A pioneering program focused on hands-on research at scientific centers of excellence in Barcelona



In addition to the research aspect, the master’s will also develop talented scientists through experiential training in professional skills such as scientific communication, project management, responsible research, and innovation.
The Master of Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences is a joint academic program of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of UPF (DCEXS, UPF) and the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST). The program offers highly flexible and personalized hands-on research training in a multidisciplinary research environment. Full-time program for 1 academic year (60 ECT credits) in English.

The participating institutes are:

  • Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
  • Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)
  • The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)
  • Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)
  • Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)
  • Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE)
  • Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)
  • Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS)



The master’s program offers 16 competitive fellowships to outstanding candidates. These fellowships are merit-based and awarded by the Masters Selection Committee. Fellowships cover tuition fees and a living allowance based on the country of origin of the applicant.

Fellowships are received in monthly installments throughout the Major Project (10 months). All applicants are eligible and no further application or documentation is required to request a scholarship. Further funding options are offered by some BIST centers. For more information, visit the centers' websites or contact the MMRES Academic Office at mres@upf.edu.


The program is aimed at candidates who intend to undertake a Ph.D. or pursue a research career in fundamental science and technology. The program is open to candidates who hold a degree in health sciences, engineering, computer sciences or degrees in basic scientific disciplines (chemistry, physics, biology, or mathematics).

Through the program, students will acquire the following skills:

  • basic skills and knowledge needed to carry out advanced and interdisciplinary research projects in one or more of the fields of research
  • the ability to acquire, in an independent manner, the knowledge, and the practical skills currently necessary to respond to the demands of an open and complex environment which is based on knowledge
  • the ability to work effectively on complex research projects in a multidisciplinary environment

The program is based on experiential learning through work on selected research projects and the supervision of group leaders from a large variety of research areas offered by the BIST research centers and the Department of Health and Experimental Sciences of UPF. The available areas of research are listed at the bottom of the BIST Research page.


Master’s program


Basic information Course location

Campus Mar UPF for initial training (5 weeks) and research projects at two different BIST research centers and DCEXS.


Application Round: December 17th to March 5th.

To apply, please visit: https://www.upf.edu/web/masters/master-of-multidisciplinary-research-in-experimental-sciences

Program taught in:
The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology
Last updated February 5, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
1 year
3,420 EUR
EU students: € 3,420 | Non-EU students: € 5.239,8 (1 academic year)
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End Date
July 31, 2020
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Sep 2019

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