Objectives and competences

The master's degree in Bioethics and Law at the University of Barcelona (UB) has been running since 1995 with the aim of training students in the analysis of the ethical, legal and social implications of biotechnology and biomedicine.

This master's degree enables students to study and understand bioethical issues from an interdisciplinary, plural, secular perspective.

Founded by Dr María Casado, it is jointly organized by the research centre the Bioethics and Law Observatory (OBD) and has the support of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics at the University of Barcelona. The master's degree adheres to the ethics programme and training for members of the UNESCO ethics committees.

Basic information

TypePostgraduate courses
CertificateLifelong learning master's degree certificate
Faculty or schoolFacultat de Dret
Branch of knowledge
  • Interdisciplinary
Mode of deliveryBlended
Length of course2 academic years
Language(s) of instructionCatalan;English;French;Italian;Portuguese;Spanish
Enrolment fee:First year: 2.975,00 €
Second year: 4.195,00 €
An increase of 10% is applied to the price, up to a maximum of € 70, as administration fee
In-company placement(s):No
Classes begin:24/10/2023
Master's degree course homepage http://www.bioeticayderecho.ub.es/master
Managmentde Lecuona Ramirez , Itziart
Open pre-enrolmentNo
Lead to doctoral studiesNo
Admission for applicants not holding a degree qualification:No

Objectives and competences


- To acquire a general, integrated understanding of bioethics and its legal implications with regard to internationally recognized human rights.
- To acquire interdisciplinary training in the approach to bioethical problems and dilemmas resulting from the application of scientific and technological advances, and in the way these problems are addressed legally.
- Be able to make rational decisions in conflict situations with scarce resources, on problems associated with the emergence of scientific and technological advances.
- To learn to work as part of a team.
- To become a specialist in bioethics and law who can meet the growing demand in this field.

Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

- Applicants in positions of responsibility in different fields, such as health care (heads and coordinators of hospital services) and biomedical research in public and private research centres.
- Members of ethics and bioethics committees.
- Legal practitioners, judges, jurists, coordinators of legal areas related to bioethics, government officers and representatives of the pharmaceutical industry.
- Biotechnologists.
- Journalists, science communicators, university lecturers of degree and postgraduate courses and secondary school teachers.
- Philosophers, health economists, lawyers, doctors and health professionals, pharmacists, graduates in law.
- Candidates who work in the formation of attitudes and values.

Access requirements:
- Degree, diploma or equivalent university qualification.
- In addition to applicants' curriculums, credit will be given for previous experience in bioethics, plans to use the training, and social interest.

Access requirements and conditions



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Contact us

Faculty or school where the course is taught

Address:Observatori de Bioética i Dret UB (OBD)
OBD- Càtedra UNESCO de Bioètica UB
Avda. Diagonal, 684 Facultad de Dret
08034 - Barcelona
Email address:master.bd@ub.edu
Observations:Face-to-face sessions are taught at the Faculty of Law of the University of Barcelona (more information in Catalan at www.bioeticaidret.cat/master or in English at www.bioethicsandlaw.es/master).

For further enquiries

Address:Observatori de Bioètica i Dret UB (OBD)
OBD- Càtedra UNESCO de Bioètica UB
Avda. Diagonal, 684 Facultad de Dret
08034 - Barcelona
Email address:master.bd@ub.edu
Observations:More information in Catalan at www.bioeticaidret.cat/master or in English at www.bioethicsandlaw.es/master.