Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences
We contribute to the development of science, technology and improving quality of life through research
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Laboratory practice from Year 1
Biomedical science is a booming sector, we give you the tools to become a part of it
At UIC Barcelona we give you the chance to work in renowned research laboratories nationally and internationally. You will work in fields such as:
- Biomedical research
- The pharmaceutical industry
- Bioinformatics analysis
- Clinical laboratories
- You will promote innovation and entrepreneurial projects, among others
Professors and lecturers active in their field with multidisciplinary experience
In order to teach future professionals in the field of healthcare we have a teaching body that combines their teaching with exercising their profession in public and private hospitals and healthcare centres. They are also involved in important research activities both inside and outside the university. Direct contact with professional practice allows our professors and lecturers to transmit a comprehensive, multidisciplinary and human overview of the reality in the sector to students.
What job opportunities will I have once I finish my studies in biomedical sciences?
After studying biomedical sciences, you will possess the specific competences demanded by the growing biomedical sector, which will allow you to work in fields such as biomedical research, the pharmaceutical industry, bioinformatics and biotechnology.
- Basic research
- Applied research
- Research park manage
- Private or public laboratories (BIR)
SCIENTIFIC DISSEMINATION ENTREPRENEURSHIP INNOVATION PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY
- Project manager
- Medical advisor
- Clinical trial monitoring
- Data protection
In today’s society, the biomedical sector is undergoing significant growth. In recent years our country has started to be seen as a benchmark in the South of Europe due to the promotion of biomedical research through the creation of science and technology parks. ; These parks, along with the large number of biomedical companies that are mainly oriented towards human health, offer an unbeatable scenario for professionals who want to work in basic research or who would like to transfer their knowledge to business practices.
According to a report carried out in 2015 by the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency, the biomedical sector is experiencing significant growth and brings together jobs that are in high demand and this, according to Barcelona City Council is particularly the case in the area of pharmaceutical marketing, clinical development and genetic analysis. Current data obtained from the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency indicates that the employability rate in 2017 was approximately 86%.
Who is the course aimed at? Prospective students
If you’re passionate about basic research, learning about how the human body functions and discovering the biological basis of human pathologies, you will find the answers to your questions in this bachelor's degree programme. Based on a comprehensive and cross-disciplinary curriculum, you will obtain an education that will allow you to convert basic knowledge into concrete applications that can contribute to improvements in public health.
You will be able to apply for admission if you have taken one of the correct academic routes and meet the general requirements for admission to this bachelor's degree programme. At the same time, it is recommended that you demonstrate a vocational attitude towards science, research and health, and have the following skills:
- An interest in research
- Observation skills
- Critical thought
- Responsibility and a strong work ethic
- Organisation, memory and motivation
- Assertiveness and empathy
- An interest in helping individuals and the community as a whole
Objectives and competences
We offer you a comprehensive education both at a research and a business level, which will allow you to acquire competences that are specific to the fields of biology and medicine.
The international nature of this bachelor's degree programme will prepare you for work anywhere in the world.
It will provide you with the tools to be able to participate in the value chain that is necessary to offer the products, treatments or technology that will benefit patient’s health. We will also work on tools for professional development that will help you join the labour market once your studies are complete.
Our course will teach you to know and have control over the bioinformatic tools that will allow you to manage the large volume of data generated nowadays, as well as undertake experiments in healthcare projects.
The practical classes are just as important as the theory classes so you can receive a full education. For that reason, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake work experience in cutting-edge research centres at both a national and an international level, as well as in prestigious biomedical companies.
You will learn to acquire a grounding in the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms you need to transfer knowledge of research to the causes of pathologies and develop tools to study, diagnose and treat them.
- Biomedical research
- Biomedical business sector: entrepreneurship and innovation in the field of biomedicine.
- Pharmaceutical industry: production of medicines, vaccinations and diagnostic tests.
- Biotechnological industry: products and equipment for biomedical laboratories.
- Public health institutes and agencies to monitor health problems.
- Agencies to control the use of medicines.
- Service companies and advisory services in products for biomedical research and diagnosis.
- Resident biology internship.
- Diagnostic laboratories.
- The agri-food industry: production of safe food in the healthcare field.
- The veterinary industry: production of medicines, vaccinations and diagnostic tests.
Graduado o Graduada en Ciencias Biomédicas por la Universitat Internacional de Catalunya.
