The curriculum indicates the subjects in the degree and their nature (basic, required, elective, etc.), the number of credits for each subject, etc. Topics are divided into subjects, which in turn are organized into modules.
The majority of the subjects are taught during the first six months and, therefore, the second semester is almost exclusively dedicated to the research project. However, students will be put in contact with the researcher responsible for supervising their project, who will inform them of the line of research it fits into, as well as the objectives, and provide them with guidance on the basic bibliography relating to the research topic. Students will also have access to the laboratory so that they can get to know the research group in which they will work and take part in the seminars and other activities organized by this group.
Structure of the master's degree
Duration: 12 months. Period of study: September 2017 to September 2018
Format: On-campus (full time)
Language of instruction: Spanish and English.
Academic load: 60 ECTS credits (1 ECTS credit corresponds to 25-30 hours of work)
- Theory and practical subjects: 30 ECTS credits
- Master's Thesis Project: 30 ECTS credits
Module I: Basic – Required (9 ECTS credits)
This is a module undertaken by all students enrolled on the master's program. It includes basic and essential aspects of biomedical research. Its content explores the principles and ethical rules that govern the design and implementation of projects and the publication of results.
It also provides essential knowledge on how to handle and justify the use of animals for research, so that students become familiar with the design and research procedures used in in vivo experimental systems.
It explains the safety rules and procedures that should be followed in laboratories and explores work-related hazards and the safe handling of dangerous substances. Users of laboratory products and tools learn the importance of protecting themselves, third parties and the environment.
At the same time, it makes students familiar with the essential techniques and tools used in biomedical research.
The module's content is complemented by information on the tools and skills required to write and speak in English in a scientific context. The reading and critical analysis of materials is encouraged and practical sessions help students acquire better spoken and written English skills.
Module II: Specialist Programs
From the 2014-2015 academic year, the Master's Degree in Biomedical Research will include four specialties that enable students to develop a profile that is more specific and tailored to their interests:
Module III: Supplementary Training
The content of this module is structured in such a way that it offers students additional training, either within their own specialty or other specialties. Thus, students may choose 5 ECTS credits from subjects that analyze specific aspects of each of the specialties offered.
An essential aspect of biomedical research is good statistical design and thorough data analysis, so students can choose subjects with varying statistical levels, depending on their previous training and the type of project they are going to carry out. Through different elective subjects, students can gain in-depth knowledge of specific aspects of different pathology types such as cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, psychiatric disorders and infectious diseases, as well as the different types of animal models that are used to study human diseases.
The elective nature of this module enables students to acquire highly specific technical skills in different fields of biomedical research. Since it is very difficult to establish boundaries between different areas of knowledge, students are free to choose a subject from other specialties that may complement their training or help them complete their Master's Thesis Project.
Module IV: Master's Thesis Project
Students will carry out a research project (equivalent to the Master's Thesis Project) in a specific area under the direction and supervision of a professor or researcher, within a department or laboratory at the University of Navarra's Schools of Sciences, Pharmacy and Medicine, the Center for Applied Medical Research (CIMA), the Center for Nutrition Research (CIN), the Clínica Universidad de Navarra, or another institution.
This subject provides students with a real experience of research work in a laboratory so that they can put into practice the knowledge they have acquired through the subjects they have undertaken.
Students will be put in contact with the researcher responsible for supervising their project, who will inform them about the line of research it fits into, as well as the objectives, and provide them with guidance on the basic bibliography relating to the research topic. Students will also have access to the laboratory so that they can get to know the research group in which they will work and take part in the seminars and other activities organized by this group, where they will start to learn the techniques they will use in their research projects and carry out some experiments.
At the end of the academic year, students must submit a written report in English and defend their project orally before a committee.
Further information on the assignment of projects, a list from last year and other matters can be found in the section Master's Thesis Project.