Master’s Degree in Research in Dentistry - Official


Program Description

The Master's Degree in Research in Dentistry at the International University of Catalonia (Spain) aims to offer a blended learning, structured training for research in both the academic, industrial and clinical settings.

The Faculty of Dentistry (U.I.C.) advances every day in the field of basic and applied research, looking results with clinical responses to improve the efficiency of materials and techniques. This Master aims to deepen the research training and preparation prior to doctoral studies through a series of areas in which to fund advanced training topics are addressed in the current investigation of the different dental specialties.

Through the research of the Departments of the Faculty of Dentistry, the close relationship with the Industry in the implementation of projects and equipping research laboratories create the right context to achieve this advanced training in Research in Dentistry.


The main objective of the Master in Research in Dentistry is to provide the knowledge and tools needed to continue in a doctoral program in the field of health, following a methodology based on ethics and scientific evidence.

To achieve this main objective, this Master will:

  • Provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective clinical and research materials in the field of dentistry skills.
  • Promote the acquisition of skills, attitudes, and behaviors that facilitate scientific interaction with the environment to properly solve research problems.
  • Promote research in Dentistry and continuing education for the study of new techniques and improvements in the dental profession.
  • Provide the necessary tools to work together and coordinate multidisciplinary projects.

Other complementary objectives

  • To form expert persons in the scientific method capable of planning, executing and interpreting the results of research projects, taking into account economic, regulatory, legal, ethical and humanitarian aspects.
  • To train experts in the molecular basis of diagnosis and treatment of major diseases in the field of dentistry.
  • To develop a solid foundation in the use of methodological and instrumental research techniques that allow joining in research in both public and private laboratories.
  • To offer the possibility to complement the clinical training with a strong background in research.


The general and specific competencies that students must acquire during their Master’s studies in dentistry research in the U.I.C. take into account the principles set out in article 3.5 of Royal Decree 1393/2007 of the 29th of October. These principles include respect for fundamental rights and equality between men and women, equal opportunities and universal accessibility for people with disabilities and promotion of the beliefs specific to a culture of peace, as well as democratic values.

Basic competencies

  • To possess and understand the knowledge that provides a basis or opportunity to be original in terms of the development and/or application of ideas within a research context.
  • To apply the knowledge acquired, and develop problem-solving skills in new or relatively unknown environments inside broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts.
  • To incorporate knowledge and deal with the complexity of formulating judgments based on scientific evidence. This is achieved through information which although limited or incomplete, includes reflections on the social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of students’ knowledge and judgments.
  • To communicate conclusions, knowledge and the underlying reasons behind these for specialized and non-specialized members of the public in a clear and unambiguous way.
  • To acquire learning skills that allow students to continue studying in a manner that involves self-directed learning and autonomous learning.

General competencies

  • The ability to incorporate new knowledge acquired through research and study, and also deal with complexity.
  • The ability to undertake critical analysis and discuss the results obtained, as well as reach the corresponding conclusions.
  • The ability to learn to develop new instrumental skills independently, in terms of the acquisition of new scientific concepts, and the search for new scientific knowledge.
  • The ability to argue for and defend personal scientific ideas, as well as listen to, analyze, value and respond to other people’s ideas.

Specific competencies

  • The ability to apply scientific methodologies, experimental design and biostatistics to resolve a question or contrast a hypothesis.
  • To know how to use and apply the laboratory techniques that are most usual in the fields of molecular biology, genomics and proteomics, biomaterials, cell and tissue cultivation, immunology and microscopy, as well as the field of dentistry in general.
  • To know how to apply the bio-information tools that are most used in basic research.
  • Being able to apply animal experimentation models as well as animal manipulation methodologies and their ethical concepts to dentistry research.
  • To know how to communicate research in the form of a scientific article, a poster, or a verbal presentation both at a scientific and an academic level.
  • To know how to manage the human and financial resources involved in a research project, as well as know the strategic foundations for the transfer of new knowledge to the company or industry.
  • To know how to interpret the images obtained through the latest generation technology applicable to a research study in dentistry.
  • Being able to apply the appropriate diagnostic techniques and correctly interpret the results which derive from them.
  • To know how to apply the latest technological tools to dentistry research, while taking their properties, indications, bio-compatibility, toxicity and environmental impact into account.
  • To know how to apply epistemological, ethical, legislation and humanitarian principles when undertaking research and disseminating results.


