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Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology Madrid

Do you want to be part of the solutions that improve this world? The university will train you in how to use the biology of other living beings to benefit humanity.

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In the Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology, we train professionals interested in taking advantage of biological technology to produce healthier food, better medicines, new kinds of materials that are more resistant or less polluting, higher-yielding crops, renewable energy sources and even mechanisms and means of eliminating pollution.

Study for your Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology at a university with state-of-the-art facilities, teaching staff who are leaders in their fields of expertise, and an academic model based on experiential learning.

Villaviciosa de Odón 240 ECTS
Start: 18 sep. 2023 Title issued by Universidad Europea de Madrid
4 Years School of Biomedical and Health Sciences - Madrid
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Why study for a Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology at the Universidad Europea?

The most advanced facilities

To ensure that you get the most out of our innovative academic model, the Universidad Europea provides the most advanced range of facilities, equipped with cutting-edge technology.

  • Simulated Hospital
  • XR Lab
  • Maud Menten Chemistry Laboratory
  • Physiology Laboratory
  • Frances Arnold Biotechnology Laboratory
  • Lynn Margulis Laboratory of Cell Biology and Microbiology
  • Gertrude Belle Elion Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Technology
  • Research Laboratories
  • Structure and Function Laboratory I
  • Biomedical Sciences Laboratories I and II
  • Dulce Chacón CRAI Library
  • University Accommodation
  • Sports Centre
Comprehensive training

You’ll learn about the latest advances in bioscience and biomedicine and acquire the skills to develop innovative processes in the design of new drugs, the improvement of food products, or the bioremediation of contaminated environments, and more.

Internships at the best centres

More than 600 internship hours. In your final year, you’ll be able to do an internship in a CSIC research centre, or at a leading company in the sector (Genomics, ERCROS, Lilly, BMS or Quintiles, etc.)

Accreditations and recommendations

We are NUMBER ONE in the Community of Madrid in teaching excellence, according to theU-Ranking 2020 from the BBVA Foundation and Ivie.

The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021, an international evaluation ranking, places Universidad Europea de Madrid in the top 5 nationally, occupying the second position among the best private universities in Spain, especially in the area of "Clinical and Health" and the third best private university nationally in "scientific citations".

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Study plan

A curriculum designed to meet the needs of the job market.

During the first years of your bachelor’s degree, you’ll acquire more general knowledge, later deciding which area of Biotechnology you would like to specialise in with the guidance of your professors.

You’ll receive training with the latest technology in bioscience and biomedicine learning to think through Inquiry Based Learning (IBL), and learning by doing with Project-Based Learning (PBL) methodology.

More than 600 internship hours throughout the degree programme, with the possibility of early immersion in research groups guided by professionals.

In-company internships are a key part of your training. Gaining experience based on what you have learnt in your degree is the best way to enter the job market. There are two types of internships: curricular (included in the curriculum) and extracurricular (those that you can choose to do on a voluntary basis).

In order to do an in-company one, you’ll need to have obtained 50% of the credits and to enrol in the subject before starting your internship. These internships are monitored by the company and the internship professor, and also involve interim and final assessment reports.

If you would like to improve your work experience before finishing your university studies, you can do an extracurricular internship. You can do one in any academic year, but we would remind you that internships are a training complement to your studies. Therefore, the more knowledge you’ve already acquired over the course of your programme, the more you’ll benefit from the internship experience.

During the final year, you’ll do an internship at a key institution, research centre or company in the biotechnology sector at national and international level, which will allow you to put into practice all the knowledge you have acquired. These include:

  • ASEBIO associated companies
  • National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB)
  • Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
  • Carlos III Institute of Health (ISCIII)
  • The Foundation for Biomedical Research at the Gregorio Marañón Hospital, the Foundation for Biomedical Research at the Getafe University Hospital and the Toledo Paraplegic Hospital.
  • And in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies such as Genómica, ERCROS, Lilly, BMS, Quintiles, IVI, Cofares, Febiotec, Bioenergía y Desarrollo Tecnológico, Biotools, Carestream Health Spain, Federación Española de Centros Tecnológicos, IMERETI, Genómica S.A.U., Pharmamar, 3P Biopharmaceuticals, Gamesa Innovation & Technology, General Electric International INC, Jansen Cilag SA, Kantar Health SA, KOM Pharmatec Labs, LABCO Pathology SLU, Laboratorios Alcalá Farma, Laboratorios Medicamentos Internacionales SA, Lilly, Lonza Biologicals Porriño, Medtronic Iberica, Merk Sharp Dohme España, Mönlycke Health Care, Praxis Biopahrma Research Institute, Proteus Research, Roche Pharma, Sanitas SA de Hospitales, Siemens, Star Petroleum SA, Unidad de Reproducción SA, Veolia Water System Iberica and Wyeth Pharma.
  • Madrid Science Park, Inkemia

Click here for more information on the internships offered at key institutions, research centres and companies in the biotechnology sector at national and international level.

