Master Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biomedicine

Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona | Barcelona, Spain
The aim of the master's degree in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biomedicine is to offer high-quality training in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biomedicine that will allow students to join a research group or a pharmaceutical, biotechnological or biomedical company.

Description of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biomedicine

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Both theory-based and research and development modules are included.

The degree is divided into two different specialisations:
  • Biomolecules in Biomedical Research, which aims to relate the structure of biomolecules to their function, thus allowing the rational design of applications that will benefit society;
  • Molecular Pathology, with a focus on understanding the molecular causes of human pathologies and on identifying new advanced therapies.
Ideal student profile

The Master's degree in Biochemistry, MolecularBiology and Biomedicine is aimed principally at graduates in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Computer Science or Physics. Access is also open to graduates in Biosciences or Health Sciences, and graduates in similar fields from other countries. Students will need an upper-intermediate level of English.

Applicants for this master's degree must have a strong motivation for research and development inBiochemistry, MolecularBiology and Biomedicine, must be able to work in multidisciplinary, international environments and must have initiative, a capacity for creation and innovation, and an entrepreneurial attitude.

Career options

When you complete the Master's degree in Biochemistry, MolecularBiology and Biomedicine you will be prepared to develop a scientific, academic or professional career in research centres, universities, hospitals and companies in the R&D sector. Some of the specific fields you will be prepared to work in are biochemistry, molecularbiology, biomedicine, biotechnology, pharmaceutics and food technology.

This master's degree also meets the academic needs of research personnel wishing to undertake PhD studies in biochemistry, molecularbiology and biomedicine.

Teaching timetable

Lectures will be held in morning and afternoon sessions.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline October
Tuition fee
  • EUR 4500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 2760 Year (EEA)
  • Price: 46Ä 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
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

  • Advanced Seminars in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biomedicine
  • Basic Research Skills in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biomedicine
  • Master's Dissertation
  • Professional Work Experience and Research in Structural Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Advanced Genomics and Proteomics
  • Biomolecule Structure
  • Function of Biomolecules in Health and Illness
  • Molecular Bases of Signal Transduction and Cancer
  • Recombinant DNA: Basics and Advanced Applications
  • Advanced Seminars in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biomedicine
  • Basic Research Skills in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biomedicine
  • Master's Dissertation
  • Professional Work Experience and Research in Molecular Pathology
  • Advances in Clinical Biochemistry and Molecular Pathology
  • Basic Translational and Clinical Research Skills
  • Molecular Bases of Signal Transduction and Cancer
  • Molecular Neurobiology and Physiology
  • Transgenesis and Gene Therapy: from Animal to Clinic

Lecturers

  • David G. Quintana, Fac. Medicine, UAB (module 1)
  • Inma Ponte, Fac. Biosciences, UAB (module 2)
  • Antonio Casamayor, Fac. Veterinary Medicine (module 3)
  • Enrique Querol, IBB (module 4)
  • Fàtima Bosch, CBATEG (module 5)
  • Jose M Lizcano, Fac. Medicine (module 6)
  • Rosario Fernández, Fac. Biosciences (module 7)
  • Esther Udina (module 8)
  • Francisco Blanco, Teaching Unit, Hospital de St. Pau (module 9)
  • Josep Quer, IRVH (module 10)
  • David Reverter, IBB (module 11)
  • Francisco Blanco, Teaching Unit, Hospital de St. Pau (Pat Mol work experience module and Specialisation in Biomolecules in Molecular Pathology Master's Dissertation)
  • Jaume Farrés (Structural Biochemistry and Molecular Biology work experience module and Specialisation in Biomolecules in Biomedical Research Master's Dissertation)

Requirements for Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biomedicine

Access to this master's degree 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
The admission requirements are as follows:
  • Degree in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Genetics, Microbiology, Chemistry, Computer Studies, Physics, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy or Medicine, including those obtained for studies undertaken in other countries.

  • Official certificate of English at level B1 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework for Languages. If this certificate is not available the coordinator will give an English level test.

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: up to 5 points.

  • Previous studies of Biochemistry, MolecularBiology and Biomedicine: up to 3 points.

  • Professional or research experience: up to 2 points.

Complementary training

Graduates in Computer Studies, Chemistry or Physics may need to take and pass certain bridging courses.
The Master's committee will examine candidates' previous studies and decide which bridging courses are required.
Graduates in Physics and Computer Studies will need to take a maximum of 21 ECTS credits in bridging courses selected from the following subjects belonging to the Bachelor's Degrees in Biochemistry of Biotechnology:

  • Biochemistry, 6 ECTS

  • MolecularBiology, 6 ECTS

  • Recombinant DNA Technology, 3 ECTS

  • Basic Instrumental Techniques, 3 ECTS

  • Advanced Instrumental Techniques, 3 ECTS

Chemistry graduates who have not taken MolecularBiology as part of their degree need to take up to a maximum of 9 ECTS through the following subjects belonging to the Bachelor's Degrees in Biochemistry of Biotechnology:

  • MolecularBiology, 6 ECTS

  • Recombinant DNA Technology, 3 ECTS

Work Experience for Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biomedicine

No work experience is required.

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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.