• Curriculum


The duration of the undergraduate program 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 IQS School of Engineering will allow students to study part-time, provided they take a minimum of 30 credits 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, thus approximating professional practice. Final Degree Projects are managed under the supervision of a program professor while the student is part of a research team. Providing that the academic criteria have been met and a professor of the degree has been assigned as the tutor, students will be able to undertake final degree projects in other institutions, such as national or foreign universities, public or private research centers or industries and companies in the chemical and biotechnological sectors. The last step for the final degree project will be to draft a thesis, which must be defended publicly before a tribunal.

 

Final Degree Projects consist of three distinct parts:
 
1. Independent drafting of the project by the student:

a) The project will be carried out under the direction of a professor from the degree 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) The student must have first defined the subject to study, its relevance, the objectives proposed and the methodologies to be applied, all with a detailed descriptions.

c) The project must include innovative elements and research, as bibliographic compilation projects or projects of ordinary applications of known methodologies will not be accepted.



2. Drafting of a thesis on the project managed by:

a) The project carried out will need to be written up by the student into a thesis; the student will remain with the same thesis director as for the final year project.

b) The format of the thesis follows that typical of any scientific research project.


 
3. Presentation and defense of the project before a tribunal appointed for this purpose:

a) The 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 at the discretion of the tribunal.

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 passed 80% of the degree contents. To present the Final Degree Project, students must have passed all of the other subjects of the degree.