General information

Academic year: 2023/2024

Level: Master

Type: Official Master's Degree

ECTS Credits: 60

Programme orientation Research

Length of programme (full time): 1 YEAR

Mode of delivery: Face-to-face

Level of qualification: Máster (MECES level 3 - EQF level 7)

Model of study: Full-time (42-60 ECTS per school year)

Work-based learning (Practicum): Yes

Language(s) of instruction Spanish

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Programme coordinator


Faculty of Science / Granada campus

Field(s) of education and training (ISCED-F)

  • Biochemistry (0512)

Main focus

; Graduates of this master’s programme will be able to design experiments and be capable of scientific criticism. They will also know how to work in a team and communicate with others at a specialised level. The programme helps students to develop practical abilities in research, presentation of research results, and drafting of reports. The skills acquired encompass research and development within the field of Biotechnology, the use of biotechnology in chemical development, biotechnological experimentation and application in molecular biology, pathogen organisms, applied microbiology, immunology, bioremediation, bioinformatics, as well as plant biotechnology. Students will also acquire an understanding of methods for studying protein-protein and protein-ligand interaction, advanced level chemical synthesis and analytical chemistry, and the use of instrumental techniques for the identification and biotransformation of organic compounds, conjugation and natural compounds.


Students that have completed the second cycle have the following competencies: – Have demonstrated knowledge and understanding that is founded upon a basis or opportunity for originality in developing and/or applying ideas, often within a research context. – Can apply their acquired knowledge and understanding, and problem solving abilities in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study. – Have the ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity, and formulate judgments with incomplete or limited information, but that include reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments. – Can communicate their conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialist and non-specialist audiences clearly and unambiguously. – Have the learning skills to allow them to continue to study in a manner that may be largely self-directed or autonomous.

Programme qualification

Name of title awarded in original language

Máster Universitario en Biotecnología

Qualification requirements

60 minimum credits

Programme courses

Course NameYearPeriod
Anhydrobiosis: Life without Water 1st Year 1st Semester
Bio-Immobilisation Technologies: Biochemical, Medicinal, Food and Environmental Applications 1st Year 1st Semester
Biodiversity of Lactic Acid Bacteria in Foods 1st Year 1st Semester
Biogenesis and Biotechnology of Terpenoids and Steroids 1st Year 1st Semester
Bioinformatics 1st Year 2nd Semester
Biotechnology, Ethics and Society 1st Year 2nd Semester
Biotransformation of Degradation Resistant Molecules 1st Year 1st Semester
Biotransformation of Plant Residues: Applications 1st Year 1st Semester
Cooperativity, Allosterism: Multiple Equilibria in Biochemistry 1st Year 1st Semester
Development and Foundations of Immunodiagnostic Systems 1st Year 2nd Semester
Genetically Modified (GM) Plants and Foods 1st Year 1st Semester
Interactions of Heavy Metals with Microorganisms for Bioremediation Purposes 1st Year 2nd Semester
Introduction to Biocatalysis 1st Year 2nd Semester
Introduction to Structure Determination and Evaluation of Potential Drugs 1st Year 1st Semester
Macromolecular Crystallography 1st Year 1st Semester
Master's Dissertation 1st Year Yearly
Mechanisms of Development and degeneration in the Central Nervous System 1st Year 1st Semester
Metagenomics and Genomics of Rhizobacteria 1st Year 2nd Semester
Microalgae Culture Technology 1st Year 1st Semester
Microcalorimetry: Biotechnological Applications 1st Year 2nd Semester
Mineral Formation by Microorganisms and Applications 1st Year 1st Semester
Molecular Analysis Techniques for Detection of Parasitic Protozoa 1st Year 1st Semester
Molecular and Cellular Oxidative Stress 1st Year 2nd Semester
Molecular Mechanisms of Trans-Membrane Signal Transduction in Bacteria 1st Year 2nd Semester
Natural Products and their Application to the Synthesis of Products of Interest 1st Year 1st Semester
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance of Proteins 1st Year 1st Semester
Organic Insecticides: Biotechnological Applications of Bacillus Thuringiensis Toxins 1st Year 2nd Semester
Plant Biotechnology 1st Year 1st Semester
Principles of Supramolecular Chemistry and its Applications 1st Year 1st Semester
Research Design and Techniques for Scientific Communication 1st Year 1st Semester
Setting Up Biotechnology Companies 1st Year 2nd Semester
Simulation of Industrial Biotechnology Processes 1st Year 1st Semester
Terpenoids of Biotechnological Relevance: Biosynthesis, Structural Elucidation and Synthesis 1st Year 1st Semester
Transgenesis and Animal Cloning in Biotechnology Research 1st Year 2nd Semester


Specialisation name

– No Specialisation

Admission information

Access to Master’s Degree programmes is granted to holders of:
A.1. A Spanish official university degree.
A.2. A degree issued by a Higher Education institution from another European Higher Education Area Member State which allows access to Master Degree’s programmes in that State.
A.3. A degree from a non-EHEA education system, upon verification by the Spanish University that the aforementioned degree accredits an equivalent education level to that of a Spanish university degree and allows access to postgraduate programmes in the issuing country.
A.4. A Spanish Bachelor in Advanced Artistic Education.
A.5. Official Spanish university degrees of Diplomado, Arquitecto Técnico, Ingeniero Técnico, Licenciado, Arquitecto, Ingeniero, Graduado or Máster Universitario.

Specific admission requirements

Access to this Master’s degree programme is granted to holders of the following Spanish official university degrees of Licenciado or Graduado (Bachelor’s degree), and to holders of equivalent degrees from other education systems: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Medicine, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Food Science and Technology, Chemical Engineering, and Agricultural Engineering.

General regulations

Grading scale
In the Spanish university system, modules/courses are graded on a scale of 0 to 10 points with the following qualitative equivalence:
0-4,9: «suspenso»; 5-6,9: «aprobado»; 7-8,9: «notable»; 9-10: «sobresaliente». A special mention, «Matrícula de Honor» may be granted to up to 5% of the students in a group provided they have got a «sobresaliente». To pass a module/course is necessary to get at least 5 points.
In cases of recognition of ECTS, professional experience, cultural or sports activities, or student representation no grading will be recorded but, where appropriate, the word «Apto».


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