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Master's degree in Telecommunications Engineering (MET)

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. 

Specialisations

  • Wireless Communications
  • Fibre Optic Communications
  • Antennas, Microwaves and Photonics for Communications and Earth Observation
  • Internet Networks and Technologies
  • Multimedia
  • Electronics
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Duration and start date
Two academic years, 120 ECTS credits. Starting September and February
Timetable and delivery
Mornings and afternoons. Face-to-face
Fees and grants
Approximate fees for the master’s degree, excluding academic fees and degree certificate fee, €5,060 (€7,590 for non-EU residents).

Grants for the degree
  • Accenture: 1 scholarship that covers at least the cost of the matriculation of a semester, and realization of paid practices at Accenture during the term of the scholarship.
  • Everis: 3 scholarships with a grant of €3,000 each, and carrying out practices in Everis during a semester..
  • Fòrum TIC: 1 scholarship of  €3,000.
  • Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera: 1 scholarship of excellence with a grant of € 10,000.
  • HP: 1 scholarship with a grant of €2,773.35 and an additional employment contract linked to the duration of the scholarship .
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Language of instruction
English
Location

Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSETB)

Official degree
Recorded in the Ministry of Education's degree register
Double-degree agreements
Double-degree pathways with universities around the world
  • Master's degree in Telecommunications Engineering (MET, ETSETB) + one of the following master's degrees from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Electrical Engineering, Stockholm, Sweden:
    • Master’s programme in Electric Power Engineering
    • Master’s programme in Electrophysics
    • Master’s programme in Information and Network Engineering
    • Master’s programme in Systems, Control and Robotics
  • MET + Ingénieur ISAE-SUPAERO (École Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace, Toulouse, France)
  • MET + one of the following master's degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology:
    • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
    • Master of Science in Computer Engineering
    • Master of Biomedical Imaging and Signals
    • Master of Network Engineering
    • Master of Telecommunications and Software Engineering
    • Master of Information Technology and Management
    • Master of Cyber Forensics and Security
    • Master of Information Technology and Management
  • MET + Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
  • MET + Maestría en Ingeniería de las Telecomunicaciones (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Perú)
  • MET + one of the following master's degrees from the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne (Telecom Bretagne):
    • Diplôme d’ingénieur
    • Diplôme national de master
  • MET + Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, specialisation in Telecommunications or Electronics (Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon)

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General requirements
Academic requirements for admission to master's degrees
Specific requirements

  • 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.
  • A 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.
  • Pre-EHEA diploma in Telecommunications Engineering: an additional 30 ECTS credits must be passed.
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics: an additional 60 ECTS credits must be passed (30 of them can be taken as optional courses on the bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics).
Applicants who have other technolgy degrees in fields such as Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Informatics Engineering, Industrial Electronics and Automatic Control Engineering, Science and Technology, etc. may need to pass some courses in addition to those of the master's degree. These bridging courses are part of the bachelor's degree in Telecommunications Technologies and Services Engineering  and are taught in Catalan or Spanish. The maximum number of credits for bridging courses is 60 ECTS.
The exact number of additional ECTS credits depends on the degree held by the applicant and will be decided by the academic committee of the master's degree.

Applicants with a Spanish pre-EHEA three-year diploma in Telecommunications Engineering will be required to enrol for an additional 30 ECTS credits not included in the 120 ECTS credits that make up the master's degree.
 
Admission criteria

Language requirements:
CEFR English Level B2, which you can demonstrate in one of the following ways:

  • Your mother tongue is English.
  • You have studied in an English-speaking country (for at least one semester).
  • You have taken an academic university  programme taught in English (for at least one semester).
  • You hold a European Higher Education Area degree that includes English Level B2.
  • You hold one of the following English language certificates:
- Cambridge: FCE
- TOEFL PBT: >= 567; CBT: >= 227; IBT: >= 87
- IELTS: 5.5
- TOEIC: 750
- Escuela Oficial de Idiomas: Certificado de nivel avanzado (Level 5)

Knowledge of Catalan and Spanish may be helpful for daily life. Find more information on the Language services and resources at the UPC website.

Places
60 in September; 30 in February
Pre-enrolment
Pre-enrolment period open.
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Enrolment
How to enrol
Legalisation of foreign documents
All documents issued in non-EU countries must be legalised and bear the corresponding apostille.

MET Curriculum

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.

  • 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.

Subjects are structured in different blocks:

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Enrolment guide:

First semester (30 ECTS).

  1. All bridge subjects that have been assigned to you.

  2. Core subjects. Any of them except MTP.

  3. None or one elective/intensification/specialization subject. Any except IT and having into account these restrictions:

      • AFOC requires to simultaneously enrol TSYS.
      • AMC requires to simultaneously enrol TSYS.
      • QSN requires to simultaneously enrol CN and OVNET.
      • WAN requires to simultaneously enrol CN.

Second semester (30 ECTS): The rest of core subjects except MTP + intensification subjects + elective subjects. Without restrictions.

Third semester (30 ECTS): MTP + intensification subjects + elective subjects. Without restrictions.

Fourth semester (30 ECTS): Master's thesis.

In case that bridge subjects are required, these will be enrolled in first and second semesters depending on the subject availability and the academic profile of each applicant.

Students can make mobility stays of half or full year to choose among a great number of foreign universities. Usually, the period is the third semester and/or the master's thesis during the fourth semester.

In case that the student is taking a double degree or a mobility stay in the second year, MTP and the 3 intensification subjects must be passed during first and second semesters.

Internships in companies:

It is also possible to perform internships in companies. In the master's framework, these internships can be curricular equivalent to 15 elective ECTS, curricular to do the master's thesis or extracurricular (do not recognize credits).

The ETSETB has a long collaboration tradition with companies. In this link you may see the companies that have offered internships during the last years.


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