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Master’s Degree in Pharmacological Research

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    The main objective of this Master’s Degree in Pharmacological Research is to initiate researchers to a future of innovation, research and development of new drugs for diagnostics, prophylaxis or treating disease in humans, with the ultimate aim of improving the health and quality of life of individuals (patients) and society. The Master’s Programme develops students’ basic research skills and expertise. Moreover, it also has a clear academic objective in that students wishing to do so can progress to Doctoral studies leading to the Doctor’s Degree. Therefore, the master also has an academic purpose.

    One of the first aims is to ensure students acquire the basic knowledge for research in pharmacology, such as the physiological and pharmacological bases of therapeutics, the identification of potential therapeutic targets and new perspectives in pharmacological therapy. Students are also encouraged to learn transversal scientific research skills, such as gathering and presenting scientific information and its critical analysis or processing and analytical methods of experimental results.

    Similarly, another aim is to present the main methodological tools required for research in pharmacology. Students are initiated in experimental laboratory techniques, from molecular to tissue levels and including molecular biology. Students also receive a course in handling experimental animals, leading to a Category B animal handler certificate. Finally, clinical assay techniques are studied, as a fundamental pillar of pharmacological and clinical research in human beings.

    In this Master’s Programme, following the acquisition of the above skills, students are introduced to a more specific field of pharmacological research, either Cardiovascular Pharmacology Research or Neuropsychopharmacology Research. These two fields of research cover a wide range of diseases, such as hypertension, atherosclerosis, diabetes, ictus or neurodegenerative disorders, highly prevalent today and with considerable social impact. To this end, students’ knowledge in cell and molecular physiopathology and pharmacology in the chosen field is developed and enhanced with the latest advances and perspectives.

    Finally, through a practicum at a research laboratory, students are initiated in pharmacological research and all aspects of this discipline, including experiment design, use of appropriate methodology, obtaining and analysing experimental results and to interpret, discuss and present them. 

    Overall aims:


    • To train students offering a global vision of research and development of drugs and providing a foundation in basic pharmacological research.
    • To provide skills in the field of Cardiovascular Pharmacology Research or Neuropsychopharmacology Research.
    • To train students in the use of experimental tools applicable to biohealth research in general and pharmacological research in particular.
    • To train students in the critical evaluation of scientific data and self-learning, enabling them to continue their studies autonomously and to solve the problems they may encounter during their research activity and professional practice.
    • To enable students to transmit information and knowledge to specialized and non-specialized audiences.
    • To teach students to apply their knowledge in a scientifically valid, ethically acceptable and socially useful manner.


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    Admission requirements

    To be eligible for admission to official Master’s Degree studies students must hold an official Spanish university degree. Likewise, applicants holding a university degree from foreign education systems are not required to validate their qualifications, provided they accredit a level of studies equivalent to the corresponding official Spanish university titles and that such qualifications, in the country of issue, allow the holder access to postgraduate studies.

    To be eligible for admission to the Master’s Degree in Pharmacology applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine, Pharmacy, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Veterinary medicine, Psychology, Nursing or another discipline related to Health Sciences. Applicants are required to possess English language B2 level.

    In addition to the documentation required to apply for admission in any Masters Programme at the UAM, students must attach a Letter of Motivation to the attention of the Management Commission of the Masters Programme, in which the applicant explains his or her reasons for wishing to join the course of study leading to the degree of Master of Science in Pharmacological Research.

    The criteria for admission to the Master’s Degree in Pharmacological Research include the following:

    a) Academic transcript on standard format

    b)Curriculum vitae, highlighting the student’s previous activities related to research in Biomedicine. Applicants who have been awarded financial aid or grants for research projects, or who have presented papers at scientific conferences and/or in scientific publications, will be given special consideration.

    c) English language B2 level.

    The Admissions Committee may interview candidates if deemed necessary.

    Specific admission documentation and requirements

    Applicants with access studies pending finalization must include a Statement of having finished the previous studies stating the expected date of finalization.


    • Letter of intentions.
    • Accreditation of English language B2 level.


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Description of the degree

  • Centre, department or institute responsible: Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Location: Faculty of Medicine
  • Year established: 2010-2011
  • Type: Presencial
  • Credits 60
  • Minimum ECTS per enrolment / per year: 24/part-time students; 36/full-time students
  • Teaching languages English
  • Número de plazas ofertadas: 30

Contact Details


Manuela García López

Luis Gandía Juan


Contact data:

E-mail: informacion.master.farmacologia@uam.es

Any request about procedures for master's admission must be adressed to


Department of Pharmacology

Faculty of Medicine UAM

Avda. Arzobispo Morcillo S/N, 28029 Madrid

Telephone: 34 91 4972409

Fax: 34 91 4975353