Metabolic Diseases and Eating Behaviour


The increase in life expectancy and environmental changes in terms of food availability and physical inactivity created conditions for a profound change in the level of morbidity and risk of mortality of human beings in developed countries.

This finding needs to be accompanied by a deepening of knowledge and research in this area, from a multidisciplinary perspective.

The transformations that have occurred should be studied at academic level, in the fields of knowledge that are related, in a transversal way - public health, biology, biochemistry, genetics, psychology, psychiatry, nutrition, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases clinics, and surgery.


1st year 1st semester 

Typology of contact hours: T-Theoretical, TP – Theoretical-Practical, S – Seminar

Unidade curricular ( PT/EN)  N.º de ECTS  Nº de horas de Contacto (aulas)
Determinantes e consequências das doenças metabólicas / Determinants and consequences of metabolic diseases 4 30
Alimentação humana / Human Consumption 5 37
Epidemiologia e avaliação da obesidade / Epidemiology and evaluation of obesity 4 30
Metabolismo geral / General Metabolism  3 22
Genética / Genetics 9 51
Área complementar de formação I / Complementary training area (I) 4 44

1st year 2nd semester

Unidade curricular ( PT/EN)  N.º de ECTS Nº de horas de Contacto (aulas)
Doenças do Comportamento Alimentar / Feeding behavior disorders 5 37
Diabetes / Diabetes 6 44
Bioquímica / Biochemistry 4 44
Medicina / Medicine  5 22
Anatomofisiologia e Cirurgia / Anatomy and surgery 6 59
Área complementar de formação II / Complementary training area (II) 5 44


General Objectives

Increase knowledge in the areas of the subjects taught in order to exercise the profession to which the degree is aimed in a more advanced way. In particular, acquire skills regarding understanding the determinants and consequences of the disease and, within this area, what is prevention, what is health management and the centrality of the sick and people in general.

Specific Objectives

Provide professionals with a Master degree with specific skills to perform technical functions in areas such as obesity, eating disorders and metabolic diseases.




 FMUL Accreditation

Skills Acquisition


Holders of the Master Degree in Metabolic Diseases and Eating Behaviour can perform functions in this area in public bodies aimed at preventing obesity and diabetes, whether those that are under the authority of the Ministry of Health or those that are governed by the Ministry of Education. They can also work in the agri-food industry and carry out private or public practice. They will be able to integrate research teams and be involved in projects. In the professional career, the master degree is integrated in the progression and prominence in clinical or dietary or nutritional administration, nursing, food engineering, psychology related to the eating behaviour clinic, and medicine.

Target Students | vacancies


Holders of a master degree or legal equivalent in the following areas of knowledge in the fields of medicine, biology, psychology, dietetics, nutrition, human kinetics, nursing, or related sciences.

Exceptionally, holders of a bachelor degree or legal equivalent, holding a particularly relevant academic or scientific curriculum recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the scientific committee of the Master Degree in Metabolic Diseases and Eating Behaviour.

The course will run with a maximum number of 16 places.

Fees/ Registration Fee


The tuition fee may be paid, in full or in instalments, according to the terms and amounts indicated in the tuition fee determination for the academic year  2020/2021

Scientific Committee


Professor Manuel Diamantino Pires Bicho – Coordinator
Professor Daniel José Branco de Sampaio
Professor Henrique Manuel Bicha Castelo
Professor José Manuel Braz Nogueira
Professor Maria Isabel Augusta Cortes do Carmo
Professor Maria Helena Regalo da Fonseca
Professor Pedro Jorge do Amaral de Melo Teixeira
Professor Nuno Santos
Professor Diogo Telles Correia
Professor Mário Mascarenhas