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Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology

Subject ECTS
General Chemistry I 6
General Chemistry II 6
Applied Mathematics I 7
Fundamentals of Physics 6
Cell Biology and Genetics 6
Software Applications 4
Thermodynamics and Kinetics 5
Plant and Animal Biology 4
Microbiology 5
Laboratory 1+2 (Chemistry and Biology) 6
Applied Statistics 5
Subject ECTS
Fundamentals of Process Engineering 6
Organic Biological Chemistry 5
Molecular Biology 5
Structure and Function of Biomolecules 5
Biochemical Analysis and Bioassays 5
Laboratory 3 (Biochemistry) 4
Recombinant DNA Technology 6
Bioreactors 5
Metabolism and Regulation 5
Business Management and Economics 5
Applied Mathematics II 5
Laboratory 4 (Molecular Biology) 4
Subject ECTS
Bioinformatics 6
Protein Engineering 5
Separation and Purification Processes 5
Molecular Physiology 5
Ethics 5
Laboratory 5 (Bioreactors and Bioprocesses) 4
Oral and Written Communication 3
Genomics, Proteomics, and Metabolomics 5
Advanced Experimental Techniques 5
Therapeutic Targets and Pharmacology 5
Cell Cultures 4
Immunology 4
Laboratory 6 (Biotechnologies for Health) 4
Subject ECTS
Biocatalysis and Biotransformation 5
Biomedical and Biomaterial Technologies 5
Elective 1 5
Elective 2 5
Elective 3 5
Integrated Laboratory 5
Bioenterprise Creation and Entrepreneurship 4
Interdisciplinary Seminars 3
Elective 4 5
Internship 6
Final Degree Project 12

Electives

Final Degree Project

 

The Final Degree Project (TFG) consists of students individually conducting a project in which there will be elements of research or innovative industrial application, representing an approach to professional practice. The project will be carried out under the supervision of a professor from within the degree, with the student joining a research team. With the same academic guarantees and always under the supervision of a professor from within the degree, the TFG may also be conducted at other institutions such as other national or foreign universities, public or private research centres, industries, or companies in the chemical or biotechnological sectors. The TFG culminates by drafting a report then presenting and defending it before a jury.

The Final Degree Project consists of three distinct parts:

1. The student carrying out individual work:

  • The work will be carried out, under the supervision of a professor from within the degree, as part of a research team at IQS itself or with other institutions or companies with which there is an agreement that includes this activity.
  • The work to be conducted must be previously defined as a project in which the subject to be studied, its relevance, the objectives established, and the methodology to be used are indicated in detail.
  • The work must include elements of research or innovation, thus literature review projects or routine applications of known procedures are not accepted.

2. Drafting a report on the work completed:

  • The work conducted shall be reflected in a written report that will be supervised by the same Final Degree Project professor/supervisor.
  • The format of the report is that of a typical scientific work.

3. Presentation and defence of the work before a jury appointed for this purpose:

  • Students shall present their work before a jury appointed by the Dean of the School. The duration of the presentation will be about 20 minutes, plus a period for questions and clarifications that the jury may require.
  • The jury typically consists of three professors from the degree, although a specialist from another university or within industry may also participate.

To start the TFG, students must have already passed 80% of the contents of the degree. To present the TFG, students must have passed all the other subjects in the degree.

The Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology is aimed at discovering the biochemical and molecular foundations that determine the functioning of living organisms. Students will also become experts in the production of biotechnological products and drugs with applications across various areas with the aim of improving human health and life.

Key information

Years

4 academic years

Credits

240 ECTS credits

Start

September 2024

Timetable

Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 2:30 pm

Recommended secondary school baccalaureate electives

Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology

Languages

First academic year in Spanish. Other years, trilingual: Spanish, Catalan, and English depending on the language skills of the students and faculty.

Why study the Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology at IQS?

You’ll get to take advantage of the largest teaching laboratory in Spain, equipped with the latest technology.

Up to three hours a day of laboratory work from the very first year.

Internships in research centres or with important companies in the sector.

Possibility of studying abroad.

