Diploma in Science, Technology and Society for students over the age of 55

capçalera diploma en "ciència, tecnologia i societat"

Currently, only 44% of people over the age of 55 are actively employed. It is an age group whose keen physical and intellectual abilities leave it well-positioned to take full advantage of comprehensive training. The UPC offers them the chance to do just that, in keeping with its mission to facilitate lifelong learning in order to enhance the skills and aptitudes of society at large.

Academic information

Academic information
Teaching objectives The main teaching objectives of the Diploma in Science, Technology and Society are, first, to promote university education for adults in an increasingly large age group and, second, to make higher education available to people who have never had the chance to pursue it. Additionally, the course seeks to offer people wishing to learn more about the subject areas of the Diploma the chance to do so.
What will you learn? Students of this course will broaden and deepen their understanding of several areas of knowledge. They will learn what caused the major historical and social shifts of the modern world and share their experience and knowledge in dynamic, motivated work groups. They will moreover be given the tools and knowledge they need to give new cultural and social impetus to their immediate environments.
Upon completion Upon completion of the course, diploma holders will have acquired a set of new communication technology skills and scientific and cultural knowledge that will afford them valuable insight into contemporary technological society.
Duration of the course Three academic years divided into a total of six semesters.
Schedule First year: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Second and third years: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Structure of the course This University Diploma project was launched by the UPC in conjunction with the Spanish National Distance Education University (UNED) office in Terrassa. However, it is open to all university schools in the city of Terrassa. For the first four semesters, all subjects are compulsory. Beginning the fifth semester, both compulsory and optional subjects will be offered. Attendance is required and throughout the course students will be given assignments to determine whether or not they have mastered different skills. Upon successful completion of all the subjects and a tutored thesis, students will be awarded a University Diploma in Science, Technology and Society, a UPC Foundation-specific qualification.
Face-to-face Yes
Credits 100 ECTS credits
Cost €440 per year
€100 per subject
The fee may be paid in instalments


First year Information and Intellectual Technologies
Introduction to Psychology
Keys to Understanding Today's Economy
Understanding the Internet
Brief History of the 20th Century
Preventing Illness and Promoting Health
Second year History of Science and Technology
Everyday Mathematics
Visual Health
Financial Systems and Society
Technology and Sustainability
Art of the 20th Century
3rd year Introduction to Mind and Body Maintenance
Production of Photographic, Film and TV Images
The World of Physics and Chemistry
Introduction to Music
Human Geography
History of Thought
  There are no optional subjects and the two optional specialization subjects (generalist and scientific-technological) are no longer available.
Synthesis project: No credits are allocated for synthesis projects or enrolment because the profile has been simplified.


Number of places 45 
How to apply? The course is open to students over the age of 55 who are not currently employed and are eager to learn.

Contact details

Contact details
Address Campus de Terrassa. Edificio TR10. C. Colom, 2.  Planta 1ª.
08222. Terrassa 
Tel. 937 398 671
E-mail gentgranterrassa@(ct.upc.edu)
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