Theoric program

The Master in Research in Dentistry (U.I.C.) is structured in 60 ECTS and one academic year in which the students will acquire the skills required for clinical and basic research applied to dentistry and other Health Sciences. In addition, students will deeply go into concepts related to their final dissertation project, in order to offer greater specialization in applied basic and clinical research.

The mode of this Master is Blended where students have access to an educational platform online to follow both the theoretical classes and participate in various activities. Master practices will face and will be concentrated in two weeks in the same month. Throughout the first semester, students deliver the project. In the second semester, students will implement it and finally, during the month of July they must present it before a court. The language of communication will be mostly in English (80% English, 20% Spanish).

Methodology based on scientific evidence


This module brings obligatory subjects whose contents and methodologies are those of science. The student will acquire a statistical basis for appropriate experimental design, learn how to find scientific information systematically, you will learn the phases of research, develop habits to present and communicate the results scientifically. This module will prepare students to deal with issues related to human research, animal testing laboratory and ethical manner, respecting the law. In addition, students learn how to manage human and material resources to research and knowledge transfer to industry.

Research Tools in Dentistry


This module consists of two mandatory subjects. It will provide the basis for the project and final project work within a line of work established by the Faculty of Dentistry. The students deepen clinical concepts of molecular biology, regenerative medicine or materials relating to the area of knowledge.

In addition to full training in the areas of research, it is important that students attend and participate actively in scientific conferences in your field of interest to encourage the transfer of results to the rest of the scientific community.

The Final Master's Degree Project


This module integrates and evaluates most of the skills and competencies necessary to develop research and incorporated it into a doctoral program.

Under the guidance of a tutor, the student carries out the design of a research project leading to the final project work. In its development, the student develops methodological skills that will enable to carry out the practical part of the research, writing of memory research work and final project presentation of the results.

In addition, the tutor will guide the student to research follow the guidelines of the Scientific Commission and the Ethics Committee for Clinical Research with methodological rigor, a critical analysis of the appropriate findings, and conclusions.

Prerequisites and Admission

Application for admissions

If you are interested in studying this Masters degree, you must do the following:

  • Fill in the application form which you must request from
  • Send by post or hand in the necessary documentation to the Faculty of Dentistry.

Required documentation

  • Two passport-sized photographs.
  • A photocopy of your National Identity Card or Passport.
  • A current Curriculum Vitae.
  • A motivation letter.
  • An attested photocopy of other university qualifications, including post-graduate study.
  • A receipt for payment of €90 for the admission fees.
  • If the original language of the documentation is not Spanish, please provide a sworn translation into Spanish of the university qualification and academic certificate.
  • A personal interview.

Final year degree students who would like to apply should present their list of qualifications before the final registration date.

Students from outside the European Union must ensure that both their qualifications and the titles of their degrees have been officially certified through diplomatic means or are supplemented by an apostille of the Hague (the degree does not have to be homologized/officially recognized) and also translated into Spanish by a sworn translator.

Admission criteria

Access to the University Master’s degree in Dentistry Research for new students is governed by an internal selection process in the U.I.C. which involves passing internal entrance examinations and handing in specific documentation while taking into account what is set out in article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007.

All candidates who meet the criteria and general requisites for access to the study program will be able to apply for entry. However, the recommended entry profile is:

  • Degree holders in Dentistry, Medicine, Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Veterinary Sciences or other study programs from the field of health sciences.
  • A level of English that is equivalent to a B2.
  • An interest in science and research.
  • Good decision-making skills.
  • Discipline, a good memory, and dedication.
  • A personality-based on responsibility and solidarity.
  • Sensitivity and empathy for the pain felt by others.
  • Observation skills.
  • A good team player.

Master’s candidates, as well as undertaking entrance exams and providing a series of complementary documents to complete the selection process, must also present the following:

  • The average mark from their academic record.
  • An evaluation of their curriculum vitae. Prior professional and research experience will be valued, as well as participation in conferences and research projects.
  • An oral and written academic English examination. Students who are from English-speaking countries or who have an official certificate will not need to take the level test. The English level test will be validated by the Language Service in the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. This oral and written test will be based on knowledge equivalent to a First Certificate level and focused on the description and/or analysis of scientific knowledge in the field of health sciences.
  • Along with the previous aspects, candidates must also attend a personal interview in which their interest in and motivation to undertake the master’s program will be evaluated.

Through the Secretariat for the Faculty of Dentistry as well as publication on the U.I.C. website, students will be informed about entry requirements (aforementioned) and the documentation to be provided.

