Joint Master Degree in Biomedical Laboratory Science

2021-2023 edition



The European Master’s Degree in Laboratory Biomedical Sciences includes 120 ECTS and a normal duration of 4 curricular semesters.

The prevailing scientific area: laboratory biomedical sciences, with CNAEF classification 725.

The master’s degree will be taught by the Consortium composed by the Technical School of Health Services of Coimbra and by four Higher Education Institutions of the European Union:
– Technical School of Health Services of Coimbra – Coimbra, Portugal;
– University of Gothenburg – Gothenburg, Sweden;
– Wien University Campus of Applied Science – Vienna, Austria;
– Technological University Dublin – Dublin, Ireland

The Technical School of Health Services of Coimbra is the coordinating institution of the Consortium, being responsible by scheduling the classes, by its annual publishing and by the administrative management of the evaluation process

-support the development of excellence, innovation and internationalisation in higher education,

– highlight the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) as the premier educational destination for postgraduate training in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences (BLS) and

-enhance the competence, skills and employability of programme graduates. The main aim of the in EMDJM in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences (MARBLE) is to educate and train biomedical laboratory scientists (BLs) to the highest standards, and equip them to meet the needs of this key diagnostic sector as researchers, advocates, leaders and professional diagnostic partners.

A secondary aim is to contribute to a unified European professional identity for BLs, harmonizing and supporting specialist practice across the European area. Achieving these aims will facilitate an increase in graduates’ specialist competence, promote mobility of BLs and provide high-quality post-graduate BLs for the European and International area

Can apply for registration and enrollment:

a) Holders of the graduate degree or bachelor’s degree in Laboratory Biomedical Sciences/ Biomedical Sciences or legal equivalent;

b) Holders of a foreign higher academic degree conferred following a first cycle of studies in Laboratory Biomedical Sciences/ Biomedical Sciences, organised according to the principles of the Bologna process by a state adhering to this process;

c) Holders of a foreign higher academic degree recognized as meeting the objectives of the graduate degree in Laboratory Biomedical Sciences by the scientific technical council;

d) Holder of a school curriculum, scientific or professional which reveals the ability to attend the course, which is recognized by the technical-scientific council.


The recognition referred in the points b), c) and d), only has as effect the access to the study cycle which leads to the master’s degree, not providing to its holder the equivalence to the graduate degree or recognition of that degree. Will only be admitted the academical degrees considered in the points a) and b) of the previous paragraph if, in their original study plan, the students have completed a minimal of 60 ECTS in a set of subjects of the Laboratory Biomedical Sciences area, being considered, for instance, the following areas: Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Microbiology, Cytopathology, Hematology, Histopathology,
Immunohistochemistry, Molecular Pathology, Transfusion and Transplantation Sciences. Cumulatively the candidates will have to have a good domain in English proven by an exam of an English C1 level (International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (minimum score of 6.0 with at least 5.0 points in each section); Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (in paper) with at least 550 points, with 4.0 in the written
section; TOEFL (IBT) 79 POINTS with a minimum of 17 points in each section). The candidates of English-speaking countries should provide an official letter of the University where they graduated certifying that English was the instructional language.

a) Proof of qualification of higher education, with information of the final classification (in case it’s a foreign document, the candidate should also present, it’s translation to one of the following languages: Portuguese; Spanish; French or English);

b) Curriculum vitae in accordance with the europas models and supporting document of the elements in it in Portuguese or English or with a certified translation;

c) Citizen card (front and back) or Identity Card and Tax number or Passport (will have to write in the document that the delivery is destined only to confirm the information and issue of ESTeSC certifications);

d) Youtube video link.

1st stage:
– Application: from the approval until September 12th 2021;

– Display of the admitted and serial list of the candidates accepted: until September 21st 2021;

– Complaints: until September 23rd 2021

– Decision regarding the complaints/final serial list of those accepted: until September 30th 2021;

– Registration and enrollment (exclusively online): from October 4th to 6th 2021.


In the event that all vacancies are not filled in the competition stages, an application stage proposed by the ESTeSC President with a calendar to be disclosed can be executed.

20 vacancies

The applications should exclusively occur online, should be submitted in

At the end of the process the candidate should print/verify the payment of the fees associated with their application and proof of application.

The application will only be valid after paying the application fee until the last day of application.


The candidates admitted should proceed with the registration and enrollment (exclusively online) in

In case of explicit withdrawal of the registration and enrollment, or nonattendance to perform it, ESTeSC convenes, within 5 days after the end of the registration and enrollment period, the candidates on the serial list, by the order indicated there.

President: Fernando José Figueiredo Agostinho D’Abreu Mendes (ESTeSC);

Board member: Armando José Cerejo Caseiro (ESTeSC);

Board member: Diana Raquel Fernandes Martins (ESTeSC);

Board member: Christine Schnabl (University of Applied Sciences Campus Wien);

Board member: Veronika Stefanik (University of Applied Sciences Campus Wien);

Board member: Camilla Hesse (University of Gothenburg);

Board member: Gunnel Hellgren (University of Gothenburg);

Board member: Steve Meaney (Technological University of Dublin);

Board member: Kathleen Brosnan (Technological University of Dublin).