Objectives and competences

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolMedicine Training and Research Section (Clínic)
Branch of knowledge
  • Medicine and dentistry
  • Biomedical sciences
Mode of delivery
  • Face-to-face
Number of places available50
Length of course1 academic year
Language(s) of instructionEnglish 100%
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 2022-2023
Course detailsIndicators
Open pre-enrolmentYes
Open enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesYes
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualificationNo
Bridging coursesNo

Objectives and competences


The main objective of this MSc is to train future researchers in translational medicine by providing the basis for a comprehensive understanding of new cutting-edge technologies and discoveries in biological sciences and molecular medicine.

This master's degree provides in-depth and complementary training to graduates in medicine, biomedicine, pharmacy, biology, biotechnology and other health-related fields, by providing students with skills in applied research areas such as the study of pathological mechanisms underlying human diseases and the development of therapeutic strategies, and insight into legal issues related to translational research.


On completing the master's degree, students are expected to have acquired the adequate scientific training that allows them to become independent researchers with critical thinking abilities to address specific scientific questions. These cross-disciplinary skills and competences include:

  • Understanding of how to translate research discoveries to the clinical setting.
  • Understanding of the basic, clinical and therapeutic principles of different pathologies.
  • Knowledge of advances in biomedical research and the necessary tools to access ongoing training.
  • Ability to properly formulate hypotheses and research objectives.
  • Ability to design potentially applicable research projects.
  • Ability to interact with professionals in other medical fields in order to design and implement novel strategies in the handling of patients.
  • Capacity to design research studies on new predictive, prognostic, diagnostic or pharmacodynamics biomarkers.
  • Ability to disseminate research results (scientific communications, audiovisual tools, social networking and scientific databases).
  • Capacity to identify problems of public health, to design epidemiological studies and to interpret the results.
  • Understanding of the bioethical and legal principles of research in the field of translational medicine.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

The applicants who wish to enrol in the master's degree in Translational Medicine should be in possession of a bachelor degree in experimental sciences or health-related disciplines such as:

The applicants who wish to enrol in the master's degree in Translational Medicine should be in possession of a bachelor degree in experimental sciences or health-related disciplines such as:

  • Medicine
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology or Human Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmacy
  • Science and Food Technology
  • Human Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Genetics
  • Other related health science disciplines or equivalent foreign studies

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.

Specific requirements

The entry criteria is based on the evaluation of the following documentation to be provided by each applicant:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Academic transcript
  • All candidates must hold a minimum level of English language (level B2 CEFR, First Certificate or equivalent) ' Recommendation letters (optional)


The required documentation should be sent via email to traslacional@ub.edu. All applications will be evaluated by the master's degree Coordinating Committee. During this process, additional supporting documents, such as language level certificates, may be requested. The master's degree Secretary's Office will notify the admission decision within a week, after which the selected students are required to complete the online pre-enrolment form (for more details see pre-enrolment/enrolment section).



- First period: 10 March − 30 May 2023.
- Second period (if places remain available): 1 June - 31 August 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%.

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


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 750 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

Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

Given the cross-disciplinary nature of the training programme implemented in this master's degree, graduate students acquire the adequate skills to continue their research training with a wide range of related PhD programmes or to access different job opportunities in the pharmaceutical and medical industries.

Access to the labour market

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