The MSc in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology provides an integrated view of Biology and Biomedicine from an organism-centred standpoint. The study of Evolution provides a powerful explanatory and unifying perspective of the living world by revealing the underlying long-term mechanisms that have shaped it and gives us conceptual tools to predict how it may change in the future. The study of Development addresses the mechanisms shaping organisms integrating multiple levels, from molecules to cells, from single genes to networks, from organs to behaviour. This Master’s programme puts a major emphasis on connecting these concepts and students learn to take a molecular, cellular, organismal and population approach to their study subjects, which range from bacteria to humans. Our students are trained to identify holistic approaches to a variety of societal challenges, from cancer to regenerative medicine, from biological invasions to the effects of climate change, and learn a variety of cutting-edge techniques to approach these challenges. See the video:
The MSc in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology equips its students with a solid conceptual as well as practical training, urges them to think critically and analytically, and gives them a robust preparation for a professional career in advanced basic or applied biological research.
The graduates of this MSc programme have been successful in finding positions in a variety of areas, both in Portugal and abroad.