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Master's Degree in Integrative Physiology

Universitat de Barcelona
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Master's Degree in Integrative Physiology

Program description

Master's Degree in Integrative Physiology

This master's degree, which is taught as a blended learning course, is aimed at broadening the students' knowledge of the latest aspects of physiology research. It focuses in particular on the most innovative and applied aspects of the discipline, including the physiology of exercise, altitude and hypoxia, the latest advances in the understanding of oxidative stress and free radicals, and molecular and cellular physiology.

An agreement has been signed to teach a double degree, with a specialization in Applied Physiology from the master's degree in Biomedical Sciences at Antofagasta University in Chile.

Integrative Physiology has received the distinction 'International Master's Program' (IMP) from the Government of Catalonia's Agency for the Administration of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) (2013 IMP 00019).

The languages of instruction for this program are Spanish 75%; English 25%.

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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Program content

Physiology research is important in many branches of knowledge. The discipline has more specialized indexed journals than many other areas of science, and many Nobel Laureates have been awarded the distinction in recognition of their work in physiology.

The master's degree in Integrative Physiology, which is taught as a blended learning course, looks in detail at current aspects of research in the discipline. In particular, it focuses on the most innovative applied aspects, including the physiology of exercise, altitude and hypoxia, the latest advances in the understanding of oxidative stress and free radicals, and molecular and cellular physiology. It also encompasses a range of more general subjects that address advances in endocrinology, neurophysiology and reproductive physiology.

The objective of the master's degree is to train researchers in physiology who can undertake research in public and private centres. In addition, it provides the preparation to carry out physiology research at doctoral level.

Career opportunities

The master's degree is research-focused. Consequently, graduates will be qualified to work in research centres in the field of physiology (in health, biomedicine or biosciences) or to continue their academic and research training at doctoral level in preparation for an academic career.

The multi-disciplinary nature of physiology itself and the interdisciplinary focus of the master's degree will ensure that graduates have a wide range of career options. In Catalonia alone there are some 100 biomedical centres, as well as numerous health and wellness companies, clinical analysis centres and veterinary and pharmaceutical laboratories.

Graduates move into a broad spectrum of professional areas:

  • Research:
    • Basic and applied physiology research in R&D laboratories and public and private technology centres; biohealth, biotech and clinical research for the study of physiological and pathophysiological systems.
  • Teaching:
    • In public or private universities, as a lecturer for bachelor's degree and postgraduate courses; lifelong learning at conferences, congresses, etc.; development of health education programs for schools and society in general, or work as a health consultant in sports environments.
  • Other professional and management activities:
    • In companies involved in the development and distribution of social healthcare and biotech products and equipment; in companies that supply laboratory equipment and medical products, designed by experts working in multidisciplinary teams; in the assessment, marketing and use of products and diagnostic equipment for biomedical applications; as health consultants in sports, and as expert professionals in university education and lifelong training.

About this institute

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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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