- AGULLES SIMÓ, María Remedios
- AIRA, Nicolas
- ÁLVAREZ DE LA CAMPA CRESPO, Elena
- ARAGÓ BELENGUER, Marc
- ARBÓS VIA, Maria Antònia
- ARMENGOL ALSINA, Mireia
- ARRANZ TRESSERRA, Marc
- BAENA MUÑOZ, Miguel
- BALLESTA PURROY, Silvia
- BELDA REIG, Ignasi
- BERROCAL IZQUIERDO, Nuria
- BISTUÉ ROVIRA, Àngel
- BLANCO ARÉVALO, Alejandro
- BLANCO CASOLIVA, Laia
- BOSCH CANALS, Begoña María
- BOSCH PITA, Miguel
- CANET VINTRÓ, Máxim
- CHOROSTECKI, Uciel Pablo
- DE LA CRUZ MONTSERRAT, Francisco Javier
- DE LAPUENTE PÉREZ, Joaquin
- DE PAZ CANTOS, Sonia
- DE SOLÀ-MORALES SERRA, Oriol
- DÍAZ CORTÉS, Víctor Manuel
- DONATE VELASCO, Angela
- ESCARRÉ AMBLÀS, Gemma
- FADÓ ANDRÉS, Rut
- FENOLLOSA BIELSA, Carlos
- FERNÁNDEZ ALBIZURI, Maria
- FERNÁNDEZ LOBATO, Mercedes
- FERNÁNDEZ TORRAS, Adrià
- FOSCH MASLLOVET, Anna
- FRANK, Josh
- GALLEGO FABREGA, Cristina
- GAMA PÉREZ, Pau
- GARCÍA GONZÁLEZ, Marcos
- GARGALLO GARRIGA, Albert
- GARGALLO VIOLA, Domingo
- GELLA CONCUSTELL, Alejandro
- GONZÁLEZ GONZÁLEZ, Julio
- GUTIÉRREZ CÓZAR, Rebeca
- HERKA, Milosz Stanislaw
- HERNÁNDEZ ORTEGA, Sara
- HURTADO BARROSO, Sara
- JANÉ BONET, Montserrat
- LÁZARO GOTOR, Blanca
- LIDÓN MOYANO, Cristina
- LOPEZ CANO, Marc
- LÓPEZ DÍAZ, Mónica
- LUCENA, Judith Carolina
- MACPHERSON MAYOL, Ignacio
- MANICH RAVENTÓS, Gemma
- MANOUSAKIS, Evangelos
- MARCHUETA HEREU, Iolanda
- MARFÀ BRUIX, Santiago
- MARTÍNEZ LÁINEZ, Joan Marc
- MARTINEZ MIRALLES, Clàudia
- MARTÍN SÁNCHEZ, Juan Carlos
- MARTIN SANTOS, Silvia
- MENEGHEL, Isabella
- MILLARES COSTAS, Laura
- MIÑANO MOLINA, Alfredo Jesús
- MONELLI, Erika
- MONTEDEOCA VÁZQUEZ, Nerea
- MORALES BENITO, Isabel
- MORENO PÉREZ, Yaiza
- NAJLE, Sebastián Rodrigo
- ORTEGA GASCÓ, Alba
- ORTIZ I MIGUEL, Sara
- OVIEDO, Guillermo Ruben
- OZKAN, Selen
- PACHECO DORIA, Mauricio
- PADILLA SIRERA, Natàlia
- PALACIN I RAMOS, Carlos
- PARAISO, West Kristian
- PÉREZ BELLMUNT, Albert
- PÉREZ CÁCERES, David
- PÉREZ, Soledad Graciela
- PÉREZ VALLE, Jorge
- PICÓ ORISTRELL, Sandra
- PINTOS VIDAL, Mercedes
- PLUTTA, Sara Kim
- PORCEL RODRIGUEZ, Oscar
- PORTELA OTAÑO, Alejandro Ernesto
- PRIM BOSCH, Nuria
- PUYALTO DE PABLO, Paloma
- QUANDT HERRERA, Eva
- QUILES PÉREZ, María Teresa
- REGIDOR PEREZ, Enrique
- REGUERA MORENO, Ana Cristina
- RODRÍGUEZ FRÍAS, Francisco
- RODRÍGUEZ RODRÍGUEZ, Rosalía
- RODRIGUEZ SANZ, Jacobo
- ROJAS MARTÍN, Rocío
- ROSELL OLIVERAS, Mireia
- RUIZ AVILA, Luis Antonio
- RUIZ POMBO, Mónica
- SÁNCHEZ ALFONSO, Núria
- SÁNCHEZ FERNÁNDEZ, Mayka
- SANGÜESA PUIGVENTÓS, Gemma
- SANTUY MUÑOZ, Andrea
- SANZ IGLESIAS, Elisenda
- SEGURA MOLLÀ, Marta
- SMALLWOOD, Wendi
- SOLER ALONSO, Eduard
- SOTO MONTAÑEZ, Carlos Antonio
- TABERNER PÉREZ, Laura
- TADEO MASA, Francisco José
- TERRIENTE FÉLIX, Javier
- TIMONEDA SOLE, Natalia
- URARTE RODRÍGUEZ, Estíbaliz
- URIA MOLTÓ, Naroa
- URPI BADELL, Andrea
- VASYLETS, Olena
- VIAYNA GAZA, Antonio
- VILASECA I RIERA, Clàudia
- ZAGMUTT CAROCA, Sebastián Ignacio
- ZEA CHECA, Bernabé
The Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Sciences offers students the chance to carry out curricular and extracurricular work placements. The main objective is to provide students with training and professional experience in the working world by undertaking work placements in research centres and companies in order to acquire and reinforce their practical knowledge.
