The programme is aimed at two types of candidates: holders of degrees in biological and health sciences (biology, medicine, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacy, etc.) and holders of engineering degrees or degrees in basic scientific disciplines (chemistry, physics, or mathematics).
Candidates must be interested in the development and application of computational tools for use in the field of biomedicine.Structure
Students of the master's programme may choose between three different course types: research, academic, and professional. The programme spans a total of two academic years and is taught entirely in English.
All first-year subjects are optional with a view to encouraging students to design personalized curricula based on their prior training and future interests by choosing subjects from different fields of bioinformatics (genomic bioinformatics, structural bioinformatics, systems biology, pharmacoinformatics, and medical informatics), as well as among general cross-disciplinary subjects related to algorithms and programming, data management and analysis, and text mining.
In the second year, students acquire basic notions of bioethics and data protection applied to bioinformatics, as well as of the design, management and exploitation of scientific research. They also complete a master's degree final project.Content
The internship consists of a supervised placement at a laboratory or company to carry out the final research project for the master's degree. Upon completion of the placement, the student will write a research paper and publicly defend the work he or she has done.
Internships are generally carried out at public and private laboratories in the Barcelona area, although students may also choose to do them in other regions or countries. They take place during the second year of the master's programme, span a total of six months, and are full-time (40 hours a week).Career prospects
The main career prospects are:
Scholarships information: http://www.upf.edu/postgrau/en/beques/
Candidates for acceptance to the Master in Bioinformatics for Health Sciences must provide accreditation that they have obtained or are in position to obtain an accredited undergraduate degree (Bachelor degree or recognised equivalent degree from an accredited Higher Education Institution). Degrees in any academic field of study will be accepted.
A letter of motivation in English, stating the candidate's interest in following the master's programme (400 to 600 words)
One letter of recommendation (professional or academic).
No work experience is required.
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