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University Master's degree in Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability

Objectives & career options

General objectives

The overall objective of this Master’s degree course is to train professionals in the field of Biotechnology research, with a broad focus on health and the development of processes and products based living beings which will contribute to improving sustainable use of natural resources.

The Master’s Degree aims to provide specialisation, primarily in the acquisition of proficiencies related to research, but also includes the acquisition of advanced knowledge and a command of cutting-edge techniques and skills.

A multidisciplinary focus is taken, facilitating student adaptation to professional settings, which can be extremely dynamic in these fields, and helping them to articipate in high-level research projects, which increasingly require a greater degree of synergy from different research groups taking different experimental approaches.

Accordingly, the ultimate goal of this Master’s is to provide professionals with a solid grounding in molecular and cellular biology, genetic engineering and systems biology, which will allow them on the one hand to develop excellent basic biotechnology research skills, and on the other to promote competitive applied research into health and sustainability, mainly through the use and development of biotechnology. The general objectives are as follows:

  • To provide a deeper understanding of living beings at molecular and cellular level as the basis for discovering and developing new ways to use biological resources in a more rational and sustainable way.
  • To acquire the practical skills and knowledge necessary for biotechnology laboratory work.
  • To acquire knowledge of the most relevant current technologies in biotechnological research, and of their uses and limitations in a health and sustainability context.
  • To acquire the knowledge and ability to identify problems relating to various aspects of health, food and the environment, and to be able to propose lines of biotechnology-based research or actions in the quest for practical, creative and sustainable solutions.
  • To acquire the ability to design and carry out a research project in the field of biotechnology.
  • To develop the ability to communicate and present scientific work clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • To acquire the skills necessary for independent life-long learning.
  • To acquire a solid basis for a career in research after taking a doctorate or for carrying out professional duties in the biotechnology field.

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Structure

 

Structure of the Master’s Degree: credits and subject groups

 

Subject Type

Credits

  Compulsory (OB)

15

  Optional (MOI) (OP)

22

Elective (MOLE) (OP)

(Appendix 1)

8

  Master's Degree Final Project (OB)

 15

TOTAL CREDITS

60

 

 

Distribution of subjects by module

SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER  2
CORE MODULE MODULE SPECIFIC TO BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR HEALTH AND SUSTAINABILITY MASTER’S DEGREE FINAL PROJECT
15 CR 22-30 CR 15 CR

DOCUMENTATION, COMMUNICATION AND DISSEMINATION IN BIOSCIENCES

(OB, 3 CR)

BIOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY

(OP, 8 CR)

THE CELL FACTORY

(OP, 4 CR)

LINES OF INVESTIGATION OF GROUPS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY

(OB, 15 CR)

PATENTS, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND SPIN OFF COMPANIES

(OB, 3 CR)

FUNCTIONAL PROTEOMICS AND GENOMICS (OP, 2 CR)
IMAGE PROCESSING TECHNIQUES AND SIGNAL ANALYSIS IN BIOSCIENCES (OB, 3 CR)

MOLECULAR MARKERS

(OP, 2 CR)

EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND BIOCOMPUTING

(OB, 3 CR)

INTRODUCTION TO ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

(OP, 3 CR)

MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY (OP, 2 CR)
BIOETHICS (OB, 1CR) GENETIC MODIFICATION (OP, 2 CR) SIGNALLING AND REGULATION (OP, 2 CR)

SEMINARS IN THE BIOSCIENCES

(OB, 2 CR)

STRUCTURAL AND FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS OF PROTEINS (OP, 2 CR) PROTEIN ENGINEERING (OP, 2 CR)
MOLECULAR MARKERS (OP, 2 CR)
    FOOD BIOTECHNOLOGY (OP, 2 CR)  
  ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY (OP, 2 CR)

OPTIONAL MODULE

0-8 CR

ADVANCES IN NEUROSCIENCE

(OP, 2 CR)

INTRA- AND INTERCELLULAR SIGNALLING (OP, 2 CR)

RETINAL NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASE MODELS

(OP, 3 CR)

ION CHANNEL DISEASE MODELS

(OP, 3 CR)

STEM CELLS AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE

(OP, 2 CR)

HUMAN GENETICS: GENETIC DIAGNOSIS AND ASSISTED REPRODUCTION

(OP, 4 CR)

ANIMAL MODELS

(OP, 2 CR)

FUNCTIONAL DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES

(OP, 2 CR)

NUTRITION, HEALTH AND ILLNESS

 (OP, 2 CR)

