University of Barcelona


Objectives and competences


The master's degree in Biomedicine is primarily focused on basic and applied research and qualifies graduates for careers in the fields of biomedical research, clinical analysis and in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, for which a PhD or official specialist health sciences qualification would not be required.

The main learning objectives of the master's degree are as follows:

  • To acquire advanced training and up-to-date knowledge of the molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of diseases, especially cancer and metabolic diseases, as well as in the hypotheses, methodology and techniques currently used in research, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention of these diseases.

  • To acquire a solid, broad and integrated foundation from which to embark on doctoral studies in basic and applied biomedical research and the skills required for experimental laboratory work, under the supervision of experts.

  • To develop the capacity to undertake professional duties in biomedical research, clinical analysis and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, that do not require a PhD or official specialist qualification in the health sciences.


General competences:

Upon completion of the course, successful students will be able to:
  • display an understanding of the value and limitations of the scientific method and a capacity for generating new ideas;

  • prepare and defend scientific reports rigorously and competently in order to communicate scientific results, especially in English, both orally and in writing;

  • work independently, and display initiative in groups and multidisciplinary teams;

  • work safely in a laboratory environment;

  • understand and transmit to others the importance of interaction between the university and business;

  • display a concern for ethical practice in biomedicine.

Specific competences:

With regard to the specific applications of the curriculum, students will also be able to:
  • design biomedical experiments;

  • describe and apply the different experimental models of biomedical research using appropriate techniques;

  • identify molecular targets for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of human diseases;

  • display the capacity to act as a bridge between basic research and clinical practice;

  • learn how to access scientific literature and biomedical databases through electronic searches of online databases;

  • assess the quality of a scientific paper in the area of biomedicine.