Call open: BIST Master of Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences

By December 17, 2020BIST

The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) is now accepting applications for the 2021/2022 edition of the Master of Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences.

The Master of Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences (MMRES) is an academic programme of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST). It offers highly flexible and personalised hands-on research training in a multidisciplinary scientific environment. This full-time, one-year academic programme is taught entirely in English, and graduates receive an official Spanish master’s degree issued by Pompeu Fabra University (UPF).

The current call for applications opens today, December 17th 2020.

In addition to a solid research experience, the programme offers training in transversal skills such as statistics & data analysis, responsible research, and science communication. These provide MMRES students with a holistic view of the challenges that come with a research career. The master’s programme also offers its students experiential training in professional skills such as scientific communication, project management, responsible research, and innovation.

The MMRES is designed for candidates who intend to undertake a PhD or pursue a research career in fundamental science and technology. It is open to candidates who hold a degree in health sciences, engineering, computer sciences or degrees in basic scientific disciplines (chemistry, physics, biology, or mathematics).

MMRES graduates have gone on to pursue PhDs all over the world. Of the 63 students that have already graduated from the programme. 37 are now pursuing PhDs (76% known alumni data). Twenty-two are studying at universities and research centres in Spain, and 15 are at international institutions including Harvard Medical School (USA), ETH Zürich (Switzerland), Institut Curie (France), Imperial College London (UK), Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Germany), Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (Germany), and the Vienna Biocenter (Austria), among others. The MMRES also prepares its holders to succeed in industrial research or consulting positions in high-tech companies in fields such as biotechnology, biomedicine, photonics, chemistry, data-science, and nanotechnology. Seven MMRES alumni have already successfully pursued this career path.

For the 2021/2022 edition, BIST is offering eight fellowships that cover tuition costs, and 16 living allowances. These fellowships are merit-based and awarded by the master’s selection committee.

We are working under the assumption that the 2021/2022 edition of the MMRES will be held entirely in person, unless restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic prevent us from doing so. In the case of continuing restrictions, the theoretical portion of the curriculum would be delivered online and the experimental portion would be completed in person. This formula was implemented and carried out successfully in the 2020/2021 edition.

The institutes participating in the programme are the following, with each accepting students for their major and minor projects within the master’s curriculum:

• Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
• Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC)
• Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO)
• Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)
• Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2)
• Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE)
• Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)
• Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS)

Applications for the 2021/2022 edition of the master will be accepted in two calls:

First call for applications:
Applications accepted: Dec. 17, 2020 – March 2, 2021
Decisions published: April 13
Deadline for reservation fee: April 20
Programme start: September 2021

A second call will be open on March 2021 to fill the remaining positions.