Objectives and competences

The master's degree in Applied Research Methodology in Nursing Care provides the knowledge and skills required to carry out and evaluate quantitative and qualitative research projects on the areas of care, teaching and management in which nurses work.
The principle objective of the master's degree is for students to gain essential skills in planning, organizing and evaluating scientific studies on nursing care. The syllabus introduces the scientific method and covers the procedures and techniques used to obtain and analyse data and to communicate and disseminate the results and conclusions of studies. In addition, the course offers a wide range of optional subjects, such as research areas in nursing, information and communication technologies, social and health inequalities, ethics and the gender perspective in research, and evidence-based nursing practice, among others. This master's degree is intended for holders of nursing degrees and diplomas with some experience of research-related activities.

Basic information

TypeMaster's degree
Faculty or schoolFaculty of Nursing
Branch of knowledge
  • Nursing
  • Physiotherapy, podiatry, nutrition and dietetics, occupational therapy, optics and optometry, and speech therapy
  • Medicine and dentistry
Mode of delivery
  • Blended learning
Number of places available30
Length of course1 academic year
Language(s) of instruction40 % Catalan - 40 % Spanish - 20 % English
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 2023-2024
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 master's degree is to respond to growing demand for postgraduate training in applied research in the field of nursing practice, relating particularly to nursing care and touching on other key aspects such as management and teaching.

The course aims to consolidate the research skills of nursing professionals and to foster a capacity to innovation, creativity and initiative in the practice and research of nursing care. At the same time, students will develop a general understanding of research as a means of professional development and advancement. The degree content is therefore designed to aid the development of a critical perspective on health needs, health policies and health institutions, at the national and international scales.


  • Capacity to harness research potential in nursing care, management and teaching, with a view to producing a quality research project.

  • Capacity to apply the theories and principles of research to research practice.

  • Capacity to demonstrate an understanding of core research methodologies in the development of scientific work, from the initial research question or hypothesis to the publication of results.

  • Ability to use the tools required to draw up a research project that can be submitted to national and international competitive calls for health research funding.

  • The knowledge to carry out research on aspects of gender and social and cultural diversity in the care population, taking into account ethical principles.

  • Capacity to use and manage resources (documents, computers, audiovisual materials, etc.) to carry out multidisciplinary research studies.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Students should have knowledge and skills relevant to nursing care at different stages of life and to different healthcare environments. They must also be able to demonstrate previous experience in the presentation of scientific papers and publications. Students should have good listening and written comprehension skills in English.

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.

Specific requirements
A university degree or diploma in nursing, or an equivalent qualification.



First period: 19 March - 4 June 2024.
Notification of resolutions: starting 6 June.


  • 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

1. CV (30%).
2. Previous publications in national and international journals (20%).
3. Scientific papers in the area of nursing care (15%).
4. Professional experience in the area of nursing care (15%).
5. Grade point average for previous qualifications (10%)
6. Listening and written comprehension skills in English (level B1) (10%).


The Coordination Committee will assess whether candidates meet the general and specific admission requirements.


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 18
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 18

List of subjects

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

Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to undertake research-related activities in hospitals and primary care centres, in health and social care homes, and in public and private organizations at the national and international level. They will have the right professional profile to organize and manage research and teaching projects on topics related to quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Access to the labour market

Data from the university system in Catalonia

Contact us

Faculty of Nursing

Campus Bellvitge, Feixa Llarga, s/n
08907 l'Hospitalet de Llobregat