Master Cytogenetics and Reproductive Biology

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR4500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English, Spanish, Catalan (IELTS accepted)
Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona | Barcelona, Spain
In this master's degree you will be provided with the training needed to develop your academic and research skills and work professionally in different fields of cell biology: Biology of cell reproduction and differentiation; Basic and applied cytogenetics; Cancer and radiobiology.

Description of Cytogenetics and Reproductive Biology


The master's degree in Cytogenetics and ReproductiveBiology is aimed at graduates in Biosciences. Students should have strong analytical skills, a proactive attitude and determination, and should have completed their bachelor's degree studies in Biomedical Sciences, Genetics, Biology or Biotechnology, or their equivalents from other universities.

This master's degree is suitable both for students who wish to go into research and for those interested in clinical practice, in the following areas: Assisted Reproduction in Humans and Animals, Embryology, Genetics of Reproduction, Genetics of Cancer, Clinical Cytogenetics, Evolutionary Cytogenetics and Radiobiology.

Reproductive Biology provides knowledge of the cellular mechanisms involved in the reproduction of mammals, as well as of practical applications for the manipulation of gametes and embryos and their effects on both human reproduction and animal production and reproduction. Developments in assisted human reproduction techniques have opened a wide range of therapeutic possibilities to solve numerous reproductive problems affecting approximately 15% of the population. The growing demand of these treatment has brought about the need of professionals specialising in these techniques and with extensive lab and clinical practice expertise.

Career options

You will be enabled to develop the skills you acquire in professional, academic and research activities belonging to several specialised fields in the Biology of Cell Reproduction and Differentiation, in Basic and Applied Cytogenetics, Cancer and Radiobiology.

Teaching timetable

In morning and afternoon sessions.

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).
Start date October  2015
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
  • Partially taught in English
  • Partially taught in Spanish
  • Partially taught in Catalan
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

  • Analysis and Presentation of Scientific Data
  • Example Cases in Cytogenetics and Reproductive Biology
  • New Advances in Cytogenetics and Reproductive Biology
  • Master's dissertation
  • Cancer and radiobiology
  • Clinical Cytogenetics
  • Comparative Genomics
  • Integrated Cytogenetics Laboratory
  • Research Methodology
  • Work Placement
  • Analysis and Presentation of Scientific Data
  • Example Cases in Cytogenetics and Reproductive Biology
  • New Advances in Cytogenetics and Reproductive Biology
  • Master's dissertation
  • Development, Totipotency and Differentiation
  • Integrated Reproductive Biology Laboratory
  • Technology Associated with Reproduction
  • Research Methodology
  • Work Placement

Requirements for Cytogenetics and Reproductive Biology

Admission requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Genetics, Biotechnology, or their equivalents from other universities. Graduates in Microbiology or Biochemistry may also apply. In the latter cases, students' specific training in ReproductiveBiology and Cytogenetics is examined. If necessary, the master's committee will ask students to take bridging courses.

  • Level B1 in Catalan or Spanish, in the case of students who do not have these as their first language. Students with no certificate of proficiency in these languages will be interviewed by the master's committee before a decision is taken on admittance or exclusion.

Selection criteria

Should the number of applicants be higher than that of places on offer, these will be allocated according to the following criteria:

Academic transcript (60): Scoring will be based on the following criteria:

  • Between 0 and 1 point = 30
  • Between 1 and 1.5 points = 35
  • Between 1.5 and 2 points = 40
  • Between 2 and 2.5 points = 45
  • Between 2.5 and 3 points = 50
  • Over 3 points = 60

Complementary training

Students with a bachelor's degree in Microbiology or Biochemistry, depending on the courses they have taken, may need to take and pass bridging courses.

The Master's Committee will examine students' previous studies and determine whether bridging courses need to be taken or not.

Bridging courses comprise a maximum of 21 ECTS credits distributed among the following subjects belonging to the Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty of Biosciences at the UAB:

  • Cytogenetics, 6 ECTS credits

  • Technology of Reproduction, 6 ECTS credits

  • Human Genetics, 6 ECTS credits

  • Genetics and Reproduction, 3 ECTS credits

Work Experience for Cytogenetics and Reproductive Biology

No work experience is required.

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Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona, Spain

Spain The Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona was founded in 1968. The founders aimed to establish four principles of autonomy: freedom to select teaching staff, admission available to all students (but with a limited number), freedom to create its own study plans and freedom to administrate the University's capital. It is therefore a young university, but in its short history it has moved forward at a rapid pace.

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