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Master's Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Master's Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Master`s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology won’t be taught in 2015-2016 academic course. The new Master’s Degree in Molecular and Cell Dynamics will replace it.

  • Objectives


    The Master’s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology seeks to prepare students to develop a research career in the field of Molecular and Cellular Biology and its applications. The contents of this Master’s Degree are focused on understanding biological processes on a molecular level, in addition to the tools and strategies used to study these processes. Therefore, this programme offers advanced training in the most relevant and up-to-date subjects and techniques in basic research into the organization and functions of biological systems on a cellular and molecular level. This Master’s Degree offers students three specialized options that concentrate on proteins, genes and cells, and also pays special attention to experimental laboratory training.

    The training and educational objectives of this Master’s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology are:

     

    • To broaden knowledge of Molecular and Cellular Biology, acquiring an integrated vision of this subject.
    • To acquire systematic, rigorous and up-to-date knowledge, along with a critical vision, of the main scientific questions in the field of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
    • To acquire the basic skills needed to work in an experimental laboratory in the field of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
    • To become familiar with some of the most relevant modern technologies used in research laboratories in the field of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
    • To acquire the knowledge and ability needed to identify problems, search for practical and creative solutions and then apply them in the field of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
    • To acquire the capacity to plan and carry out a research project.
    • To develop the ability to present scientific work in a spoken or written form in a clear and concise way.
    • To develop the capacity to explain in a clear and effective way scientific advances in the field of Molecular and Cellular Biology, along with their ethical and social implications, to a non-specialist public.
    • To acquire the skills required to be able to continue with lifelong learning in an autonomous and self-directed way.
    • To acquire a solid training background which will enable students to begin a research career by writing a PhD or to carry out qualified scientific work in Universities, Research Centres or Companies in the field of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

     

    Competences and Professional Ability

    The programme of the Master’s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology will enable students to develop the following specific competences:

     

    • Knowledge of the organization and function of living organisms on a cellular and molecular level, demonstrating a sound understanding of the biochemical complexity of living beings.
    • Knowledge of the technology and experimental systems used in research in the field of Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology.
    • Knowledge and skill in the use of the basic experimental techniques which are most widely used in the field of Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology.
    • Capacity to apply theory to practice in the in the context of a research laboratory in the field of Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology.
    • Clear knowledge of how to design a study to test a hypothesis.
    • Technical and scientific competence to ensure the achievement of precise and reproducible results from which we can reach valid conclusions in the specific field of specialization in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology.
    • To demonstrate the ability to establish and implement in a practical way chemical and biological safety rules.
    • To demonstrate sound knowledge and skill in the use of the basic Biocomputing tools which are most widely used in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology.
    • To demonstrate a good capacity to search electronic data bases of scientific and technical literature.
    • To demonstrate a good capacity to understand and critically review scientific literature in their field of specialization.
    • Capacity to identify a significant question or hypothesis about a subject or a problem and to establish the objectives, design and monitoring of a project in order to find a solution.
    • To demonstrate a good capacity for spoken and written communication in order to effectively and fluently present research results so that they can be critically assessed by colleagues or referees.
    • To demonstrate a good capacity for scientific explanation to a non-specialist public, paying particular attention to the social implications of scientific advances.
    • To demonstrate a good understanding of the ethical aspects of the profession.
    • To complete a Master’s Dissertation based on the research work personally carried out by the student under the supervision of a Tutor.

     

    Furthermore, the programme of the Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology will encourage the development and consolidation of a series of general competences which are considered fundamental for the future professional activity of students, among which we can highlight:

     

    • Understanding of the value and the limits of scientific method.
    • Capacity for critical and self-critical reasoning.
    • Capacity for analysis and synthesis.
    • Capacity to practically apply knowledge.
    • Capacity to solve complex problems.
    • Capacity to generate new ideas (creativity).
    • Initiative and entrepreneurial spirit.
    • Capacity for self-assessment and recognition of the need for continuous personal improvement.
    • Capacity to update knowledge in an autonomous way.
    • Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams.
    • Capacity to search for, analyze and manage information, including the capacity to interpret and assess this information.
    • Skill in the use of basic computer tools.
    • Ethical commitment.
    • Spoken and written communication skills in Spanish and English.

