Doctorate On Campus Online Blended


Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

36 months
548 EUR/year
548 EUR/year
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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.

Quality assurance system

The Bioinformatics research from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) has a series of systems to guarantee the highest levels of quality.

First, the UOC's Scientific Committee for Research and Doctoral Studies - an independent body set up in 2002 and composed of international experts - assesses the University's academic performance, oversees the quality of the doctoral programme, and advises the president on research strategy.

Second, the period of training leading up to the doctoral programme, developed through the university master's degrees run by the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, formed part of the 2011 Audit programme led jointly by the Spanish National Quality and Accreditation Agency (ANECA), the Galician University System Quality Agency (ACSUG) and the Catalan University System Quality Agency (AQU) which was designed to promote development and introduction of internal university programme quality assurance systems.

Third, and finally, as with all other UOC programmes, it forms part of the University's internal quality assurance system, approved by the UOC's Governing Council on 19 June 2009.

Programme Structure

  • 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.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Application period: 1 December to 2 February 




On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

First, they must prove the meet one of the following requirements:

  • They hold an official Spanish bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and university master's degree, or equivalent, and have passed at least 300 ECTS credits in these two degrees.
  • They hold an official Spanish university degree, corresponding to previous university education systems, and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in these official university studies, of which at least 60 must correspond to a master's degree.
  • They hold an official university degree from a country included in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that gives entitlement to admission to official master's degree courses, and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in these official university studies, of which at least 60 must correspond to a master's degree.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    548 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 548 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    548 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 548 EUR per year during 36 months.

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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