University of Minho - School of Sciences

Introduction

The School of Sciences of the University of Minho, created in 1975, has evolved into a well-established institution enjoying a good reputation in quality of teaching and research in the domains of Exact and Natural Sciences.

The School integrates five departments (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Applications, and Physics) with a total of 191 teaching staff of whom 184 are qualified to a PhD degree level.

The undergraduate population of the School is of about 1200 students, distributed between twelve undergraduate degree courses and also approximately 436 postgraduate students (enrolled at both master and doctorate levels). Introductory courses in basic sciences are also provided as a service to other schools (Engineering, Economics, Psychology, etc) of the University of Minho.

The University of Minho is a split-site university with instalations located in Braga and Guimarães, two neighbouring cities 20 km apart. The School of Sciences is established in both campi of the University, however the school administration services and the main installations of the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics and Applications and Physics are located in Braga, on the Campus of Gualtar. The research laboratories, staff and secretarial offices, are also installed on this site. The research activities of the school are carried out within research centres located in each department.

During the last few years, the School of Sciences has extended its facilities into the Campus of Azurém, in Guimiarães, where one can also find teaching and research installations of the Departments of Mathematics and Applications, Chemistry and Physics.

The Departments of the School of Sciences have high quality laboratories, equipped with advanced instrumentation assuring graduated and pos-graduated training in experimental sciences, awarding master and PhD degrees and providing a first training in experimental sciences and providing conditions for the development of advanced research projects.

Naturally the presence of the Departments and Research Centres of the School of Sciences provides the surrounding comunity with access to specialised experimental and consultancy services.

This school offers programs in:
  • Portuguese (Portugal)

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Programs

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Bachelor

Bachelor in Applied Biology

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Portugal Braga

The main goal of the Undergraduate Degree Course in Applied Biology is to prepare professionals with a solid knowledge in the Life Sciences, using interactive teaching/learning methods with a strong component on experimental techniques and practices. [+]

Academic degree: Bachelor (Bologna 1st cycle degree) ECTS: 180 Duration: 3 curricular years Regime: Normal Place: Gualtar Campus, Braga Main Scientific area: Biology BACHELOR| 3 YEARS The Bachelor of Applied Biology prepares professionals with a solid knowledge in the Life Sciences, using interactive teaching/learning methods with a strong component on experimental techniques and practices. The course provides qualification in multiple areas of Biology ranging from the molecular and cell biology, organisms, populations and communities. At the end of this degree, the acquired theoretical and practical competences will be useful for several professional activities, related with the health, environment, industry and agriculture sectors. Graduates will have basic and multidisciplinary knowledge that will enable the access to a wide range of second cycle courses where they can obtain specific and advanced knowledge on subjects of their preference, as an appropriate complement of their initial training. Careers The theoretical and practical skills acquired with this Degree are an essential and unique support to perform and develop several professional activities in the fields of health, environment, industry and agriculture. [-]

Bachelor in Applied Statistics

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Portugal Braga

One of the main objectives of the Licenciatura Undergraduate Degree Course in Applied Statistics is to train professionals who can master various techniques of Statistics. These will have communication skills and team work abilities, allowing their integration into multidisciplinary teams in order to support decision making in large organizations. [+]

Academic degree: Bachelor (Bologna 1st cycle degree) ECTS: 180 Duration: 3 curricular years Regime: Normal Place: Azurém Campus, Guimarães Main Scientific area: Statistics BACHELOR | 3 YEARS The degree in Applied Statistics trains professionals who master various techniques of Statistics, with communication and group work skills, allowing their integration in multidisciplinary teams to support the decision-making in large organizations. These organizations may be hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, consultants, banks and insurance companies, media, government entities and municipalities, universities, industry. The degree has a strong component of modelling and solving problems in areas as diverse as Medicine, Biology, Physics, the Engineering, Economics and Finance. The context in which it will place the new graduates is an increasingly organized and competitive world in which they will play a key role, since the need for solving tasks with scientific foundation is essential to ensure the development of Portugal. Careers The Undergraduate Degree Course in Applied Statistics aims to train professionals that can work in large organizations. These may be hospitals and pharmaceutical laboratories, consultants, banks and insurers, media, government entities and municipalities, universities, industry. [-]

Bachelor in Biology - Geology

Campus Full time 6 semesters September 2017 Portugal Braga

The Undergraduate Degree Course in Biology-Geology, restructured according to Bologna Process gives theoretical, laboratorial and field skills in Biology, Geology and Environmental scientific areas. [+]