BIOORGANIC TRANSFORMATIONS

 (OP, 3 CR)

CLINICAL AUDIOLOGY

(OP, 2 CR)

ADV. CELLULAR AND TISSULAR TECHNIQUES

(OP, 2 CR)

SYNTHESIS WITH ORGANOMETALLIC COMPOUNDS

(OP, 3 CR)

ADVANCED CELL CULTURE (OP, 2 CR)

METHODOLOGIES IN ASYMMETRIC SYNTHESIS (OP, 2 CR)

PHARMACOLOGICAL BASES FOR THE DESIGN OF NEW MEDICINES

(OP, 4 CR)

SOLID STATE SYNTHESIS, COMBINATORIAL CHEMISTRY AND BIOACTIVITY

(OP, 3 CR)

BIOCHEMICAL AND MICROBIOLOGICAL CLINICAL ANALYSIS

(OP, 2 CR)

ADVANCED ORGANIC MATERIALS (OP, 3 CR)

BIOORGANIC ANALYSIS WITH MASS SPECTROMETRY

(OP, 3 CR)

CLINICAL OPTOMETRIC PROCEDURES (OP, 3 CR)

ASYMMETRIC CATALYSIS: ORGANOCATALYSIS AND CATALYSIS WITH METALS

(OP, 4 CR)

ADVANCED VISUAL OPTICS

(OP, 6 CR)

INDUSTRIAL PHARMACEUTICAL CHEMISTRY (OP, 3 CR)

ADVANCED NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE

(OP, 3 CR)

NEW VISUAL COMPENSATION TECHNIQUES

(OP, 6 CR)

VISION REHABILITATION

 (OP, 6 CR)

 

 

 

ADVANCED CONTACTOLOGY

(OP, 3 CR)

CLINICAL STRABISMUS

(OP, 3 CR)

ADVANCED VISUAL ERGONOMICS

(OP, 3 CR)

 

General course programme

The Master’s in Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability consists of three modules: the first, containing the core subjects, with 15 credits; the second, offering specific subjects, worth 30 credits; and a final project, worth 15 credits. The Master’s Degree forms part of a common Training Programme (Biomedicine and Life Sciences) (see appendix I), enabling students to take up to 8 optional credits in subjects relating to the knowledge area of other Master’s programmes.

The Master’s is worth 60 ECTS credits, divided into 15 compulsory ECTS and 30 optional ECTS, of which at least 22 must be from the optional Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability module in order to obtain this specialisation. The remaining credits (15 ECTS) correspond to the Final Master’s Project (FMP).

  • The Compulsory Module includes subjects with inter-disciplinary content as an introduction to research into the biosciences (“Documenting, communicating and disseminating biosciences (DCDB)”, “Patents, intellectual property and business development and management (spin-off) (PIPBM)”, “Bioethics: social, ethical and legal aspects (BE)”), as well as other more applied subjects (“Image processing techniques and signal analysis in biosciences (IPTSA)”, “Experimental design and bioinformatics (EDB)”) and seminars on biosciences (SB), giving students the chance to meet and learn from internationally renowned specialists. The aim of this module is to provide students with the fundamental tools necessary to be able to undertake scientific research tasks successfully.
  • The Specific Subjects module includes all the subjects in the Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability programme.
  • Lastly, the Final Master’s Project is an independent module where students carry out a research project in which they must use the knowledge that they have acquired to design and develop a brief research project in this specialist area.

APPENDIX I: POSTGRADUATE TRAINING IN BIOMEDICINE AND LIFE SCIENCES

The University Master’s Degree in Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability from the University of Alicante is designed to form part of a Postgraduate Training Programme in Biomedicine and Life Technologies co-ordinated by the Faculty of Science. Implementation of this Postgraduate Training Programme in Biomedicine and Life Technologies is based on the need for recent Science and Health Science graduates to extend their knowledge and skills for specialisation in this field and to acquire a preparation that enables them to continue their specific doctorate studies. The postgraduate courses available should observe criteria of quality and sustainability, in accordance with the training, scientific and social objectives of a public institution, and proposals for courses should take into account the resources available in the organising institution, in this case the University of Alicante.

In this context, and in order to make the best possible use the available infrastructures and the multi-disciplinarity offered by the current structure of the University of Alicante Science Faculty, which includes training programmes in Science and Health Science branches, we have brought together the various educational programmes relating to Biomedicine and Life Technologies, comprising four master’s degrees which are consistent in structure and interrelated, namely “Biomedicine”, “Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability”, and “Medical Chemistry” .

