Master's degree in Applied Telecommunications and Engineering Management (MASTEAM)
NEWS (January 21st 2017): In the last months media is reporting about a shortage of IT engineers (Telecommunications, Computer Science) in Spain (and specifically in Barcelona). La Vanguardia newspaper has run a story about it (in Spanish). Although it can be argued if the salaries are really that high, what is true is that the IT sector is in urgent need of IT professionals due to the high volume of technology-based start-ups and the fact that big companies have established or are opening R&D divisions in Barcelona.
NEWS (January 20th 2017): The official list of students admitted to start their studies in the Spring 2017 semester has been published here.
NEWS (January 9th 2017): The pre-enrolment period for starting your studies in the Autumn 2017 semester is already open. Check details in the Summary and Admission sections below.
NEWS (December 20th 2016): The course schedule for the Spring 2017 semester has been published. Check the bottom of this page.
NEWS (December 16th 2016): MASTEAM students have visited two companies hosted in our campus: HEMAV (drones - very related to ICT and IoT, for example in sensor data collection by drones, or in image processing) and BCN3D (3D printing). If you wonder how 3D printing is related to Internet and Things and Smart Cities, take a look at these links: Telefonica's R&D blog, Could 3D printing revolutionize the Internet of Things? MASTEAM students had a lot of fun and apart from the technical aspects they were able to see how two small companies are organized (kanban and lean techniques in BCN3D, a very flexible organization of a startup such as HEMAV). Both companies offered our students the possibility of doing internships and master thesis.
NEWS (November 3rd 2016): On Tuesday November 22, 13:00h, at the Main Hall (C4-001), we will host an informative talk on the existing opportunities that our Master students have to complete their studies abroad. We will also inform you about the new agreements recently signed for the double degrees program.
During this talk we will provide you with general information that you may need for your mobility to a foreign country, including the deadlines, administrative stuff, necessary documents, application for grants, and so on.
We please ask you to confirm your participation by sending an email with your name, surname and the current Master degree in which you are enrolled to email@example.com. Please, use MASTER TALK as the subject of your email.
NEWS (November 2nd 2016): Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera (FCLP) celebrated on October 26th the ceremony of the the sixth edition of the Scholarship Program for Masters of Excellence. One of their grants has been assigned, for 6 years in a row, to the MASTEAM candidate with the best CV. This course the MASTEAM student awarded with 5000 euros is David Sesto, one of the new students admitted to MASTEAM to begin his studies in September 2016. Congratulations to David, and our gratitude to the FCLP for its continued support to our Master students. You can see the pictures and details of the ceremony here.
NEWS (October 26th 2016): We are happy to have hosted a talk from Dr Diego López (Telefónica I+D), on Software networks, SDN, NFV and 5G. October 26th, classroom 130G, Building C4, Campus Castelldefels UPC, 13:00h (note the change in the usual place and time).
You can find here the slides of this inspiring talk.
NEWS (October 25th 2016): MASTEAM has signed a Double Degree agreeement with Cranfield University (UK), that includes 8 different master programs. This will allow Cranfield and UPC students to obtain 2 master degrees in just 2 years (1 year in each country). More information here.
NEWS (October 24th 2016): We are happy to host a talk from Mr Vicent Ferrándiz (Idneo-Ficosa), Breaking myths about entrepreneurship in the IoT sector. October 24th, classroom 128B, Building C4, Campus Castelldefels UPC, 17:30h.
NEWS (October 19th 2016): MASTEAM students visit the CTTC (Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya), and specifically the laboratories and testbeds related to Internet of Things and Smart Cities, the main topics of the master.
The CTTC researchers and engineers will describe the equipment, testbeds and architectures that they are developing.
