The bachelor's degree in Bioinformatics brings together mathematical skills, computer modelling and biological knowledge with an interdisciplinary focus, with particular emphasis on biomedical applications. The ability to process, visualise and analyse this big data offers tremendous opportunities for improving our understanding of biology and making new advances in medicine, agriculture and the food industry.
The course also aims to prepare professionals capable of pursuing careers in research, development and innovation, while also equipping them with management skills. To this end, it provides a comprehensive education based on knowledge and values.
|Faculty or school||Faculty of Biology|
|Branch of knowledge||Health Sciences|
|Length of course||4 academic years|
|Language(s) of instruction||Catalan 54,9%, English 45,1%|
|Approximate price per credit||138 €|
|Main university||Pompeu Fabra|
|Universities||Autònoma de Barcelona
Politècnica de Catalunya
Objectives and competences
Graduates will acquire the competences to:
- Apply techniques, tools and skills in the practice of bioinformatics.
- Apply their expertise in computing, statistics, mathematics and health and life sciences to the field of bioinformatics.
- Analyse a problem and identify and define the necessary computing solutions.
- Design, apply and assess a system, process, component or computer program to meet needs in the field.
- Apply mathematical knowledge, algorithmic principles and computing theories to model and design computing systems.
- Apply statistical and computing models to solve problems in molecular biology, genomics, medical research and population genetics.
- Understand the process of scientific discovery and the role of bioinformatics
Access and admission
Applicant profile and access requirements
Recommended applicant profile
Students should have a good grounding in science, logical reasoning skills, an ability to handle abstract models and good observation, attention and concentration skills. They should also be creative, imaginative and innovative and have an interest in the life sciences and medicine.
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.
- Documents required for enrolment
- Procedure to formalize enrolment
- After enrolment
- Grants and financial aid
Support and guidance
Pre-enrolment information and events
Subjects and course plans
Distribution of credits
List of subjects
|Advanced Programming, Algorithms and Data Structure||Optional||4|
|Biomedical Imaging Techniques||Optional||4|
|Conscious Programming of Computer and Software Architecture||Optional||4|
|Current Research Topics in Bioinformatics||Optional||4|
|Introduction to Pharmaceutical Research and Development||Optional||4|
|Management and Entrepreneurship||Optional||4|
|Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolutionary Genetics||Optional||4|
|Ontologies in Health Sciences and Life Sciences||Optional||4|
Pathways and specializationsBioinformatics
Check the planning of the different pathways of the degree
Teaching staffList of spring and autum teaching staff at teaching on a current course
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.
What can you work on ?
Given that bioinformatics is a multidisciplinary field of science and technology at the crossroads of computing and life sciences, graduates have openings in several fields of expertise:
- Biomedicine: integrating omics and clinical data to make progress in personalised precision medicine.
- Biology: processing and interpreting omics data for enhanced animal and plant genetics.
- Pharmacology: managing chemical, pharmacological, toxicological and clinical data during the process of discovering, developing and using new drugs.
- Bioinformatics scientist
- Data analysis
- Quality controller
- R&D researcher at universities and companies
Faculty of Biology
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