Facilities

More than 8,700 m2 of laboratories and workshops

At IQS, students work in laboratories and workshops equipped with the latest technologies. We have specific laboratories for the Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology, where you can put into practice everything you learn during your studies.

Objectives and competences

Why study the Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology at IQS?

The main reason for studying biotechnology is that this discipline improves many aspects of our lives as it combines technology and biology to create products and make important advances in fundamental areas such as human health.

By studying biotechnology, you will also acquire broad, multidisciplinary knowledge related to various branches of science.

Moreover, another reason why you should study the Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology is that you will be able to work towards benefitting society as a whole.

Your career starts here

The professional opportunities for IQS Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology graduates are incredibly varied. During your studies, you will receive a comprehensive education thanks to our state-of-the-art facilities and excellent teaching staff. This will allow you to learn about the different areas of biotechnology and focus your profile on a specific sector. You can see some of the professional opportunities with the Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology below.

Career opportunities

  • Join biotechnology companies across a wide range of sectors: Industrial Biotechnology, Agroindustry, Environment, Energy, Food Industry, Pharmaceutical Industry, Diagnostics, Biomedicine, and more.

  • Join R&D&i teams to apply biotechnological tools for the development and application of products and services that use organisms or their biological components.

  • Launch a career within government or the field of teaching.

  • Continue with postgraduate studies: master’s and doctoral degrees.

In-company internship

As part of the curriculum of the Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology, all students conduct internships within research centres or in-company internships within the sector equivalent to six credit hours. IQS Career Services gives advice and helps students find and carry out their internships.

    • Internships represent an initial contact with the labour market.

    • They guide students based on their professional interests.

    • They offer a real opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills acquired.

    • They make it possible to find a job.

    • They add value to a graduate’s curriculum vitae.

IQS Career Services

Faculty

Antoni Planas Sauter, PhD

Department of Bioengineering

Benjamí Oller Salvia, PhD

Department of Bioengineering

Carlos Eduardo Semino, PhD

Department of Bioengineering

Cristina Fornaguera Puigvert, PhD

Department of Bioengineering

David Sánchez García, PhD

Department of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Horacio Moreno Manzano, PhD

Department of Bioengineering

Javier Fernández García, PhD

Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Joaquim Menacho Solà-Morales, PhD

Department of Industrial Engineering

Jordi Teixidó Closa, PhD

Department of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Jordi Duran Castells, PhD

Department of Bioengineering

Judith Báguena Polo, PhD

Department of Analytical and Applied Chemistry

Laura Fernández Ruano, PhD

Department of Quantitative Methods

Llorenç Puig Puig, PhD

Department of Ethics and Christian Thought

M. del Mar Guitert Catasús, PhD

Department of Business Management

M. Josefa Blanco Roca, PhD

Department of Analytical and Applied Chemistry

Mª Victoria Codera Pastor, PhD

Department of Analytical and Applied Chemistry

Magdalena Faijes Simona, PhD

Department of Bioengineering

Marc Carnicer Heras, PhD

Department of Bioengineering

Maria Auset Vallejo, PhD

Department of Bioengineering

Marta Guerra Rebollo, PhD

Department of Bioengineering

Martí Lecina Veciana, PhD

Department of Bioengineering

Meritxell Sáez Cornellana, PhD

Department of Quantitative Methods

Montserrat Agut Bonsfills, PhD

Department of Bioengineering

Oscar Gulías Borau, PhD

Department of Bioengineering

Pablo Leivar Rico, PhD

Deanery of the IQS School of Engineering and Department of Bioengineering

Patricia Torruella Barrios

Department of Bioengineering

Raimon Puig de la Bellacasa Cazorla, PhD

Department of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Robert Texidó Bartés, PhD

Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Roger Bresolí Obach, PhD

Department of Analytical and Applied Chemistry

Roger Estrada Tejedor, PhD

Department of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Xavier Biarnés Fontal, PhD

Department of Bioengineering

Xavier Ortiz Almirall, PhD

Department of Analytical and Applied Chemistry

Admissions process

Apply for admission

To apply for admission to one of our bachelor’s degrees, you must submit various documents to us so we can assess your application. Create an account and sign in here. You must save and remember your username and password as they will enable you to continue the process you have started.

