Objectives and competences

This master’s degree focuses on molecular biology, bioinformatics and genetics approaches to provide a comprehensive knowledge of plant functioning and its applications. The master’s degree provides specialised knowledge and skills to carry out scientific research or jobs in the plant biology sector.

The master's degree also meets the academic needs of research staff who wish to undertake their PhD studies in the area of Plant Biology and Biotechnology. Career options include research in plant molecular biology, crop breeding or biotechnological production of active compounds in plants, with applications in the fields of bio-health, farming, renewable energy and the materials industry.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Biology
Branch of knowledge
  • Interdisciplinary
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Length of course1 academic year
Language(s) of instructionEnglish
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentNo
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Main universityUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Universitat Barcelona
Bridging coursesNo

Objectives and competences



Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Access requirements and conditions

General 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.



The pre-enrolment period opens as of January and closes, at the latest, in September. Each centre and each master's degree can establish their specific periods within this general period.

Required documentation

Selection criteria



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

Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Compulsory 24
Optional 12
Compulsory placements 12
Compulsory final project 12

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Plant Biology, Genomics and Biotechnology
Biologia Computacional i Anàlisi de Dades Compulsory 6
Biologia de Sistemes de les Plantes Optional 6
Biologia Molecular de les Plantes Optional 6
Biotecnologia Agrària Compulsory 6
Creixement i Desenvolupament Vegetal Optional 6
Fisiologia i Metabolisme Vegetals Optional 6
Genòmica Vegetal Compulsory 6
Interaccions Planta-Ambient Compulsory 6
Pràctiques Externes Compulsory 12
Treball Final de Màster Compulsory 12

Previous years


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.

Institutional information

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