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On this page, you will find the necessary requirements to apply to the Integrated Masters in Medicine and other information regarding the application steps.


Conditions for Application

The Application implies the reading of the Regulation for Access and Admission to the Integrated Master’s in Medicine of the Católica Medical School at Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

Check here for The Regulation for Access and Admission


Applicants should read the Terms of Confidentiality and Processing of Personal Data.

All contacts and/or clarifications of information should be made by email to medicina.fm@ucp.pt.


Nationality Requirements

  • Not being a national citizen of an European Union (EU) Member State;
  • Not being a direct descendant, spouse (husband/wife) or partner of a national of a EU Member State;
  • Has not been legally residing in Portugal continuously for more than two years on the 1st January of the year in which he/she intends to enter higher education (himself/herself, his or her spouse or any of the parents with whom he or she lawfully resides);
  • Not being a beneficiary of the status of equal rights and duties conferred in accordance with international treaties between the Portuguese State and the State of which they are nationals Students who are in emergency situation for humanitarian reasons (those may apply under the International Student Status, in accordance with article 7 of the REE I UCP, and should therefore contact the info@ucp.pt).

This regime should also be used by international students who are already students in a foreign higher education institution or who are holders of a higher education degree (national or foreign).

The admission at UCP of foreign citizens who are not covered by the provisions of the International Student Status must apply under the terms applicable to students of Portuguese nationality.


Access Qualifications

- Be the holder of a secondary school qualification or equivalent. (The applicants will need to require a Certification of Equivalence at Direção Geral de Educação here);

- Having one of the follow options:

  • Successful realization of the required entrance exams, considered equivalent to the corresponding Portuguese national exams (The required entrance exams are considered equivalent to the corresponding Portuguese national exams in accordance to the Deliberation No. 530/2023).



02 Biology and Geology (B) 
07 Physics and Chemistry (Q) 
16 Mathematics


  • Internal written exams, in English language and exams conducted in person, provide by Católica Medical School, with the Portuguese national exams subjects set for the Integrated Master's Degree in Medicine (subjects available on IAVE.pt)


Please note: You will need to identify the complete name of your secondary school where you complete your secondary diploma and final average.


Entrance Exams 

- Exams from International Diplomas

Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma

Portuguese National Exams Equivalent Exams
02 Biologia e Geologia Biology + Environmental Management
07 Física e Química Chemistry AS level or Chemistry A level and Physics AS level or Physics A level
16 Matemática Mathematics-Further or Mathematics AS level or Mathematics A level

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma)

Portuguese National Exams Equivalent Exams
02 Biologia e Geologia Biology SL/HL

07 Física e Química

Chemistry SL/HL and Physics SL/HL

16 Matemática

Further Mathematics or Mathematics or Mathematics Analysis and Aproaches - SL/HL or Mathematics Applications and Interpretations - SL/HL

Baccalauréat Européen (BAC Europeu)

Portuguese National Exams Equivalent Exams
02 Biologia e Geologia Biologie

07 Física e Química

Chimie and Physique

16 Matemática

Mathématiques - BAC ES or Mathématiques - BAC S or Mathématiques 3 or Mathématiques 5

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

Portuguese National Exams Equivalent Exams
02 Biologia e Geologia Biology Ecological (SAT Exams) or Biology Molecular (SAT Exams)
07 Física e Química Chemistry (SAT Exams) and Physics (SAT Exams)
16 Matemática Mathematics Level 2  (SAT Exams)

Advanced Placement Exam (AP Exams)

Portuguese National Exams Equivalent Exams
02 Biologia e Geologia AP Biology (AP Exam)
07 Física e Química AP Physics 1: Algebra Based  (AP Exam) and AP Chemistry (AP Exam)
16 Matemática AP Calculus AB (AP Exam) or AP Calculus BC (AP Exam)

The required entrance exams are considered equivalent to the corresponding Portuguese national exams in accordance to the Deliberation No. 530/2023.

A successful applicant must score a minimum of 140 (0 of 200) in each of the entrance exams, when translated to the Portuguese National grading system.

Note: The final exams are valid as entrance examinations in the year it is sat and in the two following years, according to the Deliberation No. 1233/2014 of the Comissão Nacional de Acesso ao Ensino Superior.




