Universitat de Barcelona

Clinical Investigation


The main objective of the course is to provide health sciences and biomedical science graduates with the research skills necessary to access doctoral studies. The focus of the programme is on improving all skills related to research methodology, within the clinical framework of each particular specialization.
The master's degree in Clinical Research has a study load of 60 credits and offers the following specializations:
  • Critical and Emergency Care
  • Organ, Tissue and Cell Donation and Transplantation
  • Liver Diseases
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • International Health

Learning objectives

  • To acquire the research skills necessary to access doctoral studies.
  • To master all aspects of research methodology, considering opportunities for research aimed at specific diseases and the corresponding pathophysiological mechanisms, within the clinical framework of each particular specialization.
  • To gain access to professional roles that require research training.

Basic Information

Main university:
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 70 % English and 30 % Spanish
Number of places available:
 140 (across all specializations)
Approximate price:
 27,67 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2021-2022
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Master's degree course homepage:
  Master's degree course homepage

Recommended applicant profile

The master's degree in Clinical Research is addressed to holders of bachelor's degrees, pre-EHEA degree and pre-EHEA diplomas in the area of health sciences who can demonstrate basic clinical knowledge of one of the specializations on offer and wish to acquire the research skills necessary to access doctoral studies. Candidates should have a good working knowledge of 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

The degree qualifications that grant access to the master's degree in the different specializations are as follows:

Critical and Emergency Care
- Medicine
- Pharmacy
- Nursing
- Physiotherapy
- Bioengineering

Organ, Tissue and Cell Donation and Transplantation
- Medicine
- Pharmacy
- Nursing
- Psychology
- Biology
- Biomedicine

Liver Diseases
- Medicine
- Pharmacy
- Biology
- Biomedicine
- Nursing
- Bioengineering

Chronic Kidney Disease
- Medicine

Respiratory Medicine
- Medicine
- Nursing
- Physiotherapy
- Biology
- Biomedicine
- Bioengineering

Clinical Microbiology
- Medicine
- Pharmacy
- Biology
- Biomedicine
- Biotechnology

Applied and Translational Oncology
- Medicine
- Pharmacy
- Biology
- Biomedicine
- Biotechnology

International Health
- Medicine
- Pharmacy
- Nursing
- Physiotherapy
- Clinical Psychology
- Biology
- Biomedicine
- Anthropology

Skills and competences

General competences

Upon completion of the course, successful students will be able to:
  • display an implicit capacity for original thinking in the development or application or ideas, in a research context;
  • apply the knowledge acquired to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts;
  • tackle the complexity of formulating judgements based on incomplete or limited information, giving due consideration to the associated social and ethical responsibilities;
  • communicate knowledge, theories and conclusions to specialists and non-specialists in a clear and unambiguous manner;
  • display a capacity for ongoing self-directed and independent learning;
  • use the tools necessary for appropriate professional development in the field of clinical research, incorporating elements of basic and translational research;
  • work in multidisciplinary teams, collaborate with other researchers, and lead and interact with other medical disciplines;
  • apply and transfer analytical thinking (critical, logical and creative) to scientific method, making decisions and considered and ethical judgments;
  • understand and interpret new diagnostic and therapeutic technologies,
  • apply the main tools of clinical research, as well as the acquisition and analysis of data, to the hospital context, in adherence to bioethical principles;
  • use information and communication technologies to promote research;
  • obtain biomedical information from databases and other sources and formulate critical interpretations;
  • design and develop a clinical and clinical-biological research project and propose, implement and coordinate a clinical trial;
  • obtain and communicate knowledge and scientific results to specialists and non-specialists in a clear and unambiguous manner;
  • identify and apply the mechanisms and processes required to transfer technological and scientific advances to the production sector, that is, to clinical medicine;
  • critically analyse and develop the capacity to apply technological and pharmaceutical innovations in the field of health research, based on effectiveness and cost parameters.

Specific competences

With regard to the specific applications of the course, students will be able to:
  • identify needs and opportunities for research, and apply scientific and operational concepts and tools that ensure clinical quality and safety;
  • apply the principles of organization and management of care and critical analysis, and develop action plans around the key factors and resources that shape the health and wellbeing of populations;
  • apply an understanding of pathophysiological factors and different diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to diseases and their complications;
  • apply a knowledge of functional structure in diverse clinical settings;
  • address the determinants of disease and related problems from a holistic and inclusive perspective, taking into consideration health-determining factors and the provision of health care services;
  • use specific information and communication technologies for different clinical settings and apply them in complex biomedical systems;
  • interact with care plans within the framework of integrated care programmes for personalized health care.

Pre-enrolment calendar

- First period: 10 March − 30 May 2022.
- Second period: 1 June - 31 August 2022.

  • 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%.

Open Pre-enrolment


Required documentation

Selection criteria

Together with formal requirements on previous studies, the following criteria are also taken into account:

  • Skills and prior training in the chosen specialization, evaluated on the basis of previous studies and corresponding accreditations (courses, conferences, publications, etc.): 25%.
  • Certified experience of clinical practice or research in the chosen specialization: 25%.
  • Academic record (including assessment reports): 25%.
  • Certificate of English language proficiency (Cambridge First Certificate, TOEFL or equivalent, minimum score of 70): 25%.
    Some candidates may also be asked to attend a personal interview, to clarify any of the above aspects.

Applications for admission may be submitted by candidates who meet the access requirements and also to those who do not meet all requirements at the time of application but expect to have met them before starting the course. Applicants must submit all documentation to be assessed along with a statement of interest outlining the reasons for their interest in the master's degree programme.


Closed Enrolment