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Master's degree in Advanced Telecommunication Technologies

The master’s degree in Advanced Telecommunications Technologies is a joint project of the Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSETB) and the Castelldefels School of Telecommunications and Aerospace Engineering (EETAC). The programme offers a broad selection of optional credits that are organised by concentration but also provide enough flexibility for students to create their own profile. On this master’s degree, you can choose one of the concentrations proposed by the schools (technical and technological specialisation at the ETSETB or cross-disciplinary courses at the EETAC) or build your own specific profile by selecting the optional subjects you are interested in at each school.
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Duration and start date
1 academic year, 60 ECTS credits. Starting September
Timetable and delivery
Mornings and afternoons. Face-to-face
Fees and grants
Approximate fees for the master’s degree, excluding degree certificate fee, €3,267 (€4,900 for non-EU residents).
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Language of instruction
English
Location
Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSETB)
Castelldefels School of Telecommunications and Aerospace Engineering (EETAC)
General requirements
Academic requirements for admission to master's degrees
Specific requirements
Direct admission:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Science and Technology
  • Bachelor’s degrees that qualify the holder to practise the profession of technical telecommunications engineer: bachelor’s degrees in Audiovisual Systems Engineering, Electronic Systems Engineering, Telecommunications Systems Engineering, and Network Engineering
  • Degree in Telecommunications Engineering (pre-EHEA qualification)
Places
30
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Pre-enrolment closed (consult the new pre-enrolment periods in the academic calendar).
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Curriculum

MATT Curriculum

The master’s degree in Advanced Telecommunications Technologies, which is taught by the ETSETB in conjunction with the EETAC, is worth 60 ECTS credits and is taught entirely in English. It can be taken full-time or part-time and is designed in such a way that it can be adapted to the needs of students, who have a great deal of flexibility when it comes to choosing courses.

 

The basic structure is the following:

  • 15 ECTS credits for compulsory subjects that are cross-disciplinary and the content of which may be useful in a whole range of ICT specialisations.

  • 33 ECTS credits for optional subjects in various ICT areas.

  • 12 ECTS credits for the master’s thesis.

Non-curricular placements can be taken alongside the subjects of the master’s degree. In the case of the ETSETB, you will find the information by clicking on the link Work placement, and a list of companies with which it has had agreements in recent years by clicking on this link. In the case of the EETAC, the information is here.

 

Mobility is possible but has certain limitations. You can take all the subjects over two semesters at the UPC and carry out your master’s thesis at another university in the third semester. Because abroad master’s theses are rarely worth just 12 ECTS credits, it is common for students to carry out a master’s thesis of more than 12 ECTS credits on a mobility programme, even though the UPC will only recognise 12 ECTS credits. If you click on the link Mobility stays you will find the information for the ETSETB; if you click on the link Mobility you will find the information for the EETAC.

 

Because the master’s degree has many optional subjects, they are grouped into pathways that allow students to concentrate on a particular area of ICT. If students take one of these pathways, the ETSETB or the EETAC issues a certificate stating that they have taken this concentration. The certificate has no legal validity but it can be attached to your curriculum to demonstrate your knowledge of this area.

 

Each pathway consists of three or four recommended pathway subjects and one or two optional pathway subjects. The certificate is issued to students who pass 25 ECTS credits for subjects in the pathway, regardless of whether these are recommended or optional.

 

The subject Introduction to Research I (RES1) may be included in the credits for a pathway if the topic of the project lies within the area of knowledge of the pathway.

 

If students’ bachelor’s degrees insufficiently prepared them to take the pathway they have chosen, they will be asked to take additional subjects in the pathway, which, in general terms, should not mean that they take more than 60 ECTS credits on the master’s degree. The academic committee of the master’s degree is responsible for analysing students’ academic background and proposing bridging courses.

 

The master’s degree can be taken without following a pathway; in this case, students take 33 ECTS credits in an unrestricted choice of optional subjects.

 

At the EETAC, optional subjects are worth 3 ECTS credits and this allows students to take the required 33 ECTS credits. At the ETSETB, optional subjects are worth 5 ECTS credits, so students can take seminars, which are optional subjects worth 3 ECTS credits that are taught in an intensive format once the examination period at the end of each semester has ended. Two seminars cannot be taken at the same time, but more than one can be taken over the course of the master’s degree. Therefore, at the ETSETB there are various ways of completing the 33 optional ECTS credits.

  • 6 subjects worth 5 ECTS credits and 1 seminar worth 3 ECTS credits. Students have 60 ECTS credits when they get to the end of the master’s degree.

  • 5 subjects worth 5 ECTS credits and 3 seminars worth 3 ECTS credits. Students have 60 ECTS credits when they get to the end of the master’s degree.

  • 7 subjects worth 5 ECTS credits and no seminars. Students have 62 ECTS credits when they get to the end of the master’s degree.

 

Compulsory subjects are taught at the EETAC and the ETSETB at the same time and every semester (twice a year). Optional subjects are taught at just one school and just once a year, whether in the autumn semester or the spring semester. The pathways are also taught at just one school.

