Official master's degree in Advanced Biotechnology

Integration of knowledge on the functioning of living beings with their potential use for the development of new tools in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industry

Official Master's Degree in Advanced Biotechnology

Study guides

Master description

The syllabus for the Master's Degree in Advanced Biotechnology, detailed below, provides two possible areas of specialisation:

  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Molecular Biotechnology and Therapeutics

The master’s degree consists of 33 credits taken by all students, regardless of the chosen area of specialisation. These are the following modules: Synthetic Biology, Systems and Metabolic Engineering; Microbial Biotechnology, and Professional and Research Placements, in addition to the 9 credits of the master’s degree dissertation. For the specialisation in Industrial Biotechnology, the module on Applied Biocatalysis and Biotransformations (9 credits) is obligatory; for the specialisation in Molecular Biotechnology and Therapeutics, the module on the Function of Biomolecules in Health and Disease (9 credits) is obligatory. All other modules are optional. Students choose one of the four available modules based on their chosen area of specialisation and on their own educational and training-based interests.

Teaching timetable

Lecture Rooms Masters course 2020/2021

Study plan structure

Type Credits
Compulsory 33
Optional 18
Master Thesis 9
TOTAL 60

Specialisation in Industrial Biotechnology

Module Credits Type
Master's Dissertation 9 OB
Microbian Biotechnology 9 OB
Professional and Research Practicals 15 OB
Synthetic Biology, Systems Biology and Metabolic Engineering 9 OB
Applied Biocatalysis and Biotransformations 9 OT*
Industrial Production of Bioproducts. Design and Operation of Bioprocesses in Pilot Plant 9 OT**
Nanomedicine, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering 9 OT**
Strategies for the Genetic Manipulation of Microorganisms 9 OT**
Transgenesis and Gene Therapy: from the Animal to the Clinic 9 OT**

* Specialization Compulsory
** Optional, you must take 9 credits


Specialisation in Molecular and Therapeutic Biotechnology

Module Credits Type
Master's Dissertation 9 OB
Microbian Biotechnology 9 OB
Professional and Research Practicals 15 OB
Synthetic Biology, Systems Biology and Metabolic Engineering 9 OB
Function of Biomolecules in Health and Illness 9 OT*
Industrial Production of Bioproducts. Design and Operation of Bioprocesses in Pilot Plant 9 OT**
Nanomedicine, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering 9 OT**
Strategies for the Genetic Manipulation of Microorganisms 9 OT**
Transgenesis and Gene Therapy: from the Animal to the Clinic 9 OT**

* Specialization Compulsory
** Optional, you must take 9 credits

OB: Compulsory
OT: Optional

Discontinuation of courses

By 2017-18, these have been deprogrammed:

  • 42909 Strategies for the genetic manipulation of microorganisms
  • 42903 Nanobiomedicine, biomaterials and tissue engineering.