The bachelor's degree in Medicine provides the necessary knowledge from the sciences on which medicine is based, emphasizing understanding of scientific methods, the principles of the measurement of biological functions, the assessment of scientifically proven facts and data analysis.
The bachelor's degree in Medicine aims to train doctors able to meet the demands of society and capable of performing the tasks specific to the profession, such as anamnesis, examination, medical procedures, diagnosis, prognosis, health promotion and prevention. It also prepares students to approach their professional practice based on knowledge of basic, social and clinical sciences, always in accordance with the fundamental principles of medicine, and to carry out other healthcare roles (research, teaching and management) and master important skills for their personal development (self-criticism and self-assessment, independent learning, teamwork, personal care, professionalism and motivation, and a holistic perspective). The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Barcelona has been training generation after generation of excellent doctors for more than 100 years. It consistently tops the ranking of medical schools in Spain and is the only one included in the top 100 medical schools worldwide.

Basic information

TypeBachelor's degrees
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Branch of knowledge
  • Health Sciences
Mode of delivery


Number of places available

Campus Clínic    200

Campus Bellvitge    100

Length of course6 academic years
Language(s) of instructionCatalan 79,7%, Spanish 15,1%, English 5,2%
Admission grade

Campus Clínic    13,040 (July 2022, start of process, via official entrance examinations/vocational training)

Campus Bellvitge   12,893 (July 2022, start of process, via official entrance examinations/vocational training)

Approximate price per credit18,46 €
Compulsory placementsNo
Course detailsIndicators
Professional practiceYes
Profesión regulada--



Objectives and competences


The objective of the bachelor's degree in Medicine is to train doctors with the following skills:

  • To perform standard tasks in medicine such as anamnesis, exploration, medical procedures, diagnosis, prognosis, health promotion and prevention.
  • To tackle the profession with sound knowledge of the basic, social and clinical sciences and the fundamental principles of medicine.
  • To perform other functions in the field of healthcare (research, teaching and management) and to develop the skills required for professional development (self-critical and self-assessment capabilities, independent learning skills, teamwork skills, self care, professionalism and motivation, a holistic perspective).


Graduates in Medicine acquire the following competences:

  1. Capacity to understand and recognise the structure and function of the human body and the effects and symptoms of the diseases that act upon it.
  2. Knowledge of health determinants in populations and the capacity to analyse epidemiological data, in order to play a role in the action plans to prevent diseases.
  3. Capacity to communicate clearly and effectively with patients and other professionals.
  4. Capacity to prepare a clinical history, conduct a physical exploration and interpret complementary tests to establish a diagnosis and prognosis and to start a therapeutic strategy based on available scientific evidence.
  5. Capacity to use information and communication technologies in clinical, preventive and research activities and to make use of sources of biomedical information from a critical perspective and ensuring confidentiality.
  6. Capacity to understand the fundamentals of the scientific method in the study, prevention and control of diseases and to carry out research activities.
  7. Capacity to demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the importance of ethical principles, legal responsibilities and patient-centred professional practice.


To meet these objectives, students develop and work on the following general competences:

  1.  Motivation for learning.
  2. Capacity for analysis and synthesis.
  3. Clinical skills.
  4. Knowledge of the fundamental scientific principles of medicine.
  5. Critical thinking and research skills.
  6. Communication skills.
  7. ICT skills.
  8. Teamwork skills, organizational and planning skills.
  9. Concern for ethical practice and respect for professional values. 
  10. Understanding of the health system and the surrounding social and cultural reality.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

  • Vocation to serve and look after others.
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Empathy.
  • Capacity for analysis and synthesis.
  • Capacity to identify the difference between causal relations and associations.
  • Sound understanding of biology and sufficient knowledge of mathematics, physics and chemistry.

Access requirements and conditions

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.

Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.


Students that have studied abroad and who wish to study at the University of Barcelona may be admitted to EHEA bachelor's degree courses. Procedures for gaining admission will depend on the qualifications held by each applicant.

For further information about admission, consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online via the Món UB portal. To find out the date and time you have been assigned, check the specific information for your course. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned.

Academic information



Support and guidance

Pre-enrolment information and events


Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Basic training 94
Compulsory 242
Optional 18
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 6

