The Master in Health Sciences aims at providing advanced training in biomedical sciences. Once graduated students should have acquired skills that allow them to:

  • Develop research within research projects set at universities and higher education institutions, research centers and technological development centers;
  • Develop technical and lab activities within the pharmaceutical/biomedical industry;
  • Perform technical tasks in private and/or public organizations;
  • Have a career in the health field (medical technology, clinical analysis and diagnostics).

The Master in Health Sciences targets students with a previous background in sciences and has a duration of two years (120 ECTS) full-time. The first year (60 ECTS) is dedicated to learning the fundamentals in several biomedical scientific areas and to developing lab and research skills, through curricular units selected from a varied offer. These curricular units are coordinated by professors at the School of Medicine with the participation of researchers from Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS) and guest professors/researchers from other institutions, both national and foreign. Optional units are selected yearly from the offer of Advanced Courses within the School of Medicine / ICVS or from other national or international institutions. Each student may design his/her own study plan, valuing and benefiting from the previous academic and professional training.

At the end of the first year, the student may present his/her proposal for a thesis project to be developed through the second year (60 ECTS) at Life and Health Sciences Research Institute and/or in partnerships with other institutions. Most of the times after completing the Master students progress their advanced training by joining PhD programs in several institutions.

The Master in Health Sciences is part of the Network of European Neuroscience Schools.

 Academic degree:Master's degree
 Duration:4 curricular semesters
 Place: School of Medicine, Campus de Gualtar, Braga
 Main scientific area:Health Sciences

  Key learning outcomes
 The masters’ degree in health sciences aims to advanced training in biomedical sciences, in order to develop competences that enable the graduates to:
 1.Obtain scientifically valid and relevant information from several available sources;
 2. Apply knowledge in the development and resolution of innovative and relevant scientific issues;
 3.Apply technical and methodological skills in the context of scientific research;
 4.Communicate with the peers, academic and scientific community and society in general about the subjects they investigate;
 5. Present the results of the research in meetings, congresses and scientific meetings of the specialty;
 6.Develop skills that enable lifelong learning;
 7.Critically integrate multidisciplinary knowledge in the evaluation of specific situations.

  Access to higher education
 This course provides the technical-scientific capacity to access courses of the following cycle, 3rd cycle of studies - PhD.

 -Research ID&T projects, from Universities and Higher Education Institutions, centers of scientific and technological development;
 Perform technical laboratory activities in pharmaceutical and biomedical industries;
 -Carrying out different techniques roles in private and/or public organizations;
  Careers in healthcare (medical technology, clinical analysis and diagnostics).