Physical Anthropology: Human Evolution and Biodiversity

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The University of Alcalá offers courses leading to official university degrees valid all over Spain and where applicable, throughout the territory of the European Union.

In its official studies, the University of Alcalá promotes training that is balanced in theoretical and practical aspects, promoting freedom of opinion, based on a command of content to grasp the scientific, technical or artistic methods needed to achieve the social return on the public resources invested in the training process in productive activity of future graduates.

These studies include Undergraduate Degrees, Master's Degrees and Doctorates courses.


Official Studies


Master's Degree in Physical Anthropology: Human Evolution and Biodiversity (M144)

Master's organised jointly by the Universities of Autónoma of Madrid, Alcalá and Complutense of Madrid

Master's Website

Participating Universities

University of Alcalá, University Autónoma of Madrid and University Complutense of Madrid

Organising Centre, Department or Institute

- University Autónoma of Madrid
   Department of Biology

- University of Alcalá
   Department of Life Sciences

- University Complutense of Madrid
   Department of Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution

Teaching centre(s)

  • University Autónoma of Madrid
    Faculty of Sciences
    Biology Building
  • University of Alcalá
    Faculty of Sciences
    Sciences Building
  • University Complutense of Madrid
    Faculty Biological Sciences

Year Course Started

2010-11 (RD 1393/2007)



Official Duration

One academic year, full-time.

Minimum number of ECTS by type of registration and course

60 ECTS for full-time students and 30 ECTS for part-time students

Type of teaching

Face-to-face classes


Spanish and English (optionally French) in training activities.
Spanish, English and French in bibliographic support.

Level of qualification

Level 3 leading to the title of Master's Degree. Level 3 (Master's) of the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education (MECES) corresponds to level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), in accordance with the provisions of the Royal Decree 22/2015, of 23rd January (BOE 07/02/2015).

Professional qualification

This is not a degree title qualifying with ministerial approval for the exercise of regulated professional activities.


Research and professional


Consuelo Prado Martínez (UAM)
Ángeles Sánchez Andrés (UAH)

María Dolores Marrodán Serrano         


Consuelo Prado Martínez (UAM)
Ángeles Sánchez Andrés (UAH)
María Dolores Marrodán Serrano (UCM)

Academic Committee

Consuelo Prado Martínez (UAM)
Ángeles Sánchez Andrés (UAH)
María Dolores Marrodán Serrano (UCM)


Academic issues:
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Administrative issues:

Goals and competencies

The goals of this Master's degree are in line with the stipulates of the Spanish Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (MECES) and ensure the achievement of the basic competencies required to obtain a master's degree, following article 3.3, Appendix I of R.D. 1393/2007.

Fulfilment of the goals means students have achieved competencies that must be consistent with the fundamental rights of equality between men and women, with the principles of equal opportunities and universal accessibility for the disabled, and with the values proper to a democratic and peace-loving culture.

Number of places for new students

Total number of places available: 40

Places available by University of Alcala: 13

A minimum of 20 students are required to teach the Master's programme.

Reserved places: 5% for students with a certified disability of 33% or more.

Specific admission conditions

Entry profile

Graduates interested in scientific and/or professional training in the field of Physical Anthropology. Priority will be given to graduates in bio sanitary disciplines (Biology, Food Science and Technology, Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing...) or related to a field of Physical Anthropology (Archaeology, Biotechnology, Physical Activity and Sport Sciences...). Depending on the student's previous training, the Inter-University Teaching Coordination Committee of the Master's Degree may determine whether it is compulsory to take a complementary training subject.

Specific requirements

Applicants must provide a "Letter of Intent" in which they must state their interests and aspirations, both educational and professional, regarding their choice of Master's degree, duly articulated with their background. The Master's Academic Committee will determine the admission of students.

Selection criteria

  • The student's previous training and experience will be assessed. Priority will be given to graduates in bio sanitary disciplines or those related to the field of Physical Anthropology.
  • Knowledge of English would be an asset.
  • A personal interview will be conducted.


Collaboration agreements and programmes




From 25th September 2023 (11th September for those students who have to complete Training Complements) to 29th May 2024.


Classes are taught at the three participating universities.
The calendar has been prepared so that the student's movements are the minimum necessary.

  • University Autónoma of Madrid
    Faculty of Sciences
    Biology Building
    C/ Darwin 2
    Ciudad Universitaria de Cantoblanco
    28049. Madrid
  • University of Alcalá
    Faculty of Sciences
    Sciences Building
    Science and Technology Campus
    Ctra. Madrid-Barcelona Km. 33,6
    28805. Alcalá de Henares (Madrid)
  • University Complutense of Madrid
    Faculty of Biological Sciences
    C/ José Antonio Novais 12
    Ciudad Universitaria
    28040. Madrid.

Material resources

External Practicums

Spanish Registry of Universities, Centres and Qualifications registration

Course implementation

Quality guarantee system

Quality committee

- Consuelo Prado Martínez (UAM)

- Margarita Carmenate Moreno (UAM)

- Ángeles Sánchez Andrés (UAH)

- Esperanza Gutiérrez Redomero (UAH)

- María Dolores Marrodán Serrano (UCM)

- Antonio González Martín (UCM)                                                                       

- María Francisca Pesado Castaño (representante del PAS)

- Students representative (Delegate of the current course)

Complaints and Suggestions