Master's Degree in Telecommunications EngineeringUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Master's Degree in Telecommunications Engineering
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Master's Degree in Telecommunications Engineering
The master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering is a training proposal that is adaptable to the needs of two types of students: those who wish to focus on a professional career and those who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in the area of telecommunications engineering.
This master’s degree provides graduates with a broad profile that includes skills and expertise in communications systems, networks, electronics and audiovisual systems to ensure that they have the professional competencies that they need to practise as telecommunications engineers. After the first, compulsory subject area, students can choose from a wide variety of subjects to acquire a general profile, specialise in a field, or engage in research and pursue a doctoral degree.
The aim is for the graduates to enter modern industry as benchmark professionals in the new multidisciplinary work and production scenario. To increase their employability, students can take both the master’s thesis and some of the ECTS credits for optional subjects in a company or laboratory.
MET has a strong international character. It is taught entirely in English as it is expected that a large number of students will be from other countries. There is also the possibility of obtaining a joint degree with another internationally renowned university.
- An official Spanish university qualification or an official university qualification issued by a university in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that qualifies the holder for admission to a master's degree.
- A qualification issued by a university in a country that is not in the EHEA. If the qualification has not been homologated, the UPC will verify that the course of study corresponds to a level of education equivalent to an official Spanish university degree and that the qualification obtained would provide admission to a master’s degree in the country in which it was awarded. This access route in no way implies the homologation of the qualification or its recognition for any purpose other than admission to the master's degree. The master's degree will, however, be fully and legally valid.
- Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Technologies and Services Engineering
- Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Science and Technology
- Bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Systems Engineering
- Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Systems Engineering
- Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Systems Engineering
- Bachelor’s degree in Network Engineering.
- Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.
- Pre-EHEA five-year degree in Telecommunications Engineering: 60 ECTS credits may be recognised if the degree is homologated in Spain.
- Pre-EHEA five-year degree in Electronic Engineering: 45 ECTS credits may be recognised if the degree is homologated in Spain.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Master MET offers 3 types of academic paths:
- Academic path without specialization: If you want maximum flexibility in the elective subjects, choose this option. There are 45 compulsory ECTS credits, 15 ECTS credits from one intensification and you will have 30 more ECTS to choose among the different elective options. The final thesis has 30 ECTS.
- Academic path with specialization: If you want to be a specialist in one of the multiple areas of the electrical engineering, choose this option. There are 45 compulsory ECTS credits, 30 ECTS credits from the intensification that you prefer, and you will still have 15 more ECTS to choose among the different elective options. The final thesis has 30 ECTS.
The different specialisations are:
- Antennas, Microwaves and Photonics for Communications and Earth Observation
- Fibre Optic Communications
- Internet Networks and Technologies
- Wireless comunications
- Academic path with double-degree (limited places): If you prefer maximum internationalization and another master degree, choose this option. You will have to enrol 45 compulsory ECTS credits, 15 ECTS credits from one intensification and 60 or 90 ECTS credits (that include the 30 ECTS of the thesis) at the foreign university.
For more information, please visit the university website.
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
Total fees (per year):
- EU students: €1,660 per year
- Non-EU students: €2,490 per year
120 ECTS credits
On completion of the course, students will have achieved competence in the following areas:
- Communication systems: wired and wireless, optical fibre.
- Computer networks, internet, local area networks (Ethernet, Wi-Fi).
- Voice networks, video distribution and television streaming, P2P, mobile networks.
- Security in communication networks: encryption, user authentication, digital signatures.
- Radio navigation, global positioning systems (GPS).
- Information processing: encoding, compression, error correction, image recognition, video clip recognition, voice recognition, voice generation.
- Electronic components and circuits: microprocessor devices (routers, switches, etc.), sensors, actuators, transducers.
- Technology and electronics, analogue and digital electronic instrumentation, medical electronics, consumer electronics, control systems, robotics, automation.
- Micro- and nanotechnologies.
- Bioengineering applications, telemedicine, e-commerce platforms, smart cities, smart metering, sensor networks, smart homes, green computing, cloud computing.
The areas in which graduates of this master’s degree may find employment are similar to those for graduates of the five-year degree in Telecommunications Engineering, although their profiles are enhanced by an extra academic year. Their careers may lead them to practise as:
- Telecommunications engineers in any of the following areas:
- Telecommunications operations.
- Telecommunications equipment industry.
- Electronic equipment industry.
- Semiconductor industry.
- IT consulting firms (network solution designers, network planners and designers, network project leaders, etc.).
- IT companies, from content producers and distributors to service providers.
- Regulatory bodies.
- Software editing firms.
- Other industries such as cars manufacturers and consumer and industrial electronics companies, and areas such as health, energy, intelligent transport systems, logistics and mobility, agricultural and food, air and maritime transport, railway infrastructure, control systems and security of facilities and electronic services transactions, as well as rapidly expanding areas such as smart cities, smart homes, smart grids and smart health.
- Freelance professionals acting as telecommunications engineering advisors and consultants.
- Sales engineers.
- Civil servants or employees of public administrations at EU, national, regional and local level in the field of telecommunications and ICT innovation.
- Research, development and innovation specialists in public and private companies.
- Researchers and academics at public or private universities.
In addition to professionally oriented topics, the master’s degree offers highly specialised optional subjects intended for those students who are looking to pursue a doctoral degree in Telecommunications Engineering.
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