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Degree in Biology

Presentation

The new biology, and particularly the development of molecular and biotechnological techniques, has had a substantial impact on all areas of research in biology and the health and life sciences.

This new biology has become the common language for all basic biomedical disciplines, owing to the fact that it possesses a new, horizontal technology in molecular and cellular biology.

Studies in Biology at UPF have certain clearly distinguishing characteristics in respect of orientation, duration and organisation of the syllabus.

Orientation

Studies in Biology at our university, with a profile in human biology, have a biomedical orientation and include three different degree tracks, in connection with graduates' future careers, namely in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, clinical analysis laboratories and biomedical research.

Duration and Sequencing

All other Catalan universities and many Spanish universities offer degree programmes in Biology lasting four years. The degree programme in Biology at our university lasts five years, divided into two academic cycles, making it easier and more effective for students to take the required number of credits.

The sequence of studies also has certain distinguishing characteristics, since the number of elective subjects increases as students progress through the programme, and the final year is mostly practical. During the final year, almost all the teaching received by students is given at public and private centres connected with the three degree tracks.

Organisation

The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, the centre in charge of the Biology programme, has taken great care to ensure the excellence of the quality of teaching in the programme and to promote the wellbeing of students. In 2002, it received the Jaume Vicens Vives University Teaching Quality Award from the Catalan Autonomous Government.

To achieve these ends all teaching in the Biology programme follows the same planning, co-ordination and evaluation processes, directed by a body of teaching experts created expressly for that purpose. The Biology programme is given in accordance with the most dynamic and successful educational strategies and methods, characterised by the following factors:

1. Emphasis on learning practical skills, and not just theoretical knowledge.
2. Increased use of active learning, with a greater degree of involvement by students, in place of purely passive approaches.
3. Encouragement of lasting work and study habits, with sufficient time set aside within the scheduling of classes.
4. Tutored teaching, where each student has a professor who provides them with guidance throughout their course of studies, to facilitate their academic progress.
5. Use of new technologies, particularly computers, in educational processes, making regular use of the "Campus Global" for all subjects in the curriculum.
6. A unified, reliable and objective system for evaluation of academic performance, with the maximum amount of information provided to students to allow them to track the results of their evaluation.
7. Cordial relations between all members of the university community, including students, professors and administrative and service staff, to promote wellbeing.

Teaching objectives

Train biologists qualified to work in the fields of biomedicine and healthcare and train competent, skilled professionals able to fill positions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and clinical or environmental analysis laboratories and also lead biomedical research in the future, both in the academic world and in industry.

Career opportunities

The orientation of the Biology programme was designed taking into account society's needs, and the three degree tracks offered within the programme are directly related to students' future professional careers.
Thus, there are three main fields of professional activity: the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, clinical laboratories, where the public healthcare network is a major presence, and biomedical research.
The practical experience acquired during the final year of the course, when students carry out actual professional activities, significantly enhances graduates' employability.

Specialisation, degreetracks

The degree programme provides for three different tracks:
- Healthcare Industry
- Biomedical Research
- Analysis Laboratories


Further information

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