Objectives and competences

Disciplines such as molecular biology, medicine, veterinary science and agronomy generate a large amount of data. To make the most of omic data and advance in these disciplines, professions are required who can handle, analyse and interpret data, including experts in bioinformatics, genomics, computational biology or biocomputing.

The university master's degree in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics at the UOC and UB is particularly well-adapted to current needs. The course contents provide a balance of bioinformatics and biostatistics subjects, and enable students to develop competences in data management, artificial intelligence, modelling and statistical analysis of bioinformatics problems.

The master's degree is mainly aimed at university graduates in computer engineering, mathematics, statistics, biology, medicine, pharmacy or other degrees in engineering, sciences or health sciences who wish to specialize in this field.

Students will take compulsory subjects to gain basic knowledge of bioinformatics and biostatistics and learn how to use specialized software in the field at advanced level.

The master's degree is flexible and offers optional subjects, so that students can specialize in the aspects that are of most interest to them. The optional subjects include topics such as software for bioinformatics, trends in the bioinformatics sector, molecular and structural biology, design and analysis of experiments, survival analysis, multivariate analysis, and automatic learning (machine learning), as well as the opportunity to carry out company placements.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Biology
Branch of knowledge
  • Biology and genetics
  • Computer and systems engineering
  • Mathematics and statistics
Mode of delivery
  • On line
Length of course1 academic year
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentNo
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Main university information Master's degree course homepage
Main universityUniversitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
  • Universitat Barcelona
  • Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Bridging coursesYes

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 1393/2007, 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.



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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 25
Optional 20
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 15

List of subjects

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: BC for admission to the master's degree in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
Àlgebra Lineal Optional 6
Algebra Optional 6
Iniciació a la Programació Optional 6
Introduction to Mathematics for Engineering Optional 6
Mathematical Analysis Optional 6
Probabilitat i Estadística Optional 6
Programming Optional 6
Statistics Optional 6

Bridging courses

Subject Type Language Credits
Specialization: Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
Analysis of Omic Data Compulsory 5
Applications and Trends in the Sector Optional 5
Company Placement Optional 5
Computational Genomics Compulsory 5
Computer Tools for Bioinformatics Optional 5
Data Analysis Software Compulsory 5
Design and Analysis of Experiments Optional 5
Final Project Compulsory 15
Machine Learning Optional 5
Molecular Biology Optional 5
Multivariate Analysis Optional 5
Programming for Bioinformatics Compulsory 5
Regression, Models and Methods Compulsory 5
Statistical Inference Compulsory 5
Structural Biology Optional 5
Survival Analysis and Longitudinal Data Optional 5

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.

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