Biophysics and Quantitative Biotechnology/Biofísica y Biotecnología Cuantitativa 2021–2022



The Master in Biophysics and Quantitative Biotechnology (BQB) from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) is an official  master course approved by the Government of Aragon and certified by ANECA (Spanish Agency for Quality Evaluation and Accreditation). Originally designed and fostered by the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI) as an upgrade of the Master in Quantitative Biotechnology, within the academic offer of the Faculty of Science, it represents an excellent opportunity for acquiring experimental, computational and theoretical skills, training and expertise, at introductory and advanced levels, under an optimal multidisciplinary atmosphere intended for approaching and envisioning the problems the Biotechnological field will face in the next decades. The program, that has been awarded the denomination of "Reference Master" from the University of Zaragoza, has a duration of 1.5 years (90 ECTS), and is directed to students from a variety of bachelor degrees. It provides different introductory courses to fill the gaps  in the background knowledge, so that all students can profitably attend the rest of the courses. The official language of the Program is English, and a minimum level of B2 is required.

Por qué cursar esta titulación

Why should you choose this master:

Biotechnology is changing the structure of XXIst century science. Born as a part of the biological sciences, it has evolved to become a champion among the scientific disciplines because of its far reaching and truly life transforming outcomes, the fantastic theoretical challenges it offers  and the amalgam of other disciplines that it is attracting. Indeed, not only Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, but also Computer science, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics converge and are finding in the biotechnological problems new domains of activity which enlarge their traditional paradigms. At the same time, they are providing  biotechnology with so many quantitative new tools that it is impossible to think in the future of biotechnology without them.

While it is impossible for anyone to master so many disciplines,  it is important for modern biotechnologists to have a general view on the different theoretical, experimental and technological tools that the different disciplines provide, since this will allow them to be more efficient, to interact with experts of other fields, to  produce new experimental designs.

The goal of this master is precisely that of forming qualified specialists, who are able to connect experiments to theory, to address the big challenges of modern biotechnology/biomedicine.

Perfil recomendado

The Master Program is directed to students with a Degree in Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Medicine, Veterinary and Food Science and Technology, Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science.  Due to the intrinsic heterogeneity in title names in different countries, the coordinator of the MBQB  will evaluate in each case is the curricula of the applicants are appropriate to give access to the master's degree.

Access requirements

Those who fulfil one of the following requirements may request admission in the official Master's courses at the University of Zaragoza:

a)     Access requirements:

  • Hold an official university degree from Spain or a degree issued by a higher education institution in a state within the European Higher Education Space (henceforth, EHES), or hold a international university degree officially recognized in Spain and that entitles the holder to access Master's courses.
  • Hold a higher education degree issued by a non-EHES country (only for non-qualifying university Master's degrees). In this case, the application must follow the procedure established by the University of Zaragoza Postgraduate Studies Committee. This Committee will verify that the qualification is of an equivalent educational level to official Spanish university degrees and that access to Postgraduate studies is entitled through this qualification in the country of origin.

The tariff noted in the Public Prices Decree must be paid for this document to be studied and the equivalence between the international qualification and the corresponding Spanish one(s) established.

No access application which fails to meet these requirements will be processed.

Further information

  • Have studied part of a doctorate study programme, in accordance with the Royal Decree 778/1998 or prior regulations. Official proof of the courses and research work undertaken from the centre that managed the university master's programme will be requested.
  • Students who are studying Bachelor's degrees in the Spanish University System  as well as foreign students (both from the EHEA and outside of it) who are in the process of completing their university studies, and who therefore do not meet the academic requirements of access on the dates of requesting admission in phases I, II and III, they may request a conditional admission provided that in the course prior to the start of the university master's degree they are enrolled in all the credits necessary for the completion of the undergraduate studies (or equivalent) and can prove compliance with the academic requirements on the date on which they are going to enroll in the month of July and / or September, provided that there are vacancies.  
  • In the case of accessing university master's courses qualifying for regulated professions in Spain that do not require a specific degree, use will be made of the provisions of RD 967/2014, dated 21 November, which establishes the requirements and procedures for the certification and statement of equivalent qualifications and official university academic level and for the validation of international higher education studies, and the procedure to determine the correspondence with the levels within the Spanish higher education qualifications framework for the official Architect, Engineer, Graduate, Technical Architect, Technical Engineer and Certified qualifications.


b)     Language requirements:

  • Anyone wishing to undertake a university master's course imparted in Spanish at the University of Zaragoza whose mother tongue is not Spanish must hold a Spanish language certification so as to guarantee that he/she is able to properly follow the classes.
  • If the University Master's has specific language requirements, documentary evidence must be provided to show the student has the required level (see the corresponding master's web page).

