Universitat de Barcelona

Applied Research Methodology in Nursing Care


The master's degree in Applied Research Methodology in Nursing Care provides the knowledge and skills required to carry out and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research projects on the areas of care, teaching and management in which nurses work.
The principle objective of the master's degree is for students to gain essential skills in planning, organizing and evaluating scientific studies on nursing care. The syllabus introduces the scientific method and covers the procedures and techniques used to obtain and analyse data and to communicate and disseminate the results and conclusions of studies. In addition, the course offers a wide range of optional subjects, such as research areas in nursing, information and communication technologies, social and health inequalities, ethics and the gender perspective in research, and evidence-based nursing practice, among others. This master's degree is intended for holders of nursing degrees and diplomas with some experience of research-related activities.

Learning objectives

The main objective of this master's degree is to respond to growing demand for postgraduate training in applied research in the field of nursing practice, relating particularly to nursing care and touching on other key aspects such as management and teaching.

The course aims to consolidate the research skills of nursing professionals and to foster a capacity to innovation, creativity and initiative in the practice and research of nursing care. At the same time, students will develop a general understanding of research as a means of professional development and advancement. The degree content is therefore designed to aid the development of a critical perspective on health needs, health policies and health institutions, at the national and international scales.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan (40%), Spanish (40%), English (20%)
Number of places available:
Approximate price:
 46,11 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2020-2021
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Master's degree course homepage:
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Recommended applicant profile

Students should have knowledge and skills relevant to nursing care at different stages of life and to different healthcare environments. They must also be able to demonstrate previous experience in the presentation of scientific papers and publications. Students should have good listening and written comprehension skills in English.

Admission requirements

In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/29 October 2007, students must hold one of the following qualifications to access university master's degree courses:
  • An official Spanish degree.
  • A degree issued by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area framework that authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue.
  • A qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, the qualification should be recognized as equivalent to an official Spanish degree. If it is not recognized, the University of Barcelona shall verify that it corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and that it authorizes the holder to access university master's degree courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been recognized as equivalent to a Spanish master's degree and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.

Specific requirements

A university degree or diploma in nursing, or an equivalent qualification.

Skills and competences

  • Capacity to harness research potential in nursing care, management and teaching, with a view to producing a quality research project.

  • Capacity to apply the theories and principles of research to research practice.

  • Capacity to demonstrate an understanding of core research methodologies in the development of scientific work, from the initial research question or hypothesis to the publication of results.

  • Ability to use the tools required to draw up a research project that can be submitted to national and international competitive calls for health research funding.

  • The knowledge to carry out research on aspects of gender and social and cultural diversity in the care population, taking into account ethical principles.

  • Capacity to use and manage resources (documents, computers, audiovisual materials, etc.) to carry out multidisciplinary research studies.

Pre-enrolment calendar

- First period:4 May - 23 July 2020.
Notifications of decision: 27 July.

- Second period: 24 July 2020 - 4 October.
Notifications of decisions: 8 October.

  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

Closed Pre-enrolment

Required documentation

Selection criteria

1. CV (30%).
2. Previous publications in national and international journals (20%).
3. Scientific papers in the area of nursing care (15%).
4. Professional experience in the area of nursing care (15%).
5. Grade point average for previous qualifications (10%)
6. Listening and written comprehension skills in English (level B1) (10%).


The Coordination Committee will assess whether candidates meet the general and specific admission requirements.


Closed Enrolment