- To integrate the knowledge they have acquired throughout the degree programme and apply it in a practical way, thereby helping students to gain independence.
- To develop interpersonal skills that allow students to integrate into a real working environment.
- To apply the most appropriate tools for undertaking scientific projects.
- To actively take part in meetings and understand the specific scientific terminology used in each situation.
- To carry out the practical scientific work outlined in the work placement guidelines, apply different techniques and learn from both positive and negative results.
- To work autonomously, learn how to defend arguments and solve any problems that may arise.
- To analyse results critically and reflectively.
- To develop strong communication skills and communicate results both orally and in writing.
Types of work placement
The UIC Barcelona Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Sciences offers three types of external work placements: Curricular work placements in a research laboratory, external work placements in a biomedical company, and extracurricular work placements.
Curricular work placements in biomedical research
This work placement, specialising in research, takes place in a laboratory and is governed by the corresponding subject regulations. Students must complete at least 480 hours of work on a supervised research project in one of the research centres linked to the bachelor’s degree. This work placement can be carried out at a research centre in Spain or abroad. In either case, students will be monitored by an external tutor (from the centre) and by an academic tutor (from the degree programme).
Both will guarantee the student’s learning and satisfaction throughout the work placement.
Curricular work placements in a biomedical company
Curricular work placements in a biomedical company form part of the company specialisation offered by the bachelor’s degree. Students must complete a minimum of 190 hours of professional experience in a collaborating company where they will be assigned a specific task and will be monitored by an external tutor and an academic tutor. Students will combine these placements with classes in the afternoons in order to complete the specialisation.
Extracurricular work placement
We encourage all students on the Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences to carry out extracurricular external work placements (especially during the summer and from the second year onwards) once they have acquired the knowledge and skills they need to work in a professional setting. These placements can be carried out at a research centre or in a collaborating company and are governed by the university's external work placement regulations. The aim is for students to take advantage of the opportunity to gain real experience in a professional setting and invest time in their future career.
Final Degree Project
The Final Degree Project (TFG) is fundamentally a self-led project that each student will complete under the guidance of a tutor, who will help to motivate and facilitate their learning. The student will present and defend their Project before an academic jury. The TFG must comprehensively demonstrate the acquisition of competences and the content studied during the Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences.
The 10 ECTS credits awarded for the TFG are compulsory for students to obtain their bachelor’s degree, as indicated by Royal Decree 1393/2007, modified by Royal Decree 861/2010, which establishes the organisation of official university education. Final Degree Projects should be produced in accordance with the subject's Course Guide and the UIC Barcelona TFG regulations. In the curriculum for the Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences, the TFG is a subject assigned to students in their last academic year of the programme.
In order to enrol for the TFG, students must have passed:
- All first-year subjects (60 ECTS)
- All second-year subjects (60 ECTS)
- 80% of credits from the third academic year (48 ECTS)
To apply all the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the degree programme in an integrated manner by carrying out and defending an individual, autonomous, supervised, original and unpublished research project. Specific objectives:
- To encourage students to integrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout the degree programme.
- To develop the students’ ability to work independently.
- To familiarise students with how projects are carried out in the field of biomedical sciences.
- To enable students to develop analytical skills and critical thinking by preparing and evaluating projects.
- To enable students to acquire and practice the skills necessary for presenting their work both orally and in writing.
Prerequisites & admissions
Grants & financial aid
Why study at UIC Barcelona?
- A multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary education: you will be taught by a team of experienced researchers and lecturers from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, as well as professionals from biomedical companies and international research centres.
- Job opportunities: you will develop the specific competences that the growing biomedical industry demands; competences which will enable you to work in fields such as biomedical research, the pharmaceutical industry, bioinformatics and biotechnology.
- Facilities: you will study in a hospital care setting on UIC Barcelona’s Sant Cugat Campus, which is highly renowned within the healthcare and business world. You will also have the opportunity to use cutting-edge facilities such as the Comprehensive Centre for Advanced Simulation.
- Internationality: thanks to our cooperation agreements with international universities, you may complete your practicums at prestigious, internationally renowned universities.
