The master of Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences is designed to provide outstanding students with the skills and abilities needed to thrive in an increasingly multidisciplinary contemporary research environment.
A key feature of the program is in-depth hands-on research training in multiple fields. Students undertake a 6-month major project, and a 10-week minor project in two different research disciplines in leading research institutions from the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) and the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences(DCEXS). Students are provided with extensive training in professional research skill, and engage directly with and learn from outstanding local and international researchers.
The program is aimed at candidates who intend to pursue a research career in biomedical science, chemistry, physics, or nanotechnology, with the specific focus of preparing students to undertake a PhD in one of these disciplines.
The program is open to candidates who hold a degree in health sciences, engineering, computer sciences or degrees in basic scientific disciplines (chemistry, physics, biology, or mathematics).
Official undergraduate degree/diploma in a relevant field.
Academic transcript of the accredited official training with the average grade at the university of origin.
Curriculum Vitae in English.
A letterofmotivation in English, stating the candidate's interest in following the master's programme (400 to 600 words).
Two (professional or academic) letterofrecommendation signed by someone who really knows the candidate and can assess them.
The applicant must upload the form with a brief statement of research interests, the calculated GPA equivalent, and the indication of the first 3 choices, in order of preference, from the list of major research projectsoffered by the master.
Photocopy of IdentityCard or Passport.
Video presentation (3 min maximum) explaining motivation, interest and experience. Videos must be sent by e-mail to [email protected] (Subject: MRES video- Candidate's name)
The Master’s selection committee may decide to interview the candidates.
Candidates may be required to interview with potential supervisors of the major research projects they select. Interviews will be arranged by the selection committee as part of the applications process.
The undergraduate degree/diploma and the academic transcript
If you have finished your Bachelor degree when you formalize 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 formalizing 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 program.
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 English, Catalan or Spanish.
The students will benefit from intensive-hands on training through undertaking a major research project, which will be developed in two different research laboratories in the participating institutions.
The 6-month long research project will be carried out under the supervision of a PI from one of the participating institutions. During this time, the student will undertake a 10-week long research stay in a different research laboratory, and learn complementary research skills in a different discipline. Upon completion of the project, the student will write a research paper and publicly defend the work he or she has done.
*At this stage, 13 fellowships have already been awarded to outstanding applicants. The remaining available fellowships are for candidadates who get accepted for a major project at IFAE (2 available fellowhips) and IBEC (1 available scholarship).
The master’s program offers 16 competitive fellowships to outstanding candidates. These fellowships are merit-based and awarded by the Masters Selection Committee.
Fellowships cover tuition fees and a living allowance based on the country of origin of the applicant:
Non-EU: 11.440€ (5.240€ tuition fee, 5.000€ living allowance, and 1.200€ mobility)
EU: 9.020€ (3.420€ tuition fee, 5.000€ living allowance, and 600€ mobility)
Spain: 8.420€ (3.420€ tuition fee and 5.000€ living allowance)
Fellowships are perceived in monthly installments throughout the Major Project (10 months). All applicants are eligible and no further application or documentation is required to request a scholarship.
Further funding options are offered by some BIST centers. For more information, visit the centers’ websites or contact the MMRES Academic Office at [email protected].