 

Cross-disciplinary pathways (EETAC)

Communications pathways (ETSETB)

Networks and Communication Protocols pathways (ETSETB)

Multimedia pathways (ETSETB)

Electronics pathways (ETSETB)



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MATT_diagram

Master Compulsory   Machine Learning from data (MLEARN)
Software Architecture (ARQSOFT)
Enterpreneurship for world challenges (EWOC)
Internet of Things (EETAC) 
Recommended   Mobile Communications (MOBCOM)
Network Science (NETSCI)
Optimization Techniques (OPTECH)
Elective      Internet of Things and Ubiquitous IP (IOT-IP)
Sensors and Interfaces (SENSORS)
Low-power Systems with Energy Harvesting (LOWPOW)
Body Sensor Nodes (BODYSENS)
Software Defined Radio (SDR)
Network Security: Authentication and Authorization (NETAUTH)
Leveling   Circuitos Electrónicos y Sistemas de Alimentación (CESA)
Wireless Communications (CSF)
Mobility, Networks and Services (MXS)
5G Networks (EETAC) 
Recommended   Mobile Communications (MOBCOM)
Network Science (NETSCI)
Optimization Techniques (OPTECH)
Elective      5G Network Support (5GNET)
5G Network Planning (5GPLAN)
Optical Networks for Cloud-Based Services (OPTICAL)
Software Defined Radio (SDR)
Network Security: Authentication and Authorization (NETAUTH)
Internet of Things and Ubiquitous IP (IOT-IP)
Leveling  Wireless Communications (CSF)
Mobility, Networks and Services (MXS)
Antennas, microwaves and photonics for communications and Earth observation (ETSETB) 
Recommended   Microwaves and photonics for comm. and Earth observation (MPCE)
Remote sensing for Earth observation (RSEN)
Wireless links and antennas (WLA)
Elective      Lab. of antennas, microwave and photonics for communication systems (AMPLAB)
Laser, terahertz and microwave research and applications (LTM)
Microwave imaging for remote sensing (MRS)
Numerical methods for electromagnetic engineering (NMEE)
Optical remote sensing LIDAR (ORS)
Radar, radionavigation and location systems (RADN)
Leveling Antennas and microwaves (AAM)
Wireless communications (ETSETB) 
Recommended   Advanced communications for wireless systems (ACWS)
5G mobile communications systems (5GMCS)
Short range communications (SHORT)
Elective     Array processing and smart antennas (ARRAYS)
Information theory (IT)
Artificial Intelligence-Enabled 5g Radio Networks (AI5G)
Wireless access networks (WAN)
Wireless laboratory (WLAB)
Leveling  Digital Communications (DC)
Telecommunication systems fundamentals (TSF)
Optical Networks (ETSETB) 
Recommended   Advanced fiber optical communications (AFOC)
Optical networks (OPNET)
Optical fiber telecommunications laboratory (OFLAB)
Elective   Optical fiber telecommunications (OFT)
Optical fiber sensor technologies (OSEN)
Leveling Telecommunication systems fundamentals (TSF)
Cybersecurity (ETSETB) 
Recommended    Network security (NS)
Internet applications and security (IAS) [FIB -Facultat d'informàtica]
Network Security, Authentication & Authorization (NSAA)
Cybersecurity use cases (UCASES)
Elective    Cybersecurity management (CSMAGT)
Data protection (DPROT)
Web & mobile app development (WMAD)
Optimization and Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Network Management (INMAN)
Network engineering (ETSETB) 
Recommended   Web & mobile app development (WMAD)
Overlay Networks (OVNET)
Network Security (NS)
Elective     Wireless access networks (WAN)
Quality of service in networks (QSN)
Networks Science (NET)
Internet and networked economy (INE)
Optimization and Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Network Management (INMAN)
Leveling Communication networks (CN)
Deep learning for multimedia processing (ETSETB) 
Recommended   Computer Vision with deep learning (CVDL)
Deep Learning for AI (DLAI)
Speech and language processing with deep learning (SLPDL)
Elective   Biometrics (BIOM)
Advanced human language technologies (AHLT)
Social networks: theory and an implementation (SNET)
Leveling  Digital speech and audio processing (DSAP)
Digital image and video processing (DIVP)
Integrated systems (ETSETB) 
Recommended   Advanced analog circuit technologies (AACT)
Advanced digital systems (ADS)
Micro and nano electronic design (MND)
Elective     Custom smart adaptive systems (CSAS)
Analog and mixed system-on-a-chip design (AMS)
Edison: energy management for distributed and integrated syst. (EDIS)
System-on-a-chip physical design (SCPD)
Radiofrequency integrated circuits and systems (RICS)
Leveling  Programable electronics (PROEL)
Introduction to microelectronic technologies (IMT)
Instrumentation and sensors (ETSETB) 
Recommended   Instrumentation and sensors (IS)
Signal Processing for Electronic Engineering (SPEE)
Bimedical Instrumentation design (BID)
Elective    Introduction to biomedical electronic systems (IBES)
Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
Electromagnetic compatibility in electronic design (EMC)
Ultrasonic Systems. Instrumentation and Applications (US)
Leveling Sensors, instruments and measurement systems (SIMS)
Micro and nanotechnologies for energy management (ETSETB)
Recommended   Micro and nano technologies (MNT)
Power control and processing (PCP)
Photovoltaic systems (PVS)
Elective     Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)
Power control for renewable energy systems (PCRES)
Modelling, simulation and control of power electronic systems (MOSIC)
Fabrication and Characterization Techn. for Micro and Nano Devices (TECHDEV)
Energy management for distributed and integrated syst. (EDIS)

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