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Master's degree in Applied Telecommunications and Engineering Management (MASTEAM)

NEWS (February 12th 2024): 
 From February 26th to 28th we are offering three information sessions, where you can have first hand information beyond that offered here, and you will also have the oportunity to make any enquiry relative to the admission process. Below you will find the dates and the links to register on any session that suits you best:
Monday, February 26th from 5pm to 6pm (link)
Tueday, February 27th from 12:30pm to 1:30pm (link)
Thursday, February 28th from 5pm to 6 pm (link)
Please, register yourself so we can coctact you afterwards!

Summary

 

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)

 

Admission calendar: Candidates wishing to start their studies in February 2024 (Spring 2024 semester) should apply during the pre-enrolment period open until to December 15th 2023. Candidates wishing to start their studies in September 2024 (Autumn 2024 semester) should apply during the pre-enrolment period open from January 8th 2024 to July 1st 2024. Non-European Union nationals 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. Summary of the steps of the access and admission procedures. Please note that applications are managed though the "candidate space" described here.

Duration: 1 academic year (full time), 2 academic years (part time). These are the estimates provided 1) You do not need complementary coursework (bidge courses), and 2) you start in September (Autumn intake). Those starting on February (Spring intake) will need an extra semester.

ECTS credits: 60 (1500 hours of student activities)

Modality: Face-to-face

Languages: English

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:

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 one of the countries of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the degree is automatically recognized in all the EHEA countries. Soecifically, 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 Structure

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 45 ECTS credits

IMPORTANT: A1 and A2 courses are offered only in the Autumn semester, while B1 and B2 courses are offered only in the Spring semester. The execption to this is that SENSORS, OPTICAL and BODYSEN are offered both in Autumn and Spring.

 
 

 

Faculty and description of the courses

 

 

Master Thesis

The Master Thesis is an individual work carried out by MSc students where they solve a technical challenge (design an algorithm, carry out measures, implement a hardware device, develop a code project, design a business plan, etc) in the context of any of the hot research topics in communication networks. Examples:

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.

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.

Professional Opportunities

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
  • e-Health
  • Transport
  • Research, development and innovation (R+D+I)
  • Universities
  • Public Administration
  • e-ducation
  • 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.

Admission

Admission calendar:  Candidates wishing to start their studies in September 2024 (Autumn 2024 semester) should apply during the pre-enrolment period open from January 2024 to July 1st 2024. Non-European Union nationals 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. Bear in mind that, in some non-EU countries, this might take from several weeks to several months

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.

Admission procedure:

Summary of the steps of the access and admission procedures. Please note that applications are managed though the "pre-enrolment application (candidate space)" described here.

Documents to be submitted in the application:

  • Passport
  • Bachelor degree
  • Academic record/transcript of records
  • Curriculum vitae
  • If your Bachelor degree was not obtained in Spain, your should add a declaration of equivalence or your degree marks in the Spanish mark scale. Follow the instructions described here (in Spanish or English - automatic translation-).
  • 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 table of equivalent scales for more details.
  • If your have any other master or bachelor degree, even if not finished, add your transcript of records and/or degree certificate.

Application to the MASTEAM Master's degree has to be done in the period established by the UPC. Please follow this link.

Fees

The fee structure includes Fees for the 2023-2024 academic year:

  • A fixed cost of € 89.54 per semester (plus 1.12€ mandatory school insurance for those students with ages under 28)
  • A variable cost of € 27.67 per ECTS credit (for EU nationals) or € 69.17 per ECTS credit (for non-EU nationals). Therefore, the total cost will depend on the amount of credits enrolled at the beginning of the semester. Note that these values are for the first enrolment in a certain course - there are surcharges if the course is failed and the student has to enrol for a second, third or fourth time - see more details in the official UPC notification regarding fees for the 2023-2024 courses (in Spanish).
  • Once you finish all your courses, including the Master Thesis, there will be a final fixed cost for issuing the degree certificate: € 218.15.

Examples of total cost (please note that the actual figures will change depending on the student enrolment decisions regarding the pace and his/her academic performance):

  • For a EU student who takes the master in 1 years (part-time) and passes all the courses in the first attempt, the total cost would be 2 semesters x 89.54 + 60 credits x 27.67 + 218.15 = € 2057.
  • For a non-EU student who takes the master in 1 years (full-time) and passes all the courses in the first attempt, the total cost would be 2 semesters x 89.54 + 60 credits x 102.52 + 218.15 = € 6548.
  • 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 4 semesters x 89.54 + 60 credits x 27.67 + 218.15 = € 2237.
  • For a non-EU student who takes the master in 1.5 years (part-time, 3 semesters) and passes all the courses in the first attempt except 6 credits passed in the second attempt, the total cost would be 3 semesters x 89.54 + 60 credits x 102.52 + 6 credits x 111.23 (surcharge for second enrolment) + 218.15 = € 7305.