  • For those university master's courses which are taught in full or part in a language other than Spanish, applicants must provide documentary evidence to support their competence of in such languages (see the corresponding master's web page).

Application for admission

Admission application is undertaken in accordance with the phases and dates established annually for the academic calendar, available in: 

The application should be submitted via the Internet, once the form has been completed and the necessary documents have been uploaded to the platform and following the instructions given in:      Online administration office      Internet admission application 

Perfiles de salida

Career Opportunities

The MBQB has been designed for graduate students and many diverse professional profiles, and oriented towards people interested in research, either in academy or industry, as well as in business/entrepeneurial activities.

  • Research in Academia: Our Institute offers a great opportunity to start a  research career and obtain a PhD in one of our many different research lines. We produce top level research and several PhD thesis are defended every year by students who continue their careers in the best research centers. 
  • Research in Industry: We have agreements with the most prominent Biotech companies of our region to offer our students the possibility of start doing applied research  within the External Practice (optative) course or within their Master Project, as a perfect training for a future career in Industry.

Qué se aprende

What do you learn:

The master in Biophysics and Quantitative Biotechnology is designed to form students interested in the study of theoretical, computational and experimental methods in Biotechnology. Our graduates will be able to design the experiments required to solve a scientific or technological research problem, also taking into account the duration and the cost-efectiveness of the research. At the same time, they will be able to appreciate critically and discuss their results while comparing them with those available in the scientifc literature or used by biotechnological companies. Thus, they will be able to discuss with experts in Biotechnology and to present correctly their results, in oral or written form.

In more details, this Master addresses relevant topics in modern Biotechnology and Biomedicine: drug discovery and development,  formulation  of  biotechnological products, molecular and cellular experimental techniques, theoretical/computational modeling of biological systems, systems biology, biophysics,  bioinformatics and statistics,  big data in "omics", as well as an overview on howto create and manage a start-up/spin-off company.
The students will be able to use state-of-the-art lab technologies and computational resources, especially during the Master Project, to carry on their own research  (see for instance the BIFI-Institute labs at )

Presentación general del plan de estudios


First semester:

Introductory compulsory courses: 12 ECTS

"Introduction to Computational Methods in Biology".   Semester 1.  6 ECTS

"Introduction to Structural, Molecular  and Cell Biology"  or  "Introduction to Physical and Mathematical methods in Biology". Semester 1.  6 ECTS

Compulsory courses: 18 ECTS

  • Systems and Synthetic Biology.  6 ECTS
  • Biomolecular Simulations.  6 ECTS
  • Bioactive Molecules - Identification, design and development .  6 ECTS

Second semester:

Optional courses: Students must choose 5 (30 ECTS)

  • Molecular Biotechnology - Instrumental techniques. 6 ECTS
  • Cell and Organism Biotechnology - Experimental methodology. 6 ECTS
  • Medicinal Chemistry. 6 ECTS
  • Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. 6ECTS
  • Modelling of Biological Systems. 6 ECTS
  • Big Data in Biology. 6 ECTS
  • The SME-Biotech - Characteristics, creation and management. 6 ECTS
  • Practical Training in External Companies/Centers. 6 ECTS

Third semester:

Master Project: 30 ECTS

For the development of the Master Project, the student selects one of the proposed research lines and joins the corresponding research group or private company, being actively involved in the group activities and researches, with a hands-on approach on either experimental work or computational modeling, depending on the selected topic.

  • Academic research lines include, but are not limited to, those carried on at the BIFI institute, that give the student the opportunity to master some of the cutting-edge laboratory techniques and  computing tools available at the Institute;
  • On the other hand, carrying on the project in a private company (we are in touch with some companies of the AraBioTech cluster) allows the student  to get acquainted with  the daily activity and research of a biotechnological company, with a special focus in innovation and development of new products.

In all cases, the Master Project aims at providing the students with the necessary knowledge  to start his/her own career in academy or industry.

Academic orientation, information and support system for students

The course coordinator is the key figure for any query, clarification or problem that may arise during the academic year. The coordinator is in regular contact with the students and their representatives and provides support and set up the necessary actions to support the student’s learning process. In all degree courses, per the directives of the Academic Guidance Programmes at the University of Zaragoza, each student is assigned an individual lecturer-tutor, who will be responsible for offering the student academic advice on aspects related to the student’s integration and adaptation to the work expected to be completed in each degree. The academic tutor will also provide advice on the most suitable academic options as well as guidance on the student’s personal or professional academic interests, the resources and services available to them at the University and on the general workings of the University in its administrative and academic facets and for participation in its governing structures.