The visit will consist in going through 4 different laboratories, which are:
Mobile Networks Lab.: http://www.cttc.es/mobile-networks-lab/
Optical Networks and Systems Lab.: http://www.cttc.es/optical-networks-and-systems-lab/
Digital Networks and Systems Lab.: http://www.cttc.es/digital-signal-processing-lab/
NEWS (October 10th 2016): MASTEAM has signed a Double Degree agreeement with the Master in Telecommunications Engineering of Università dell'Aquila (UNIVAQ, Italy). This will allow UNIVAQ and UPC students to obtain both master degrees in just 2 years (1 year in each country). We already have an italian student, Federico Vincenzo Fiordigigli, following this joint program. More information here.
NEWS (October 1st 2016): MASTEAM has opened the pre-enrolment period for students who want to start their studies in February 2017. Pre-enrolment will be open until 16th December. More information and links below, in the Admission section.
NEWS (September 29th 2016): We are proud to announce a talk from Dr Cristina Cano (UOC), EETAC-UPC alumni, on Coexistence of Scheduled and Random Access: On Fairness and Implications of Heterogeneity Oct 5th, classroom 128B, 17:30h.
NEWS (September 28th 2016): MASTEAM has initiated a collaboration with the organizers of IoT World Solutions congress, held at Fira de Barcelona. This includes free expo passes for MASTEAM students and professors, and a talk about the current status of the IoT market and its future in November (date to be confirmed).
NEWS (September 27th 2016): The talk program starts again, with an inspiring talk from Dr Jesús Alonso-Zárate, researcher and head of the M2M Communications dept at CTTC. "The Internet of Things: A Brave New World", Sept 28th, classroom 128B, 17:30h.
NEWS (September 1st 2016): The academic calendar, course schedule, and exam schedule of the Autumn 2016 semester have been published - check the links at the bottom of this page.
NEWS (July 29th 2016): MASTEAM ranks as the 5th Best Engineering master in Spain, according to El Mundo newspaper. See the ranking here (in Spanish).
NEWS (July 20th 2016): David Sesto, one of the new students admitted to MASTEAM to begin his studies in September 2016, has been awarded the grant of 5.000 euros offered by the Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera, in the sixth edition of the Scholarship Program for Masters of Excellence. More information here.
NEWS (May 18th 2016): MASTEAM has been awarded, for the 6th year in a row, a grant for the newly admitted student (Autumn 2016) with the best academic records. The grant amount is 5.000 euros, covering tuition fees, plus a stipend, and is offered by the Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera, in the sixth edition of the Scholarship Program for Masters of Excellence. This initiative aims to recognize talent, promote excellence and impulse postgraduate quality, MASTEAM is one of the only six masters considered excellent in the field of Engineering. More information here.
NEWS (April 13th 2016): As an activity of the Big Data and Data Mining course of the MASTEAM, past Tuesday March 29th the students and the lecturer of the course went to visit the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. The visit lasted for 1 hour during which the group was authorized to walk around and above the glass box that contains the MareNostrum, to see one of its more than 24,000 processing boards, and to visit the museum of the historical supercomputers of the center. More information here.
NEWS (April 1st 2016): Two MASTEAM students, Xavier Narváez and Rodrigo Sampedro, have been awarded a Catalan Government grant to collaborate in undergraduate teaching activities during three months. The selection was made based on the academic records of the candidates, and the two grants assigned to EETAC have been awarded to MASTEAM students. More information here.
NEWS (February 22nd 2016): Guillem Xercavins Torregrosa (MASTEAM) has received a grant from theInstrumentation, Sensors and Interfaces Group, one of the UPC research groups based in EETAC premises, in order to work on his Master Thesis on bioimpedance measurements using only surface contacts with the limbs. His work will develop several UPC patents which implementation can be a breakthrough in cardiovascular measurements in e-health scenarios.
NEWS (December 15th 2015): A team of four EETAC-UPC students, including three MASTEAM alumni (Sergio Aguilar Romero, Rafael Montero Herrera, David José Quiroz Martiña, Luis Alonso Villatoro Quiroz), has won the SDN Open Contrail Hackathon organized by the i2CAT Foundation and Juniper Networks. The contest consisted on developing a proof-of-concept of a SDN/NFV application, taking advantage of the flexibility of the current trend of software-defined and virtualized networking. The team won a prize of 3000$ or a ticket to the 4-day Imagine Express Barcelona-Paris-London trip. More information here.
