M.Sc. On Campus


Instituto Superior Técnico

24 months
7000 EUR/year
1063 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The focus of this Microbiology MSc program from Instituto Superior Técnico is on the study of microorganisms which is instrumental for the understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of life and for new developments and applications in industrial biotechnology, environmental restoration and energy production and in human and animal health and food sectors. 


The Microbiology program from Instituto Superior Técnico offers a highly competitive education in modern microbiology. 

This is a joint Master´s degree in Microbiology based on a consortium of 4 Schools in the Lisbon area: the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), the Faculty of Sciences (FC), the Faculty of Medicine ((FM) and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV). 

The Institutions involved have been positioned for years in the frontline of teaching activities in the field of Microbiology and related areas at the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cycles of studies. Given the fusion between UTL-Technical University of Lisbon (IST and FMV) and UL-University of Lisbon (FC and FM), this joint program exploits the synergies made possible at the level of teaching, research and link to society in the new University of Lisbon.

The program encompasses two years of full time studies and spans from in-depth understanding of molecular and cellular microbiology and the contemporary view of genome-based microbiology to microbial diversity and evolution. It provides hands-on knowledge on the use of integrative approaches made available through the exploitation of Omics and bioinformatics tools in a system and synthetic microbiology perspective. Thanks to the contribution of the four schools involved, this study cycle offers versatile and comprehensive high quality training in the various fields of intervention of Microbiology: Biotechnology and Food Industry, Food Safety, Health and the Environmental sectors. 

The program will also contribute to the development of the necessary skills for innovation and entrepreneurship in the microbiology field. It further prepares the students for leadership positions in a career in Microbiology and related areas, endowing them with autonomous learning ability and critical spirit, versatility and creativity that enable them to meet the challenges of a professional environment and provide the academic training required for the continuation of studies at PhD level. Also, this education and training program is very suitable for employment within many sectors of industry and society.


Career prospects in a wide range of sectors are expected for the holders of the Masters's degree in Microbiology are high given the highly competitive, solid, advanced, up-to-date and wide-spectrum education in microbiology provided by the Consortium of Schools involved in this study cycle. 

These professionals are qualified to pursue a career, as microbiologists, in a broad employment market either in industry or in the public sector, for example in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and food industries and in the Environmental and Biomedical areas. 

They are also prepared to be enrolled in high-standard PhD programs and to develop international level scientific research in the field of Microbiology or in areas of interface with Microbiology. 

These MSc holders will not only have career options in R&D Institutions, in academia, in industry, and in public services/institutions, but they also have the skills to develop their own projects and enterprises, thus contributing to national economic growth and modernization

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Bioengineering and Market
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Epidemiology of Transmissible Diseases
  • Food Microbiology
  • Free Optional
  • Industrial Safety and Health
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Microbial Cell Factories
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Microbial Taxonomy
  • Structural Biology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

You may apply for a Master’s or an integrated master’s (2nd study cycle) under the following conditions:

  • If you have completed an undergraduate or an integrated masters (1st study cycle) at Instituto Superior Técnico, even though with no scientific consistency with the course of the 2nd study cycle that you wish to apply to;
  • Hold an undergraduate degree (1st study cycle) in the field of Science and Technology (except in the case of the 2nd study cycle in Architecture which requires a 1st study cycle programme in Architecture);
  • Hold either an academic, scientific or professional curriculum verifying the capability to complete the master’s programme you are applying to.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1063 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1063 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Lisbon

630 - 1123 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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