GENETICS AND GENOMICS

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Introduction

The Master's Degree in Genetics and Genomics is a strategic contribution of the University of Barcelona's Department of Genetics, given that these disciplines are becoming increasingly relevant in all areas of biology.
Today, genomics is essential to understand human diseases, plant and animal development, the evolution of species and their relationships with the environment. The aim of this master's degree is to train new professionals and researchers in genomics and genetics, and prepare them in specific areas of science and technology to face current challenges in these disciplines. The master's degree is focused on basic and applied research, genetics, evolution, development and biomedicine, in the broadest sense, and provides the training required to access third-cycle studies. It prepares students for professional practice in the new technologies of genetic analysis and genomics in particular. As a result, graduates will have opportunities as highly qualified staff in companies and institutions in which these types of analysis are increasing relevant, including hospitals, diagnostic centres, and analysis and genotyping companies.

The teaching staff responsible for this master's degree have considerable research experience in the fields of genetics and genomics and, in most cases, lead groups that are at the forefront of research in these fields. Consequently, students receive up-to-date, in-depth training based on the latest genomics and genetics knowledge. In addition, researchers from the National Centre for Genome Analysis (CNAG) participate in the master's degree. The CNAG is an international leader in genomics studies.

The University of Barcelona is the only Spanish university to offer this master's degree. The aim is to provide an up-to-date overview of the structure, function, regulation and evolution of genes and genomes applied to different fields of biology, such as embryo development and stem cells, human diseases and molecular evolution.

Learning objectives

Human genome sequencing represents one of the greatest scientific achievements of the early twenty-first century. This master's degree is intended to train new professionals in genetics and genomics who are prepared technologically and scientifically with the latest advances in these scientific disciplines. These new professionals will need to incorporate and innovate basic and applied research in genetics, evolution, development and biomedicine. Training in the new technologies of genetic analysis will also enable participants to work as highly qualified technicians in companies and institutions where genetic analysis plays an increasingly important role, such as hospitals, diagnostic centres and companies providing genetic analysis. This is the only master's degree of its type offered at any Spanish university and is intended to provide a general understanding of the structure, function, regulation and evolution of genes and genomes applicable to different areas of study, including embryonic development, the principal types of human disease and molecular evolution.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
 60
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan, Spanish or English, depending on the first languages of successful applicants
Number of places available:
 60
Approximate price:
 46,50 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2017-2018
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Biology
Master's degree course homepage:
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