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Master's Degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nutrition, Chronic Diseases and Healthy Ageing

Universitat de Barcelona
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Master's Degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nutrition, Chronic Diseases and Healthy Ageing

Program description

Master's Degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nutrition, Chronic Diseases and Healthy Ageing

The master's degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nutrition, Chronic Diseases and Healthy Ageing of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, in collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences, is designed and taught by professionals with experience in healthcare and by experts in business innovation. It covers the most innovative aspects of the relationship between nutrition and lifestyles, the most common chronic diseases, and healthy ageing. In addition, it promotes innovation and entrepreneurship in the food sector.

Worldwide, there is growing concern about all nutrition and health-related topics. In the coming years, more expert professionals are likely be needed to care for patients in aspects related to nutrition and lifestyle. There is also a need for skills based on the research and development of health and non-health products, and to establish professionals in companies to market these products.

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.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Tuition fees

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The aim of the master's degree is to train students in the most innovative aspects of nutrition and lifestyles, on the most common chronic diseases, and on healthy ageing. The degree develops broad knowledge of healthy nutrition, diseases and disorders related to diet and nutrition and their treatment, food and nutrition of hospitalised patients, and the impact of certain diseases. It includes training on personalised diets, allergies and food intolerances, components of diets and functional foods, cooking techniques, public health, ecology and sustainability. The degree also looks at the implementation of recommendations for society through education in schools, catering, medical communities and nursing.

The sections on innovation and entrepreneurship add value to the qualification in topics relating to the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and the potential for economic growth associated with new innovations. Innovation and entrepreneurship are of utmost importance to develop new business initiatives in the sector of healthy food and nutrition, which has a broad market and increasing demand. Thus, students will learn about the processes of identifying business opportunities, creating business models and plans, and drawing up a business project.

Career opportunities


  • Training in nutrition, disease and ageing to complement healthcare work.
  • Work in departments specialised in nutrition in clinical practice, in primary and hospital care.
  • Consultations on obesity and nutrition.
  • Development of personalised diets.

Research area

  • Research in nutrition, chronic diseases and ageing.
  • Incorporation of new techniques for assessing the effects of foods on health and diseases.
  • Entry into a doctoral program to prepare a doctoral thesis.


  • Advice and consultancy services for agrifood companies.
  • Research and development of new healthy foods.
  • Creation of new companies in the food sector.

About this institute

Universitat de Barcelona 

The University of Barcelona, founded in 1450, is a comprehensive higher education institution that presents deep academic tradition coupled with frontier scientific knowledge. It is located in the city of Barcelona, one of the main cosmopolitan hubs in the Mediterranean...

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Why study at Universitat de Barcelona

Why choose the University of Barcelona?

  • It is the top-rated Spanish university in the most prestigious international university rankings.
  • It is among the 25 best universities of the world with more than 400 years of history.
  • It is situated in Barcelona, one of the best university cities in the World.
  • It offers a wide range of course offerings: bachelor’s degree courses, master’s degree courses, doctoral programs and other specific courses and programs.

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Universitat de Barcelona

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
08007 Barcelona Catalunya

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