Objectives and competences
The master's course is designed to train researchers to an internationally competitive level in behavioural sciences, specifically in the areas of personality and behaviour, cognition and plasticity, primatology and in research methodology in behavioural sciences. This programme has obtained a quality award from the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU).
The teaching plan consists of a number of subjects that provide an overall update in the contents of these areas, complemented with solid training in research methodology and other related topics, such as neuroscience. The master's degree also prepares students to access the doctoral programme. In particular, it is associated with the UB doctoral programmes in Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and in Biodiversity.
To access the master's degree, students must have a high level of English, as this is the language of instruction. On completion of the master's degree, students should be able to operate easily in an international environment.
Objectives and competences
The master's degree is designed to provide internationally competitive training in behavioural sciences, particularly in the areas of personality, psychological assessment and treatment, basic psychology and psychobiology, and the methodology of the behavioural sciences.
On successful completion of the master's degree, students will have achieved the following competences in the program's target areas:
- Capacity to design, plan and carry out a scientific project to solve a specific research problem.
- Understanding of and capacity to apply data collection and analysis techniques for specific types of research.
- Understanding of and capacity to apply a range of data processing techniques.
- Ability to critically interpret scientific research.
- Ability to write scientific articles and books, and an understanding of the steps required for publication.
Applicant profile and access requirements
Recommended applicant profile
Applicants should hold a llicenciatura degree/EHEA bachelor's degree in Psychology, have a strong academic record, a basic knowledge of English at level B1, and possess the motivation and discipline required to undertake a research career in the various disciplines of the behavioural sciences.
The program is directed at two types of students:
1) Professionals in the behavioural sciences who wish to complete their research training.
2) Recent graduates interested in embarking on a research career.
Access requirements and conditions
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.
Applicants must hold a llicenciatura degree, an EHEA bachelor's degree or an equivalent university degree issued outside Spain. In the case of applications from graduates in disciplines other than psychology, the Coordination Committee will determine whether additional bridging credits are required, which would be taken from the core subjects of the EHEA bachelor's degree in Psychology at the UB.
3 April - 14 June 2024.
Notification of resolutions: 26 June - 3 July.
- 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%.
Recommendation letters should be directly sent to the master's program coordinator at email@example.com.
The selection criteria are:
- Solid academic record
- High level of English (minimum B1)
Publications, scientific presentations and letters of reference shall be taken into account.
The two selection criteria have the same weight (50%).
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
Subjects and course plans
Distribution of credits
List of subjects
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.
What can you work on ?
The training programme is designed for people who wish to start a career as researchers in the fields of experimental psychology, behaviour, neurosciences and primatology. It is also suitable for professionals of the behavioural sciences and life sciences who wish to complement their research training.
Access to the labour market
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