Master's Degrees

  • Master's Degree in Biology and Reproduction Technology **

    General Information

    Teaching Languages:
    Spanish and English
    1 year (60 ECTS credits)
    Precio orientativo:
    41.96 €/crédito para los estudiantes del EEES y 88.34 €/crédito para estudiantes extranjeros no residentes
    Access Requirements:

    In order to register in an official Master's Degree, it is mandatory to have completed an official degree in Spain or in any higher education institution of a member state of the European Union integrated in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that allows students to take a Master's Degree. Students who have obtained their degree outside the EHEA can be admitted as long as the University can verify that these qualifications have a similar level to the corresponding degrees in Spain and they permit graduates to take a Master's Course.

    This Master's Degree is primarily intended for Graduates in Biology, Medicine, Biotechnology, Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Dentistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology who are interested in assisted reproduction, whether human or animal, or in doing research in the field of Health Sciences. Furthermore, candidates must prove that they have an English language ability equivalent to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    Attendance required
    Monday to Friday, from 3:30pm to 7:30pm (except for some classes and the internship period that will take place during mornings)
    Teaching Center:
    • Faculty of Biology
    • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

    Professional Opportunities

    This Master's Degree offers a high degree of specialization in Biology and Reproductive Technology. It also has a distinct professional approach that will allow students to apply to more specialized jobs. This Master's Degree covers advanced theoretical and practical knowledge, as well as aspects that offer a comprehensive training to graduates in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biology, Biotechnology, Pharmacy or Nursing, providing students with the professional skills and capabilities that they need to succeed in an increasingly demanding labour market, in terms of qualifications and professional specialization. The high demand in assisted reproduction services has overwhelmed public hospitals whereas the private hospitals cannot meet the demands in the short term. Regarding the animal world, both in the stockbreeding sector and the conservation and protection of endangered species, whether wild or domestic, society increasingly demands the better use of resources, the conservation of the environment and an improvement in the sustainability of food supplies.


    This Master's Programme consist of 60 ECTS credits divided in two terms. Students have to attend at least 80% of the classes in order to obtain the degree.


    FIRST TERM. 1st Section


    MODULE: Biological Bases of Reproduction

    • Anatomical, Cellular and Molecular Bases of Reproduction (3 ECTS)
    • Physiology and Endocrinology of Reproduction (3 ECTS)
    • Gamete Interaction, Fertilization and Embryonic Development (3 ECTS)
    • Bioethics and Animal Welfare (3 ECTS)

    MODULE: Reproductive Technology

    • In vitro maturation, fertilization and embryo culture (6 ECTS)
    • Gamete and Embryo Cryopreservation (3 ECTS)
    • Sperm Functional Analysis (3 ECTS)
    • Micromanipulation Techniques (3 ECTS)
    • Preimplantation genetic diagnosis, chromosomopathy, sex and viability of the embryo and the oocyte (3 ECTS)

    2nd Section: COMPULSORY SUBJECTS (18 ECTS)

    MODULE: Internship (6 ECTS)

    The period of external internships will be done in public and private entitites both in and outside Asturias, since our region does not offer enough places for every student to do their Practicum in Asturias. The election of the offered places will be done according to the average mark of the compulsory subjects taken by the students during the first term.

    Currently, places are offered in the Central University Hospital of Asturias (HUCA) and SERIDA (Asturias), as well as in specialized centers in Santander, La Coruña, Valladolid, Badajoz or Madrid. Students may suggest, based on their preferences, other cities and Autonomous Communities where there are public or private centers specialized in reproduction (animal or human), in which case the Master's degree will try to reach a collaboration agreement to do the internships in said entity.

    MODULE: Master's Thesis (12 ECTS)

    3rd Section: OPTIONAL SUBJECTS (students must choose 12 ECTS)

    • Animal Reproduction and Genetics (3 ECTS)
    • Relevant Reproductive Technologies in Livestock and Wild Stock (3 ECTS)
    • Human Fertility Disorders (3 ECTS)
    • Pharmacology in assisted human reproduction (3 ECTS)
    • Assisted Reproduction in special risk situations (3 ECTS)
    • Ovarian Senescence: Reproductive Options for Perimenopausal Women and Women with Incipient Ovarian Failure (3 ECTS)
    • Animal Models in Reproductive Bio-medical Research (3 ECTS)
    • Epigenetics, Nutrition and Toxicology in Reproduction (3 ECTS)
    • Generic aspects of Scientific Research (3 ECTS)
    • Creation of Biotechnology-based Companies (3 ECTS)
    • Quality Control and Management Systems. Health aspects in the Exchange of Gametes and Embryos (3 ECTS)
    Detailed Information on the Syllabus:


    • University of Oviedo
      International Center for Postgraduate Studies
      Plaza de Riego. Historical Building
      Oviedo (33003)
      985 10 49 17 / 985 10 49 18
      985 10 49 59

    Coordination :

    • Celestino González
      985 10 62 34

    Internationalization and Companies

    Empresas que ofertan prácticas externas

    • Centro Ginecológico de León S.L.
    • Centro Sanitario Virgen del Pilar (GOMOSA S.A.)
    • Cer. Santander SL
    • Clínica Ginecológica Elcano
    • Hospital Quirón Bizkaia
    • Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla
    • Instituto Extremeño de reproducción asistida SL
    • Instituto Español de genética y reproducción de animal
    • Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnológica agraria y alimentaria
    • Recoletos Gestión Sanitaria S.L.
    • Talégalo S.L.
    • Unidad de reproducción asistida la Rosaleda
    • Ron y Asociados-Servicios de Ginecología y Obstretricia