Master in Clinical Analysis Laboratory (BIOLAC)

> LANGUAGE: Spanish (English for some subjects)
1 academic year full time, 2 academic years part time (60 ECTS credits)
> CALENDAR: From September to June | TIMETABLE: 40 hours per week
> TUITION FEE: Students UE: € 3,420 | Non UE students: € 4,639.8
Research, Professional and Academic | DOCTORAL STUDIES TO WHICH IT GRANTS ACCESS: Phd in Biomedicine 
Department of Experimental and Healdh Sciences

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This master offers two registration fee grants worth 2,000 € each for the 2016-2017 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 master's programme in Clinical Analysis Laboratory focuses on the application of laboratory techniques for clinical diagnosis and presymptomatic and predisposition testing. Students will study aspects related to clinical and environmental microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, clinical and multifactorial genetics, molecular genetics applied to forensic diagnostics, and genetic counselling and assisted reproduction techniques, as well as to the clinical assessment and interpretation of results obtained with laboratory techniques.

Who is it for? 

Candidates must have a strong conceptual mastery of various biomedical disciplines, such as biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology and basic physiology.


Students of the master's programme may choose between three different course types - research, academic, and professional. In all cases, the programme is organized in accordance with the following modules:

  • Optional modules: Biomedicina, Sociedad y Cultura, Elements of Biocomputing, Comunicació Científica (classes are in Spanish), Genomes and Systems, Cell Communication, Genes and, Cell Function,Model Organisms in Biomedical Research, Topics in Neuroscience and Introduction to Biomedicine and Science in Action.
  • Specific compulsory module: Clinical Microbiology and Parasitology; Environmental Analysis; Clinical Biochemistry, Immunology, Haematology and Genetics; Forensic Genetics; and Genetic Counselling and Assisted Reproduction Techniques.
  • Practicum: The master's programme includes a practicum consisting of a supervised internship at a clinical or scientific laboratory and a master's degree project on laboratory techniques and the clinical interpretation thereof.


During the internship, which is compulsory and unpaid (second and third terms), students will spend time in different areas of a laboratory, thereby systematically, safely and efficiently familiarizing themselves with the principles of analytical methods. In addition, they will acquire the skills they need to carry out quality assurance programmes for laboratories and to interpret analytical results in terms of standards, controls, quality and clinical significance. Students will moreover acquire the necessary skills to carry out a master's degree project supervised by a specialist from the laboratory.

Knowledge, skills and competences acquired

Knowledge competencies:

  • Understanding of the structure, operation, and distribution of tasks and responsibilities among the staff at clinical laboratories in a healthcare environment (private clinical laboratories or hospitals and healthcare institutions).
  • Understanding of biological processes at clinical laboratories.
  • Understanding of the mechanisms by which organisms maintain homeostasis and of the causes of the biological variation and physiopathology associated with the analytical tests routinely performed at clinical laboratories.
  • Understanding of analytical methodology, diagnostic indication and selection, and the sources of analytical error.
  • Assessment and clinical interpretation of analytical results.

Methodological competencies:

  • Ability to formulate working hypotheses based on the literature and previous experiments.
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments.
  • Ability to plan and manage suitable experimental and computational tools.
  • Understanding of group work dynamics. 
  • Mastery of the basic elements of communication.
  • Ability to apply information-searching skills to real-life situations.
  • Ability to apply decision-making skills to specific situations.

Attitudinal competencies:

  • Establishment of initial contact with the world of clinical, healthcare and research laboratories.
  • Understanding of the ethical principles of working procedures.
  • Familiarity with the principles of business and research cultures.

Career prospects

  • Laboratories in hospitals and other medical centres and private laboratories.
  • Research laboratories or centres.
  • DNA technology and genetic engineering corporations.
  • Drug development areas.
  •  Assisted reproduction centres.
  • Environmental analysis and environmental health laboratories.
  • Diagnostic departments at health industry companies.
  • Stem cell banks.
  • Forensic analysis and forensic genetics laboratories.
  • Toxicology and drug-screening laboratories.
  • Laboratories for the diagnosis of rare diseases.
  • Genetic counselling centres.
  • Marine toxicology laboratories.
  • Students who successfully complete this master's programme are also qualified to write a doctoral thesis.

Scholarships and grants

For information on the available financial aid for master's programmes, see