Research experience

Being part of outstanding research groups within a vibrant scientific community

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.

MMRES 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 of choice.

Research centres

The BIST centres and MELIS-UPF conduct both fundamental and application-oriented research, and all boast diverse and international scientific communities, fully-equipped and high-end laboratories, and a host of resources, regular lecture series, and community-building events

Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)

CRG focuses on understanding the complexity of life from the genome to the cell to a whole organism and its interaction with the environment. CRG has four research programmes: systems biology, cell & developmental biology, gene regulation, stems cells & cancer, and bioinformatics & genomics, hosting more than 400 scientists in 30 research groups.

Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)

IBEC conducts research at the frontiers of engineering and life sciences mixing nanomedicine, biophysics, biotechnology, tissue engineering, and the applications of health information technology. IBEC has 24 research groups and approximately 370 people.

The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)

ICFO works with several research lines in which photonics plays a decisive role: basic and applied themes relevant to medicine, biology, advanced imaging techniques, information technologies, environmental sensors, tuneable and ultra-fast lasers, quantum science, photovoltaics, and the properties and applications of nanomaterials. ICFO hosts more than 400 people in 26 research groups.

Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)

ICIQ conducts research at the frontier of knowledge in two main areas: catalysis and renewable energy. Sixteen different research groups work in computational chemistry, CO2 recycling, renewable fuels, catalysis, and artificial photosynthesis.

Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)

ICN2 focuses on the newly discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the behaviour of matter at the nanoscale, bringing together physicists, chemists, biologists, and engineers with diverse backgrounds. It has over 200 members and 20 research groups.

Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE)

IFAE conducts experimental and theoretical research at the frontier of fundamental physics, namely in particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. IFAE also uses its know-how for practical challenges such as medical imaging, data-intensive computing, and quantum computing. It hosts more than 160 researchers and staff.

Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)

IRB Barcelona is devoted to understanding fundamental questions about human health and disease. It hosts more than 400 researchers in 28 research groups, who work within its three research programmes: cancer science, mechanisms of disease, and aging and metabolism

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

MELIS-UPF is an international leader in cell and molecular biology, bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, and neurosciences. The department has been training future research talent for many years, through undergraduate and graduate programmes that attract students and teachers from all over the world.