MASTER in CELL & STEM CELL BIOLOGY
The aim of this program is to provide students with a high
level of theoretical and practical training on cell and stem
cell biology. In addition to gaining a full understanding
of the structure and functions of cells and how they interact
with their environment, the students will acquire the knowledge
needed to understand and evaluate pathological processes
based on cell dysfunctions.
The International Master programme relies on existing master
programmes in each partner universities:
Master of Sciences in Molecular and Cellular Biology at
Master of Science in Molecular Medicine at Erasmus Medical
of Sciences in Neurosciences at Universitat de Barcelona
The 2-year program is intended to educate the best students
of the new generation to become researchers who in forthcoming
years will achieve further advancement of basic research
and/or clinical (translational) medical research in the field
of Cell Biology and Stem Cell Biology. The requirements for
the International Master include the successful completion
of several core courses (in either of the three partner universities)
and the undertaking of two original laboratory research projects.
A 6-month period of mobility is included. The core courses
provide the basic intellectual and technical knowledge, and
establish the important framework (the formulation of hypotheses)
necessary for development of a research proposal and subsequent
Plenary lectures, scientific
conferences, theoretical and practical workshops
Oral presentation and written reports
of scientific articles
Oral and written presentation of a research proposal
Research practice in the field of cell biology and stem
During the laboratory period the students develop
their technical skills and test their hypotheses. They learn
the principles of performing well-controlled experiments
and interpretation, and presentation and publication of results.
Knowledge and skills acquired during the programme
Keeping up-to-date with knowledge in the international scientific
Applying knowledge to understanding the normal and pathological
modifications of cell functions, the relationships that exist
between cells and the interactions between cells and their
Understanding the processes for cell proliferation, death,
differentiation and regeneration of cells, as well as cancer,
hereditary and neurodegenerative diseases.
Understanding therapeutic applications for working with cells.
Developing critical reasoning and problem-solving related
to cell and stem cell biology.
Entering the research world with the basic tools needed to
develop fundamental and clinical applications.
Systematically integrating the main cross-curricular skills
(time management, decision-taking, problem-solving, knowledge
updating, etc.) and applying them to research activities.
Respecting ethics and intellectual integrity.
Working and interacting with professionals from other fields
related to biology.
Languages used for the programme
English (UPMC, UB and Erasmus
Course of French as a foreign language (open to foreign students
UPMC (Paris) : Joëlle SOBCZAK-THEPOT, Charles DURAND
Erasmus Medical Center (Rotterdam) : Dik van GENT
UB (Barcelona) : Jose
DEL RIO, Jeùs Perez Clausell,
This degree is designed for graduates in areas related to
biosciences and health. Previous studies may be recognised
if professional experience in a field related to cell biology
In master 1 (students from UPMC and Erasmus Medical Center):
Three-year bachelor’s degree in Biology, Biochemistry,
Biotechnology, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy
or equivalent science and health science qualifications.
In master 2 (students from UPMC, Erasmus Medical Center
and Universitat de Barcelona):
Four-year degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology,
Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy.
In the case of a degree in another area of knowledge, the
student may also be admitted once the pedagogic team has
studied the possibility of validating the previous academic
Good student record.
Level of previous formation in cell biology / biochemistry.
High level of motivation and expectations for excellence.
: deadline 30th April
Medical Center (Rotterdam)
de Barcelona (Barcelona)