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Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Bio and Pharmaceutical Materials Science (BIOPHAM)

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Program overview
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

About this program

Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Bio and Pharmaceutical Materials Science (BIOPHAM)

Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSETB)

The Erasmus Mundus BIOPHAM master's degree (master's degree website) is a two-year programme taught entirely in English. The aim of the programme is to meet international demand for qualified graduates with high-level theoretical and applied training in materials science, the physics and chemistry of materials and the application of these disciplines to pharmaceuticals. BIOPHAM was developed by a consortium of four renowned European universities, and it benefits from the involvement of an extensive international network of companies, large-scale facilities and associated universities.

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Admission requirements

Academic Requirements:

Candidates must hold a first higher education Science degree (e.g., Bachelor, Licence) or a recognised equivalent level of learning which is appropriate to the BIOPHAM master training programme. Priority will be thus given to first higher education Science degrees in physics, chemistry, physics-chemistry or nanoscience. Candidates awarded with a First higher education Science degree in related fields such as pharmaceutical sciences or life sciences with excellent academic records can also be considered. However, candidates should provide a very convincing demonstration that they have a strong background in chemistry and/or physics.

Alternatively, students in their last year of first higher education Science degree (e.g., Bachelor, Licence) can produce an official certificate of registration produced by a Higher Education Institute. However, candidates must be awarded by the time of enrolment in BIOPHAM Programme.

Language Proficiency:

All courses of the programme are taught in English! All applicants, who are not English native-speakers, must thus attest a B2 English level or equivalent. This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies (e.g. a letter attesting English is the medium of instruction of your higher education; a diploma in English Language). The minimum test scores are:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1&6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
  • TOEIC: 785

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Program content

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Total tuition fee for Master Degree student: €3,320
  • Total tuition fee for Non/EU student: €4,980


Credits: 120 ECTS

Generic Competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

The BIOPHAM master's degree provide all students with various transversal skills such as competencies in entrepreneurship, project management, economic and strategic intelligence, marketing, bibliographical search and synthesis. Students also have opportunities to acquire other soft skills (intercultural communication, research experience and scientific communication, national language of their host universities) enabling them to easily adapt to their future international professional environment.

Career paths

Professional Opportunities

The BIOPHAM master's degree will help address a severe shortage of human resources in the research-based pharmaceutical sector, which includes academic centres, large pharmaceutical companies, SMEs, spin-offs, start-ups, contract research organisations and drug manufacturers.

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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech is a public institution of Higher Education and Research, specialised in the areas of Architecture, Engineering, Science and Technology. The UPC offers 66 bachelor’s degrees, 81 master’s programs (34 of them fully in...

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Why study at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya is a prestigious and well-known institution of Higher Education, nationally and internationally.

In order to develop its international policy, the UPC is member to 16 networks of universities of excellence, each of which has different objectives. These networks dedicate their efforts to work jointly with prestigious institutions to obtain results, provide visibility and lead our interests and strategies to position us at the highest level.

UPC has 2.717 students in international mobility programs, 1.541 exchange agreements with 708 HEIs and 50 DD agreements with 32 universities. Every year, more than 6,000 bachelor’s and master’s students and more than 500 doctoral students graduate. The UPC has a high graduate employment rate: 93% of its graduates are in work and 76% find a job in under three months.

The UPC has different top facilities and labs where to develop research projects, which have helped UPC become a benchmark university in Europe in innovation and technology transfer. In collaboration with other public and private institutions, UPC has created research centers with its own legal entity, internationally recognized, such as the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), the Institute of Spatial Studies of Catalunya (IEEC) or the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).

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Campus Nord, Calle Jordi Girona, 1-3
08034 Barcelona Catalonia

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