University of Barcelona

Genetics and Genomics

Career opportunities

The volume of data acquired through genome sequencing has placed increasing importance on genomic analysis. The potential applications of this analysis are infinite and are particularly relevant to the understanding of gene function. The master's degree in Genetics and Genomics (MGG) combines laboratory learning with in silico or computational learning, each of which is fundamental to the work of modern laboratories.


What career opportunities does the degree offer?

This programme provides students with the expertise to work in research institutes, academic organizations, hospitals, genetic diagnosis centres and pharmaceutical companies. Students are offered two pathways to professional life. On the one hand, they acquire the competences to access doctoral studies. In particular, the programme aims to prepare students to carry out doctoral studies in one of the research groups or institutions directly involved in or associated with the master's degree. Students will have the chance to meet scientists and professionals in the sector with whom they may discuss prospective employment opportunities or funding for doctoral studies. On the other, those students who prefer to wait until they have completed the master's degree will have a solid grounding in molecular genetics and genomics. The primary career opportunities can be found in hospitals, research centres and the biotech industry.


Career opportunities

Graduates will have acquired specific expertise in biomedical genetics, developmental genetics and genome analysis, making them highly sought after in the current market. Holders of this master's degree will have the skills profile to work for the following institutions:

  • Research centres

  • Hospitals

  • Academic research units

  • Diagnostic centres

  • Biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry and spinoffs

  • Political organizations in science and health

  • Education 


The degree provides training that matches the demands of prospective employers, for example:

  • Genetic diagnosis

  • Genome analysis

  • Forensic genetics

  • Developmental biology and disorders

  • Research with stem cells and organoids

  • Drug detection

  • Development of gene therapies