Introduction

The Master's Degree in Biomedical Research is part of the postgraduate strategy at the University of Navarra that aims to improve the multidisciplinary nature of its biomedical research and offer specific, highly specialized training in order to meet the challenges currently presented by research in the fields of biomedicine, biotechnology and health.

The inter-school nature of the master's degree makes it possible to focus more clearly on the translational aspect of biomedical research. The University's Schools of Sciences, Pharmacy and Medicine, the Center for Applied Medical Research (CIMA), the Center for Nutrition Research (CIN)and the Clínica Universidad de Navarra are all involved in the program.

Introduction

The master's degree curriculum is organized into four specialties, which are defined by the groundbreaking research areas of the centers involved:

Specialty in Cancer

Specialty in Translational Research

Specialty in Neuroscience and Cognition

Specialty in Nutrition and Metabolism

The quality of the master's degree is guaranteed by the excellent academic productivity in the field of biomedicine by the professors and researchers involved in it. This ensures that students acquire a well-rounded education in biomedical research through the completion of a Master's Thesis Project, to which students dedicate half of their training. 

The training acquired through the master's degree results in professionals who are highly qualified in the field of biomedical research, with excellent employment prospects in the areas of research, doctoral studies and industry.

Structure

 

MODULE I

Basic aspects

(10 required ECTS credits)

MODULE II

Specialty
(15 required ECTS credits)
(the student chooses one of the four specialties)

MODULE III

Supplementary training
(5 elective ECTS credits)


 

MODULE IV

Master's Thesis Project
(30 required ECTS credits)

 

 

Essential Principles in Biomedical Research

Specialty in Cancer

Specialty in Translational Research

Specialty in Neuroscience and Cognition

Specialty in Nutrition and Metabolism

 

Supplementary Training in Specialist Programs

 

Research Project

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Specialist Programs

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:

Official documents

  • Official name of the degree program: Master's Degree in Biomedical Research from the University of Navarra

  • Subject Area: Health Sciences

  • Schools: Schools of Sciences, Medicine and Pharmacy

  • Orientation: Academic

  • Number of places available: 50

  • ECTS credits: 60

  • Theory and practical subjects: 30 ECTS credits

  • Master's Thesis Project: 30 ECTS credits

  • Duration: 12 months (period of study: September 2015-September 2016)

  • Format: On-campus (full time)

  • Languages: Spanish and English

Official degrees such as this have been verified by the Council of Universities and have undergone the monitoring and accreditation processes laid down by the law. As part of these processes, the degree program report, a document that includes all information relating to its planning, is assessed and approved.

This report and the various reports issued as part of the different processes can be accessed through the following links:

Quality Assurance

The degree's quality assurance is carried out through the Internal Quality Control Standards (SGIC). The aim of the SGIC processes is to monitor degree programs in order to guarantee their continuous improvement and ensure that students acquire the skills and competences defined in the degree program they are undertaking.

The Quality Assurance Committee of the Center is responsible for coordinating and undertaking the monitoring of each process. It is made up of one or two representatives from the Center's Board of Management, a representative from the Quality and Accreditation Assessment Committee, teaching staff, students and teaching support staff members. The Quality Assurance Committee meets at least three times each academic year.

The outcomes of the different processes each academic year are included and analyzed in the Results Analysis Report. This document is prepared after the end of each academic year and includes proposals for improving the degree program, the expected timeframe for carrying these out and the people responsible for implementing and monitoring them.

An Academic Committee was appointed to manage and coordinate the master's degree program and is made up of:

· Director: Dr. Guillermo Zalba Goñi
· Deputy Director: Dr. Marisol Aymerich Soler
· Academic Secretary: Dr. María de los Ángeles Zulet Alzórriz

The teaching coordination mechanisms established by the SGIC for the program are as follows:

1.   Meetings between the coordinator of each module and the staff in charge of teaching the subjects in each area in order to guarantee that students acquire the relevant knowledge and to coordinate the different activities, methodologies and forms of assessment required for the area.

2.   Preparation of the subject program guide by each faculty member. This guide should reflect the objectives and skills to be developed, training activities, methodologies, assessments, etc., that are specific to the subject. The subject planning included in the guide will reflect the decisions made regarding coordination. This information must be made available to students via the website on each subject.

3. A meeting between the master's program director and the research project supervisors. This meeting will include information on the organization and allocation of the time spent by students on their research projects, the skills they will acquire during their experimental work, and the formal requirements for the presentation and defense of research reports that will take place upon completion of the projects.

4. Meeting of the Master's Committee at the start of each academic year to assign a project to each student enrolled. The project assignment process seeks to reconcile the interests in a specific working area expressed by each student in the preliminary interview with the director with the projects offered by University of Navarra researchers involved in the master's degree.

5. Meeting of the Master's Committee in order to assess the results of each academic year. The subsequent academic year will be planned during this meeting. This meeting may address decisions regarding possible changes in methodology or content, such as the inclusion of new subjects in one of the proposed modules, providing that none of these changes affects the objectives of the master's degree or the acquisition of skills pursued.

An Inter-School Committee, made up of the Academic Committee of the Master's Program and representatives from the Boards of Management of the Schools of Sciences, Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of Navarra.

Indicators
The following values have been provided by the Integrated University Information System (SIIU), a platform developed by the General Secretariat of Universities (Spain).

 

Academic year

Performance rate

Success rate

Assessment rate

09-10

100 %

100 %

100 %

10-11

100 %

100 %

100 %

11-12

100 %

100 %

100 %

 

Performance rate: Percentage ratio between the number of credits passed by students enrolled in an academic year and the total number of credits enrolled in during that academic year. 
Success rate: Percentage ratio between the number of credits passed by students enrolled in an academic year and the total number of credits for which students took an exam during that academic year. 
Assessment rate: Percentage ratio between the number of credits for which students took an exam in an academic year and the total number of credits enrolled in during that academic year.

Master's Program Committee

Contact:
Dr. Guillermo Zalba Goñi
Director

Dr. Marisol Aymerich Soler
Deputy Director

Dr. Amelia Martí del Moral
Academic Secretary
 
Contact:
Administrative Office, School of Sciences
C/ Irunlarrea, 1
31080 - Pamplona
Spain

Tel: (+34) 948 425 600 – ext. 806538
masterfciencias@unav.es