Master in Biomedical Research (BIOMED)


IMPORTANT - academic course 2017-18!! Choice of two optional subjects
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 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.

Who is it for?

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 syllabi at

Admission requirements

See Admission Requirements and list of available research laboratories for the BIOMD master.

Candidates are welcome to contact the master's programme secretary's office at any time during the application period (from November to June) should they require specific guidance regarding research topics or assistance contacting and setting up interviews with the laboratories in which they are interested.

All compulsory subjects and most of the optional ones (eight out of a total of nine) are taught in the first term of the academic year (from September to December), thereby allowing students to devote the last two terms (from January to June) exclusively to the master's degree research project. During the first term, classes are held for four hours a day, from Monday to Friday. Classes are offered between 8:30 am and 1 pm or between 11 am and 4 pm, depending on the chosen optional subjects. All subjects entail a similar number of classroom hours.

The master's degree research project is carried out from January to June on an exclusive and full-time basis (at least 40 hours a week).


While the training received in this master's programme is applicable to a variety of environments (research, academic and professional), most students primarily seek to continue onto the doctoral programme. The master's programme is divided into one intensive term of theory-based subjects (from September to December), followed by two terms of practical activity (master's degree final project; from January to June).

For the theory portion, students must take two compulsory subjects and two optional ones (to be chosen from a total of nine). All theory subjects (except for Scientific Communication and Advances in Neuroscience) are taught exclusively in English.

Compulsory subjects

  • Molecular and Cellular Pathology (MCP)
  • Molecular Pathology of Systems (MPS)

In MCP, students will explore the molecular mechanisms used by eukaryotic cells to respond and adapt to stress, understood as disturbances in the cell environment or alterations in the function and stability of the cell's processes and macromolecules.

In MPS, students will study the cellular and molecular bases underpinning diseases that have a major impact on public health, such as cancer, immunological disorders, cardiovascular disease and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Optional subjects

  • In English: Genes and Cell Function, Genomes and Systems, Cell Communication, Model Organisms in Biomedicine, Advanced Seminars in Biomedical Research, Science in Action, and Elements of Biocomputing.
  • In Catalan: Scientific Communication.
  • In Spanish: Advances in Neuroscience.

Master's Degree Final Project

To complete the master's degree, students must carry out a supervised experimental research project at a research laboratory. This project will have a duration of six months - from January to June - and must be carried out on a full-time basis. Upon completion of the project, the student must submit an original manuscript, written in the format of a scientific paper, and present it at a public seminar. The master's project will be assessed based on the student's written work, the oral presentation, and the evaluation provided by the project tutor.

Knowledge, skills and competences acquired

  • Advanced conceptual and experimental knowledge of the molecular bases underlying key cell processes and dysfunctions with regard to physiological function and human pathologies.
  • Application of this knowledge to basic and biomedical research.

Career prospects

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.

Scholarships and grants

The master's programme offers two tuition fee scholarships and one scholarship granted by Obra Social de CatalunyaCaixa.

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