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Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

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The master's degree is intended for students with a university degree in science or engineering disciplines in areas that are addressed by nanotechnology and nanoscience (physics, chemistry, biotechnology, medicine, pharmaceutical science, materials science and engineering and electronic engineering, among others), who wish to obtain postgraduate, interdisciplinary training in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Students should be in possession of a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree qualification in one of the following subjects or a closely related discipline: biology, biomedicine, biotechnology, pharmacy, physics, chemistry. Materials engineering, electronic engineering.

Students with other degrees may occasionally be admitted.

The course is primarily designed for three groups of learners:
  • Recent graduates
  • Professionals interested in receiving advanced training and perfecting their existing skills
  • Mature students taking the course as a lifelong learning activity


Students should have basic knowledge of physics, chemistry or biology or have carried out professional work in an area related to these disciplines, and have specific abilities and skills in engineering or related technological tasks.

Students should have user-level IT skills, and credit is given for advanced computer skills.

The Coordination Committee will assess candidates' training and professional experience to determine their suitability for the course.

Students will also need to be proficient in the English language.

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

Students who wish to apply must hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in one of the following subjects: biology, biomedicine, biotechnology, pharmacy, physics, chemistry, materials engineering or electronic engineering.

In exceptional cases, students with other degrees may also be admitted. Students with fewer than 240 credits may be admitted to the master's degree if they have a solid scientific background with knowledge of physics, chemistry or biology, or professional experience related to these disciplines and skills. These students must take bridging courses, designed by the Coordination Committee to ensure that they have a high enough level in these disciplines (maximum 30 credits). The Committee will assess the academic training (previous studies) and professional experience of candidates to determine their suitability for the course.

Students will need to be proficient in the English language. Students must also have user-level IT skills, and credit is given for advanced computer skills.

Admission criteria:
  • University degree in science or engineering disciplines that are thematically involved in nanoscience and nanotechnology.
  • Average grade on the academic record in the year of graduation.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Good level of English (the minimum level of English is B1, in the common European framework of reference).

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