University of Barcelona

Drug Research, Development and Control

Recommended applicant profile and admission requirements

Recommended applicant profile

This master's degree is suitable for degree-holders in health sciences and experimental sciences.

- Graduates in pharmacy or an equivalent qualification issued by a Spanish or foreign university can access the master's degree directly.

- Access is also possible for graduates in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, biomedical sciences, environmental sciences, food science and technology, chemical engineering, medicine, chemistry, veterinary science or equivalent qualifications, issued by national or foreign universities. In this case, the Academic Committee of the master's degree must analyse the subjects that the applicants have taken and the skills gained in the previous degree to determine which bridging courses they need to take. For holders of other qualifications, admission depends on the suitability of the studies and the academic transcript, at the discretion of the master's degree Academic Committee.

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

From an educational perspective, candidates must have previous knowledge of pharmacy, pharmaceutical technology, biopharmacy, pharmacokinetics and human physiology to be admitted to the master's degree. If candidates cannot prove their knowledge (for example, through a pre-EHEA or EHEA bachelor's degree in pharmacy, another master's degree in this knowledge area or professional experience in the pharmaceutical sector or a related industry), they must complete specific bridging courses, which will be taught in September, prior to the start of the master's degree:
  • Introduction to Galenic Pharmacy
  • Introduction to Biopharmacy and Pharmacokinetics
  • General Principles of Human Physiology

Students who are required to complete bridging courses must enrol for one or more of the bridging subjects, as indicated by the Coordination Committee.