NEWS (October 13th 2015): Two of our students receive a 5000 euros Excellent Grant covering tuition fees, plus a stipend. Ana Cristina Fernández and Rodrigo Sampedro are among the 50 students who received a grant from Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera, in the fifth edition of the Scolarship Program for Masters of Excellence. This initiative aims to recognize talent, promote excellence and impulse postgraduate quality. More information here.
The master's degree in Applied Telecommunications and Engineering Management (MASTEAM) offers students a wide range of optional courses and prepares them for research or professional practice as engineers in cutting-edge Information and Communication Technology (ICT) fields. The topics include Smart Cities, Internet of things, 5th generation of mobile communications, sensor networks, optical communications in the cloud, network management, massive data processing (Big Data) and signal processing, software-defined networking and radio (SDR and SDN), smart objects, network security, business models and management in the ICT sector. The master has mobility agreements with more than 30 European universities as well as internship agreements with more than 100 companies in the telecommunications sector.
UPC is one of the leading Universities in the ICT sector at both European and global levels. You can check UPC's current position in several international rankings here.
Admitted students: 30 per academic year (2 semesters, students can start their studies in September or February)
For those students wishing to start their studies in Autumn 2017 (September 2017), the pre-enrolment period will be open from 9 January 2017 to 7 July 2017. Foreign students should apply as soon as possible, in order to obtain admission soon enough to proceed with the visa request at the Spanish consulates in their countries. For those students wishing to start their studies in Spring 2018 (February 2018), the pre-enrolment period has not yet been announced, but it will probably open by mid-October 2017 to mid-December 2017. More details about the UPC admission calendar can be found here.
Duration: 1 academic year (full time), 2 academic years (part time)
ECTS credits: 60 (1500 hours of student activities)
Double degree agreements: MASTEAM has double degree agreements with similar masters, allowing our students to obtain both master degrees in just two years, spending one year in Barcelona and another year abroad. Currently, we have signed agreements with:
- Master in Telecommunications Engineering, Università dell'Aquila (UNIVAQ), Italy. Students spend one year in Barcelona + one year in L'Aquila. More details here.
- ICT - related masters at Cranfield University (UK): Master in Digital Signal and Image Processing, Master in Autonomous Vehicle Dynamics and Control, Master in Knowledge Management for Innovation, Master in Automotive Mechatronics, Master in Software Engineering for Technical Computing, Master in Aerospace Computing (new program, description not available as of October 2016), Master in Computer Aided Engineering, Master in Geographical Information Management. Students spend one year in Barcelona + one year in Cranfield. More details about the agreement can be found here.
- Negotiations are undergoing with IST (Lisboa, Portugal), KTH (Stockholm, Sweden).
Mobility: MASTEAM has Erasmus agreements with more than 30 European universities, and some more outside Europe, that allow our students to spend one or two semesters abroad doing the Master Thesis (and sometimes also optional courses). In this case students only obtain the MASTEAM degree, with the mention of the mobility. You can check the list of Erasmus agreements here.
Officially verified by the Spanish Ministry of Education and the Catalan Regional Government through the Agency for the Quality of the University System of Catalonia (AQU). Links to the verification report and to the official registry of the degree (in Spanish)
Being an official master degree of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), MASTEAM graduates whose official bachelor’s degree has at least 240 ECTS credits (4 years) fulfill the requirement of having at least 300 ECTS (240 BSc + 60 MASTEAM) in official programs and therefore may seek admission to a doctoral programme for pursuing an official PhD degree.
Scope and Objectives
Telecommunication has evolved from audio and video communication for personal information exchange and entertainment to pervasive data communication in the Mobility and Internet-of-Things era. Currently, telecommunications in general and Internet in particular are major technological drivers, providing solutions for countless applications that were unthinkable just two decades ago. They have transformed the ways we communicate and live.