Academic degree: Bachelor (Bologna 1st cycle degree) ECTS: 180 Duration: 6 curricular semesters Regime: Normal Place: Gualtar Campus, Braga Main Scientific area: Biology, Geology BACHELOR | 3 YEARS The Bachelor of Biology-Geology provides scientific training in the fields of Biology and Geology. Besides offering subjects in both fields of science, it seeks to broaden the access of graduates to the market labour and enables them to collaborate in various socio-professional sectors, such as environment, management and nature conservation, exploration and exploitation of natural resources and scientific research. The course also provides technical and scientific capacity to access a 2nd cycle in the environment fields not excluding classic areas of Biology, as Plant Biology, Animal, Molecular and Microbiology and Geology, as Hydrogeology, Geological Prospecting, Mineral Deposits, Cartography . The course also enables the conditions of access to the 2nd cycle which qualifies for teaching the 3rd cycle of primary and secondary education. Careers Job opportunities for graduates in Biology-Geology (1st cycle) include: - Technician jobs in parks and nature reserves (conservation of biological resources, geoconservation and environmental protection, ...); - Environmental technicians and ecotourism technicians; - Technicians in museus, science centers and other educational spaces (dissemination of Life Sciences); - Technician jobs in local and central administration, in areas related to planning and environment; - Technicians in trading companies of science and technology materials; - Technicians in laboratories of biology and geology areas (eg, laboratory testing for water industries, water treatment plants (WTP's) and wastewater (WWTP's), food industry, Biomonitoring; Geotechnics; Thematic Cartography); - Laboratory technicians in scientific research institutions. [-]

Bachelor in Chemistry

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Portugal Braga

The Undergraduate Degree Course in Chemistry provides students with a solid, broad-based preparation within the structure of the Bologna Declaration, and permits recognition and mobility within the european higher education network. [+]

Academic degree: Bachelor (Bologna 1st cycle degree) ECTS: 180 Duration: 3 curricular years Regime: Normal Place: Gualtar Campus, Braga Main Scientific area: Chemistry BACHELOR | 3 YEARS The Bachelor degree in Chemistry provides a solid grounding in the core areas of chemistry, in both their theoretical and laboratory components, and basic training in complementary areas. The course offers the choice of four alternative paths: Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, minor in Physics and minor in Plastic Materials. In the last semester, an internship is permitted in the industrial context or in scientific research laboratories. A graduate may perform scientific, technical and commercial tasks in the field of the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic industry, polymers, paints, detergents, textiles, paper, cork, wood, leather and treatment / recovery of waste. The acquired training will also allow access to a variety of 2nd cycle courses, which provide advanced and specialized knowledge. Careers The scientific training acquired by graduates in chemistry allows access to a wide range of occupations in industry and services, including: - chemical industry with a component of chemical synthesis, such as agrochemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, polymers, paints, dyes and detergents. - Food processing, textiles, plastics, cellulose, cork, wood and leather. - Water industry. - Companies of treatment and recovery of waste. - Laboratories of chemical analyses of industries and the state. - Corporate marketing of chemicals, raw materials and material scientific or technical. - Business consulting. - Scientific research institutions. In addition to cognitive skills and problem solving in the traditional fields of chemistry, students acquire the ability to apply knowledge to solve problems not directly related to their field of study. They are also prepared to integrate multidisciplinary technical teams, as independent practitioners within their specialty in different technological environments, industrial or educational purposes. [-]

Bachelor in Computer Science

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Portugal Braga

The Undergraduate Degree Course on Computer Science (CS) is a 1st cycle qualification under the new Bologna European recommendation (a degree known as "Licenciatura", in Portugal), requires 6 semesters of full time education and it is being offered at UM since 2006. [+]

Academic degree: Bachelor (Bologna 1st cycle degree) ECTS: 180 Duration: 3 curricular years Regime: Normal Place: Gualtar Campus, Braga Main Scientific area: Mathematics, Computer Science BACHELOR | 3 YEARS The degree in Computer Sciences is characterized by a strict vision of computing, with a solid mathematical foundation. The course structure includes extensive training of scientific basis, enabling its students to achieve a full professional life with the skills needed to the analysis and responsible reflection of problems in the area of information technology, to the harmonious development of robust software applications and quality, and its integration in appropriate technology platforms. The graduates are strong candidates to pursue a vocational further training in a wide range of 2nd cycle courses in UMinho or anywhere in the European Union. [-]

