Fully Funded Master of Multidisciplinary Research Positions in Spain

Deadline: 5 March 2018
Open to: international applicants
Fellowship: fully funded


The Master of Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences is a joint academic program of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of UPF (DCEXS, UPF) and the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST). This new program offers highly flexible and personalized hands-on research training in a multidisciplinary research environment.

In addition to the research aspect, the master’s will also develop talented scientists through experiential training in professional skills such as scientific communication, project management, responsible research, and innovation.

The participating institutes are:

  • Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG);
  • Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC);
  • The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO);
  • Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ);
  • Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2);
  • Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE);
  • Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona);
  • Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS).


The program is aimed for candidates who intend to undertake a Ph.D. or pursue a research career in fundamental science and technology. The program is open to candidates who hold a degree in health sciences, engineering, computer sciences or degrees in basic scientific disciplines (chemistry, physics, biology, or mathematics).

Through the program, students will acquire the following skills:

  • basic skills and knowledge needed to carry out advanced and interdisciplinary research projects in one or more of the fields of research;
  • the ability to acquire, in an independent manner, the knowledge and the practical skills currently necessary to respond to the demands of an open and complex environment which is based on knowledge;
  • the ability to work effectively on complex research projects in a multidisciplinary environment.


  • The master’s program offers fully-funded competitive fellowships to outstanding candidates;
  • The fellowships cover tuition fees, a monthly living allowance, and a mobility allowance.

How to Apply?

  • Official undergraduate degree/diploma in a relevant field;
  • Academic transcript of the accredited official training with the average grade at the university of origin;
  • Curriculum Vitae in English;
  • letter of motivation in English, stating the candidate’s interest in following the master’s programme (400 to 600 words);
  • Two (professional or academic) letter of recommendation signed by someone who really knows the candidate and can assess them;
  • The applicant must upload the form with a brief statement of research interests, the calculated GPA equivalent, and the indication of the first 3 choices, in order of preference, from the list of major research projects  offered by the master;
  • Photocopy of Identity Card or Passport.

Optional documents

  • Video presentation (3 min maximum) explaining motivation, interest and experience. Videos must be sent by e-mail to admissions.master@upf.edu (Subject: MRES video- Candidate’s name);
  • English certificate (B2 or equivalent);

The Master’s selection committee may decide to interview the candidates.

Candidates may be required to interview with potential supervisors of the major research projects they select. Interviews will be arranged by the selection committee as part of the applications process.

The undergraduate degree/diploma and the academic transcript

If you have finished your Bachelor degree when you formalize your application, you will need to send the following documents:

  • A photocopy of your undergraduate degree/diploma or Certification/proof of degree completion;
  • A photocopy of your official final undergraduate transcript;

However, if you have not yet completed your undergraduate studies when formalizing application, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • signed declaration of obtaining your degree before the commencement of the master’s program;
  • A photocopy of the provisional undergraduate transcript;

If the diploma or the academic transcript are not written in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese or Italian, you will also have to include the respective sworn translations into English, Catalan or Spanish.

 For more information please visit the official website.