The end objective is to provide a broad and attractive gamut of quality courses aimed at a diverse range of students yet who are all interested in the various aspects of biomedicine or life technologies, given the relevance in both scientific and social terms of knowledge in these fields.

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Distinctive Features

La Biotecnología se puede definir como la aplicación de la ciencia y la tecnología a organismos vivos, así como a partes, productos y modelos de los mismos con el fin de alterar materiales vivos o inertes para proveer conocimientos, bienes y servicios. Así pues, como tal aplicación de la ciencia y la tecnología, el interés académico de la Biotecnología se justifica en sí mismo.
El Máster Universitario en Biotecnología para la Salud y la Sostenibilidad tiene una orientación preferentemente investigadora que proporciona a los estudiantes una formación teórica y experimental avanzada en Biología y Química que les resulta de utilidad para la realización de un doctorado relacionado con estos campos de conocimiento, o la incorporación a la vida laboral en empresas de Biotecnología.


Orientación del Máster:


El Máster Universitario en Biotecnología para la Salud y la Sostenibilidad se imparte en la UA desde 2010/11. Está dirigido a Graduados/Licenciados en los diversos títulos de Ciencias Experimentales (Biología, Química, Biotecnología, Bioquímica, Nutrición), de la Salud (Medicina, Farmacia, Veterinaria) y de Enseñanzas Técnicas (Ingenieros Químicos, Agrónomos); en general todos aquellos licenciados o graduados con una formación amplia en Ciencias de la Vida.
El objetivo principal de este Máster es formar profesionales en el ámbito de la investigación en Biotecnología orientada hacia la Salud en un sentido amplio y hacia el desarrollo de procesos y productos basados en seres vivos que contribuyan a mejorar la Sostenibilidad en el empleo de los recursos naturales. El Máster pretende la especialización dirigida hacia la adquisición de competencias fundamentalmente investigadoras, vinculadas al aprendizaje de conocimientos avanzados y del dominio de técnicas y habilidades de vanguardia. En consecuencia, los egresados de este Máster habrán adquirido sólidos conocimientos de Biología molecular y celular, Ingeniería genética y Biología de sistemas, permitiendo, por un lado, desarrollar investigación en Biotecnología básica de excelencia y, por otro lado, promover una investigación competitiva aplicada a la salud y a la sostenibilidad en la cual la Biotecnología sea el medio principal para su consecución.
Se persigue una orientación multidisciplinar, que resulta de gran utilidad para la adaptación del estudiante a un ámbito profesional, extremadamente dinámico en estos sectores del conocimiento, y facilitar su participación en proyectos de investigación de alto nivel, que cada día requieren en mayor medida una actuación sinérgica de distintos grupos de investigación con aproximaciones experimentales diferentes.


Plan de Estudios:


El Máster Universitario en Biotecnología para la Salud y la Sostenibilidad queda encuadrado dentro de un Programa denominado Programa Formativo de Postgrado en Biomedicina y Tecnologías para la Vida, coordinado por la Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad de Alicante, en el que están incluidos tres Másteres:


- Máster Universitario en Biotecnología para la Salud y la Sostenibilidad.
- Máster Universitario en Biomedicina.
- Máster Universitario en Química Médica.


La estructura del Máster Universitario en Biotecnología para la Salud y la Sostenibilidad consta de 60 créditos ECTS distribuidos en tres módulos: un módulo de materias fundamentales obligatorias con 15 créditos ECTS, un módulo de 30 créditos ECTS de materias específicas y un Trabajo de Fin de Máster obligatorio que constará de 15 créditos ECTS. Del módulo correspondiente a los 30 créditos ECTS de materias específicas, se debe escoger como mínimo 22 créditos del módulo específico (asignaturas optativas propias) y completar hasta 30 créditos con el módulo opcional (módulo optativo de libre configuración), cuyas asignaturas pertenecen a los otros dos Másteres del Programa Formativo en Biomedicina y Tecnologías para la Vida. Podría darse el caso de escoger 30 créditos ECTS del módulo específico, con lo que no se necesita completar con ninguna del módulo opcional.