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    Access and Admission Requirements

    To be eligible for admission to the Master’s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology students must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Experimental Sciences or Health Sciences: Biochemistry, Biology, Biotechnology, Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary medicine, Chemistry or other similar studies, and have an interest in orienting their training toward specialization in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Spanish or foreign graduates in other fields applying for admission will be evaluated according to the subjects studied and their academic background before being considered for admission.

     

    The Management Commission of the Programme will form a selection board for the admission of students to the Master’s Programme.  The Commission will consider all applications for admission with regard to students’ qualifications and academic background and will determine, as appropriate, the additional subjects to be taken prior to admission.

     

    The selection criteria will be established and published in advance by the Commission, and will include the evaluation of the following:

    • Curriculum vitae, qualifications reached, academic transcript of records, average grade point and previous research experience.
    • Student’s Letter of Motivation, if possible with references from previous institution(s).
    • Compatibility of interests with the research lines of the Groups belonging to the Programme in the field of Molecular and Cellular Biology.
    • Advanced knowledge of the English language (enough to be able to follow classes, study and communicate adequately in this language).
    • The order of priority in which the applicant has chosen the Masters (this will only be taken into account in the event that the applicant has applied for admission in any of the other two belonging to Master’s Program in Molecular Biosciences - UAM).
    • Interviews with applicants could be request in cases where deemed appropriate.
    • After the deadline for submitting applications, applicants meeting all requirements will be asked to answer an online selection form, in addition to the SIGMA questionnaire. Students will receive an e-mail with further instructions for accessing this form. Students will have a maximum of 4 working days, counted from the first day after the deadline for the submission of applications, to complete this form. The aim of this form is to assess the issues addressed in items 1-4.

     

    It is possible to take up to a maximum of 6 credits (ECTS)  of courses or subject belonging to other official Masters’ Programmes (with previous permission from the Management Commission of the Programme).

     

    Specific Admission Documentation and Requirements

     

    Mandatory

    Subjects Preinscription Form

     

    It was also respond to a selection -independent form online at SIGM @ - whose link is then sent by e-mail to applicants.

     

    Optional

    Average Grade Declaration

    Although most of the teaching of the Master is taught in English, proof of a B2 level of English is entirely optional and voluntary.

Enrolled students

Monitoring and Quality Control

Further information

Description of the degree

  • Current academic offer
  • Centre, department or institute responsible: Department of Molecular Biology and Department of Biochemistry.
  • Location: Faculty of Sciences / School of Medicine
  • Year established: 2009-2010
  • Type: in-class
  • Credits 60
  • Minimum ECTS per enrolment / per year: 24 / part-time students; 36 / full-time students
  • Teaching languages English
  • Número de plazas ofertadas: 50

Contact Details

Coordinators:

General coordinators for the Postgraduate Programme in Molecular Bioscience:

Mauricio García Mateu and Victor Calvo

Master’s Coordinators:

Félix Hernández

Marina P. Lasa Benito

Contact:

informacion.master.biomoleculas@uam.es

 

Any query on the procedure for admission to this Master’s degree should be addressed to posgrado.oficial@uam.es

 

Secretary’s Office at the Department of Molecular Biology

Department of Molecular Biology

Module C-X / Office 608.

Faculty of Sciences.

C/ Fco. Tomás y Valiente 7.

Campus de Cantoblanco.

Ctra. Colmenar Viejo, Km.15.

28049. Madrid

Telephone: +(34) 914 974 870

Fax: +(34) 914 974 870

 

Secretary’s Office at the Department of Biochemistry.

Department of Biochemistry.

Office B-32

Faculty of Medicine

C/ Arzobispo Morcillo, 2.

28029 Madrid

Telephone: +(34) 914 975 328

Fax: +(34) 914 975 353