- Of Selection

  • English Proficiency

Minimum English level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), attested by one of the following certificates:

a) Cambridge English Exams - Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) - minimum score of 180;

b) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic - minimum score of 7;

c) Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-based Test (TOELF iBT) - a minimum score of 94;

d) Satisfaction test carried out at Católica Languages & Translation - level C1 of CEFR;

e) Applicants who provide proof that they have English as their first language or have attended secondary school exclusively in English.

  • Group A - Interpersonal Communication

This prerequisite aims to prove the applicants' interpersonal communication skills.

The medical declaration, attained by completing the form in the following regulation, shall prove the absence of any mental, sensory or motor deficiency that seriously interferes with the functional capacity and interpersonal communication to the point of impairing the applicant's own learning or that of others.

The respective result, expressed as Apt or Not Apt, does not influence the calculation of the application score.


- Of Ranking

  • Motivation Letter / Portfolio

After completing the 1st step of the application (the online application data), all applicants must duly fill in all the mandatory fields of the Portfolio online.

The portfolio consists of a set of questions related to the following themes: Reasons for choosing FM-UCP; Knowledge about PBL (Problem-based Learning) methodology; Voluntary work; Importance of volunteer work.

  • Mini-Interviews

After the 2nd step of the applications (the online portfolio), all applicants will participate in mandatory face-to-face mini-interviews of equal duration in English at the building of Católica Medical School.

These mini-interviews aim to assess whether the applicants have the essential skills required for a medical student and a future doctor.


Required Documentation for the Application 

If the applicant is no longer in secondary education, the following documentation is required:

- Passport-type photo;
- Identification Document and Tax Identification Document;
- Certificate/diploma of foreign secondary education, legally equivalent to the Portuguese Diploma. Applicants will need to request an equivalence certificate at the Direção Geral de Educação here.
- Proof of completion of foreign final exams or final year subject exams of the respective foreign secondary education degree, equivalent to the subjects in Portuguese education and/or of the internal exams written at Católica Medical School;
- Proof of English Language Proficiency (Final or Provisional);
- Declaration, under oath, that the applicant is eligible as an "International Student";
- Proof of up-to-date tetanus and diphtheria vaccination.

If the applicant is finishing secondary school, he/she must submit provisional documents, i.e. the grades obtained so far, as well as a prediction of the final grades.

In the 4th step of the application (submission of final documents), the applicants shall insert the final grades and official documents.


Application Calendar: 1st phase



from 8th March (from 09:00 hours) to 31st May 2023 (until 23:59 hours)

Motivation Letter / Portfolio **


from 8th March (from 09:00 hours) to 5th June 2023 (until 23:59 hours) – after validation of the application

Internal Exams *** (Mathematics; Physics and Chemistry; Biology and Geology)

(in person)

From 3rd to 7th July 2023

Mini Multiple Interviews

(in person)

from 14th June 2023 to 1st July 2023

Submission of Documents and Final Grades


from 31st July to 8th August 2023

Publication of Results


11th August 2023



15th, 16th and 17th August 2023

Submission of A-Level Diploma Results


Until 1st September 2023

First Day of Classes


4th September 2023

Results of A-Level Diplomas


5th September 2023

** Candidates will only receive the call for Internal Exams after submitting the Motivation Letter / Portfolio.

**`* Results will be available on the application platform on 4th August.

Application Calendar: 2nd phase*



from 29th August to 1st September 2023

Motivation Letter / Portfolio


from 30th August to 7th September 2023
–  after validation of the application

Mini Multiple Interviews

(in person)

8th and 9th September 2023

Publication of Results


11th September 2023



from 11th September to 14th September

First Day of Classes


18th September

*If there are any vacancies left over from the 1st phase, the 2nd phase of applications will open.


5 vacancies for the academic year 2023/2024.


Application Fee

The application fee for the integrated Master in Medicine will be €380.00. This amount is not refundable.


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The submission of the application implies the reading of the Regulation.

In order to start their application, applicants must:

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After creating the account, applicants will receive the access data in their email. Once they have access data, applicants may proceed to formalise their application on https://applications.fm.ucp.pt .

If you do not remember your username or password, you should access the email address https://applications.fm.ucp.pt/passwordResetRequest and follow the instructions to recover your username or password.