- Specialisations: after your degree, you will have the option to specialise in biomedical research, bioinformatics or biomedical company management.
General information on the Bachelor’s Degree
How many places are available in the Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences?
How much does the first year of the Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences cost? Are there any grants or financial aid available to study Biomedical Sciences at UIC Barcelona?
Please see our website for the price of the first year of the degree programme, which varies according to the Consumer Price Index. We offer Grants for Academic Excellence. For information on all grant options, discounts, fee waivers and funding conditions, please visit uic.es/beques.
Do I need to buy books or any other additional materials for class?
No, all teaching materials are available on the University’s digital platform and in the library. There are no significant material-related costs.
At what time does class take place?
Most theoretical and practical classes will take place in the afternoon. Please bear in mind that you will be required to complete practicums in various subjects and that these normally take place in the morning.
When do practicums start?
In years one through three, practicums will be held in our research laboratories, while in year four, they will take place in an internationally renowned research centre.
Degree access routes
Can I take the entrance exams if I took the social sciences, humanities or art track in upper secondary school?
Yes. Please bear in mind that the entrance exams include specific biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics tests at a first-year upper secondary level.
Can I take the entrance exams if I took a Higher Level Vocational Training Course (CFGS) not related to Health?
Yes. Please bear in mind that the entrance exams include specific biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics tests at a first-year upper secondary level.
Can I validate subjects if I began a CFGS in the field of Health?
Yes. To do so, you must submit the CFGS curriculum to the Government of Catalonia and wait for approval.
If I already have a university degree, do I still need to take the entrance exams?
Yes, the entrance exams are a requirement for admission into the Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences.
Can I validate subjects if I began a university degree in the field of Health?
If you began but did not finish your university studies or have requested an academic record transfer, you may request that your previous academic merits be recognised once accepted. To do so, you must inform the Admissions Service of your desire to validate subjects and provide a series of documents within the established timeframe.
Entrance exams and process
What is the cut-off mark for admission into the Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences?
Admission will depend on the mark you earn on the entrance exams given at our university and on passing the Spanish university entrance exams (PAU).
What do the entrance exams involve?
- A psychometric test
- An English level test
- Specific Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics tests
- A general knowledge test
- A personal interview
I took the scientific/bio-health track in upper secondary school, but did not take Physics in year one. Do I need to take the physics test as part of the entrance exams?
Yes, you must take all four specific tests.
Are there any practice exams I can use?
No, we do not provide practice exams from previous years. In the case of the specific tests, we suggest you look at your textbooks from year one of upper secondary school. And in the case of the psychometric test, there are examples online that will give you an idea of what the test involves.
Are the exams multiple choice?
Yes. No deductions will be made for incorrect answers, and you may not use a calculator.
What level of English is required for the exam?
B2 or higher.
How are the marks on my academic record and the entrance exams weighted?
The marks on your academic record account for 20%; the entrance exams, 60%; and the personal interview, 20%.
At what time will the exams take place?
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., approximately.
Can I choose when I take the entrance exams?
You may request a specific date, although you must receive confirmation from the Information and Admissions Service, who, after examining your documents, will confirm the final date of the exam via e-mail. The longer you wait, the fewer the number of available places.
We therefore recommend that you sit the exams as early as possible.
When will I find out the results of the entrance exams?
The results will be sent to you by e-mail approximately 15 working days after you take the exams.
If I am “not accepted”, can I take the entrance exams again in the same academic year?
No, you may only sit the exams once per academic year.
If I have been accepted, what is the next step?
You will be sent an acceptance letter detailing the steps you need to take to reserve a place in the programme (by paying 20% of the first-year tuition fee). The remaining 80% may be paid in one lump sum during the enrolment period, between July and September.
If I reserve a place and then decide not to study at UIC Barcelona, will the reservation fee be reimbursed?
The reservation fee will only be reimbursed if you fail to pass your upper secondary studies or the Spanish university entrance exams (PAU). This clause is laid out in the General Terms and Conditions.
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Study abroad temporarily
As a student on this bachelor’s degree, you can choose to study part of your programme or undertake a work placement aboard, and receive academic recognition.
Study for a semester at one of the universities or international research centres associated with your faculty, or find a company or laboratory abroad where you can undertake your work placement. You can also:
- Obtain some of your ECTS credits from the Berkeley Summer Sessions, the world's best public university
To find out what you need to do before, during and after your mobility placement, please visit “Study abroad” and download all the documentation related to your faculty:
Study with us
If you are studying at another university in Spain, or in another country, why not come and study at UIC Barcelona for a semester or a whole academic year.
To find out what you need to do before, during and after your mobility placement, please visit “Study at UIC Barcelona" and download all the documentation related to your faculty: