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Advanced Medical Skills

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Applicants should hold bachelor's degrees or equivalent undergraduate degrees in medicine and surgery and have obtained an official qualification in a medical specialization. This will ensure that students have the necessary basic knowledge at the start of the course. International students must submit certification of their specialization issued in the country of origin. If the qualification has not been officially recognized in Spain, they will not be able to practise in the medical profession.

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

  • 1. Bachelor's degree or equivalent undergraduate degree in medicine or medicine and surgery. International students must meet the recognition requirements established in Article 16.2* of Royal Decree 861/2010.
  • 2. In addition to the requirements described in Point 1, candidates must hold an official health specialist qualification (international students' specialist qualifications do not need to be officially recognized), corresponding to the specific advanced medical skill that the candidate has selected. In exceptional circumstances, resident doctors in the final years of their training may be admitted, provided that they will complete the training by the end of the master's degree course.
  • 3. Previous experience in the specific advanced medical skill for which the applicant wishes to enrol.


*Royal Decree 861/2010: Article 16.2. Holders of a qualification from outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area may also be admitted, without official recognition of their degree, provided that the University of Barcelona can verify that the qualification corresponds to a level of education that is equivalent to official Spanish degrees and authorizes the holder to enter official postgraduate courses in the country of issue. Admission shall not, in any case, imply that prior qualifications have been officially recognized as equivalent to a Spanish degree, and does not confer recognition for any purposes other than that of admission to the master's degree course.
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