This master degree is intended for those willing to acquire the skills that will enable them to conceive, design and implement cutting-edge engineering solutions based on the latest telecommunication and Internet technologies in order to improve people’s welfare in a sustainable economy.
Program and Faculty
Total: 60 ECTS credits. Check the definition of ECTS credits here.
Mandatory contents: 15 ECTS credits (courses) + Master Thesis: 12 ECTS credits = 27 ECTS credits.
Optional contents: 33 ECTS credits out of an offer of 42 ECTS credits
Faculty - course coordinators (Spring 2017 semester)
- 1A1 courses
- Sensors and Interfaces: Prof. Ramon Pallàs-Areny (Full Professor, Dept of Electronics Engineering, Instrumentation, Sensors and Interfaces research group).
- Network Engineering: Prof. Sebastià Sallent (Full Professor, Network Engineering Dept, Broadband Networks and Services research group).
- Optimization for Applied Engineering Design: Dr Cristina Cervelló (Associate Professor & Department Director, Network Engineering Department, Broadband Networks and Services research group).
- Next-gen Wireless Comm and IoT: Dr Sílvia Ruíz (Associate Professor, Department of Signal Theory and Communications, Wireless Communications Technologies research group).
- ICT-Based Entrepeneurship: Dr Vicenç Fernández (Associate Professor, Dept of Management and Business Administration).
- 1A2 courses
- Optical Networks for Cloud-Based Services: Dr Salvatore Spadaro (Associate Professor, Department of Signal Theory and Communications, Optical Communications research group).
- Internet of Things & Ubiquitous IP, Spring 2016: Dr Carles Gómez Montenegro (Associate Professor, Network Engineering Dept, Wireless Networks research group).
- 5G Network Planning: Dr Sílvia Ruíz (Associate Professor, Department of Signal Theory and Communications, Wireless Communications Technologies research group).
- Body Sensor Nodes: Prof. Ramon Pallàs (Full Professor, Dept of Electronics Engineering, Instrumentation, Sensors and Interfaces research group).
- Applied Image Processing: Dr Francesc Tarrés (Associate Professor, Department of Signal Theory and Communications, Audio-Visual Technologies research group).
- Augmented Reality & Smart Objects: Dr Dolors Royo (Associate Professor, Computer Architecture Dept).
- 1B1 courses
- Service Engineering: Dr Jesús Alcober (Associate Professor, Network Engineering Dept, Broadband Networks and Services research group).
- Low-Power Systems with Energy Harvesting: Dr Óscar López (Associate Professor, Dept of Electronics Engineering, Instrumentation, Sensors and Interfaces research group).
- Creativity and Engineering: Prof. Antoni Elias (Full Professor, Department of Signal Theory and Communications, Antennas and Wireless Systems Laboratory).
- Big Data and Data Mining: Dr Cristina Barrado (Associate Professor, Computer Architecture Dept, Research Group on Intelligent Communications and Avionics for Robust Unmanned Aerial Systems).
- Network Security - Authentication and Authorization: Dr Juan Hernández (Associate Professor, Network Engineering Dept, Information Security research group).
- Software-Defined Radio: Dr Antoni Gelonch (Associate Professor, Department of Signal Theory and Communications, Components and Systems for Communications Research Group).
- Project on ICT-based Entrepeneurship: Dr Jesús Alcober (Associate Professor, Network Engineering Dept, Broadband Networks and Services research group).
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.
The global competencies of MASTEAM include:
- Manage and plan, both at the technical and management level, ICT-based developments, research projects or innovations.
- Plan, design, develop and manage technologically feasible telecommunications projects and applications, based on the need to create or innovate an optimum and appropriate product or process in accordance with certain regulatory, environmental and cost guidelines.
- Prepare or evaluate a feasibility plan for the development of a product or service for a company.
- Be familiar with trends in the telecommunications market, laws and guidelines set by various organizations, existing standards and recommendations, current ICT trends, and their impact on social, economic and cultural development.
- Capacity of carrying out advanced research in the telecommunications field (R&D departments at companies, Research centres, Universities).