Sello de calidad del Máster:


El Máster Universitario en Biotecnología para la Salud y la Sostenibilidad obtuvo la renovación de la acreditación por parte de la Agencia Valenciana de Evaluación y Prospectiva (AVAP) en mayo de 2016, que emitió informe FAVORABLE y, en mayo de 2020, se ha acreditado nuevamente, obteniendo informe FAVORABLE.
Este Máster cuenta con un profesorado de elevada cualificación docente. De los profesores contabilizados (PDI), el 98 % son doctores con gran experiencia docente acumulada (media 18 años). Entre todos los doctores poseen una media de 3,2 quinquenios docentes y 2,3 sexenios de investigación. En cuanto a los resultados docentes para este Máster, los diferentes años académicos se desarrollan con normalidad, consiguiendo (según los indicadores de rendimiento de la AVAP) unos excelentes índices de eficiencia (99%), de rendimiento (100%) y de graduación (100%), muy superiores a los valores previstos inicialmente en la Memoria de creación del Máster.
Grupos y proyectos de investigación relevantes, resultados notables de la investigación, publicaciones importantes, docentes destacados:
Grupos de investigación en que se hallan integrados todos los profesores que imparten las asignaturas del módulo específico del Máster Universitario en Biotecnología para la Salud y la Sostenibilidad: Grupo “Biotecnología de Extremófilos” (BIOTECEXTREM):
https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/grp/es/biotecnologia-de-extremofilos-(biotecextrem)/598
María José Bonete Pérez: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/bonete-perez-maria-jose/17067
Luis Antonio Alcaraz Mas: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/alcaraz-mas-luis-antonio/19643. En el caso de este profesor, también forma parte de una empresa creada por
él mismo: “Bioarray – Diagnóstico genético”, Parque Científico UMH, Elche. http://bioarray.es/es/
Vanesa Bautista Saiz: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/bautista-saiz-vanesa/5310
Mónica Lourdes Camacho Carrasco: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/camacho-carrasco-monica-lourdes/28550
Julia María Esclapez Espliego: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/esclapez-espliego-julia-maria/5482
Basilio José Zafrilla Requena: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/zafrilla-requena-basilio-jose/25389
Grupo “Ecología microbiana molecular”:
https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/grp/es/ecologia-microbiana-molecular/350
Josefa Antón Botella: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/anton-botella-josefa/25894
Ana Belén Martin Cuadrado: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/martin-cuadrado-ana-belen/229941
Manuel Martínez García: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/martinez-garcia-manuel/17315
Fernando Santos Sánchez: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/santos-sanchez-fernando/12678
Grupo “Microbiología molecular”:
https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/grp/es/microbiologia-molecular/588
Francisco Juan Martínez Mojica: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/martinez-mojica-francisco-juan/9438
Respecto a este profesor hay que destacar que en la actualidad posee 6 nombramientos de doctor honoris causa por diferentes universidades. Además, ha sido galardonado en numerosas ocasiones, destacando los premios concedidos más relevantes, entre los nacionales: Premio Rey Jaime I de Investigación Básica y el Premio Fundación Lilly de Investigación Biomédica Preclínica. Y entre los de ámbito internacional: Premio Fundación BBVA Fronteras del Conocimiento en la categoría de Biomedicina, Premio PLuS Alliance a la Innovación Global, Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, y el Galardón “V de Vida” de la AECC.
Grupo “Transducción de señales en bacterias”:
https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/grp/es/transduccion-de-senales-en-bacterias/567
Asunción Contreras De Vera: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/contreras-de-vera-asuncion/26331
Víctor Manuel Barberá Juan: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/barbera-juan-victor-manuel/31247. En el caso de este profesor, también forma parte de otro grupo: “Laboratorio de genética molecular”, Unidad de consejo genético en cáncer, Hospital General Universitario de Elche.
http://www.elche.san.gva.es/web/departamento_elche_hospital/genetica-molecular
Javier Espinosa Manzano: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/espinosa-manzano-javier/11856
Rafael Diego Maldonado Caro: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/maldonado-caro-rafael-diego/2326
Grupo “Bioquímica Aplicada/Applied Biochemistry (AppBiochem)”:
https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/grp/es/bioquimica-aplicada-applied-biochemistry-(appbiochem)/659
Carmen Lucía Pire Galiana: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/pire-galiana-carmen-lucia/26956
Grupo “Proteómica y genómica funcional de plantas”:
https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/grp/es/proteomica-y-genomica-funcional-de-plantas/599
Roque Bru Martínez: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/bru-martinez-roque/2975
María José Martínez Esteso: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/martinez-esteso-maria-jose/15305
Ascensión Martínez Márquez: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/martinez-marquez-ascension/27800
Susana Sellés Marchart: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/selles-marchart-susana/7854
Grupo “Química agrícola”:
https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/grp/ca/quimica-agricola/600
Juliana Margarita Juárez Sanz: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/ca/juarez-sanz-juliana-margarita/1669
Juan Sánchez Andreu: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/sanchez-andreu-juan/6324
Grupo “Ingeniería de Enzimas y Diseño Molecular”:
https://web.ua.es/ingenieria-enzimas/
Juan Ferrer Casanova: https://cvnet.cpd.ua.es/curriculum-breve/es/ferrer-casanova-juan/13428

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Resources and Facilities

Facilities at the Faculty of Sciences

The Faculty has 16 departments with a total of more than 350 teachers. All buildings have offices, academic and research laboratories. There are no architectural barriers that prevent people with physical disabilities from accessing the Faculty and the departments involved in this Master’s degree.

