Given that any researcher in the fields of Life Sciences or Health is nowadays a user of Bioinformatics, the intention of the Bioinformatics programme at the 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.
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The Bioinformatics programme at the 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 with over 70,000 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 recognized throughout the European Higher Education Area.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

The programme offers the following research lines:
  • Omics and Molecular Bioinformatics (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • Biomolecular modelling and Simulation (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • Systems and Synthethic Biology (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • Data Science and Bioinformatics (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
  • Biostatistics and Mathematical Modelling in Bioinformatics (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Photocopy of your national ID card (DNI), foreigner ID number (NIE) or passport
  • A letter of motivation/presentation briefly explaining your career to date
  • A letter of endorsement (optional) including the name of the researcher endorsing your project
  • A CV, including the masters degree and/or postgraduate programmes and courses taken that are related with the research interests
  • An example of a recent academic work (in Catalan, Spanish or English)
  • Academic transcripts corresponding to predoctoral courses, stating the subjects taken and the mark obtained, the exam sitting, the type of subject, the number of credits
  • Documentation that accredits compliance with the access requirements.


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