Biomedicine - PhD

Doctoral programme of the UPF Doctoral School, governed by Royal Decree 99/2011
APPLICATION PERIOD Application dates
CALENDAR From September to June
TIMETABLE Full time dedication
LANGUAGE English  
LOCATION Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB)
Department of Experimental and Health Sciences


The main aim of the doctorate in Biomedicine is to train students to produce a doctoral thesis in the field of health and life sciences. The programme provides all the necessary tools (analytical, experimental and theoretical) to that end. The doctorate in Biomedicine is an international programme attended by a large number of students from outside Spain.

UPF master's degrees that can be taken prior to this doctorate 

Training Objectives

The main objective of this doctorate is to carry out a research project constituting the basis for defending the doctoral thesis. 

Academic contents

  • Defence of the Thesis Project  
  • Biomedical Research Seminars at the PRBB
  • Science in Action (includes Conducting Responsible -Research and Critical Thought)
  • Computer resources sessions (organized by the Mar campus Library)

Lines of research of the doctorate

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology and Complex Systems
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Genetics and Neurosciences
  • Public Health and Education in Health Sciences

Competences that must be demonstrated at the end of the programme

Those completing the doctoral programme will be able to:

  • Apply scientific methodology to testing hypotheses in the biomedical field.
  • Present the objectives, development and results of biomedical research to an expert or general audience.
  • Understanding the management process of biomedical projects and international teams.
  • Evaluate the feasibility of a biomedical research project.
  • Anticipate the ethical implications of a biomedical research project.

Career prospects

After completing the doctoral programme, candidates will be able to hold any biomedical research position in academic institutions, public institutions or private companies, including those related to basic or applied research, communication and management.

Organized by

Ph.D. programme director
Dr. Robert Castelo

Management support
Natàlia Ras
Sònia Gandul


Department of Experimental and Health Sciences
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
PRBB building (despatx 300.04)
Dr. Aiguader, 88
08003 Barcelona