Entrance exam results

Once the candidate has handed in the specific and complementary documentation and has undertaken the entrance examination, the Admissions Committee (CA) will hold a meeting and select the candidates based on what is set out in the “Content” section.

This Committee (CA) consists of the Director and/or Coordinator for the Master’s program, the Vice-Dean for Research in the Faculty of Dentistry, and the Academic Vice-Dean for the Faculty of Dentistry. The Vice-Dean for Research in the Faculty of Dentistry, along with the Director of the Master’s program, is in charge of carrying out the interviews. If necessary, these members can be substituted by other members of the Admissions Committee or the person/s delegated by the Admissions Committee.

Once the admissions process is complete, the Information and Admissions Service (the department in charge of managing the entrance examinations) will provide each candidate with their results.

Reservation and enrolment

Once newly-accessed students have been granted admission, they must submit the required documentation to the service in charge of admissions. They will elaborate on the enrolment form and, once the pertinent payment has been deposited, the service will send the documentation to the Academic Management Service, which will proceed to open the corresponding academic record.

During the following courses, students will fill in their enrolment forms at the Secretariat of the center where they are studying for their degree, which shall verify the fulfillment of all the requirements, and validate all data.

Formalization of enrolment

  • The formalization of enrolment can count on the assessment of the corresponding center, which will vouch for the academic and time compatibility of the subjects.
  • The enrolment for basic training subjects and non-passed compulsory subjects is mandatory and determines the academic and time compatibilities of the other subjects.
  • At the formalization of the enrolment, if applicable, students shall answer the statistics questionnaire laid down by the regulations in force.

Access routes

Access to a university master’s degree will require students to be in possession of a bachelor’s degree, an undergraduate degree, a diploma, or a qualification as an engineer or an architect, according to what is set out in article 16 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, modified by Royal Decree 861/210, of the 2nd of July, for this specific area of knowledge. They must also have passed the entrance exam referred to in article 17 of Royal Decree 1393/2007, without prejudice to other entrance options set out based on the regulations in force, or those which are established in subsequent regulations which regulate access to University Master’s degree programs.

Grants & Financial Aid


Price is yet to be approved by the governing board at our university.

Annual blended learning: €10,080*

* Prices are subject to variations

The price is yet to be approved by the governing board at our university.

The School of Dentistry and management board of the University Masters in Dental Research reserve the right to modify the fees for each credit. Likewise, the timetable and theoretical and practical contents of this course may also vary depending on the clinical/teaching needs of the course.

Reserving a place

  • People who have been accepted on the pertinent postgraduate program will receive an admission letter subject to the payment of a sum of money to reserve their place (approximately 20% of the total cost of the program).
  • The reservation of a place is confirmed by making the payment within the time limit established in the admission communication.
  • Once the reservation of a place is completed in an aforementioned manner, if someone does not fulfill – according to state or regional laws applicable at any given moment – the requirements for admission to the course, do not hold the required qualifications or the course does not go ahead through lack of registrations, U.I.C. Barcelona will give a full refund of the amount paid to reserve the place.
  • If students, of their own free will, renounce their place on the course for any reason, U.I.C. Barcelona will keep the entire amount paid as compensation for the damages caused, with no obligation to repay the amount received in respect of reserving a place.
  • If students do not confirm the reservation of their place, it will be interpreted as renouncing the place which will entitle U.I.C. Barcelona, at that moment, to render the application null and void.
  • Students must pay the total amount of the enrolment fees within the deadlines set by the U.I.C. Barcelona. By not doing so, once having been accepted, this will be interpreted as renouncing their place, in line with what is established in the foregoing points 4 and 5.
  • If students have paid the full enrolment amount and then renounce their place, the following conditions will apply:
    • If they do it before the start of the academic year they will have the right to reclaim a refund of 80% of the total amount paid, only if the vacant can be replaced by another student.
    • In any case, the amount will be refunded if the student rejects the place once the course started.


Once official registration has been completed, students must pay any and all outstanding fees, as a single payment, within 10 working days.

Basic Information

  • Calendar: From September 2020 to July 2021
  • Price: €10.200
  • Credits: 60 ECTS
  • Places: 15
  • Timetable:
    • Presencial part: (2 weeks)
    • From Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 17:00.
  • Location: Campus Sant Cugat
  • Pre-registration data: From the month of January 2020
  • Language: Catalan, Spanish and some subjects in English
Last updated Mar 2020

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