated in point 8 of the Diploma Supplement. 


Official languages

English (minimum 20 students for the first year and in exceptional cases may extend to the second year)
French (minimum 20 students for the first year and in exceptional cases may extend to the second year)


Course duration

4 years - 8 semesters - 240 ECTS



DGES on 03/03/2015 with the nº R/A - CR 5/2015


Main scientific areas


Compulsory Credits


Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technology



Biology and Biochemistry






Statistical Methods