University of Barcelona

Genetics and Genomics

Recommended applicant profile and admission requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Applicants should possess basic prior knowledge of genetics in order to gain the maximum benefit from this master's degree.

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 for this master's degree should hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent undergraduate degree in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, biomedical sciences, basic medical sciences, veterinary science, pharmacy, chemistry, medicine, environmental sciences, marine sciences, biomedical engineering, or other undergraduate degrees in branches of experimental sciences, granted by a university within the European Higher Education Area framework or a university outside this framework (in which case, authorization or validation must be obtained from the University of Barcelona).

In addition, applicants should be able to provide accreditation of intermediate English language skills, since many of the classes and seminars, as well as most of the teaching material, will use English as the primary language.

Bridging subjects:

Applicants who do not have a minimum basic knowledge of genetics will be required to complete bridging courses with a total value of up to 30 ECTS credits in disciplines such as genetic analysis, molecular genetics, human genetics, cell biology and genetic engineering. The assessment committee will determine the number of ECTS credits from bridging courses that are required for each applicant.

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