Universitat de Barcelona

Research in Behaviour and Cognition


The master's course is designed to train researchers to an internationally competitive level in behavioural sciences, specifically in the areas of personality and behaviour, cognition and plasticity, primatology and in research methodology in behavioural sciences. This programme has obtained a quality award from the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU).
The teaching plan consists of a number of subjects that provide an overall update in the contents of these areas, complemented with solid training in research methodology and other related topics, such as neuroscience. The master's degree also prepares students to access the doctoral programme. In particular, it is associated with the UB doctoral programmes in Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and in Biodiversity.

To access the master's degree, students must have a high level of English, as this is the language of instruction. On completion of the master's degree, students should be able to operate easily in an international environment.

Learning objectives

The master's degree is designed to provide internationally competitive training in behavioural sciences, particularly in the areas of personality, psychological assessment and treatment, basic psychology and psychobiology, and the methodology of the behavioural sciences.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 English, 80%; Catalan, 10%; Spanish, 10%
Number of places available:
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 Psychology
Master's degree course homepage:
  Master's degree course homepage

Recommended applicant profile

Applicants should hold a llicenciatura degree/EHEA bachelor's degree in Psychology, have a strong academic record, a basic knowledge of English at level B1, and possess the motivation and discipline required to undertake a research career in the various disciplines of the behavioural sciences.

The program is directed at two types of students:
1) Professionals in the behavioural sciences who wish to complete their research training.
2) Recent graduates interested in embarking on a research career.

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

Applicants must hold a llicenciatura degree, an EHEA bachelor's degree or an equivalent university degree issued outside Spain. In the case of applications from graduates in disciplines other than psychology, the Coordination Committee will determine whether additional bridging credits are required, which would be taken from the core subjects of the EHEA bachelor's degree in Psychology at the UB.

Skills and competences

On successful completion of the master's degree, students will have achieved the following competences in the program's target areas:

- Capacity to design, plan and carry out a scientific project to solve a specific research problem.
- Understanding of and capacity to apply data collection and analysis techniques for specific types of research.
- Understanding of and capacity to apply a range of data processing techniques.
- Ability to critically interpret scientific research.
- Ability to write scientific articles and books, and an understanding of the steps required for publication.

Pre-enrolment calendar

6 April – 15 June 2021.
Notification of decisions: 1 - 4 July.

  • 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%.

Required documentation

Selection criteria

The selection criteria are:
  • Solid academic record
  • High level of English (minimum B1)

Publications, scientific presentations and letters of reference shall be taken into account.
The two selection criteria have the same weight (50%).


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