The UPC website has more information about fees, grants and loans and payment options here (MASTEAM is one of the "Subsidised master's degree"), and here (in catalan).

Grants and scholarships

MASTEAM-specific grants

  • MASTEAM has been awarded a € 5000 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. UPDATE: since 2020, with the start of the pandemic, the grant program has been temporarily suspended, due to budget restraints of the Fundació. The Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera website will inform when the grant is reinstated.
  • Some of our research groups 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 and having passed the courses before applying for admission in the Master Thesis.

UPC-managed grants

  • 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.

General grants

  • 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.
  • The Basque Country Government offers grants. More information here.
  • The Balsells California-Catalonia Programs offers fellowships. More information here.

Internships & Job offers

MASTEAM students can apply for up to 600h of paid internships at the more than 100 ICT companies that have agreements with our School. The minimum wage is 10 euros/h. Students can apply when they have passed at least 25% of the program courses (15 ECTS credits). The list of offers can be found here.

As UPC student, you can also access these grants related to internships at companies:

  • More information about grants for interships at companies can be found here.
There is also UPC Alumni, focused in the professional development of skills, job offers, etc. All UPC students in their last year can enrol in UPC Alumi for free - therefore all MASTEAM students are eligible. They have a list of job offers here (in Catalan).
Finally, there are non-UPC related organizations that may help you find internships. For example, here is a list of IT-related internship offers in Barcelona.

Enrolment

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.

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.

Specific information for non-Spanish candidates

The following information applies to non-UE nationals and also EU nationals from countries other than Spain, and comes from here.

  • During your stay

Students from EU countries who are going to be in Spain for longer than three months must register with the European Union Citizens Register.

Students from countries that are not EU member states must do the the following:

  • Register in the city of residence, after finding somewhere to live in Spain.
  • Apply for your first non-EU student card. This card contains your foreigner's identity number and certifies your legal status in Spain. It must be applied for within 30 days of your arrival in Spain.
  • Legalisation of certificates

Legalization is the authentication of a document by the competent authorities in the country where the document was issued.

You must have a legalized university certificate to obtain the master's or postgraduate degree certificate issued by the UPC. This is not required during the pre-enrolment procedures, but it will be by the time you finish your studies at UPC.

The procedure varies depending on the country of origin of the studies or certificate.

Students from countries of the European Union or signatories to the European Economic Area Agreement do not require the photocopy of their certificate to be legalized. For students from these countries see the Translation of certificates section.

The legalization of the certificate is also not necessary for citizens of Switzerland, due to a bilateral agreement with the EU.

For other foreign students, certificates must be legalized according to the following conditions:

  • Documents issued in countries that have signed The Hague convention.The single legalization or apostille issued by the country's competent authorities is sufficient. See the list of signatory countries.
  • Documents issued in other countries.These must be legalized through diplomatic channels. The document must bear the stamps of:
    • The Ministry of Education of the country of origin.
    • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of origin.
    • Spanish diplomatic representation in the country of origin.
  • Documents issued by diplomatic or consular authorities of other countries in Spain. These must be legalized at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Translation of certificates

Documents issued abroad must be accompanied by an official translation into Spanish, Catalan or English. Official translations can be performed by:
    • A sworn translator, duly authorized or registered in Spain. List of authorized translators
    • Diplomatic or consular representation of Spain abroad.
    • Diplomatic representation in the applicant's country of origin or where appropriate, the country of issue of the document.
  • Accommodation

The UPC do not offer rooms or flats of its own for the students. We recommend two reliable housing platforms with a wide range of lodging possibilities:


The company BCU Housing can also help you to find a room or a flat. Visit their website for further information:

https://bcu.cat/en/accommodation-in-barcelona.

Note that there is a residence hall located on the same campus called Residence Pius Font i Quer, which is managed by RESA. For more accommodation options, you can visit the RESA website at www.resa.es.

 

2023-24 Academic year information: academic calendar, course schedule, and exams

You can find here the academic calendar of the 2023-24 course (including Autumn 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters), the mid-semester and end-of-semester exams calendars (filter by MASTEAM 2015) and the course schedule for the A1 courses (+CompEmp levelling course) and for the A2 courses for the Spring 2023 semester. Concerning the schedules for MXS and CSF (levelling courses) you can find them here.

The calendar of processes for NEW students admitted to start their studies in September 2023 can be found here. The calendar of processes for CURRENT students of MASTEAM (those who enrolled for the first time on February 2023 or before) can be found here.

Presentation of the master 

You can find here the last Welcome session presentation (current version September 2023).

Contact

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