University of Barcelona

Molecular Biotechnology

Objectives and competences


The overall aim of the master's degree in Molecular Biotechnology is to train professionals in applied biotechnology, in other words, to train specialists who can use a wide range of technical resources to design and improve bioprocesses. This aim is met through the detailed learning objectives listed below:
  • Acquire a strong foundation of conceptual and methodological training (valid for holders of bachelor's degrees and equivalent undergraduate degrees, as well as for professionals interested in basic aspects of biotechnology, such as its processes and products).
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of the processes involved in product research and development, based on the selective and programmed modification of cellular and biomolecular processes.
  • Learn how to identify problems, seek practical and creative solutions, and use them in future professional or research practice.
  • Learn management methods and techniques for research and companies.
  • Understand legislation on handling biotechnology and biohealth products with respect to patents and biosafety.
  • Acquire a sound foundation that can be used to start a research career or to work in the biotechnology and biohealth field.


General competences:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
  • Display a capacity for the analysis and synthesis of scientific publications.
  • Design, write about and present a specific topic and apply logical and critical thinking to biotechnology or related projects.
  • Work independently and as part of a group.
  • Demonstrate an ability to take the initiative in new challenges, and in coordination and leadership tasks.

Specific competences:
Successful students will also be able to:
  • Use knowledge of molecular and cell processes in pathologies to design new therapeutic agents.
  • Understand and correctly apply genetic engineering or cell engineering techniques, according to the overall objective.
  • Design and implement comprehensive protocols for the purification and analysis of a molecule, organelle or cell fraction.
  • Detect market needs in biotechnology and potential areas of innovation.