 

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Classrooms

There are 12 classrooms ranging in size from 80 to 160 seats in which the Faculty of Science has preference in using the facilities for teaching purposes. All classrooms are equipped with a blackboard, fixed projection screen, overhead projector, video projector, computer with network connection point. In addition, video projectors and laptops are available for use in any space in the Faculty on request.

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Work and Study rooms

There is also a work room with 30 workstations, two computer rooms with free access with 15 computers, each connected to the computer network, and a study room with 160 workstations (Library). Computer rooms. There are four computer rooms equipped with 25 workstations each. Some departments have equipped their own computer spaces, generally near their teaching laboratories, in order to combine the use of computers with laboratory practicals. There are a total of four such classrooms.

 

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Seminars

In the units assigned to the departments that teach the degree in Chemistry, there are a total of 11 spaces available for PhD courses, electives and seminars for practicals. Most of them have a small library that also serves as a meeting place for departmental councils, etc. The use of departmental seminars and libraries is managed by the department itself, with priority given to the activities carried out by its teachers. However, these spaces are available to the Faculty during the remaining hours.

                                   

    

Laboratories

The departments of the Faculty involved in the teaching of the new undergraduate degree in Chemistry have 64 laboratories available, with capacities ranging from 10 to 64 students, which total an area of nearly 4000 m2.

Laboratory facilities in the departments that will teach the degree: Biotechnology, 2 (118 m 2); Agrochemistry and Biochemistry, 2 (299 m2); Earth and Environmental Sciences 1 (95 m2); Ecology, 1 (109 m2); Applied Physics 4, (407 m2); Chemical Engineering, 26 (716 m2); Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Food Science, 4 (475 m2); Physical Chemistry, 7 (738 m2); Inorganic Chemistry, 6 (422 m 2); Organic Chemistry, 11 (587); Total, 64 (3. 966 m2).

Also worth mentioning that pilot plants are available in the areas of Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The Research Technical Services instrumental equipment is occasionally used for the practical teaching of electives.

The laboratories and pilot plants are equipped with the essential elements in terms of health and safety. Toxic waste generated during the practicals is stored in specific containers and the laboratory technicians manage storage and collection following a comprehensive UA plan for the collection and treatment of waste managed by the Medical Service.

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Library

The Science Library has a surface area of 409 square metres, 148 reading posts, 7 computerised posts, 29,433 monographs, 5,111 electronic books, 123 subscriptions to paper journals, 2,056 subscriptions to on-line journals and access to 13 electronic databases. Students have manuals of the bibliography recommended by the teaching staff of the different courses available at both the Faculty Library and the Main Library.

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Assembly halls

The Faculty has a Board Room with a capacity for 60 people, equipped with a multimedia system and a touch screen. In the Optics building, attached to the Faculty of Sciences, there is an assembly hall with a capacity for 200 people. A new meeting room with capacity for 20 people has recently been fitted out.

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Research University Institutes

There are several research institutes at the University of Alicante geared towards research in Chemistry and related subjects, where teachers and researchers from the Faculty of Sciences are involved: University Institute of Organic Synthesis, University Institute of Materials, University Institute of Electrochemistry, University Institute of Water Management, etc. These facilities and infrastructures may be used on an ad hoc basis for undergraduate courses, particularly those related to optional subjects and the completion of final-year undergraduate projects.

 

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Further Education

After completing an official Master's degree, students can take a PhD degree or third-cycle university studies, related to the Master's degree they have completed or to related areas. A list with all PhD degrees offered by the University of Alicante at:

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Career Opportunities

Focus

Research.

Degree course specialisation profile

The basic profile for this Master’s course is an introduction to biotechnology research and its applications in health and sustainability, although the training it provides in biotechnology is also compatible with professional practice.

Professional Profiles

Professions for which the degree qualifies its holder. This master’s degree course is not aimed at any specific profession.

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Scholarships and Funding

Information on existing scholarships and grants to study university degrees is available here:

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University Life

Further information on our campus and the activities and resources available, organised by or related to the UA:

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