Training

Postgraduate studies

This page provides information on the available graduate diplomas and master's degree in the field of bioinformatics offered by several universities in the Barcelona area and in Catalonia at large. Prospective students will find a wide range of graduate diplomas and master's degrees to choose from, in accordance with their own educational background and with respect to the bioinformatic area that might be of their interest.


Graduate Diploma in Big Data Processing for Life Sciences

These are the times of Big Data, in which different technologies produce thousands of terabytes of data every minute. In the life sciences, this information is important in the areas of health. By processing these huge volumes of data together it is possible to generate new knowledge to help us better understand diseases, identify new therapeutic pathways and accelerate the translation of new discoveries to use in patient care, thus advancing towards personalised medicine and a more efficient healthcare system.

Generating new knowledge and technologies from Big Data is a process that consists of several stages. Although we tend to focus our attention on the data analysis phase, the other stages are also important: extraction, integration, visualisation or modelling. Some factors that need to be taken into account in this complex process are heterogeneity, scalability, response times and data protection.

It is important to train up professionals who are familiar with the new strategies, methodologies and tools for processing and analysing data. This program offered by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) has been designed in order to improve our understanding of systems and our decision-making in the life sciences.

Duration:
1 Semester (35 ECTS)
Modality:
On site
Language:
Spanish (50%), Catalan (30%) and English (20%)

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Master in Bioinformatics

This intensive one-year's master program offered by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) has been designed through a comprehensive benchmarking study of the best international master programs in bioinformatics.

Outstanding students with different scientific backgrounds are selected for this program. Three key areas of expertise clearly defined are offered. Theoretical contents are taught by highly qualified experts during the first half of the course to promote from the very beginning a full immersion in bioinformatics thinking. The professional internship and final master thesis modules are assigned to the 2n semester.

The master equips students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for the development and implementation of computational solutions and strategies in bioinformatics research projects, biomedicine and biotechnology. Students are highly appreciated and sought by research centers and biotech companies.

Duration:
1 year (60 ECTS)
Modality:
On site
Language:
English

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Master in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics

The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) have combined their experience and knowledge in statistics, biology and computer science to offer a master's degree in Bioinformatics and Biostatistics. 

With this master's degree you can acquire skills in data management, artificial intelligence, statistical analysis and modeling, all applied to bioinformatics problems.

The master is primarily aimed at graduates in computer engineering, mathematics, statistics, biology, medicine, pharmacy or other degrees in engineering, science or health sciences, who wish to specialize in this area. This master offers flexibility for the students to specialize in the areas in which they are most interested. After the training, the student will be able to apply and integrate acquired knowledge to practical situations and problems of bioinformatics and biostatistics.

Duration:
1 or 2 years (60 ECTS)
Modality:
On line
Language:
Spanish and English

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Master in Bioinformatics for Health Sciences

The 2-years master's programme in Bioinformatics for Health Sciences (UPF/UB) is designed to provide professionals and researchers with skills and abilities geared towards the development of new computational strategies and IT systems for use in biomedicine.

Most of the first-year subjects are optional with a view to encouraging students to design personalized curricula based on their prior training and future interests by choosing subjects from different bioinformatic fields (genomic bioinformatics, structural bioinformatics, systems biology, pharmacoinformatics, and biomedical informatics), as well as among general cross-disciplinary subjects related to algorithms and programming, data management and analysis.

In the second year, students acquire basic notions of bioethics and data protection, as well as knowledge about business plans/project management, with specific emphasis on proper design and implementation of research projects. They also complete a master's degree final project (40 ECTS).

Duration:
2 years (120 ECTS)
Modality:
On site
Language:
English

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Master in Omics Data Analysis

The aim of the Master is to produce well trained professionals in Bioinformatics and Omics Data Analysis who after graduation would be able to perform efficient and rigorous analysis of large amounts of genetic and molecular data.

The master responds to the growing use of high-throughput omics techniques, both in the context of biomedical research and in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and to the increasing demand for highly qualified professionals in this field.

The program covers genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, interactomics and integromics and provides knowledge of the most important techniques for omic data acquisition and analysis. The students will be able to analyze omics data information using appropriate statistical and bioinformatics tools.

The teaching methodology, in collaboration with research centers and companies in the field, will ensure that a wide range of applications are covered. Classes are held in Barcelona.

Duration:
1 year (60 ECTS)
Modality:
On site and on line
Language:
English

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Master in Statistics and Operations Research (MESIO UPC-UB): specialisation in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

The aim of the master's program in Statistics and Operations Research (MESIO UPB-UB) is to provide students with advanced knowledge of theory and methods in statistics and operations research. There are three intensifications: Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Business and Social Statistics, and Operations Research. Graduate of the master's degree will be able to apply the skills that they have acquired in areas such as healthcare, data science, business, industry, government agencies and services. They are also given training that prepares them for the doctoral degree.

The MESIO UPC-UB is an interuniversitary master's degree that is organized jointly by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). Students benefit from the combined expertise of UPC and UB teaching staff, expertise that is grounded in internationally recognized research in the fields of biostatistics, bioinformatics, econometrics, operation research, optimization, data engineering and industrial statistics.

Duration:
1,5 years (90 ECTS)
Modality:
On site
Language:
Spanish and English

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Erasmus+ Master in Medical Imaging and Applications (MAIA)

The objective of the Erasmus+ Joint Master Degree in Medical Imaging and Applications (MAIA) is the application of informatics research areas in the specification, design, development, and deployment of computerized systems for the acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of medical images, with the aim of achieving a more efficient diagnosis and treatment in particular diseases. The master responds to the new advances in computer aided diagnosis (CAD) systems, which in close development with novel imaging techniques, have revolutionized healthcare in recent years.

The MAIA master is a 2 years' programme coordinated by the University of Girona (UdG, Spain) and with the University of Bourgogne (uB, France) and the Università degli studi di Cassino e del Lazio Meridionale (UNICLAM, Italy) as partners. Students follow a fixed mobility scheme spending one semester at each university, while the fourth semester is devoted to the master thesis, which is done in any of the universities of the consortia or in collaborating universities and companies.

Duration:
2 years (120 ECTS)
Modality:
On site
Language:
English

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