Degree in Biochemistry

240 credits - Faculty of Science
Start Year
Minimum number of credits to be taken in the first year
  • 48 first-year subject credits for full-time students.
  • 24 credits for part-time students.
  • After the first year of registration, there is no minimum number of credits to take.
Public tuition prices per credit . Academic Year 2020-21
  • 1st registration : 18,50¤
  • 2nd registration : 41,12¤
  • 3rd registration : 89,02¤
  • 4th registration : 123,35¤


Cross-cutting Skills

  1. Possessing and understanding knowledge in the area of biochemistry and molecular biology, with the support of advanced textbooks, including important avant-garde aspects in the field.
  2. Knowing how to apply biochemical and molecular biology knowledge to professional practice, and having the necessary intellectual capacity for this practice, including skills in information management, analysis and synthesis, problem-solving, organisation and planning, and generating new ideas.
  3. Having the ability to collect and interpret relevant information to issue critical and reasoned opinions on social, scientific or ethical issues connected to advances in biochemistry and molecular biology.
  4. Being able to pass on information, ideas, problems and solutions in the areas of biochemistry and molecular biology to a specialised and non-specialised audience.
  5. Developing the necessary learning skills to undertake postgraduate studies in the area of biochemistry and molecular biology, and other similar areas, with a high level of independence.
  6. Possessing the ability to understand, speak and write in English to an intermediate level.
  7. Acquiring the core skills to use common computer programmes, including access to bibliographical and other types of databases that may be useful in biochemistry and molecular biology.
  8. Developing the necessary interpersonal skills to be able to work effectively as part of a team in the biochemistry and molecular biology area, and thus join inter-disciplinary teams both domestically and internationally.
  9. Developing the initiative, entrepreneurial spirit and motivation for success that are required to take the right decisions to lead project design and management linked to biochemistry and molecular biology, whilst constantly ensuring the quality of the project being run and the results obtained.
  10. Knowing how to appreciate the importance in all aspects of life, including your professional career, of human rights, democratic principles, diversity and multiculturalism, and the environment.

Specific Skills

  1. Understanding and knowing how to explain physical and chemical processes in biochemical processes, and the techniques used in their research.
  2. Understanding the principles that determine the three-dimensional structure of molecules, macromolecules and supramolecular biological complexes, and being able to explain the links between structure and function.
  3. Understanding the principles of biocatalysis and the role of enzymes and other biocatalysts in the functioning of cells and organisms.
  4. Being familiar with the different types of cells (prokaryote and eukaryote) with regard to structure, physiology and biochemistry, and being able to critically explain how their properties match their biological function.
  5. Knowing the components, functioning and mechanisms that regulate plant and animal organisms, with a special emphasis on humans.
  6. Having knowledge of the structure of genes and the mechanisms for replication, recombination and repair of DNA in the context of cell and organism functioning, as well as the bases of inheritance and genetic variation, and epigenetics amongst individuals.
  7. Knowing the biochemical and molecular bases to the regulation of gene and activity expression, location and exchange of cell proteins.
  8. Having a critical understanding of the essential aspects to metabolic processes and their control, and having a comprehensive vision of the regulation and adaptation of metabolism in different physiological situations, with a particular emphasis on humankind.
  9. Knowing and understanding biochemical and genetic changes that take place in a wide range of pathologies, and knowing how to explain the molecular mechanisms involved in these changes.
  10. Understanding the components of the immune system, its structure, function and its action mechanisms.
  11. Having the numerical and calculus tools to enable you to apply mathematical procedures to data analysis.
  12. Knowing the legal and ethical bases involved in the development and application of molecular life sciences.
  13. Working properly in a biochemistry laboratory with biological material, taking into account safety, handling, eliminating biological and chemical waste, and the annotated activity records.
  14. Knowing the principles and applications of methods and tools used in bioanalysis.
  15. Having detailed knowledge of how biochemical and genetic markers linked to different pathologies are determined in a clinical laboratory, and being able to critically assess how to use them in diagnosis and prognosis for the evolution and transmission of these diseases.
  16. Having the ability to monitor the presence of xenobiotics (pharmaceuticals, contaminants, biocides, dopants, etc.).
  17. Knowing the principles in handling nucleic acids, as well as the techniques that enable the analysis of genetic function, and the development of transgenic organisms with applications in biomedicine, industry, the environment, agriculture, livestock breeding, etc.
  18. Knowing how to search for, obtain and interpret information in the main biological and bibliographical databases.
  19. Knowing the fundaments and applications of omics technologies: genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, etc. and knowing how to access the databases linked to these technologies.
  20. Knowing how to design and perform a study and/or project in the area of biochemistry and molecular biology, and being able to critically analyse the results obtained.