Theorical content subjects: from the middle of September until the third week of December (except two optional subjects that are taught in the second and third terms). Four hours per day of face to face classes between 8.30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Practicum: from January to July (full-time, minimum of 40 hours per week)
The master's programme in Biomedical Research is focused on the study of the molecular, cellular, physiological and evolutionary foundations of biological processes and their pathological or adaptive alterations. It is primarily, although not exclusively, aimed at students seeking to pursue doctoral studies in different areas of biomedicine.
The programme's main objective is to help students acquire advanced conceptual and experimental knowledge of the molecular and cellular foundations for cellular processes and dysfunctions involved in physiological function and disease and to teach them to apply this knowledge to basic and biomedical research.
Candidates will typically hold an undergraduate degree in biology, biochemistry or biotechnology. However, students with undergraduate degrees in medicine, chemistry, engineering, pharmacy and nursing have also successfully completed the programme. Students must have a solid grounding in and/or ability to grasp and work with the concepts of cell function and molecular interactions (proteins, nucleic acids). Students with degrees in areas other than the biological and health sciences who are interested in applying to the programme are encouraged to look at the subject syllabus.
Official undergraduate degree/diploma (or a bachelor's degree, a degree in engineering or architecture, diplomas, technical engineering and technical architecture diplomas, or, for foreign qualifications, the equivalent qualification awarded by an accredited higher education institution).
Academic transcript of the accredited official training with the average grade at the university of origin. Qualifications can be in the following academic areas: scientific-natural sciences and health sciences.
Curriculum Vitae in Spanish, English or Catalan.
A letter of motivation in English stating the candidate's interest in following the master's programme (400 to 600 words).
In addition all candidates must provide following document:
A letter of acceptance into a Research Group in order to carry out the master's internship.
a) If you have already been accepted to a research group for doing the master research practicum, please provide the acceptance letter by the group's supervisor/director. The group can be located in Spain or in a foreign country.
b) If you do not have a host research group at the time of registering, you must indicate your first 5 choices, in order of preference, from the list of groups offered by the BIOMED master.
A (academic) letter of recommendation signed by someone who really knows the candidate and can assess them.
Professional experience in any of the fields related to the master's programme.
Additional academic training in areas related to the master's programme.
Additional professional experience.
In addition, the Departments' selection committee may decide to interview the candidate.
The undergraduate degree/diploma and the academic transcript
If you have finished your Bachelor degree when you formalise your application, you will need to send us the following documents:
A photocopy of your undergraduate degree/diploma or Certification/proof of degree completion.
A photocopy of your official final undergraduate transcript.
However, if you have not yet completed your undergraduate studies when formalising application, you will need to provide us with the following documents:
A signed declaration of obtaining your degree before the commencement of the master's programme.
A photocopy of the provisional undergraduate transcript.
If the diploma or the academic transcript are not written in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese or Italian, you will also have to include the respective sworn translations into Catalan or Spanish.
The primary aim of this master's programme is to serve as a starting point for a doctoral thesis. Most of the students who complete the master's degree (more than 80%) continue on to the doctoral programme.