Degree Competencies

Basic Competencies
  • CB1: students have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in an area of study that builds on the foundation of general secondary education, usually at a level that while relying on advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that involve knowledge acquired from the cutting edge of their field of study.
  • CB2: Students know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner, and have the competencies that are usually demonstrated by preparing and defending arguments, and solving problems within their area of study.
  • CB3: Students can gather and interpret relevant data (normally within their area of study) to make judgements that include reflections on relevant social, scientific and ethical issues.
  • CB4: Students are able to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • CB5: Students have developed the necessary learning skills to undertake subsequent studies with a high degree of independence.
Cross-disciplinary competences
  • CT01: Ethical values: Ability to think and act according to universal principles based on personal values that are to be fully developed, with a commitment to specific social values.
  • CT02: Self-directed learning: Set of skills for selecting strategies for seeking, analysing, assessing and managing information from different sources, as well as for learning and putting into practice what has been learnt independently.
  • CT03. Teamwork: Ability to integrate and collaborate actively with other people, areas and/or organisations to achieve common objectives.
  • CT04. Written communication / Oral communication: Ability to transmit and receive data, ideas, opinions and attitudes in order to achieve understanding and action: oral communication through words and gestures, and written communication by means of written and/or graphic media.
  • CT05. Analysis and problem solving: Being able to critically evaluate information, break down complex situations into their constituent parts, recognise patterns and consider other alternatives, approaches and perspectives in order to find optimal solutions and efficient negotiations.
  • CT06. Adapting to change: Being able to accept, value and integrate different positions, adapting one's own approach as the situation requires, as well as working effectively in ambiguous situations.
  • CT07. Leadership: Being able to orientate, motivate and guide other people, recognising their skills and abilities in order to effectively manage their development and the common interest.
  • CT08. Entrepreneurial spirit: The ability to take on and carry out activities that generate new opportunities, anticipate problems or involve improvements.

CT09. Global mindset: Being able to show interest in and understand other norms and cultures, recognising one's own predispositions and working effectively in a global community.

Specific competences
  • CE01 Ability to acquire an integrated view of different cellular compartments and their functioning, both at the metabolic and gene expression levels.
  • CE02 Ability to know and understand the structure and function of the different types of cells, both in unicellular and multicellular organisms.
  • CE03 Ability to know and understand the laws and principles of the physicochemical processes that govern biological systems.
  • CE04 Ability to understand the physical and chemical properties of matter, and how its structure determines its reactivity and function.
  • CE05 Ability to propose, draft and execute small R&D+i projects related to the biotechnological field, based on current regulations and legislation.
  • CE06 Ability to develop the necessary skills to use the equipment, instruments and basic techniques most commonly used in biotechnology, following the quality standards and biosafety norms in force.
  • CE07 Ability to learn how to use databases and computer programmes that can be used in the field of biotechnology, and to interpret the information extracted.
  • CE08 Ability to understand the basics of bioreactor operation and biotechnological product purification strategies through the design and execution of real and updated protocols.
  • CE09 Ability to know and apply the tools and techniques used in genetic engineering and genomics, both experimentally and in silico.
  • CE10 Ability to apply basic immunochemical techniques and interpret their results.
  • CE11 Ability to understand the molecular mechanisms of genetic and metabolic regulation, in both physiological and pathological situations.
  • CE12 Ability to know the biotechnological strategies related to environmental monitoring, conservation and restoration.
  • SC13 Ability to know the basis for the production of biotechnological drugs and their principal applications
  • CE14 Ability to integrate the skills and knowledge acquired to prepare and defend a specialised piece of work in the field of biotechnology.
  • CE15 Ability to understand the ethical and deontological principles of the biotechnology professional, and know how to apply them to resolve ethical conflicts specific to the profession.
  • CE16 Ability to know the main tools and applications of metabolic engineering.
  • CE17 Ability to understand and express oneself orally and in writing in the biotechnological field in English.
  • CE18 Ability to know and apply mathematical methodologies and tools in the field of biotechnology.
  • CE19 Ability to know the properties and mechanisms of action of drugs.
  • CE20 Ability to know the characteristics of microorganisms and their biotechnological applications.
  • CE21 Ability to understand the fundamentals of 2D and 3D cell culture and its application in advanced therapies.
Elective competences
  • CO1 Ability to know the techniques and applications of synthetic biology related to the design of enzymes, organisms and cell lines of industrial and therapeutic interest
  • CO2 Ability to understand the specific applications of bioremediation and biorestoration
  • CO3 Knowledge of the methods of producing and improving foodstuffs using biotechnological procedures in accordance with current regulations
  • CO4 Ability to understand the influence of genetic variability, at all levels, on the action of drugs
  • CO5 Ability to know the processes of synthesis, functionalisation and characterisation of nanosystems and their applications


100% of our graduates get their first job in the first year, and are working in positions directly related to Biotechnology (Employability survey data 2018-19).