The University of Zaragoza has a University Centre for Modern Languages where international languages classes are offered. The language instruction offer includes German, Arabic, French, Modern Greek, English, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. The courses offered include: year-long General & Specific Courses, Intensive Summer Courses in July & September, and single-term Self-Study & Conversation Courses (English, French & German).

Summer courses. Students may also wish to participate in any of the summer course programmes on offer every year in July, August and September in various locations in Aragon, albeit most of them take place in the following locations: Teruel & Jaca.

The University of Zaragoza has its own Guidance and Employment Office: UNIVERSA. The main goal of this University Employment Observatory is to provide specific information, guidance and training to facilitate professional integration among university students, in addition to overseeing voluntary work placement for final year students. Courses are offered to both students and recent graduates to improve their training in professional skills, job seeking strategies, etc.

Furthermore, there is a Job Fair (EMPZAR) every year, which provides students with the possibility to contact directly with companies, as well as gain first-hand knowledge of the labour market demand, get advice on how to prepare a CV, and so on.

Libraries & study rooms. The University of Zaragoza has 4,803 reading seats across its libraries and study rooms. These are comprised of the main Library and a further 21 libraries in the various centres and faculties. They contain a total of over 1,000,000 books and approximately 33,500 different journals.

Library staff supports first-year students. Staff offers an online course on Information and ICT skills. This course is offered as a practical activity within one of the subjects imparted in year one.  The students are also offered other training courses on information skills, at various levels, chief among which are the Guide to Tools and Guidelines for preparing the undergraduate/master’s dissertation.

Counselling, accommodation and services

Halls of Residence. The University of Zaragoza has two main Halls of Residence located in the San Francisco Campus: The Pedro Cerbuna University Hall of Residence (CMU) (250 rooms) and the Santa Isabel CMU (192 rooms), plus another one located in the Río Ebro Campus (102 places) and two other halls in the cities of Huesca (Ramón Acin CMU – 125 rooms) and Teruel (Pablo Serrano CMU – 96 single rooms). There are also other university halls of residence in the city of Zaragoza run by private companies. Furthermore, there is a University web service that helps students to find a room or rent a flat. 

Accommodation can also be found using the Zaragoza Council programmes for young people and students.

Counselling. The University of Zaragoza has four free and anonymous counselling services for youngsters, which are run by a team of professionals who provide advice on academic, legal, sexual and psychological areas.

The University of Zaragoza international relations Office will provide international students with all the necessary support in the registration process. It also provides students with practical information about the city, transport, flats on offer, rooms, halls of residence, medical assistance, courses for international students, etc.

Student diversity. The main role of the University of Zaragoza Student Diversity Office (OUAD) (pertaining to the Vice-Chancellor for Students & Employment) is to ensure equal opportunities through inclusion of all university students in university academic life. In addition, it encourages awareness of student diversity within the university community. This office is particularly committed to providing attention to any university student with special educational needs or disabilities.

University information centre. The University Information & Appeals Centre offers general information about the University of Zaragoza: access, offer of undergraduate/master’s study programmes, doctoral programmes, as well as information on non-official degrees, registration process, grants, summer courses, administrative information, and so on. Equally, they manage appeals of any situations that are not subject to the established regulated procedures.

Information and Communications Service. All computers on campus are connected to the Internet. WiFi is available in all the buildings. Any student may use the University of Zaragoza IT services.

Vehicle management service. A permit is required so that a member of the university community can park their vehicles in the car parks available in the different campuses.

Sports and cultural activities

Cultural activities. The 'Cultural Agenda' provides a monthly programme of the events in the areas of Cinema & Animation, Music, Theatre, Exhibitions, Cycles, Conferences, Literary Activities and Courses. It also offers cultural association activities and those of the Cultural Committees in Zaragoza, Huesca and Teruel.

Sports activities. The University of Zaragoza sports complex is located in the San Francisco Campus and features a leisure centre, gym, outdoor basketball, handball and 5-a-side football facilities, a certified athletics track and a football pitch. Every academic year, over a hundred activities are organised.

Participation in university life

The University of Zaragoza Student House ('Casa del Estudiante') (inaugurated in 2005) is home to the University Student Council, the student groups represented on the Cloisters and Governing Board, and the multinational student associations. The Student House supervises activities pertaining to student representation and, additionally, work meetings, presentations, conferences and other events of interest to the students at our University. These activities are promoted and run by the student groups and coordinated by the Vice-Chancellor of Students:

Information Feelers. Voluntary student members of the University of Zaragoza faculties and centres act as 'information feelers' to counsel, inform and help their own peers. 

University Ombudsman. This person defends the rights and freedoms of the university community and attends to complaints and requests from students.