Objectives and competences
|Faculty or school||Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Science|
|Branch of knowledge|
|Mode of delivery|
|Number of places available||40|
|Length of course||1 academic year|
|Language(s) of instruction||Catalan (10%), Spanish (85%) and English (5%).|
|Approximate price per credit||27.67 euros per credit (82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2022-2023|
|Coordination||MARIA LUISA GARCIA LOPEZ|
|Lead to doctoral studies||Yes|
|Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualification||No|
Objectives and competences
- Acquire solid, multidisciplinary training in theory and methodology in the areas of drug research, development and control so that quality research can be carried out in all stages of drug development, and specifically research related to the development of new pharmaceutical formulations.
- Display a capacity for analysis and synthesis.
- Learn to work in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams.
- Work creatively to achieve quality research that enables the development, leadership and management of research projects in the pharmaceutical field.
- Gain the cognitive skills needed for inductive reasoning, develop the critical and reflective ability to solve problems in the professional arena, and lead and manage teams in the main areas of the pharmaceutical industry.
- Use leadership skills, a capacity for initiative, entrepreneurial spirit and command of management techniques to lead activities in pharmaceutical companies, research projects or research groups.
- Work as part of multidisciplinary teams and collaborate with other professionals.
- Integrate advanced technological knowledge and improve the skills and abilities needed to work in an experimental laboratory in the field of drug R&D;
plan and implement a research project to develop and control drugs of natural and synthetic origin, and apply the knowledge acquired to the development of new pharmaceutical products and to innovation.
- Identify current therapeutic approaches to the treatment of various diseases and the main advances in the discovery and development of new drugs and new drug targets.
- Demonstrate the skills and abilities to develop and formulate drugs and to design and plan new nanostructured, controlled drug delivery systems;
apply advanced instrumental analysis techniques to drug research, development and control.
- Demonstrate the skills and abilities to develop and validate new analytical methods and to apply them to the analysis and control of natural and synthetic drugs.
Access and admission
Applicant profile and access requirements
Recommended applicant profileThis master's degree is suitable for degree-holders in health sciences and experimental sciences.
- Graduates in pharmacy or an equivalent qualification issued by a Spanish or foreign university can access the master's degree directly.
- Access is also possible for graduates in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, biomedical sciences, environmental sciences, food science and technology, chemical engineering, medicine, chemistry, veterinary science or equivalent qualifications, issued by national or foreign universities. In this case, the Academic Committee of the master's degree must analyse the subjects that the applicants have taken and the skills gained in the previous degree to determine which bridging courses they need to take. For holders of other qualifications, admission depends on the suitability of the studies and the academic transcript, at the discretion of the master's degree Academic Committee.
Access requirements and conditionsGeneral 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.
From an educational perspective, candidates must have previous knowledge of pharmacy, pharmaceutical technology, biopharmacy, pharmacokinetics and human physiology to be admitted to the master's degree. If candidates cannot prove their knowledge (for example, through a pre-EHEA or EHEA bachelor's degree in pharmacy, another master's degree in this knowledge area or professional experience in the pharmaceutical sector or a related industry), they must complete specific bridging courses, which will be taught in September, prior to the start of the master's degree:
- Introduction to Galenic Pharmacy
- Introduction to Biopharmacy and Pharmacokinetics
- General Principles of Human Physiology
Students who are required to complete bridging courses must enrol for one or more of the bridging subjects, as indicated by the Coordination Committee.
Calendar13 February - 15 July 2023.
- 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%.
- Pre-enrolment application
- Photocopy of degree certificate or equivalent qualification. In case of admission, foreign degrees that require so should be translated and authenticated through diplomatic channels before completing the enrolment.
- Other specific documentation related to the selection criteria
Where to submit the documentation:
Secretary's Office for Students and Teaching Staff at the Faculty of Pharmacy.
Selection criteriaTo be considered for the master's degree, all candidates must have pre-enrolled on line, provided proof of English and Spanish level B1 or equivalent, and submitted all of the required documents. The following will be taken into account:
- Curriculum vitae (50%).
- Academic transcript (40%).
- Compatibility of previous studies (5%).
- Statement of interest, outlining the candidate's reasons for applying (5%).
Once the Admissions Committee has evaluated the candidate's specific merits, it may ask the candidate to attend a personal interview to complete the application process.
NotificationThe selection and admission of students is carried out by the master's degree Coordination Committee, which is comprised of the coordinator, a teaching staff representative from the departments that teach at least 20% of the master's degree, a student, and the head of the Secretary's Office for Students and Teaching Staff or his/her delegate.
The Committee will notify candidates of its decision by email, in June and September, depending on the pre-enrolment period. If a candidate disagrees with the Committee's decision, he/she can make a written request for a review. The letter should be sent to the Secretary's Office of the school or faculty no later than ten days after receiving email notification of the decision.
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
- Documents required for enrolment
- Procedure to formalize enrolment
- Grants and financial aid (in Catalan)
- Economic information (in Catalan)
Subjects and course plans
Distribution of credits
|Compulsory final project||20|
List of subjects
|Specialization: BC for admission to the Master's Degree in Drug Research, Development and Control|
|Introduction to Biopharmacy and Pharmacokinetics||Optional||1st semester||2.5|
|Introduction to Galenic Pharmacy||Optional||1st semester||2.5|
List of spring and autumn teaching staff on a current course
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 master's degree grants access to third-cycle studies either in a research centre or in a business environment, as part of business-university collaboration.
Completion of the master's degree will help graduates to obtain higher-level positions in various areas of the pharmaceutical industry and to enter the business world as a technician or head of production, R+D, quality control, quality assurance and related areas.