- Direct and lead research groups.
The specific skills MASTEAM students acquire include the ability to:
- Design, implement and evaluate 5G and next generation mobile communications networks.
- Design, implement and evaluate high density heterogeneous networks using virtualization techniques in the access network.
- Design, implement and evaluate cooperative mobile networks (Internet of things) for different types of terminals (vehicles, home automation components, infrastructure, body sensors, etc.).
- Analyze, model and design big scale communications networks.
- Solve optimization problems in the field of communication networks.
- Design and implement wireless sensor networks for any application.
- Define the elements that characterize a business model for innovative ICT-based products.
Graduates of this master’s degree will be experts in designing, developing and managing telecommunications projects. They can also work in the creation of innovative products, systems and procedures in accordance with regulations and environmental guidelines. They will also be able to pursue advanced research careers in international R&D divisions.
Probably the best way to check where our graduates work is by logging to LinkedIn and searching for MASTEAM (more than 170 profiles are returned).
Among others, the graduates of this Master may work in the following industries:
- Network operators
- Providers of added-value telecommunication services
- Smart Cities, Internet of Things
- Data Centers
- Big Data
- Companies in sectors that are currently being transformed by ICTs (automotive, audiovisual, food, logistics, energy, finances…)
- Mobile Apps
- Aeronautics and Aerospace
- Research, development and innovation (R+D+I)
- Public Administration
- Digital Entertainment
- Technical consulting
- Business Consulting
- Electronic Components
- Telecommunications regulators
- Computer Science
This Master allows students of an official degree (of at least 240 ECTS) to access a PhD / doctorate program in Telecommunications Engineering or other ICT-related fields.
Besides the general access requirements set by the UPC, MASTEAM sets the following specific admission requirements and criteria.
Specific admission requirements:
- An official Bachelor Degree OR Technical Engineering Degree in Telecommunications or ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) Engineering, specializing in Telecommunications Systems, Telematics (Computer Networks), Electronic Systems, Audiovisual Systems, or Science & Technologies of Telecommunications, or an official MSc Degree in Telecommunications or ICT Engineering. Any of the aforementioned degrees must have been obtained in an educational institution from a state belonging to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
- With complementary coursework, other engineering degrees from EHEA or Telecommunications/ICT engineering degrees from outside EHEA. A Validations Committee will review the applications and may propose complementary coursework.
- Language requirements: English language certification – Level B2 or higher.
Documents to be submitted in the application:
- Bachelor degree (see above)
- Academic record/transcript of records
- Curriculum vitae
- Motivation letter and two letters of recommendation (from a professor and/or former employer)
- Certification of English Language: B2 (or higher) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or an equivalent level in other scales (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge, etc). See this for more details.
Application to the MASTEAM Master's degree has to be done in the period established by the UPC. Please follow this link.
Fees for the 2016-2017 academic year: € 179.08 of annual taxes, plus € 51.46 per ECTS credit. For non-EU (European Union) nationals, the credit cost is 1.5 times the ordinary cost. Example of total cost: for a EU student who takes the master in 2 years (part-time) and passes all the courses in the first attempt, the total cost would be 2 years x 179.08 + 60 credits x 51.46 = € 3445.76.
Grants ans scholarships
- MASTEAM has been awarded a 5000 euros Excellence Masters grant from Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera, for one of our students (the one with the best academic performance among those admitted to start his/her studies - and the grant is conditioned to the actual enrolment of the student in our master). The grant includes tuition fees for one academic year, plus a stipend. The grant is assigned only to excellent, internationally-projected, research-oriented masters taught in English, and the list of masters is updated every year by the Foundation. MASTEAM has been assigned at least one grant in all the editions since 2012. Check the News section at the top of this page for more information on previous years' editions.
- MASTEAM has received, in each one of the last editions, at least two AAD grants from the Government of Catalonia for the provision of teaching support to staff at Catalan public universities amounting to €410.18 a month over three months for the provision of 32 hours/month of academic support. Candidates must be enrolled in our courses.
