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 master's program offers fully-funded competitive fellowships to outstanding candidates. The fellowships cover tuition fees, a monthly living allowance and a mobility allowance. Please inquire for details.
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).
Students will learn how to distil scientific knowledge from experimental data, a process that relies on statistical methods. We will learn the basics concepts of Probability and Statistics (in their Frequentist and Bayesian frameworks). In addition, we will study and practice several statistical methods and data analysis techniques using examples drawn from real-world research projects.
Responsible Research and Science Communication
Students undertake an intensive professional skills training program delivered in modules throughout the year. Topics are chosen to support the students in pursuing their research projects and in preparing work for assessment. The course will include training in:
Responsible Research and Innovation
Project Management Skills
Multidisciplinary Science in Action
Students participate in research lectures and seminars designed to complement the hands-on training they will receive in carrying out their research projects, expose them to cutting-edge research from leading international scientists, and given them first-hand experience in engaging with the scientific community. The course includes seminars from PIs from the participating institutions and leading international scientists. Students will have the opportunity to engage directly with the speakers through in-depth Q&A sessions following each seminar.
Advanced Techniques in Multidisciplinary Science
Intensive week-long workshop providing hands-on practical and theoretical training in advanced multidisciplinary research techniques on a topic will be chosen by the Master Commission to reflect one of the major research thrusts of the participating institutions
6-month long research project carried out in a research laboratory under the supervision of a PI at one of the participating research institutes or departments.
Interdisciplinary Research Training
10-week research project carried out in a research laboratory under the supervision of a PI at one of the participating research institutes or departments. The project should be carried out in a different laboratory to that of the main project.
Students prepare a written report and public oral defence of the project and results.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.