Documentation to upload

  • Valid ID/Passport
  • Passport-style photograph in colour with a white background in jpg format (176×220 pixels).

Students from the Spanish educational system:

  • Grades from your 1st year secondary school baccalaureate studies and completed grades from your 2nd year.
  • PAU exam grades (if you already have the results).
  • If you are studying an Advanced Vocational Education Cycle (CFGS): your updated academic transcripts.
  • If you have started a degree at another university: academic transcripts.

Students from outside the Spanish educational system:

  • Grades from your last two academic years prior to accessing university.
  • Credential granting you access to the Spanish university system issued by UNEDasiss or favourable decision approving your previous studies prior to accessing university.

Admissions test:

You must select the date to take the admissions test when making your application, based on the established calendar.

Pre-registration payment

During the process, you must pay a €125 administration and processing fee for your application. Payment can be made online by credit or debit card. This amount will be refunded only in the event that a student is not admitted to the studies, notwithstanding the right of withdrawal under the legally established terms.*

The ONLINE admissions test is a psychometric test and also includes an English level test that you must take regardless of whether or not you have an official language certificate.

Admissions tests will be sent by email at 3:30 pm (Spanish time) on the date you have selected. The duration of the test is approximately three hours and you have 24 hours to take the test: from 3:30 pm on the day the test begins until 3:30 pm the following day.

The Admissions Committee will decide on your admission based on your studies, academic results, and the admissions test. The Admissions Committee will inform you on your admission by email within a maximum period of 15 days from the date you took the admissions test (not counting holiday periods such as Christmas and Easter).

A student’s admission is conditional upon meeting the academic requirements necessary for accessing bachelor’s degree studies.

The pre-enrolment payment is mandatory and is the step that must be taken before the enrolment period opens, during which time students must formalize their enrolment.

Once admitted, you have a period of two weeks to make your pre-enrolment payment on the online pre-enrolment platform by credit or debit card. Otherwise, it will understood that the student is not interested in continuing with the process and their pre-enrolment will be cancelled.

Pre-enrolment does not entail an additional cost as the sum will be deducted from the total tuition fees when payment is made. The payment is only refunded in the event that a student does not meet the requirements to access studies at IQS (not having passed the PAU exams, not passing studies prior to accessing university, or not having obtained their student visa), notwithstanding the right of withdrawal under the legally established terms.*

Pre-enrolment tuition fee for the Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology: €1,000

The enrolment period will open starting the last week of June. Pre-enrolment only ensures that a student can enrol in a bachelor’s degree up to 15 days after the opening of the enrolment period. Otherwise, it will be understood that the student is not interested in continuing with the process.

We will send an email with the credentials and instructions to proceed with your enrolment.

Scholarships and financial aid

IQS offers three different types of scholarships for undergraduate students. To apply for a scholarship, students must have pre-registered and have been admitted to one of our bachelor’s degree programmes. Apply for the scholarship that best suits your needs based on your situation and circumstances. Discounts are also available to students from a large family or who have a sibling studying at IQS.

IQS is committed to quality and has different processes in place to ensure continuous improvement through the IQS School of Engineering Quality Committee.

Since 1995, the IQS School of Engineering has featured a Quality Management Unit. Initially, the efforts were related to the Technical Services that IQS provides to industries, companies, and governmental entities.

Since 2000, many of its actions have been aimed at implementing a quality system in the field of teaching. The manual of the Internal Quality Assurance System (SGIC) for the IQS School of Engineering within Ramon Llull University (URL) was presented to the AQU for evaluation in the 2009 AUDIT call and holds a favourable review as of 22 April 2010. The Quality Assessment Committee of AQU Catalunya met on 11 December 2012 and ratified the extension of the SGIC design to consider the addition of the IQS School of Management AUDIT programme. The Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology has passed the accreditation process of AQU Catalunya, in accordance with the Framework, for the verification, monitoring, modification, and accreditation of official university degrees (2010). Ramon Llull University (URL) and its centres already boast a long history of developing policies, strategies, and actions focused on guaranteeing the quality of their degrees, teaching activity, and research and management.

 

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