Ciencias Biomedicas 


About the program/cycle of studies

The 1st Cycle of Studies in Biomedical Sciences of the Instituto Universitário de Ciências da Saúde (IUCS-CESPU) provides students with a broad and deep knowledge of human anatomy that makes it a competitive professional in several modern areas of research and development of the biological and molecular and cellular medicine areas.

The Curricular Plan allows a basic medical education, in its theoretical and practical aspects, complemented by areas that train students for the critical analysis and the development of laboratory research work. It is worth mentioning the existence of practical or laboratory classes during the 3 years of the Cycle of Studies and the possibility of the student to be included in extracurricular internships in scientific projects taking place internally at IUCS-CESPU.

Professionals in Biomedicine will master the interface areas between Medicine and Biological Sciences, which will allow them to collaborate with the medical and scientific community in fundamental and applied biomedical research programs, and in areas of diagnosis and therapeutics with biomedical intervention.

The 1st Cycle of Studies in Biomedical Sciences fulfils the need not only to train graduates in an area in remarkable expansion and development, but also to contribute to the scientific and technological development of Medicine.

 Study cycle accredited by A3ES for 6 years (decision from 18-09-2018 under the process ACEF/2014-15) and registered by DGES with the n.º R/A-Cr 14/2010. MAXIMUM ACCREDITATION BY A3ES.

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The 1st Cycle of Studies in Biomedical Sciences allows students to build up careers in areas of health, research and higher education. They are able to collaborate with the medical and scientific community in fundamental and applied (diagnosis and therapy) biomedical research programs; can work in clinical and forensic units; as researchers in centres of biological and medical research companies; in biomedical products companies and; in promotion of science or education. The biomedical training can be complemented and developed in 2nd Cycles of Studies such as Molecular Therapies, Biotechnology, Clinical Analysis and Bio-Entrepreneurship or in 3rd Cycle of Studies fully adapted to the knowledge and to the development of Biomedical competences, such as in Biological Sciences Applied to Health of the IUCS. Particular specializations can be acquired at the Integrated Masters such as Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dentistry or Medicine, since the broad training of the Biomedical professional is easily recognized in these courses. Noteworthy is the protocol with the University Alfonso X El Sabio (UAX), of Madrid, which allows finalists of this 1st Cycle of Studies, fulfilling the access requirements of the protocol, to apply for positions in the 4th academic year of the Integrated Master in Medicine at UAX. 


Entry requirements


Applies to all candidates who do not hold citizenship /relatives of any country that is a Member State of the European Union; or have not been legal residents in Portugal for more than two years.


  •  Completed secondary school;
  •  Document certifying that the candidate has a national exam of Biology in is education system with the minimum mark of approved in order to substitute our national access exam of Biologia e Geologia, and the respective contents, or take the exam in CESPU


Application Regimes:

General Access: Students who hold a foreign secondary diploma legally equivalent to the Portuguese secondary education. The Portuguese admission exams can be replaced by the equivalent final exams or school-leaving exams required for each degree, duly recognized DGES (Artigo 20º do Decreto-Lei n.º 296-A/98)1.

+23 years old Regime: Students aged over 23 can be admitted to higher education if they successfully completed the special entrance examination that evaluates the capacity to attend higher education courses at CESPU educational establishments, according to the law (DL 64/2006 de 21 de março, alterado pelo Decreto-Lei n.º 113/2014, de 16-07)

 Changing of Course/Institution: Is the act by which a student applies to the same or a different degree from that of the last registration, in the same or in a different institution of higher education, whether or not there was an interruption of the registration in accordance with the Portaria n.º 181-D/2015,  19 of June.

Holder of a Degree: Holders of a Bachelor, master or doctor degree obtained in national or foreign higher education institutions, as long as recognized by Decree law nº66 / 2018  (Decreto-Lei n.º 113/2014, de 16-07)


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

3 years - 6 semesters - 180 ECTS



Ricardo Jorge Dinis Oliveira



D.R. Notice . nº 12116/2019, 3 july


Main scientific areas


No. Compulsory

Biomedical Sciences


Biological Sciences


Physical and Chemical Sciences


Social and Behavioural Sciences


Mathematics and Statistics


Nutrition Sciences