Access is open to candidates of any nationality who have the academic level qualifying them to carry out postgraduate studies in their country of origin, or the equivalent to 240 ECTS credits of undergraduate studies. The Master is held biennially, so candidates can enrol in the first part of the programme every two years.

The Master is designed for students complying with the following conditions:

  • University degree, preferably in agronomy, veterinary sciences, biology or any related field. Previous professional experience related with the Master subject will be valued.
  • Knowledge of of genetics and statistics.
  • Knowledge of Spanish, which will be the working language. From July to September, an intensive Spanish language course is organized for those students who may need it. At the end of this course, students must achieve a B1 level equivalent to that laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • Knowledge of English, since part of the Master documentation may be written in this language. This knowledge must be credited by an A2 level certification, equivalent to that laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), or equivalent level in their country of origin’s certifications. If necessary, this accreditation may be replaced by a written comprehension test of scientific English to those pre-admitted not providing such certification.

Application, application period and registration procedures

Non-Spanish candidates

Application period: 1 February to 4 May of the year when the first part of the Master starts.

Candidates must apply for admission through the IAMZ online application. Applications must include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copy of the diploma (or a certificate stating that it is in the process of being issued) and the transcript of records (certification of the subjects taken during graduate studies together with the marks obtained in each one of them). Students in the last year of their degree can also apply; they must send a certificate stating that they are following the last year of studies (specifying, whenever possible, the foreseen completion date) and a transcript of records of the subjects taken and marks obtained in the previous academic years
  • Other supporting documents that the candidates may consider of interest, especially if they have any language knowledge certificates

At the application stage, these documents can be sent in English, French or Spanish.

Spanish candidates and European candidates with knowledge of Spanish language

They should make their pre-registration and enrolment in UPV by the deadline and in accordance with the regulations defined on the following website: https://www.upv.es/entidades/SA/mastersoficiales/592623normalc.html.


Candidates who have not completed their degree yet, or who need to obtain prior authorization to participate in the Master may be admitted on a provisional basis.

It is advisable to consult the informative brochure published when the application period for each new edition starts.

Students from non-EU countries should make the necessary administrative arrangements far enough in advance with their closest Spanish Embassy or Consulate to obtain a visa to enter and stay in Spain.

Those interested in partial participation without aiming at obtaining the diploma may register for the amount of credits they wish to.

Requisites for access to the second part of the programme

To be able to pursue the second part of the Master, the student must have passed all the Units of the first part of the Master and submitted the Master Thesis protocol supported by the tutor and the institution in which this activity will be developed.

The protocols are examined by an evaluation committee formed by the UPV/UAB/IAMZ-CIHEAM Studies Commission of the Master and Master lecturers, who will consider: (i) the coherence and viability of the project; (ii) the scientific-technical guarantees of the supervisors and host institutions; and (iii) the concordance between the topics chosen and previous training of the candidate, the foreseeable professional insertion and the training or productive demands in the student's country of origin.