Most of the researchers from the Institute of Neurosciences are also professors at the University of Barcelona, and they participate in several Master degrees and Doctoral studies. These official programmes constitute an excellent opportunity of professional development in neurosciences for young researchers and talented studies interested in research.

The research groups of the Institute of Neurosciences are open to host in their laboratories students enrolled in these Master degrees and Doctoral programmes. The students will find a stimulating and high quality international scientific environment, cutting-edge experimental infrastructures and opportunities to learn and become a professional of research.

Màster degrees

The Master degrees related to the Institute of Neurosciences are highly specialized. Students will have the opportunity to develop a guided research project and to learn innovative techniques.

In this link you can look up the main grants offered to course a Master degree in the University of Barcelona.

Master of Neurosciences

The master’s degree Neurosciences, coordinated by Dr. Esther Pérez, provides interdisciplinary training in subjects ranging from molecular biology to cognitive studies and neuroimaging. It aims to equip future researchers in basic and clinical research with the knowledge needed to address problems by means of a cross-disciplinary approach and become skilled members of laboratories in public and private institutions. The program is also designed for professionals (physicians, psychologists, veterinary scientists, etc.) who want to update their knowledge about the most important areas of the neurosciences. Research is the primary focus of the master’s degree Neurosciences.

Master of Research in Behaviour and Cognition

The Master course of Research in Behaviour and Cognition, coordinated by Dr. David Gallardo, is designed to train researchers to an internationally competitive level in behavioural sciences, specifically in the areas of personality and behaviour, cognition and plasticity, and in research methodology in behavioural sciences. The teaching plan consists of a number of subjects that provide an overall update in the contents of these areas, complemented with solid training in research methodology and other related topics, such as neuroscience. The master’s degree also grants access to doctoral studies, with continuity offered mainly through the UB doctoral program in Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.

Study of the master’s degree course requires a high level of English, since this is the main language of instruction used for the program, so that on completion graduates can easily operate in an international environment.

The program is directed at professionals in the behavioural sciences who wish to complete their training in research work, and students interested in a research career.

Master in General Health Psychology

The Master’s degree in General Health Psychology is designed to prepare candidates for careers in health psychology, giving them the knowledge and skills for competent professional practice in the regulated professional role of General Health Psychologist.

The course takes a scientific and professional approach that confers the skills required to analyse and formulate hypotheses on human behaviour and the capacity for behavioural intervention in order to promote and improve health. Students interested in continuing their studies at doctoral level can consult general information about the doctoral programme in Clinical and Health Psychology below.

Introduction to Mental Health Research

The Master’s degree in Introduction to Mental Health Research is an interuniversity master’s degree, delivered through blended learning, which is organized by fundamental and clinical university research groups in the area of biomedicine applied to mental health, that belong to the national research network CIBERSAM (Centre for Networked Biomedical Research in the Area of Mental Health).
The degree is intended for Spanish and international students interested in research in psychiatry and mental health. The objectives of the course are to promote the training of mental health researchers in both fundamental and clinical aspects of the discipline, and to encourage interaction between groups working on mental health issues to facilitate the coordination of joint projects.

PhD Programmes

PhD students are the most valuable asset of the Institute of Neurosciences. In our institution, we promote a high quality international scientific environment, and we encourage collaborations between research groups, international mobility and attendance to conferences and workshops. In addition, we foster the creation of a PhD students group of the Institute of Neurosciences, to facilitate experience-sharing and participative activities.

In this link you can look up the main grants offered to finance a Doctoral Program in the University of Barcelona.


PhD in Biomedicine

PhD in Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

PhD in Clinical Health Psychology

PhD in Medicine and Translational Research

Trainees for pre-graduate students

Most of the research groups from the Institute of Neurosciences of the University of Barcelona offer to students in the lasts years of their degree (Psychology, Biology, Biomedicine and Medicine) the possibility to do a short trainee, as well as a practicum in the context of their final degree dissertation. In addition, some groups are open to host international students of the Erasmus programme or other foreign exchange programs.
Interested students may contact directly with the research groups of the Institute.