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Master's Degree in Thermal Engineering

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Program overview
1 year
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

About this program

Master's Degree in Thermal Engineering

Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB)

The master's degree in Thermal Engineering is conceived as a response to problems and needs in the field of thermal energy engineering from areas of work such as energy systems and resources, heat and mass transfer and fluid dynamics, numerical and experimental methods in thermal engineering and the design of thermal systems and equipment, heaters and coolers, etc. The aim is to produce scientific and technical experts with the knowledge and skills needed to analyse any engineering problem in the fields of thermal energy and fluid dynamics.

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Admission requirements

Academic Requirements

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

In addition to these general access requirements, which apply to all master's degree courses, specific admission requirements may be set for each programme.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Total tuition fee for Master Degree student: €1,660
  • Total tuition fee for Non/EU student: €2,490


Credits: 60 ECTS

Generic Competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

Specific Competencies

  • The ability to identify and describe the components of a range of thermal systems and equipment and assess technological solutions in the field of thermal engineering.
  • The ability to analyse the behaviour of thermal systems and equipment to improve their energy efficiency.
  • The ability to understand, describe and analyse numerical methods in the field of thermal engineering clearly and broadly and to evaluate advances and new developments in this field.
  • The ability to apply technical and scientific methods to the numerical and/or experimental study of phenomena related to heat and mass transfer and fluid mechanics.
  • The ability to manage research, development and innovation in the field of thermal engineering in light of knowledge transfer capacities in basic and applied research.
  • The ability to carry out and present and defend before an examination committee an original, individual piece of work consisting of a comprehensive thermal engineering project that synthesises the competencies acquired on the degree.

Career paths

Professional Opportunities

Although this master'egree is research-oriented, it offers graduates a wide range of career options, equipping them to carry out, coordinate or manage basic and applied RDI tasks in the following sectors and areas, among others:

  • RDI departments of companies that operate in the areas mentioned above.
  • Universities, technology centres and research centres that work in the areas mentioned above.
  • Companies that manufacture thermal systems and equipment for air conditioning, ventilation and cooling, heat exchangers and accumulators, low- and medium-temperature solar energy systems, boilers, turbines, etc.
  • Companies producing thermofluid equipment for the aeronautical and aerospace sectors.
  • Companies in the renewable energy sector: high-temperature solar concentrators, wind turbines and shovels, buoy structures, etc.
  • Engineering firms with expertise in activities and projects in the thermal and fluid dynamics field.

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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech is a public institution of Higher Education and Research, specialised in the areas of Architecture, Engineering, Science and Technology. The UPC offers 66 bachelor’s degrees, 81 master’s programs (34 of them fully in...

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Why study at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya is a prestigious and well-known institution of Higher Education, nationally and internationally.

In order to develop its international policy, the UPC is member to 16 networks of universities of excellence, each of which has different objectives. These networks dedicate their efforts to work jointly with prestigious institutions to obtain results, provide visibility and lead our interests and strategies to position us at the highest level.

UPC has 2.717 students in international mobility programs, 1.541 exchange agreements with 708 HEIs and 50 DD agreements with 32 universities. Every year, more than 6,000 bachelor’s and master’s students and more than 500 doctoral students graduate. The UPC has a high graduate employment rate: 93% of its graduates are in work and 76% find a job in under three months.

The UPC has different top facilities and labs where to develop research projects, which have helped UPC become a benchmark university in Europe in innovation and technology transfer. In collaboration with other public and private institutions, UPC has created research centers with its own legal entity, internationally recognized, such as the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), the Institute of Spatial Studies of Catalunya (IEEC) or the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).

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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Campus Nord, Calle Jordi Girona, 1-3
08034 Barcelona Catalonia

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