Faculty of Medicine
The origins of the University of Barcelona’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences date to 1760, when Pere Virgili founded the School of Surgery. However, it was not until 1843 that the embryo of what would develop into the present-day Faculty was established on Carrer del Carme.
Six bachelor’s degree courses are taught at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences: Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Nursing, Medicine and Podiatry. The academic year 2018-2019, the Faculty introduced a new bachelor's degree in Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy.
At the postgraduate level, the Faculty currently offers 13 university master’s degrees: Advanced Medical Skills (with 35 specializations); Clinical Research (with eight specializations); Translational Medicine; Biomedicine; Introduction to Mental Health Research; Erasmus Mundus in Biohealth Computing; Principles of Care and Education for Diabetes Sufferers; Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Nutrition, Chronic Diseases and Healthy Ageing; Traditional Chinese Medicine; Podiatric Surgery; Advanced Clinical Practice Nursing; Leadership and Management of Nursing Services; and Applied Research Methodology in Nursing Care; All these master’s degrees qualify graduates to go on to undertake research leading to a doctoral degree. For some years, the Faculty has also offered many UB-specific master’s degrees and other high-level postgraduate courses. Doctoral programmes in Medicine and Translational Research, Biomedicine and Nursing are a natural next step for graduates interested in pursuing advanced academic study. Each year around 200 doctoral theses of the highest quality are defended at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Finally, the Faculty also offers courses for students over the age of 60 within the framework of the University of Experience.
The UB’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences operates through three campuses. It also works with ten other hospitals that offer high-quality care, teaching and research, 22 primary care centres, and a mental health centre. These facilities have the infrastructure required for teaching and research (libraries, dissection rooms, laboratories for practicals and research, computer rooms, study rooms, communication skills laboratories, clinical skills laboratories, and spaces for critical care simulations). The Faculty also has agreements with companies for courses that are highly technological or research-oriented. All these organizational elements serve to optimize the relationship between students and patients and ensure highly effective practice-based learning. They also facilitate the involvement of a greater number of people in teaching, research and care-related tasks, which enhances the quality of the educational process.