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Master's Degree in Biophysics

Master's Degree in Biophysics
  • The Master’s Programme in Biophysics aims primarily to teach the physical fundamentals of biological processes and the techniques and physical methodologies employed in their study, while fomenting an active approach to learning and acquiring skills in the many scientific fields necessary for advancing in a multidisciplinary research environment that is evolving rapidly. The general and specific skills envisaged in the curriculum are as follows:
    General skills:
    1. To apply the problem-solving knowledge and capabilities acquired during the programme to new or unfamiliar situations, within wider (or multidisciplinary) contexts.
    2. To draw up appropriately and with originality written compositions or grounded arguments, to draft plans, work projects or scientific articles, and to formulate reasonable hypotheses, and thus to communicate conclusions thereof –together with the knowledge and reasoning supporting them– to specialized and non-specialized audiences, clearly and unambiguously.
    3. To apply the knowledge acquired to facing the complexity of issuing judgements based on incomplete or limited information.
    4. To present in public research ideas, procedures or reports, to transmit emotions and to act as advisor to individuals and organizations.
    5. To acquire learning skills to continue studying, in the context of Doctoral Studies or any other, which to a large extent will necessarily consist of self-guided or independent studies.
    6. To conduct a self-learning programme, an independent consultation of scientific and technical databases and bibliographical sources.
    Specific skills:
    7. To acquire the concepts specific to Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology (both fundamental and advanced) necessary for understanding any research work conducted in the field of Biophysics.
    8. To acquire the practical knowledge (software and programming, experimental laboratory work, etc.) for initiating and developing theoretical or experimental research in the field of Biophysics.
    9. To be familiar with the most advanced biophysical experimental techniques for the quantitative study of biological systems.
    10. To be familiar with the tools required for the analysis and modelling of complex biological systems.
    11. To acquire, handle, analyze and interpret data obtained through quantitative experimental techniques used in Biophysics (forces and electronic microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopies, infrared and ultraviolet, optic clamps, surface plasmon resonance, etc.).
    12. To be familiar with the latest advances in different areas of research and knowledge of biological systems and quantitative tools (experimental and theoretical) currently available.
    13. To acquire elementary knowledge of the branches of bioinformatics of the greatest use to future biophysicists: evolutionary principles, structure and sequence analysis, biostatistics, molecular dynamics, etc.
    14. To acquire knowledge on the physical forces responsible for the maintenance and structure of biological structures.
    15. To perform a quantitative study of certain cell structures, the forces that sustain them and their physical properties, as well as the functioning and physical fundamentals of ‘molecular machines’.
    16. To understand the contents of images obtained through diverse microscopy techniques (AFM, photonics, electronics, ionics, etc.); to become familiar with numeric imaging manipulation, image treatment techniques and their quantitative analysis.
    17. To provide a physiological and computational vision of the nervous systems, and the manner in which these process sensorial information, and a comprehensive perspective of biological networks in general (genetic, protein, metabolic and regulatory, populations of organisms, etc.), paying special attention to principles of design and optimization.
    18. In-depth study of the physical and biological mechanisms of development in vertebrates, and the computational approaches and theoretical models employed in the quantitative analysis of the fundamental processes during development.

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    Access and Admission Requirements

    To be eligible for admission to official Master's Degree studies students must hold an official Spanish university degree.

    Applicants holding a university degree from foreign education systems are not required to convalidate their qualifications provided they accredit a level of studies equivalent to the corresponding official Spanish university degrees and that such qualifications, in the country of issue, entitle the holder to access postgraduate studies.

    With regard to special accession requirements for the Master's Degree in Biophysics, applicants must hold a Bachelors Degree in Physics, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics or Engineering, or in any other field related to Experimental Sciences or Health Sciences.

    Applicants are likewise required to possess a sufficient command of the English language to fully understand written scientific articles and to communicate orally as, due to the high proportion of foreign lecturers and students, classes may be taught in the English language.

    The minimum level of proficiency required is B1 or equivalent.

    The evaluation criteria for admissions to the Master's Degree in Biophysics include the following: 
Standard academic transcript
Curriculum Vitae, stating applicants’ previous experience in research and postgraduate studies (Courses, Seminars, Summer School, etc.).

    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. 

    Sufficient knowledge of the English language.


    Specific Admission Documentation and Requirements


    Subjects Pre-inscription Form

    Average grade point statement (mandatory for non-UAM students). (Certificate of average grade point and scale used by the issuing university. If this is not available, a sworn declaration by the student in which the average grade point and the scale used to calculate the average grade at the issuing university are stated will be accepted).


    Student’s Letter of Motivation

Enrolled students

Monitoring and Quality Control

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Description of the degree

  • Current academic offer
  • Centre, department or institute responsible: University Institute of Materials Science "Nicolás Cabrera"
  • Location: Faculty of Sciences
  • Year established: 2010-2011
  • Type: in-class
  • Credits 60
  • Minimum ECTS per enrolment / per year: 24 / part-time students; 36 / full-time students
  • Teaching languages Español e inglés
  • Número de plazas ofertadas: 30

Contact Details

Raúl Guantes

E-mail: master.biofisica@uam.es and coordinador.master.biofisica@uam.es 
Phone: +34 914974689