Research experience

As an MMRES student, you will dedicate more than three months of the programme to carrying out your Major Research Project (20 ECTS credits) either at the BIST centre of your choice or at the MELIS-UPF. You will then spend another 10 weeks on a Minor Project in a different scientific discipline. All work will be conducted under the supervision of brilliant scientists.

You will join a research group and learn not only about doing science, but also about facing the daily challenges of a researcher. You will make friends, you will begin to create a network of valuable contacts, and you will prepare yourself for guaranteed success in a doctorate or a professional career in the sciences.

Discover the research projects you can work on.


Course location

Campus Mar UPF for initial training (6 weeks), Campus Bellaterra (ICN2) for Winter school (1 week) and research projects at two different research centres.

Research centres

Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)

CRG is a Barcelona-based international biomedical research institute at the forefront of life sciences research. Its excellence is based on an interdisciplinary, motivated and creative scientific team supported by high-end and innovative technologies.

Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)

IBEC conducts interdisciplinary research of excellence at the frontiers of engineering and life sciences. Researchers generate new knowledge by combining fields like nanomedicine, biophysics, biotechnology, tissue engineering, and the applications of health information technology.

The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)
ICFO conducts frontier research in diverse areas in which photonic sciences play an enabling role, also fostering the translation of the newly generated knowledge to industry, hospitals, and society at large.
Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)

ICIQ is committed to research of excellence at the frontier of knowledge in two main areas: Catalysis and Renewable Energy. Research groups work on computational chemistry, CO2 recycling, renewable fuels, catalysis and artificial photosynthesis.

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)

ICN2’s research generates knowledge, materials, and devices at the nanoscale for use in the broad fields of information and communication technologies, health, energy, and the environment. The ICN2 community includes over 250 members and 18 research groups.

Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE)

IFAE conducts experimental and theoretical research at the frontiers of fundamental physics, namely particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. It also develops cutting-edge detector technologies, medical physics devices, and quantum computing technologies.

Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)

IRB Barcelona is a world-class research centre devoted to providing ground-breaking solutions for unmet medical needs. It hosts 26 research groups whose major research challenges are cancer and ageing.

UPF – Medicine and Life Sciences Academic Coordination Unit (MELIS-UPF)

MELIS is the  Medicine and Life Sciences Academic Coordination Unit at UPF, which combines the creation and transfer of knowledge through the seamless integration of research and teaching. Innovation in education and research excellence are the cornerstones of theirs efforts.