Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems of the University of Zaragoza

New official Master Programme in "Biophysics and Quantitative Biotechnology":

The new program will replace the current one starting from October 2021 (almost certainly: we are waiting for the final authorization of the Regional Government). The new program, that has been rewarded the qualification of "reference master" of the University of Zaragoza, is an extension of the current one, with an increase from 60 to 90 ECTS credits. All information and details can be found here.


***** Covid19 Crisis: Arrangements for the academic year 2020/2021: see at the bottom of this page


An official degree


The Master in Quantitative Biotechnology (MQB) from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) is a master course approved by the Government of Aragon and certified by ANECA (Spanish Agency for Quality Evaluation and Accreditation), starting on October 2017. Designed by BIFI and inscribed in the academic offer of the Faculty of Science, it represents an excellent opportunity for acquiring experimental, computational and theoretical skills, training and expertise, at introductory and advanced levels, under an optimal multidisciplinary atmosphere intended for approaching and envisioning the problems the Biotechnological industry will face in the next decades.

Why quantitative biotechnology?

Biotechnology (BT) is changing the structure of XXIst century science. Born as a part of the biological sciences, it has evolved to become a champion among the scientific disciplines because of its far reaching and truly life transforming outcomes, the fantastic theoretical challenges it offers  and the amalgam of other disciplines that it is attracting. Computer science, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics are finding in the biotechnological problems new domains of activity which enlarge their traditional paradigms. At the same time, they are providing  BT with so many quantitative new tools that it is impossible to think in the future of biotechnology without them.  


Your background: Student admission criteria

The master is addressed to students  having a degree in Biotechnology or any of the many areas which are contributing to define its future, such as  Biochemistry, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Medicine, ​Veterinary or Food Science and Technology 


Your future: Academia or Industry

The MQB has been designed for graduate students and many diverse professional profiles, and oriented towards people interested in research, either in academy or industry, as well as in business/entrepeneurial activities.

  • Research in Academia: Our Institute offers a great opportunity to start a  research career and obtain a PhD in one of our many different research lines. We produce top level research and several PhD thesis are defended every year by students who continue their careers in the best research centers (see our research opportunities ). 
  • Research in Industry: We have agreements with the most prominent Biotech companies of our region to offer our students the possibility of start doing applied research for their Master Thesis, as a perfect training for a future career in Industry (see our applied research opportunities).


Who are we?

Our master is an official master degree of  the Faculty of Science of the University of Zaragoza ( Formative and training activities take place at the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI,

BIFI is a research institute of the University of Zaragoza created to develop toplevel research in Physics, Biochemistry and, in particular, in the application of Computation to the study of complex, physical and biological systems.

In addition to the basic science, we also promote technology transfer between university and industry, particularly Biotech companies. For this purposes, BIFI offers a team of researchers from different fields, such as supercomputing experts, material science physicists, quantum chemists, complex networks scientists, and biologists working in biomedical and biotechnological problems, as drug development or protein folding.


***** Covid19 Crisis: Arrangements for the academic year 2020/2021

According to the Government Board of the University of Zaragoza, in the next academic year teaching and assessment activities will be carried out, as long and as much as possible, "in person". Whenever, due to safety regulations related to the covid19 crisis, this is not possible, "synchronous" activities (i.e. allowing real-time interactions among teachers and students, even using videoconferencing tools) will be preferred and fostered over "asynchronous" ones. Even if a new lock-down is unlikely, it cannot be completely discarded, so students are strongly advised to carry their own laptop with them as they move to Zaragoza, in case they should attend on-line classes from their homes.

Update (Sept. 14th): see detailed arrangements here.