Objectives and competences

The master's degree Biological Anthropology is intended to provide holders of degrees in experimental sciences and the humanities with up-to-date training in human biodiversity, its origin, evolution and the biomedical implications. The program responds to the growing demand for specialists in the area of human biology and physical anthropology, contributing knowledge and methodologies pertaining to this area of specialization and related areas (e.g., physiology, genetics, zoology, medicine, archaeology).

The program focuses primarily on research and offers students the opportunity both to collaborate with businesses working in this field and to complete their final project in collaboration with outside institutions. Students are offered two specializations: Physical and Forensic Anthropology, and Molecular Anthropology and Biomedical Applications.

These studies are aimed at people who are interested in the following areas:

  • Forensic anthropology and the osteological and molecular techniques used in individual identification.
  • Anthropology applied to archaeology, including taphonomy, demographics and the reconstruction of ancient populations.
  • Human evolution, primatology and prehistory.
  • Molecular anthropology.
  • Biomedical applications of human molecular diversity in cytogenetics, complex diseases and genetic epidemiology.

This master¿s degree addresses all of these areas in an in-depth and interrelated manner. More than 50% of the content will be applied work in osteology, molecular biology and computer laboratories.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Biology
Branch of knowledge
  • Biology and genetics
  • Biomedical sciences
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Credits60
Number of places available30
Length of course1 academic year
Language(s) of instructionCatalan - Spanish - English.
Approximate price per credit27.67 euros per credit (82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2023-2024
CoordinationARACELI ROSA DE LA CRUZ
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentYes
Open enrolmentYes
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
InteruniversityYes
Main universityUniversitat Barcelona
Universities
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Bridging coursesYes
Specializations
  • Human Diversity and Biomedical Applications
  • Pathway without Specialization
  • Physical and Forensic Anthropology

Objectives and competences

Objectives

The master's degree Human Biology has the following general objectives:


  • To train scientists in the area of anthropology who can foster cross-disciplinary work between experimental sciences and the humanities.

  • To provide and update knowledge for future professionals in the areas of human evolution, individual variation and human molecular diversity.

  • To provide in-depth skills in the use of basic techniques and tools (laboratory and statistical) applied to anthropology.

In the pursuit of these general and specific objectives in each subject, students will acquire generic competences related to the biological and cultural mechanisms of human diversity and their relationship to the problems of our society and their resolution.

Competences

Generic competences




  • Apply and integrate knowledge, understanding, sound science and skills in order to solve problems in multidisciplinary contexts involving highly specialized researchers and professionals.

  • Analyze, summarize and write documents and interpret professional and scientific documents.

  • Use information and communication technologies for debate and teamwork through interpersonal communication skills.

  • Convey results clearly and unambiguously to a general or specialist public, presenting scientific and technological findings or results of the latest innovations, as well as the most relevant underlying principles.

  • Develop sufficient autonomy to take part in scientific or technological research projects and collaborations featuring interdisciplinary contexts and a high level of knowledge transfer.



 



Specific competences




  • Design and perform measurements of the current human biodiversity, and identify the mechanisms that generate such diversity.

  • Interpret the adaptive traits of human biodiversity.

  • Analyze both qualitative and quantitatively, the human biologic diversity.

  • Perform prospective reports on human biodiversity.

  • Detect problems associated to population changes and design alternative solutions.

  • Carry out evolutionary inferences from current human diversity (Physical and Forensic Anthropology mention).

  • Perform individual identification, in vivo and in skeleton (Physical and Forensic Anthropology mention).

  • Design studies of human diversity (Human Diversity and Biomedical Applications mention).

  • Evaluate the consequences of new environments on the health of human populations (Human Diversity and Biomedical Applications mention).

  • Perform specialist's reports for institutions in the fields of society, population policies and public health (Human Diversity and Biomedical Applications mention).

  • Handle human samples (Human Diversity and Biomedical Applications mention).

  • Carry out chromosomal and molecular analyses for diseases prevention and diagnosis (Human Diversity and Biomedical Applications mention).

  • Manage museum's collections (Physical and Forensic Anthropology mention) and data from archives and demographic/historical registers (Physical and Forensic Anthropology mention).

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Applicants should have a special interest in developing a broad biological and evolutionary perspective, rather than restricting their understanding to technical aspects of the discipline. This perspective will provide students with a broad viewpoint that will be relevant in future professional practice, because the principles of diversity and adaptation are important to understanding all facets of human life (biology, medicine, society, culture and philosophy).

Access requirements and conditions

General requirements
In accordance with Article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, of 29 October, students wishing to be admitted to a university master's degree must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Official Spanish university 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 issued by an institution outside the framework of the European Higher Education Area. In this case, applicants must request homologation of the degree to its equivalent official Spanish university qualification or obtain express approval from the University of Barcelona, which will conduct a study of equivalence to ensure that the degree is of a comparable level to an official Spanish university qualification and that it grants access to university master's degree study 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.

Specific requirements
Specific access qualifications: Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Genetics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology.

Related access qualifications: Odontology, Pharmacy, Human and Diet Nutrition, Medicine, Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Archaeology, Psychology, Geology, Social or Cultural Anthropology, Prehistory, Nursing.

Pre-enrolment

Calendar

First period: 1 February'7 June 2024.
Notification of resolutions: 17 June.

Second period: 8 June'2 September 2024.
Notification of resolutions: 9 September.

Notes:

  • Pre-enrolment fee: A pre-enrolment fee of 30,21 euros is charged. Students who apply to more than one master's degree must pay the fee for each pre-enrolment request. Pre-enrolment requests cannot be processed until this fee has been paid.Fees will only be refunded if the master's degree in question is suspended.
  • Reserved places: A maximum of 5% of the new places of the master's degree are reserved for students who meet the general and specific access requirements and accredit the recognition of a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%.

