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Master's Degree in Translational Medicine

Universitat de Barcelona
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Master's Degree in Translational Medicine

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Master's Degree in Translational Medicine

The Master's Degree in Translational Medicine offers the opportunity to obtain excellent training in the academic and research fields. In the academic field, because we offer comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the basic, clinical and epidemiological molecular aspects related to the main pathogenic human organisms, examined with a cross-disciplinary approach. In the research area, this degree offers exhaustive access to the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to develop research projects related to translational medicine. A large part of the degree is devoted to practical training in research. In recent years there has been a notable increase in public research centres with translational guidance and a progressive interest in biotechnology-related activities by national industries. Therefore, there is an increasing demand for highly qualified scientific professionals to meet today's needs, both in public research centres and in the pharmaceutical industry.

It falls within reason to believe that demand for qualified professionals in translational research will continue to grow in the years to come, both in the academic and the business fields. In clear contrast with this growing demand, today there are no degree studies that train professionals in this type of research. This means that graduates in health sciences of Spain are in worse conditions to compete with similar professionals from other European countries, better trained in this field. This is important in the wake of an increasingly globalized labour market, especially in the field of biomedical research. This master's degree attempts to fill this gap in the training of highly qualified professionals in translational research. The mission of this master's degree is to train a new generation of researchers who are highly competitive to carry out their profession in a field that is currently growing.

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

Compulsory subjects

  • Molecular Biology in Human Diseases
  • Animal Modeling in Translational Research
  • Translational Medicine
  • Biomarker Discovery and Validation Sample Management and Biobanks
  • Master Thesis

Optional subjects

  • Bioinformatics in Translational Research
  • Imaging in Translational Research
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Translational Research in Public Health
  • Clinical Trials Design and Evaluation of Molecular Therapies
  • Principles of Clinical Medicine
  • Responsible Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship


For more information about tuition fees, please visit the university website.


The main objective of this MSc is to train future researchers in translational medicine by providing the basis for a comprehensive understanding of new cutting-edge technologies and discoveries in biological sciences and molecular medicine.

This master's degree provides in-depth and complementary training to graduates in medicine, biomedicine, pharmacy, biology, biotechnology and other health-related fields, by providing students with skills in applied research areas such as the study of pathological mechanisms underlying human diseases, the development of therapeutic strategies, and insight into legal issues related to translational research.

Career paths

Given the cross-disciplinary nature of the training program implemented in this master's degree, graduate students acquire the adequate skills to continue their research training with a wide range of related PhD programs or to access different job opportunities in the pharmaceutical and medical industries.

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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