M.Sc. Advanced Genetics

Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona | Barcelona , Spain
The Master's Degree in Advanced Genetics covers two semesters, the first of which comprises theoretical content only, leaving the second semester for the experimental work (external work placement) and the master's dissertation.



In 2013-2014 a new study plan for this master'sdegree has been put in place, which offers several advantages over the previous one. Among the strengths of this new version of the master'sdegree are:

  • New modules designed taking into account the first batch of new students from the university's bachelor's degree programmes,
  • elimination of itineraries and specialisations,
  • removal of overlaps with modules of other master's degrees,
  • teaching in English,
  • theory concentrated in the first semester, which means that the second semester is totally free for work on the research paper. This allows study periods that can be spent outside the UAB's area of influence.
Career options
Professional career options include:
  • Hospital genetics
  • Clinical genetics
  • Evolutionary medicine (a new evolving speciality)
  • Pre- and postnatal (including preimplantational) genetic diagnosis centres
  • Genetic service firms (sequentiation, microarrays, genome analysis, bioinformatics)
  • Science equipment firms
  • Genetic consultancy
  • Science police
  • Quality control for the food industry (detecting transgenics, etc.)?
  • Genetic improvement of animals or plants
  • Pharmaceutical industry and related industries (evaluation of genotoxicity, etc.)
  • Biotechnology industry (production of transgenics, recombinant proteins, specific gene therapy vectors, etc.)
  • Environmental / ecological diversity / conservation institutions and consultants (zoos, natural parks, etc.)
  • conservation and reproduction of animal and plant species
  • Writing up and translating specialised scientific articles (newpapers, publishing houses, etc.).
  • Working in official and private research centres.
  • Teaching (universitary and secondary school level).

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline October
Tuition fee
  • EUR 4500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 2760 Year (EEA)
  • Price: 46.11Ä per credit (EU citizens and non-EU holding a Spanish residence permit).
  • 75Ä per credit (non-EU citizens who do not hold a Spanish residence permit).
  • Fees for the 2014/15 academic year.
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

  • External Work Experience
  • Genomics
  • Master's Dissertation
  • Methods and Techniques in Molecular Genetics
  • Recent Advances in Genetics
  • Advanced Genetic Improvements
  • Applied Evolutive Genetics
  • Genetic Predisposition to Cancer
  • Genetic Risk


Ideal student profile

Ideally, new students will have graduated in Genetics at the UAB, but the profile of those who have graduated in other disciplines at the Faculty of Biosciences of the UAB (Biomedical Sciences, Biotechnology or Biology) is also suited to the content and objectives of the master's degree inAdvanced Genetics. The profile of graduates in Biology or a similar subject from other Spanish universities is also appropriate. Similarly, the Master's degree is suitable for students of Veterinary Science and Medicine.

Apart from their educational background, the students should be highly motivated, both in exploring the theoretical aspects of Genetics and in how Genetics can help solve many of the problems faced by today's society. The ability to work in a team is also required, not only because experimental work is always done in a group, but because solutions can often be found only by interacting with other specialists, whether in Genetics or in other fields. Finally, the Master's degree has a heavy workload, so a high level of dedication is required.


Course coordinator
  • Ricard Marcos
E-mail adress: ga.masters.biociencies@uab.cat
  • Biosciences: R. Marcos, A. Ruíz, M. Santos, J. Surrallés, N. Xamena, A. Creus, A, Velàzquez, A. Barbadilla, A. Hernàndez, O. Cabré, F.J. Rodríguez-Trelles, M.P. García, M. Cáceres
  • Veterinary medicine: J.M. Folch, J. Piedrafita, A. Sánchez, M. Amils

English Language Requirements

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Access to this master'sdegree is open to holders of an official bachelor's degree from a Spanish university or from another higher education institution within or outside the European Higher Education Area, provided this gives access to postgraduate studies in the country of issue.

Admission requirements
  • have a degree in Biosciences, Medicine, Pharmacy or Veterinary Science;
  • have taken a subject related to Genetics (in general, or a specific area) as part of their degree;
  • have a level in English of B1 on the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The committee will interview those who cannot certify that they have level B1, in order to ensure that they would be able to follow the classes without difficulty.

Selection criteria

Once admission is granted, places will be allocated according to the following criteria:

  • Academic transcript (70%).
  • Curriculum vitae (20%).
  • Personal interview (10%).
The committee will interview those who cannot certify that they have level B1, in order to ensure that they would be able to follow the classes without difficulty.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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