Master in Pharmaceutical Industry and Biotechnology

DURATION: 1 academic year full time, 2 academic years part time
ECTS: 60 ECTS credits
CALENDAR: From September to June | TIMETABLE: Mornings and afternoons
TUITION FEE: Students UE: 3,420 € | Non UE students: 4,092 € (1 academic year)
COURSE TYPES: Research, Professional and Academic | DOCTORAL STUDIES TO WHICH IT GRANTS ACCESS: Phd in Biomedicine 
LANGUAGE: Spanish, English and Catalan
ORGANIZATION: Department of Experimental and Health Sciences
COURSES COORDINATORS: Fèlix Bosch and Elisabet Rosell

This master offers two registration fee grants worth 2,000 € each for the 2015-2016 academic year

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)


The general aim of this master's degree programme is to provide students with training related to companies that carry out research on medicines and biotechnology products for preventing and treating human diseases.

Who is the programme for?

Applicants must be able to show that they have a recent university qualification in a health sciences discipline. In exceptional cases, holders of a bachelor's degree in a basic science discipline who have demonstrably received appropriate complementary training may be admitted. Additionally, an interest in the different forms of pharmaceutical research is required. Previous medical and pharmaceutical research activity and experience in the sector will also be taken into account.


The Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industry programme offers all three types of master's degree training (introduction to research, advanced academic training and professional specialization). Mainly theoretical content is taught in the first term. The second and third terms are set aside for practical work, culminating in the submission of a master's degree final project.

In the first term, students take 2 compulsory subjects worth 7.5 ECTS credits each, plus an optional subject of their choosing worth 5 ECTS credits. One of the compulsory subjects is Medicine Research and Development. The other is Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.

The practical module spanning the second and third terms consists exclusively of internships in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and centres.


Internships are compulsory. They may be remunerated, depending on where they are undertaken, although that is never a factor in their assignment, which is mainly at the discretion of the lecturers responsible. Internships are undertaken in the second and third terms and involve full-time work (mornings and afternoons).

Knowledge, skills and competences to be acquired

Students will develop general competences relevant to the organization hosting their internship, including implementing and classifying methods related to pharmaceutical research studies; managing all the logistical aspects of such research; being part of a research group; participating in scientific meetings and contributing to proposals for projects; writing reports; and orally presenting pharmaceutical research data.

As interns, students will also learn the dynamics of teamwork and become highly skilled in using their host organization's main tools, searching for information in practical, real-life situations, and combining knowledge from different disciplines.

Career prospects

  • Pharmaceutical industry and medical instrument companies.
  • Biotechnology companies in the biomedical sector.
  • Contract research organizations.
  • Public medicine and biotechnological substance R&D centres.


Information on different kinds of grants for master's degree programmes can be found at