Specific admission requirements

The doctoral programme is aimed at students who have completed a master’s degree in telecommunications or informatics and wish to study a topic in this field in greater depth to contribute to developing the state of the art in that area. While this is the ideal academic background, students who have completed degrees in other areas may also be admitted, though they may be required to take bridging courses.

The natural route for entering the doctoral programme is via a UPC master’s degree, such as the master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering (MET) or the master’s degree in Applied Telecommunications and Engineering Management (MASTEAM). Students who hold one of these degrees are not required to take any bridging courses. In the case of students from other master’s degrees, the academic committee of the doctoral programme will consider their academic record and the area in which they wish to complete their thesis. Based on this information, the committee will decide whether a student needs to take bridging courses, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Generally speaking, students who hold a master’s degree in telecommunications (or equivalent) from another Spanish or European university may be admitted directly to the research stage. Students with a master’s degree in informatics or computer science are required to take some courses to improve their knowledge of telecommunication networks. Students from other backgrounds are required to take additional credits so they can rapidly acquire the knowledge needed to complete a doctoral thesis in this field.


The following are some of the optional subjects currently taught on the two master’s degrees in Network Engineering:

  • Communication Networks
  • Overlay Networks
  • Distributed Systems and Internet and Web Technologies
  • Information Technology Service Management
  • Network Security
  • Networks
  • Quality of Service in Networks
  • Wireless Access Networks
  • Optimisation for Applied Engineering Design
  • Network Engineering
  • ICT-based Entrepreneurship
  • Internet of Things and Ubiquitous IP
  • Service Engineering
  • Network Security Authentication and Authorisation

A good knowledge of written and spoken English is essential because this language will be used for communication in the doctoral programme (in training as well as in publications and reports) and to exchange knowledge with other researchers.