Bachelor in Environmental Sciences

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Portugal Braga

The Undergraduate Degree Course in Environmental Sciences trains professionals with the skills to interpret the phenomena that control the state of the Environment. These graduates can contribute to the technique and/or policy decision-making, by grounding it on extensive scientific criteria. [+]

Academic degree: Bachelor (Bologna 1st cycle degree) ECTS: 180 Duration: 3 curricular years Regime: Normal Place: Gualtar Campus, Braga Main Scientific area: Environmental Sciences BACHELOR | 3 YEARS The Bachelor of Environmental Sciences trains professionals with skills to analyse the phenomena that controls the state of the environment. These graduates can contribute to the technical decision-making and / or policy process which are based on extensive scientific criteria. Careers The perspective simultaneously integrative and specialized, allows these graduates to act in the domains of land management, Nature conservation, environmental monitoring and control of risks, in different professional fields: - Business consulting and environmental services (eg in the fields of tourism of Nature, training, monitoring studies and environmental impact assessment); - Research with the possibility of accessing to postgraduate training and research in various fields of science and technology environment; - State agencies and municipal entities. [-]

Bachelor in Geology

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Portugal Braga

The Degree Course in Geology aims the training of technicians, with a geological background, prepared to support the sustainable management of geological resources. The graduation also intends to give the necessary skills to promote the sustainable management of geological resources, integrated with good practices of territorial planning and promotion of environmental quality. [+]

Academic degree: Bachelor (Bologna 1st cycle degree) ECTS: 180 Duration: 3 curricular years Regime: Normal Place: Gualtar Campus, Braga Main Scientific area: Geology BACHELOR | 3 YEARS The Bachelor of Geology trains graduates that, in addition to conventional skills in the field of geology, have a training addressed to the sustainable management of geological resources in a planning framework which promotes environmental quality. The geologist has a key role in the discovery of raw materials and the research of water resources and also on issues related to natural hazards, water and soil pollution, and territorial planning. Certification bodies, mining production companies, ceramics and industrial stony products can absorb these graduates, as well as some consultancy agencies, supporting projects and management of both public sector and private sector, in fields of planning, services, justice, production and marketing. [-]

Bachelor in Mathematics

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Portugal Braga

The Undergraduate Degree Course in Mathematics is a six semester course (180 ECTS credits). It is a wide range programme, providing basic knowledge in the major areas of mathematics, from theory to applications. [+]

Academic degree: Bachelor (Bologna 1st cycle degree) ECTS: 180 Duration: 6 curricular semesters Regime: Normal Place: Gualtar Campus, Braga Main Scientific area: Mathematics BACHELOR | 3 YEARS This degree in Mathematics is characterized by being an embracing degree where basic skills in mathematics are taught, either in their fundamental component or the applied component, being given particular emphasis on the use of symbolic calculation software, numerical, graphical capabilities and statistics. This degree aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills related to mathematics, developing their accuracy and analysis skills, so that they can later apply them in the context of the business world, research and teaching. The training obtained from this degree will provide its graduates skills with that will enable them to make a wide choice of 2nd cycles in the areas of Science, Economics and Management or Engineering. Careers Graduates in Mathematics will be able to model and solve problems in science or technology. They will have developed skills of rigor and analysis that will certainly be very useful in their future career. [-]

Bachelor in Physics

Campus Full time 6 semesters September 2017 Portugal Braga

The access to this Cycle of Studies can be done through the following ways. [+]

Academic degree: Bachelor (Bologna 1st cycle degree) ECTS: 180 Duration: 6 curricular semesters Regime: Normal Place: Gualtar Campus, Braga Main Scientific area: Physics BACHELOR | 3 YEARS This degree in Physics trains graduates with a solid and comprehensive knowledge that encompasses both mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, thermodynamics and statistical physics such as quantum physics, condensed matter physics, atomic physics and physics of the nucleus and of elementary particles. The degree also has a strong component in experimental physics and allows two alternative routes: Physics and Physics with minor in Chemistry. It provides access to a broad range of 2nd cycle courses, where students can get specialized training, including qualification for teaching. Graduates in Physics are able to perform scientific tasks in laboratories and research centres and technical functions and consulting in areas as diverse as the industry, the hospital area and nature of financial companies. [-]

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Campus de Gualtar
4710-057 Braga

Braga, PT