Advanced Genetics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


A new study plan for the master's degree in Advanced Genetics at Universit at Autònoma de Barcelona has been put in place, which offers several advantages over the previous one.

  • 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).

Programme Structure

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. This distribution is meant to facilitate students' work, avoiding the need to combine attendance at the placement centre, which can be some distance from the Bellaterra campus, with classes for the theory modules at the Faculty of Biosciences, on the campus itself.

While the content of the second semester is compulsory for all students, in the first semester there is a degree of optionality so that students can choose modules according to their own interests within the field of Genetics.
One compulsory module has been programmed that cuts across the whole curriculum, presenting the latest advances in genetics through seminars on plant genomics, genetics for development or other areas that are not included in the other course modules. Learning outcomes for the students will be defined by their success in integrating course contents in their final dissertation, the knowledge of theory acquired in the different modules and the methodologies developed in the practical sessions. The experience accumulated in organising this master's degree allows us to offer a wide variety of centres, where students can choose the subject areas that best fit in with their chosen career. It is significant that in metropolitan Barcelona there is considerable genetics-related research and professional activity, so that students can opt to carry out their placement with a firm, a university department, or one of the many research institutes working in agriculture, veterinary science or public health.

Study plan structure

  • 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


Course coordinator
  • Ricard Marcos
E-mail adress:
  • 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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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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.

Tuition Fee Per Credit

  • EUR 75 International
  • EUR 46 EU/EEA
  • Price: 46,11€ per credit (EU citizens and non-EU citizens holding a Spanish residence permit).
  • 75€ per credit (non-EU citizens who do not hold a Spanish residence permit).


Specific grants for this master's degree

Those interested in enrolling in this master's degree can apply for one of the grants offered by the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation for graduates enrolling in master's degrees. A total of 5,000 Euros is offered in one enrolment aid for this master's degree. To apply you must have an excellent student record, a Spanish passport and you must enrol in the course full-time.

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