Studyportals placeholder

Bioinformatics, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #601 (WUR) , | Online
Given that any researcher in the fields of Life Sciences or Health is nowadays a user of Bioinformatics, the intention of this Doctoral Programme in Bioinformatics from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) is to train students to be outstanding researchers who can contribute new methods, knowledge and tools for both present and future users of Bioinformatics.


This high-level training in Bioinformatics research from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) opens up a wide range of career options for students, as well as academic opportunities. There is currently an ever-growing demand for professionals with this level of training, coming from hospitals and the pharmaceutical, biotech and agro-food industries. Companies in these sectors are generally highly active in terms of their RD&I, this being essential if they wish to maintain or improve their competitive position. 

The explosion in the biological data handled by hospitals and businesses (the big data paradigm) and the need to develop procedures to correctly interpret these data (in the context of an institution's specific objectives) are the main factors behind this growing demand for people highly trained in Bioinformatics.


The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) is a fully accredited online university based in Barcelona and serving over 60,000 students worldwide. The University welcomes doctoral students who want to develop their research in a highly qualified and international setting and on a doctoral programme that is valid in the European Higher Education Area.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance, Regular optional meetings, Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Research lines:

  • Omics and Molecular Bioinformatics
  • Biomolecular modelling and Simulation
  • Systems and Synthethic Biology 
  • Data Science and Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics and Mathematical Modelling in Bioinformatics 


Doctoral interuniversity programme:

  • Dr. Xavier Daura Ribera


Doctoral programme coordinator:

  • Dr. Carme Carrión Ribas 



  • Dr. Josep Jorba Esteve
  • Dr. Ángel Alejandro Juan Pérez
  • Dr. Daniel Riera Terren
  • Dr. Àgata Lapedriza García

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Students must proof of meeting one of the following requirements:

  • Official university master's degree min of 300 ECTS.
  • Official Spanish university degree or EHEA country min of 300 ECTS, of which at least 60 must be at the master's level.
  • Official Spanish graduate degree of at least 300 ECTS in line with EU legal regulations.
  • Degrees from education systems outside the EHEA that authorizes admission to doctoral studies in the country issuing the degree.
  • University graduate awarded the official degree of any of the health sciences specialities.
  • Spanish doctoral qualification.
  • Graduate, architect or engineer in possession of the DEA or research proficiency.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    540 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 540 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    540 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 540 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Barcelona

  • 770 - 1360 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, Studyportals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.


Did you know you can compare your wishlisted programmes with our new Comparison tool?