The University of Barcelona is a leader in university research in Spain and holds a position of around 120 on average in the main international rankings: the Academic Ranking of World Universities, known as the Shanghai Ranking, Best Global Universities, and QS World University Rankings. In addition, it is the Spanish university with the most cited researchers in scientific disciplines, and in areas such as medicine, it is among the top 100 in the world. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the University of Barcelona is among the 25 best universities in the world that have been in existence for over 400 years.

In the 2015 call of the National Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation, overseen by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, the University was awarded 146 research projects and received over 10.8 million euros, which positions it as the Spanish university with the highest number of projects and amount of funding received. As part of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, the University has been awarded 61 research projects for a value of over 20.2 million euros. The UB coordinates 21 of these projects.

The income from competitive research undertaken at the eighteen UB faculties and university schools amounted to 45.5 million euros for a total of 489 research activities.


The Faculty of Chemistry of the University of Barcelona is the highest rated public faculty in Spain for study and research in the field of chemistry, and is recognized as a leading research center in diverse areas of fundamental and applied chemistry. In addition to the bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Engineering, the current offering also encompasses university master’s degrees and doctoral programmes. Likewise, the international outlook is reflected in the participation in two Erasmus Mundus Master's Programmes (EMQAL and ChIR).

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