• Curriculum


The duration of the undergraduate programme is 4 years (8 semesters) and consists of 240 ECTS. The curriculum is designed for a full-time student to take 60 ECTS per academic year. The Permanent Committee of the Academic Board of the IQS School of Engineering will allow students to study part-time, provided they take a minimum of 30 ECTS per academic year.

First Year

SubjectSemesterECTSSubject information
General Chemistry1 + 212
Applied mathematics1+ 212
Fundamentals of physics16
Cell biology and genetics16
Informatic applications14
Thermodynamics and kinetics25
Animal and plant biology24
Microbiology25
Laboratory 1+2: Chemistry and Biology1 + 26

Second Year

SubjectSemesterECTSSubject information
Fundamentals of process engineering36
Biological organic chemistry35
Molecular biology35
Structure and function of biomolecules35
Biochemical analysis and bioassays35
Laboratory 3: Biochemistry34
Recombinant DNA technology46
Bioreactors45
Metabolism and regulation45
Business management and economics45
Applied statistics45
Laboratory 4: Molecular biology44

Third Year

SubjectSemesterECTSSubject information
Bioinformatics56
Protein engineering55
Downstream processes55
Molecular physiology55
Ethics55
Laboratory 5: Bioreactors and bioprocesses54
Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics65
Advanced experimental techniques65
Therapeutic targets and pharmacology65
Cell cultures64
Immunology64
Laboratory 6: Biotechnologies for healthcare64
Oral and written communication63

Fourth Year

SubjectSemesterECTSSubject information
Biocatalysis and Biotransformation75
Biomedical devices and biomaterials75
Optional Subject 175 
Optional Subject 275 
Optional Subject 375 
Integrated Laboratory75
Bio-businesses and entrepreneurship84
Interdisciplinary seminars83
Optional Subject 485 
Internship86
Final Degree Project812

Optional Subjects

Mentions

Elective Subjects

Subject

Subject information

Mention Bioprocess Engineering

Elective 1

Biotechnology in Food, Environment, and Energy 

Elective 2

Plant Biotechnology

Elective 3

Biotechnological Products and Drugs

Elective 4

Bioprocess Simulation and Analysis

Mention Biotechnology applied to Health

Elective 1

Molecular Physiopathology

Elective 2

Plant  Biotechnology

Elective 3

Tissue Engineering

Elective 4

Transgenic animals and Gene therapy

Mentions to other Masters' Degrees

 

Mention Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Optativa 1

Molecular Physiopathology

Elective 2

Structural Determination

Elective 3

Biotechnological Products and Drugs

Elective 4

Transgenic animals and Gene therapy

Mention Analytical Chemistry

Elective 1

Biotechnology in Food, Environment, and Energy

Elective 2

Structural Determination

Elective 3

Biotechnological Products and Drugs

Elective 4

Environment, Safety and Quality Management

 

 

Final Degree Project

In the Final Degree Project, students will individually carry out a project containing elements relating to research or innovative industrial applications. Final Degree Projects are carried out under the supervision of a tutor while the student works in a research team. Students will be able to carry out the final degree projects in other institutions, such as Spanish or foreign universities, public or private research centres or industries and companies in the chemical and biotechnological sectors. The last step for the final degree project will be to write a thesis, which must be defended publicly before a tribunal.

 

Final Degree Projects consist of three distinct parts:

1. Each student must outline their project:

a) The project will be carried out under the supervision of a tutor and the student will be part of a research team at the University or at another institution or company that has a collaboration agreement with IQS.
b) Each student must define the subject of the thesis, its relevance, the objectives and the methodologies to be applied, all with a detailed descriptions.
c) The project must include innovative elements and research. Projects which merely compile bibliographies or which make use of ordinary applications with previously known methodologies will not be accepted.


2. Writing the thesis:

a) Each student will have to write a thesis as a part of the project; the tutor will be the same as for the final degree project.
b) The format of the thesis follows the typical structure for scientific research projects.

 
3. Presentation and defence of the project before a tribunal appointed for this purpose:
a) Each student will present the project before a tribunal appointed by the Dean of the University. The presentation will last for approximately 20 minutes and there will be additional time for questions and clarifications.
b) The tribunal typically consists of three professors from the degree, although a specialist from another University or from the industry may also take part.

In order to begin the final year project, students must have previously passed 80% of the degree contents. To present the Final Degree Project, students must have passed all of the other subjects in the degree.