Master's Degree in Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

Universidad Central - Colombia

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Master's Degree in Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

Universidad Central - Colombia

  • Qualification awarded: Master in Bioengineering and Nanotechnology *
  • Type of training: Master
  • Methodology: Presencial
  • Place of development: Bogotá, DC
  • Estimated duration: 4 semesters
  • Academic credits: 50
  • Value per credit: $ 645,000 (2019)
  • Registration fee : $ 9,030,000 (for first semester students)

* Awarded jointly with the University Foundation of Health Sciences (FUCS)

20% discount for students in the first semester in the 2019-1 cycle. From the second semester, the student will be eligible for benefits for belonging to the unicentralist family and / or the FUCS, as well as through inter-institutional agreements.

Schedule of classroom classes:

Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The classes are held at U. Central and FUCS facilities.

The person who develops the program under the research modality must have part time available, from the third semester, at programmable hours with his tutor.

Objective and presentation

The Master in Bioengineering and Nanotechnology is a joint initiative between the Central University and the University Foundation of Health Sciences (FUCS) that develops solutions for the problems facing our society in the fields of health, environment and agriculture, starting from the convergence between the life sciences, the physical sciences and engineering.

Our trajectory, infrastructure and curricular design allow us to enhance the scientific-technological convergence around four central areas: nanotechnology, biotechnology, computer science and cognitive science (NBIC), considered, today, as the motor of the development of the XXI century. In addition, they favor collaborative work around the study of physical and biological systems to ensure a social impact.

Deepening fields

  • Restoration of ecosystems: focuses on the care and maintenance of ecosystems and biodiversity to meet future needs, both ecological and human, and proposes the use of soil and water bioremediation as a tool for restoration, as well as the use of smart networks for the optimization of natural resources.
  • Technologies for the resilience of Colombian agriculture: proposes to offer viable technologies for the countryside, protecting agricultural livelihoods, reducing natural and anthropic risks, and promoting their resilience.
  • Attention to diseases and disabilities: it proposes to implement new schemes of medical informatics and digital health to improve the processes of acquisition and analysis of images and samples, as well as to develop assistive and accessible technologies, supporting research around physical and cognitive deterioration.

Lines of investigation

The lines of research on which the master's degree orients the degree works, are supported by the work of 6 research groups of the Faculty of Engineering and Basic Sciences of the Central University, and 23 groups of the Faculty of Medicine of the FUCS. These are:

  • Bioprospecting and bioprocesses: addresses the sustainable use of biodiversity, looking for molecules, genes, enzymes, active ingredients or microorganisms that can be used in the development of bioprocesses to solve problems in the areas of health, agriculture and environment.
  • Telemetry, instrumentation and devices: strengthens the use, creation and innovation of specialized hardware in the registration and transmission of biological variables that can be processed and used in tasks of information analysis, process management, interface control and operation of electromechanical actuators, among other.
  • Materials: addresses the manipulation of matter through highly specialized instruments, while offering spaces for preparation and synthesis of materials required in physical, chemical, biological and medical tests until the creation of devices.
  • Advanced therapies and tissue engineering: studies the use of gene therapy, cell therapy or tissue engineering as an alternative for the management of diseases that today mean great problems for the health of humans and animals. In addition, it can cooperate with the other lines of research.

Academic spaces

The Master in Bioengineering and Nanotechnology offers its students academic curricular and extracurricular spaces for the collective construction of knowledge around convergent technologies.

The Research Cluster in Convergent Sciences and Technologies NBIC (Nano, Bio, Info, Cogno) of the Central University is an extracurricular space, where work is carried out in the development of basic and applied research, as well as technology and innovation in bio and nanotechnology, within the framework of the relationship between University, research institutes and companies.

Since its creation in 2014, Cluster researchers have developed joint projects with FUCS researchers in the areas of health and the environment. In addition, the research groups of the latter, develop their activities in two hospitals of the fourth level of complexity, where the students of the master's degree that focus on the attention to diseases and disabilities, may develop their degree works, and in some cases , bring the results to the end user.

Why study the Master in Bioengineering and Nanotechnology?

  • Innovative and unique program in the country in a field of knowledge with national and international impact.
  • Orientation towards the restoration of ecosystems, the optimization and sustainability of agriculture and the attention to diseases and disabilities.
  • Research in bioprospecting and bioprocesses, materials, telemetry, instrumentation and devices and advanced therapies and tissue engineering.
  • Possibility of developing projects in two hospitals of the fourth level, accredited and certified as university students.
  • Link to research groups categorized by Colciencias.
  • Research practices supported in the experience of 29 research groups of the two proposing institutions.
  • Thirteen specialized laboratories with state-of-the-art technology for the development of innovation and research projects.
  • Approach and interdisciplinary methodology for scientific-technological convergence in favor of development and social welfare.
  • Training for the formulation of collaborative projects and knowledge transfer.
  • Faculty with postdoctoral training, doctorate, masters, medical specialization and extensive professional and academic experience.



The Master in Bioengineering and Nanotechnology is aimed at professionals with degrees in engineering, physical sciences, biological sciences and health sciences, as well as other professionals interested in convergent technologies.


The graduates in the research modality have as their first option to continue with their doctoral studies within or outside the country, as well as to contribute to the strengthening of research and teaching in educational institutions, technology-based companies or research institutes.

The graduates in the deepening modality are competent in the generation, management and strengthening of technology-based companies, as well as in the management of projects that involve innovation and product design.

Among the competences of the Master in Bioengineering and Nanotechnology are:

  • Ability to select and use relevant, responsible and efficient convergent technologies (NBCI), understanding the principles that govern them, the way to combine them and the laws established for their regulation.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the problems proposed by the fields of deepening and lines of research of the master's degree, to propose solutions in the light of converging technologies
  • Understanding of concepts and mathematical principles that allow to manipulate and model processes of physical and biological phenomena (big data).
  • Competence in project formulation and knowledge transfer between different actors and at different levels for the development, use, use, modification and diffusion of new technologies.

What makes us different?

More than fifty years of experience allow us to assume a great diversity of knowledge to apply to the solution of the country's problems, with academic rigor and vocation of service to society. Thanks to our trajectory, we understand that the interests and needs of students are diverse.

  • Financial flexibility: The value of the enrollment depends on the total of credits that register each semester.
  • Homologation: From other professional levels.
  • Cultural, sports and entertainment activities: Cineclub, chess, book club, music, theater, courses, etc.
  • Discount plans: For the unicentral family and for inter-institutional agreements. *
  • Financing systems : Multiple financing systems.
  • Main roads and public transport system: Two sites located near the main roads of the city and the public transport system.

* Note: Universidad Central reserves the right to define biannually the programs included in the discount plan of the Institution.

This school offers programs in:
  • Spanish (Colombia)

Last updated December 14, 2018
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