Master in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine

Learning objectives

The main goal of this master's degree is to train professionals on molecular and cell biology techniques that are used in most centres dedicated to aspects relating to biotechnology and biomedicine, encompassing both centres of research and different industries or laboratories.

The specific goals are as follows:

  1. Training specialists in molecular biology techniques, understanding the term in the widest possible sense, that is, ranging from computer and methodological laboratory tools of basic to experimental techniques specific to research laboratories. The training acquired will be applicable to all areas in which the defined knowledge, competences and skills are used as basic or routine laboratory tools or research tools.  
  2. Providing solid and wide-ranging but homogeneous knowledge of all study techniques based on the analysis of the biological molecules in different fields of application with a particular emphasis in the biomedicine. 
  3. Placing all learning activities and competences defined in theoretical-practical programme into practice, to provide the student with the skills he/she requires to work in a laboratory where the aforementioned techniques are used.
  4. Providing the student with the skills for developing professional tasks in the field of the biomedical research, clinical analysis, the pharmaceutical biotechnological industry that do not require a doctorate degree or an official qualification as a specialist in Health Sciences or any other branch of biological, biotechnological, biochemical or chemical sciences in general.

Results to obtain

  1. Identifying a problem in the context of research or professional activities, using strategies for its resolution.
  2. Designing a research project to resolve a biomedical problem.
  3. Using knowledge of the structure and function of human systems in a normal and pathological situation.
  4. Using knowledge of the structure and function of the eukaryotic cell in a normal and pathological situation.
  5. Identifying bioethics problems in a research project.
  6. Summarising the main best scientific and clinical practices.
  7. Expressing knowledge, results and conclusions in a clear and concise way.
  8. Selecting information and using it to construct, communicate and apply knowledge.
  9. Choosing the solution that best adapts to the objective of research or professional activities.
  10. Contextualising the research goals of work within the framework of the research project of a laboratory.
  11. Interpreting experimental results within the framework of bioscience disciplines.
  12. Using the basic rules of chemical and biological safety in the laboratory.
  13. Applying knowledge of basic molecular mechanisms that work in human beings to a normal and pathological situation.
  14. Interpreting a use protocol for a specific molecular biology technique and planning its use.
  15. Choosing the molecular biology technique that is most suited to achieving a specific research goal.
  16. Using the basic biocomputer techniques to solve genomic, proteomic or transcriptomic problems.

Competences

Transferable skills

  • Identifying problems, searching for original solutions and applying them in a professional research context.
  • Contributing to the European research and development fabric with an extensive and multidisciplinary vision in the biological, biotechnological, biochemical, chemical and biomedical field.
  • Formulating judgements about current and future ethical and social problems, that arise in biotechnological sciences in general and biomedical sciences in particular.
  • Communicating knowledge, conclusions and the ethical and social implications of his/her field of work in a clear and concise way to specialised and non-specialised audiences (scientific dissemination).
  • Updating and continuing studies in a self-led and autonomous manner, collecting and selecting the necessary information that provides for original research and new knowledge.
  • Preparing creative alternative proposals in relation to the research goals, assessing uncertainties and risks, as applicable.
  • Leading work in a multidisciplinary team and, as appropriate, in an international environment, appraising the processes and roles that may be established.

Specific competences

  • Integrating the methodological aspects and contents of the various disciplines of biosciences for their study at the molecular level.
  • Critically analysing the code of conduct in biomedical research and promoting advances in reflections pertaining to the profession.
  • Demonstrating skill in executing and implementing basic rules of chemical and biological security in the laboratory.
  • Identifying and analysing the basic molecular mechanisms that operate in living beings, particularly in humans, as well as their application in different fields of research.
  • Managing and planning the rational use of frequent techniques in molecular biology in new study or experimental situations.
  • Assessing the use and need for advanced techniques in molecular biology as well as their adaptation to particular required needs.
  • Identifying the cellular and molecular bases of human illnesses (in specific areas of specialisation) demonstrating a knowledge of their biochemical complexity.
  • Appraising the usefulness of techniques for genetically modifying organisms for the study and treatment of human pathologies, process improvement and biotechnological products.
  • Identifying and to rationally using basic biocomputer tools (databases and molecular analysis programs) to contribute to genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic knowledge.
  • Identifying and generating solutions to problems that arise in the fields of molecular biomedicine and molecular pathologies.
  • Helping students to start research work that leads to doctoral degrees.
  • Helping students with their integration in the workplace, at both public as private companies and self-employed work relating to biotechnology.