Required documentation

Selection criteria

1) Qualification of Degree (50%), being the degrees of direct access, both the experimental sciences (biological, biomedical and medical specialties, as well as Earth sciences) and those of the humanities (geography and history, prehistory, archeology, psychology); In the event of a training deficit that makes it difficult to carry out common compulsory subjects, the need to take training courses will be assessed; The interdisciplinarity that exists between the experimental sciences and the humanities in the area of Biological Anthropology necessitate the inclusion as related qualifications in both fields of knowledge, similar to the concept of Anthropology in the Anglo-Saxon university world, so that the criterion of Degree to access the master's degree will not be exclusive or decisive.

2) Demonstration of interest in training in the area of master's degree, indicating the specialty to be studied, motivations to take a master's degree in Biological Anthropology, optional subjects that he or she would choose and the professional or researcher's area to be accessed once the degree is completed (20 %).

3) Academic record of the degree (20%), which will serve to highlight students with better records and access to training scholarships.

4) Other qualifications and training complements (10%), which will serve especially to determine the need to take formative complements.

5) There is a possibility that the Coordinating Committee may request the student to conduct a personal interview.



For the purposes of admission of applications for admission to the master's degree and the determination of the need or not of completing the training, the Coordinating Committee of the Master will delegate the evaluation of the applications to an admission commission formed by the general coordinator of the master's degree Coordinating University (in this case the UB) and the person selected as General Coordinator of the master's degree at UAB. In addition, two additional professors (one from each participating university) appointed for this purpose will be part of the admission committee. This acceptance committee will meet in the periods prior to enrollment and will make public the list of admitted and excluded in each period of enrollment.

Notification

Admission List

Enrolment

As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned

 

Enrolment calendar

  • July: 15 -30
  • September: 16–30

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Type ECTS
Compulsory 20
Optional 20
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 20
TOTAL 60

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Human Diversity and Biomedical Applications
Advances in Human Evolution Optional 1st semester 2.5
Anthropology of Food Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Cancer Genetics Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Demographic Anthropology and the Reconstruction of Ancient Populations Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Environment, Population and Emerging Diseases Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Final Project Compulsory 2nd semester 20
Forensic Genetics Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Genes, Genomes and Populations Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Genetic and Environmental Factors in Human Diseases Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Genetic Epidemiology I: Methods and Applications Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Genetic Epidemiology II: from Theory to Design of a Research Project Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Geometric Morphometry: Morphological Diversity Analysis Optional 1st semester 2.5
Human Biodiversity I Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Human Biodiversity II Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Identification Methods Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Laboratory Practice in Human Biology I Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Laboratory Practice in Human Biology II Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Molecular Evolution Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Molecular Techniques Applied to Anthropology Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Osteology and Forensic Anthropology Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Primatology and Human Evolution Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Primatology Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Statistical Analysis and Presentation of Results I Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Statistical Analysis and Presentation of Results II Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Taphonomy and Fieldwork in Anthropology Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Specialization: Pathway without Specialization
Advances in Human Evolution Optional 1st semester 2.5
Anthropology of Food Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Cancer Genetics Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Demographic Anthropology and the Reconstruction of Ancient Populations Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Environment, Population and Emerging Diseases Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Final Project Compulsory 2nd semester 20
Forensic Genetics Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Genes, Genomes and Populations Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Genetic and Environmental Factors in Human Diseases Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Genetic Epidemiology I: Methods and Applications Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Genetic Epidemiology II: from Theory to Design of a Research Project Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Geometric Morphometry: Morphological Diversity Analysis Optional 1st semester 2.5
Human Biodiversity I Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Human Biodiversity II Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Identification Methods Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Laboratory Practice in Human Biology I Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Laboratory Practice in Human Biology II Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Molecular Evolution Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Molecular Techniques Applied to Anthropology Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Osteology and Forensic Anthropology Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Primatology and Human Evolution Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Primatology Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Statistical Analysis and Presentation of Results I Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Statistical Analysis and Presentation of Results II Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Taphonomy and Fieldwork in Anthropology Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Specialization: Physical and Forensic Anthropology
Advances in Human Evolution Optional 1st semester 2.5
Anthropology of Food Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Cancer Genetics Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Demographic Anthropology and the Reconstruction of Ancient Populations Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Environment, Population and Emerging Diseases Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Final Project Compulsory 2nd semester 20
Forensic Genetics Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Genes, Genomes and Populations Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Genetic and Environmental Factors in Human Diseases Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Genetic Epidemiology I: Methods and Applications Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Genetic Epidemiology II: from Theory to Design of a Research Project Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Geometric Morphometry: Morphological Diversity Analysis Optional 1st semester 2.5
Human Biodiversity I Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Human Biodiversity II Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Identification Methods Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Laboratory Practice in Human Biology I Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Laboratory Practice in Human Biology II Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Molecular Evolution Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Molecular Techniques Applied to Anthropology Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Osteology and Forensic Anthropology Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Primatology and Human Evolution Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Primatology Optional 2nd semester 2.5
Statistical Analysis and Presentation of Results I Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Statistical Analysis and Presentation of Results II Compulsory 1st semester 2.5
Taphonomy and Fieldwork in Anthropology Optional 2nd semester 2.5

Bridging courses

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: BC for admission to the Master's Degree in Biological Anthropology
Basic Knowledge of Biological Anthropology - Instrumental Techniques Optional 1st semester 3
Basic Knowledge of Biological Anthropology - Key Concepts Optional 1st semester 3

Previous years

Placements

Placements in a company or another type of organization are an integral part of university studies, providing first-hand experience of working methodologies in students' chosen professional fields. They offer invaluable practical experience for the transition into work after graduation.



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.



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