- The Instrumentation, Sensors and Interfaces Group, and the Broadband Networks and Services Group, among others, offer grants to MASTEAM students interested on Master Thesis topics offered by the group. Candidates are expected to have a trajectory of academic excellence, genuine interest on applied research and, eventually, readiness to pursuing a PhD. degree. Candidates must be enrolled in our courses.
- UPC offers "learning grants" (beques d'aprenentatge) for collaboration in tasks related to administrative procedures, promotion of studies, etc. Candidates must be enrolled in our courses. You can access the list of currently open grants here (they are continuously updated).
- UPC also offers "research initiation grants" (beques d'iniciació a la recerca) for collaboration in academic and research-related tasks. Candidates must be enrolled in our courses. More information here. You can access the list of currently open grants here (they are continuously updated).
- UPC master students with good academic performance who are willing to continue their studies in the form of a PhD program can access to pre-doctoral grants offered by UPC departments and PhD programs here.
- La Caixa Foundation offers almost 200 scholarships, both for Master and Doctorate. More information here.
- Chinese students interested in MASTEAM are eligible for the Chinese Scholarshp Council CSC-UPC Scholarships. More information here.
- The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation offers the MAEC-AECID grants. More information here.
- Kurdish and Iraqi students interested in MASTEAM are eligilble for the KRG HCDP Scholarships. More information here.
- The Basque Country Government offers grants. More information here.
- The Balsells California-Catalonia Programs offers fellowships. More information here.
- The Universia portal offers information about grants. More information here.
MASTEAM students can apply for up to 600h of paid internships at ICT companies that have agreements with our School (more than 100 companies in Barcelona metropolitan area as of December 2016). The minimum wage is 8 euros/h. The list of offes is open only to students enrolled in the master program, and students can apply when they have passed at least 25% of the program courses (15 ECTS credits).Currently we have more demands from companies than actual students available, so everybody who wants to take an intership has opportunities to do so.
As UPC student, you can also access these grants related to internships at companies:
- Grants Becas Santander Universidades for internships in companies, focused in Latin America and Europe, but also open to other countries.
- (Only for EU citizens) EU-Japan Vulcanus program for internships in Japanese companies.
- More information about grants for interships at companies can be found here.
Enrolment instructions (only for candidates admitted in the pre-enrolment procedure).
Enrolment day: Each semester, before the start of lectures, there will be a specific day when the admitted students have to be physically present at the campus with their documents, in order to finish the administrative procedures and pay the fees. The date will be announced to the admitted students with a couple of months in advance, and usually takes place around September 1st-14th for the Autumn semester (lectures start around September 15th), and around February 1st-14th (lectures start around February 15th) for the Spring semester.
Documents to present for the enrolment (original + 1 extra copy)
- University degree certificate (or proof that you have applied for it) that provides access to the master's degree course.
- Academic record / Transcript of Records / Personal transcript (courses taken and marks obtained).
- Your national identity document if you are a Spanish / European Union national, and in the case of candidates from outside EU, your passport and Foreigner Identification Number, NIE (or proof that you have applied for it). NIE can be obtained either in Spain (visiting any National Police station) or in Spanish Embassies/Consulates.
- Curriculum Vitae.
For those of you who also hold a master's degree, there is no need to bring it, since it is the bachelor degree the one that allows you to access MASTEAM.
IMPORTANT (1) - In case your degree has not been obtained at an educational institution from the European Union, *you MUST legalize your documents*. You can enrol even if the legalization procedures have not finished, but you should demonstrate that you have at least started the legalization procedures. More information about the legalization procedures can be found here (in Spanish, a summary in English can be found here).
IMPORTANT (2) - Since the only languages in which we can accept original documents are Spanish, Catalan and English, any document whose original version is in other languages should be accompanied by a *certified* or *legalized* translation, not a simple translation to English or Spanish.
Example: if you studied in Russia and you present a translation of your degree diploma in English, the English translation cannot be a simple translation - it should be legalized / certified.
Spring 2017 schedule
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