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Which languages are used on the Masters degree?

The languages used on the Masters degree are Spanish, Catalan and English and these are used to different degrees according to the subject or the type of activity. Much of the recommended bibliography is in English and this is also the preferred language for visiting lecturers. Members of the permanent lecturing staff use Spanish or Catalan according to their own preferences and the composition and dynamics of the group. Students may speak and write their essays in any of these three languages. The use of different languages has not caused any serious obstacles in the Master to date, since we believe that it makes sense for postgraduate students to make an effort to achieve at least a minimum understanding of the language and thereby enable it to be used by those who have it as their mother tongue.

How do I complete the registration process?

For interuniversity Masters degrees in Catalan public universities, registration takes place in the coordinating university, and in our case in the Academic Management Office of the Faculty of Science at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In fact, however, Masters candidates are students of both the UAB and the UB, and if they successfully complete the Masters degree, the certificate will be issued jointly by both universities. To registration, you must have been admitted to the master by the procedure of pre-registration. Registration is completed in the month of September following an interview (tutorial) with one of the coordinators of the Masters degree and after having signed the registration form containing the modules that they will take.

Over what period can I do the Masters degree?

The 60 ECTS credits of the Masters degree must be taken in a single academic year for full-time students; alternatively students should register for a minimum of 2 modules (30 ECTS credits) in the first year and a minimum of 1 module (15 ECTS credits) in the following years. It is important to calculate the amount of work and time available when choosing the modules. Given that each module involves 375 hours of work per student, and each semester consists of 18 weeks, taking 2 modules per semester amounts to a daily input of 8 hours.

Is there any recommended reading before the beginning of the Masters degree?

Below is a list of recent, accessible references. The available literature is much broader and in each of the recommended books you will find additional references. This is a purely orientative list for those who wish to begin preparing in the months prior to the start of the course.

History of science manuals:

BARONA, Josep Lluís (1994). Ciencia e historia. Debates y tendencias en la historiografía de la ciencia. Godella: Seminari d'Estudis sobre la Ciència.

KRAGH, Helge (1987). Introducción a la historia de la ciencia. Barcelona: Crítica, 2007.

Panoramic works:

FARA, Patricia (2009). Breve historia de la ciencia. Barcelona: Ariel.

ORDÓÑEZ, Javier; NAVARRO, Víctor; SÁNCHEZ RON, José Manuel (2003). Historia de la ciencia. Madrid: Austral.

SELLÉS, Manuel; SOLÍS, Carlos (2005). Historia de la ciencia. Madrid: Espasa.

References for specific periods or disciplines:

LINDBERG, David (1992). Los inicios de la ciencia occidental. La tradición científica europea en el contexto filosófico, religioso e institucional (desde el 600 aC hasta 1450). Barcelona: Paidós, 2002.

ROSSI, Paolo (1997). El nacimiento de la ciencia moderna en Europa. Barcelona: Crítica, 1998.

SHAPIN, Steven (1996). La revolución científica. Una interpretación alternativa. Barcelona: Paidós, 2000.

BOWLER, Peter J.; MORUS, Iwan R. (2005). Panorama general de la ciencia moderna. Barcelona: Crítica, 2007.

PORTER, Roy. (2003) Breve historia de la medicina. Madrid: Taurus.

PESTRE, Dominique (2008) Ciència, diners i política. Barcelona: Santa Coloma de Queralt: Obrador Edèndum.

PESTRE, Dominique (2003). Ciencia, dinero y política. Buenos Aires: Ediciones Nueva Visión, 2005.

AGAR, Jon. Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond (Cambridge: Polity, 2012).

The history and nature of science:

KUHN, Thomas S. (2007). L'estructura de les revolucions científiques. Santa Coloma de Queralt: Obrador Edèndum.

KUHN, Thomas S. (1962). La estructura de las revoluciones científicas. México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1975. Nueva traducción, de Carlos Solís, 2006.

SOLÍS, Carlos, ed. (1994). Razones e intereses. La historia de la ciencia después de Kuhn. Barcelona: Paidós.

COLLINS, Harry M.; PINCH, Trevor (1993). El gólem. Lo que todos deberíamos saber acerca de la ciencia. Barcelona: Crítica, 1996.