List of subjects

Subject Language Type Credits
Abdominal Imaging 2nd semester Optional 2
Acupuncture. Contribution to Patient Welfare 1st semester Optional 2
Adult Intensive Medicine 2nd semester Optional 2
Advanced Chronic Disease and Palliative Care 1st semester Optional 4
Allergology in Clinical Practice 1st semester Optional 4
Anatomical Exposures and Surgical Approaches to the Limbs 1st semester Optional 3
Audiology 1st semester Optional 3
Basic Principles of Childcare 1st semester Optional 2
Basic Principles of Translational Medicine 2nd semester Optional 4
Biomedical Discoveries 1st semester Optional 3
Breastfeeding 1st semester Optional 2
Cancer Metabolism 1st semester Optional 4
Channelopathies 2nd semester Optional 4
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 1st semester Optional 4
Clinical Neuroanatomy 2nd semester Optional 4
Clinical Neuropsychology: Case Studies 1st semester Optional 4
Clown Care - New Tools for the Hospital Sector 2nd semester Optional 4
Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing Techniques for Computer-Assisted Surgery 2nd semester Optional 4
Cross-disciplinary Intervention in Health Sciences 1st semester Optional 3
Dermatopathology of the Oral Mucosa 2nd semester Optional 2
Ecomedicine 2nd semester Optional 3
Emergency Care and Resuscitation 2nd semester Optional 2
Emergency Medicine 2nd semester Optional 2
Emotional Regulation and Therapeutic Skills 1st semester Optional 3
English for Medical Purposes 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 3
Epidemics: Past, Present and Future 2nd semester Optional 4
Evolution of Human Anatomy 2nd semester Optional 3
Exercise in Health and Disease 1st semester Optional 4
From Tropical Medicine to Global Health 2nd semester Optional 2
Hereditary Cancer 1st semester Optional 4
Home Care: Acute, Chronic and Palliative Patients 2nd semester Optional 4
Interprofessional Simulation in the Health Sciences 1st semester Optional 4
Intracellular Trafficking in Health and Disease 2nd semester Optional 3
Introduction to Bioinformatics 2nd semester Optional 3
Introduction to Diagnosis and Treatment in the Critically-Ill Patient 2nd semester Optional 2
Introduction to Forensic Sciences Laboratory 2nd semester Optional 2
Involvement of Medical Students in Donation and Transplantation 1st semester Optional 4
Key factors in Emergency Health Care 1st semester Optional 2
Lifestyles and Brain Health 1st semester Optional 3
Localization and Identification of the Nerves of the Upper Limb Clinical Applications 2nd semester Optional 3
Medical Writing 2nd semester Optional 4
Molecular Design in Life Science Modelling 2nd semester Optional 3
Motivational Interview Techniques 2nd semester Optional 3
Nanomedicine: a New Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease 2nd semester Optional 3
Neurobiology: Pathophysiology of Nervous System Disease 2nd semester Optional 4
Neuroplasticity and Behaviour 1st semester Optional 4
Operative Arthroscopy 2nd semester Optional 4
Pain Treatment 1st semester Optional 2
Palaeopathology 2nd semester Optional 4
Plastic Surgery 2nd semester Optional 2
Pre-Habilitation and Enhanced Recovery after Surgery 1st semester Optional 2
Prevention, Control and Treatment of Smoking Addiction 2nd semester Optional 3
Principles of Neurosurgical Techniques 2nd semester Optional 2
Professionalism: Doctors and their Values 2nd semester Optional 3
Psychiatric Treatment 1st semester Optional 2
Quality and Clinical Safety 1st semester Optional 3
Sexually Transmitted Infections 2nd semester Optional 2
Simulation-Based Learning of Technical and Non-Technical Basic Clinical Skills 2nd semester Optional 3
Surgical Emergencies 1st semester Optional 2
The Growing Musculoskeletal System 2nd semester Optional 3
The Reproductive System 2nd semester Optional 3
Training in Gender Diversity: Transgender People 2nd semester Optional 2
Ultrasound Anatomy 1st semester Optional 2
Ultrasound Imaging of the Musculoskeletal System 2nd semester Optional 3
Venous Access: Clinical Applications 2nd semester Optional 3

Pathways and specializations

Check the planning of the different pathways of the degree

Previous years


Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment.They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information

Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

Medicine offers a wide range of career opportunities in public, private or mixed sectors, with one of the highest employability rates. The most common pathway is for graduates in medicine to specialize through the national programme of specialized health training (FSE), known as the MIR system. UB medical graduates always obtain good results in the MIR exam, and the Faculty usually occupies one of the top three positions in Spain for the success rate of students obtaining an MIR position is measured.

Recognized MIR specializations are the following:

  • Allergology
  • Endocrinology and Nutrition
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Clinical Analysis
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Neurology
  • Pathological Anatomy
  • Geriatrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Angiology and Vascular Surgery
  • Hematology and Hemotherapy
  • Ophthalmology
  • Digestive System
  • Immunology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Family and Community Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Cardiology
  • Intensive Medicine
  • Otolaryngology
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • General and Digestive System Surgery
  • Legal and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Radiodiagnosis
  • Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology
  • Preventive Medicine and Public Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Trauma and Aesthetic
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Microbiology and Parasitology
  • Urology
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Nephrology
  • Dermatology
  • Neurosurgery

It should also be noted that doctors may devote part or all of their working hours to clinical care, research, teaching or healthcare management.

Access to the labour market

Data from the university system in Catalonia

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Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Clínic, Bellvitge i Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona, l'Hospitalet i Sant Boi


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