University of Barcelona

Biomedical Sciences

Objectives and competences


The bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences integrates transversal knowledge from genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, physiology, cell biology and statistics, among others, to offer a global vision of the causes of pathology and the tools available for studying, diagnosing and treating it.

This bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences addresses various aspects of clinical disorders from the molecular, cellular and physiological scale to their distribution in human populations to prepare professionals capable of working in different fields:

  • Biomedical Research.
  • Intern Resident Biologist (BIR)
  • Diagnosis Laboratories.
  • Pharmaceutical Industry: Drug, Vaccine, and Diagnostic Test Production.
  • Agri-food Industry: Safe Food Production in Healthcare.
  • Veterinary Industry: Drug, Vaccine, and Diagnostic Test Production.
  • Other Industries: Biotech, Product Development and Biomedical Laboratory Equipment Production.
  • Public Health Institutes.
  • Health Problem Monitoring Agencies.
  • Drug Use Control Agencies.
  • Service and Consultant Businesses in Diagnosis Products or Biomedical Research.


Competences are the capacity of a person to put knowledge, skills, ideas and values in practice in a specific context. They encompass a set of knowledge ("to know"), skills ("to know how to do"), and attitudes and values ("to be") to face problems in academic, professional and social contexts.

In accordance with the Royal Decree 861/2010, modifying Royal Decree 1393/2007, and also following the proposal of the University of Barcelona (2008), the bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences provides a series of basic and general competences (including those cross-disciplinary for all UB degrees), in addition to several specific competences acquired throughout the different subjects.


 — Capacity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in an area of study based on the grounding provided in general secondary education. The level is that of advanced textbooks, but also includes aspects relating to the latest knowledge in the field of study.

— Capacity to apply knowledge to your work in a professional way, and    to develop certain competences that can be used to formulate and defend arguments and to solve problems related to the area of study.

— Capacity to gather and interpret relevant data (normally within the study area) to make judgements based on reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.

— Capacity to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

— Learning skills required for further study with a high degree of independence.


— Commitment to ethical practice (critical and self-critical capabilities, and capacity to demonstrate attitudes consistent with accepted notions of ethical practice).

— Capacity for learning and responsibility (capacity for analysis and synthesis, to adopt global perspectives and to put knowledge into practice, and capacity to take decisions and to adapt to new situations).

— Ability to work in a team (capacity to collaborate with others and contribute to a common project, and capacity to work in cross-disciplinary and multicultural teams).

— Creative and entrepreneurial skills (capacity to conceive, design and manage projects, and capacity to research and integrate new knowledge and approaches).

— Concern for sustainability (capacity to assess the social and environmental impact of actions taken in a particular setting and capacity to adopt integrated and systemic approaches.

— Communication skills (capacity to understand and communicate orally and in writing).

SPECIFIC COMPETENCES are described in the bachelor's degree report (pages 5 and 6). These competences are acquired in the different subjects of the degree.