Master in Pharmaceutical Industry and Biotechnology

This master offers two registration fee grants worth 2,000 € each for the 2014-2015 academic year. More information

Assistència Sanitària offers all students taking a master's degree or a postgraduate course in the field of health at any Catalan university a scholarship programme covering 50% of the registration fee (with a maximum amount of 1,000 €). More information (in Spanish)

Presentation

The primary aim of this master's programme is to train students in the area of companies dedicated to researching drugs and biotechnology products to be used to prevent and treat human diseases.  

Who is it for?

Candidates for the master's programme must submit proof of a university degree in a natural or health science discipline. They must moreover be interested in all aspects of pharmaceutical research. Consideration will also be given to prior achievements in the field of medical and pharmaceutical research and to experience in the industry.

Tracks

• Pharmaceutical Industry

This track consists of two specific subjects, worth 5 credits each, and a two-term practical module that culminates in the submission of the master's project and is carried out on a full-time basis at a pharmaceutical company. The specific subjects are: Development of New Drugs and Healthcare Products (5 credits) and Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Technology (5 credits). In addition, students must take two practical modules (1 and 2) and submit a master's degree final project (40 credits).

• Medical Biotechnology

This track consists of two specific subjects, worth 5 credits each, and a two-term practical module that culminates in the submission of the master's project and is carried out on a full-time basis at a company or laboratory specialized in medical biotechnology. The specific subjects are: Biological Systems and Genetic Engineering (5 credits) and Current Biotechnological Processes Applicable to Healthcare (5 credits). In addition, students must take two practical modules (1 and 2) and submit a master's degree final project (40 credits).

Structure

Students on the master's programme in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industry may choose between three course types - research, academic and professional - and two tracks - Pharmaceutical Industry and Medical Biotechnology. The teaching is divided into one term primarily focused on theory and two terms consisting of solely practical content.

The second and third term are reserved for the internship, which students must work on exclusively, at a company in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry or at a contract research organization (CRO).

Internship

The internship is compulsory and may be paid depending on the partner institution at which it is carried out. The internship is completed during the second and third term on a full-time basis (morning and afternoon) and takes place at a company in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry, a contract research organization (CRO), or another centre related to pharmaceutical and biotechnology research.

Knowledge, skills and competences acquired

The master's programme helps students develop and hone generic skills applied to the company or research group in question: learning to perform and characterize techniques related to pharmaceutical research, management of all the logistical aspects of this type of research, integration in the research group, participation in scientific meetings and project proposals, drafting of reports and oral defence of the data related to the student's own line of research.

Students will moreover learn the group work dynamic at the company or research centre and achieve optimal levels of mastery with regard to the use of the tools routinely used at the company, the ability to search for information in real-life practical situations, and the integration of knowledge from different disciplines into their work in the company or research centre environment.

Career prospects

  • Pharmaceutical industry.
  • Biotech companies in the field of biomedicine.
  • Contract research organizations.
  • Drug research and development at public research centres.

Scholarships and grants

For information on the available financial aid for master's programmes, see www.upf.edu/postgrau/en/beques.