• Master in Bioengineering | Claudia Calderón

How has Claudia's experience been?

Claudia Calderón

Claudia is a second year Master's Degree in Bioengineering student who is currently preparing to defend her Master Thesis. Below, you can read about her experience in the programme and what stands out from the master's degree. 

What stands out about the programme?

For the first year, I would highlight the theoretical classes that, thanks to the small number of students, are experienced very intimately, which helps to improve the transfer of knowledge. What I would highlight the most overall is the lab work that is done continuously throughout the year and that allows you to acquire specific technical skills in many fields of application. The first year is for reinforcing the general knowledge of the master's degree. The second year is dedicated to the Master Thesis, which means doing a real, hands-on project within one of the multiple areas we study. We're offered the possibility of doing the Master Thesis at a company or within a research centre. In either case, it represents a chance to experience real work hands-on.

Why did you decide to do this Master's Degree?

I studied Biotechnology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) for my undergraduate degree, so this master's degree struck me as being one of the most interesting options to continue my studies. In addition, I'd heard of the exceptionally hands-on nature of the curriculum, as well as the employment rate for the programme's graduates.

What subjects and laboratory work did you like the most?

The subjects that stand out most to me are advanced genetic engineering, experience design, bioprocesses design and simulation, advances in tissue engineering, and project management, quality, and intellectual property. I especially liked the bioreactor module in the biotech lab.

What is your Master Thesis about?

I'm preparing to defend my Master Thesis right now. I did the Master Thesis within the IQS Biochemistry department, in the area of metabolic engineering to be specific. My work involves generating a biological platform for the production of a molecule with biomedical applications (cancer treatment, autoimmune diseases, and so forth).

What's your personal assessment?

Regarding the academic aspects, it has strengthened my knowledge in my undergraduate field (Biotechnology) by expanding hands-on laboratory topics. It has helped me to understand the areas related to tissue engineering and biomaterials, which were practically new to me. The professors are very approachable overall and they help out at any time with any type of question.

On the personal side, it has given me the opportunity to meet classmates who have become great friends, not to mention the professors who have left their mark on me thanks to the excellent attention I received.

Overall, I would highlight that the degree provides you with practical preparation for the labour market.

What advice would you give to a future student?

Don’t hesitate, especially if you’re interested in the areas covered by the master's degree and if you want to have a career in biotechnology. It will make it easier for you to acquire solid knowledge, do lab work, and enter the labour market.