Career Opportunities for Biotechnology Graduates

Biotechnology is one of the areas with the greatest potential for growth and employability, as can be seen in the pharmaceutical, agri-food, chemical and environmental science fields. In Spain there are more than 3,000 companies specialised in this sector - which represents 8.6% of the GDP - and demand for professionals who are well-prepared and capable of meeting the challenges ahead is high. This translates into interesting career opportunities (described below) that we will prepare you to take on in research, development, production, marketing, management and control of biotechnological products:

  • Development of products or services in the pharmaceutical or biotechnological fields.
  • Design of production and purification processes for compounds of clinical or industrial interest.
  • Quality control programmes in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.
  • Design and production of diagnostic systems for various pathologies.
  • Genetic analysis services, genomics, microscopy, biochemistry in hospitals or research centres.
  • Fertility and assisted reproduction companies.
  • Access to health specialisations through the BIR and QIR.
  • Programmes aimed at efficiency and crop profitability
  • Food safety and control.
  • Development of new products such as probiotics and nutraceuticals.
  • Development of biotechnological products to achieve improvements in livestock production.
  • Genetic analysis and genetic improvement of breeds of interest in livestock production.

Production and improvement of fermented foods and beverages, vitamins, amino acids and other products of agri-food interest.

  • Programmes for the development of products or services that are of environmental benefit.
  • Natural resource protection programmes (biosafety and bioremediation).
  • Design of environmental decontamination strategies using biotechnological methods.
  • Biological pest control, and biofertiliser and biopesticide production and development programmes.
  • Advisory and consultancy programmes.
  • Design and management of R&D+i programmes.
  • Development of innovation projects.
  • Intellectual property protection and patent development programmes.
  • Development of basic and applied research.
  • University teaching.
  • Research work.
  • Work in the media.


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Scholarships and financial aid

We want to help you. If you want to study at the Universidad Europea, you will have at your disposal a wide selection of own and official scholarships.

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Credit recognition and transfers

You don’t have to stick with something you don’t like. That’s why we’ve designed specific plans for credit recognition and transfers. Request your online credit recognition review free of charge, transfer your academic file and start studying at Universidad Europea.

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94.4% of our professors have a PhD degree in different areas of knowledge, and many are professionals who combine teaching with professional activity, bringing you closer to the realities of the profession.

Academic quality

As part of its strategy, the University has an internal quality plan whose objective is to promote a culture of quality and continuous improvement, and which allows it to face future challenges with the maximum guarantee of success. In this way, it is committed to promoting the achievement of external recognitions and accreditations, both nationally and internationally; the measurement and analysis of results; simplification in management; and the relationship with the external regulator.


Internal Quality Assurance System (IQAS)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Success on the biotechnology programme requires effort throughout. Simply studying the day before the exam will not enable you to achieve a pass. Because of highly practical content, you will not only be focusing on theoretical subjects, you’ll also be spending a lot of time in the laboratories and will need to demonstrate the acquisition of practical skills.

It should also be noted that the curriculum contains a significant amount of mathematics, physics and chemistry, so if you’re good at these subjects, you should have no problem!

Biotechnology is a very broad discipline, based on using processes that exist in nature and modifying and adapting them to obtain new products or value-added processes. Biotechnology has been used since prehistoric times to produce fermented products such as bread and beer, and to select grain in agriculture to increase productivity. With the development of DNA technology in the 1980s, biotechnology found a new level of application with genetic modification.

Thus, biotechnology is currently used for the detection of disease, the production of new drugs of biological origin, the production of enzymes for the food, textile and pharmaceutical industries, the production of fermented foods and the bioremediation of contaminated environments, as well as other applications.

It is desirable to have taken physics at some point at secondary school. In other words, a focus on science at secondary school is preferable to any other. If you've taken physics all through secondary school except in the second year, you can still take Biotechnology, as the first year of the degree includes a subject called Biophysics which has the basic content you need for subjects in subsequent academic years such as Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics and Fundamentals of Biochemical Engineering.

A career in biotechnology is highly multidisciplinary, meaning that a biotechnologist can work in a variety of fields. Working in an R&D lab might be the one that first comes to mind, but biotechnologists could also work in production plants, thanks to their engineering expertise. A biotechnologist can also work in the pharmaceutical, food or chemical industries. Furthermore, a biotechnologist can access the BIR and various competitive Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs examinations.