University of Barcelona

Drug Research, Development and Control

Recommended applicant profile and admission requirements

Recommended applicant profile

The preferred degrees for access to the programme (pre-EHEA bachelor's degrees and diplomas, and new EHEA bachelor's degrees) are pharmacy, chemistry, biochemistry, food science and technology, biology, medicine, biotechnology, veterinary science, environmental sciences, chemical engineering and agricultural engineering. Other equivalent or related degrees from international universities will also be considered. For all other qualifications, admission to the course will depend on the suitability of the candidate's previous studies and their academic transcript, according to the criteria of the master's degree Admission Committee.
All candidates must have English and Spanish language skills at level B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or a recognized equivalent. Official certification must be presented at the time of enrolment. If candidates do not have official certification, the Academic Committee may test their language level to ensure that they can complete the degree successfully.

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.