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Bioinformatics, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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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This high-level training in Bioinformatics research at 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.

Study plan

Depending on what studies the doctoral student has already completed, and whether or not they have obtained initiation to research credits in an official postgraduate course, it may be deemed appropriate for them to take bridging courses. These bridging courses are made up of courses already existing in the University's official postgraduate programmes.

In the event a doctoral student is assigned bridging courses as part of their study plan, they shall have to take these courses and pass them during their first academic year.

The programme's duration is a maximum of 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time, from admission of the student onto the programme until submission of their doctoral thesis. This period does not include any maternity or paternity leave or absences due to long-term illness, subject to approval from the Academic Committee.

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

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
  • 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, and detailing the specific motivations for your application, a description of your research interests, and your connection with the research group.
  • 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 expressed in the motivation letter, and, if applicable, any prior scientific output.
  • 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, and the average grade of the academic record.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    34 EUR/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34 EUR per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    34 EUR/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 34 EUR per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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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.


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