The UPC expands its course offerings with two new bachelor’s degrees and six new master’s degrees

Double bachelor’s degrees

The UPC course offerings for the 2021-2022 academic year include new double bachelor’s degrees. The Interdisciplinary Higher Education Centre (CFIS) is adding the bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering to the double degrees on offer. Starting from the next academic year, this degree, which is taught at the Barcelona East School of Engineering (EEBE), may be taken in combination with the bachelor’s degrees in Data Science and Engineering, Mathematics, Electronic Engineering and Telecommunications, Engineering Physics, Informatics Engineering, and Telecommunications Technologies and Services Engineering.

The CFIS selects its own students to ensure that they can successfully follow the intense curriculum. Their degrees are designed for highly capable and motivated students. Two official UPC bachelor’s degrees may be taken in a maximum of five years. Students graduate with two official degrees and a qualification specific to the University that demonstrates that they have studied at the CFIS.

Additionally, the EEBE is also incorporating double-degree pathways with degrees taught at the School. Once students have passed the initial stage of their course, they can follow a specific double-degree pathway by taking a given number of additional credits to earn a second degree. The EEBE offers four double-degree pathways: Biomedical Engineering and Industrial Electronics and Automatic Control Engineering, Energy Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and Industrial Electronics and Automatic Control Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Virtual open doors and information sessions

All these programmes are being incorporated into the University’s course offerings, which include 66 bachelor’s degrees, some 30 double-degree pathways and 31 double degrees at the Interdisciplinary Higher Education Centre (CFIS). The course offerings in engineering, architecture, science and technology are complemented by 81 master’s degrees (34 of which are taught exclusively in English), 45 doctoral programmes and 241 lifelong learning programmes.

UPC schools organise virtual open days for prospective undergraduate students and online information sessions on master’s degrees to provide details of the programmes and answer all your questions. The Doctoral School is also organising a virtual open day, which will be broadcast live on 20 May.

The UPC is launching two new bachelor’s degrees and six new master’s degrees in engineering, architecture, science and technology for the 2021-2022 academic year. The University is thus expanding its course offerings, which include 66 bachelor’s degrees, 81 master’s degrees, 45 doctoral programmes and 241 lifelong learning programmes in these fields.

May 19, 2021

In the 2021-2022 academic year the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) is launching two new bachelor’s degrees: the bachelor’s degree in Artificial Intelligence, which will be taught at the Barcelona School of Informatics (FIB), and the bachelor’s degree in Mineral Resource Engineering and Recycling, which will be taught at the Manresa School of Engineering (EPSEM).

The first one is the first official bachelor’s degree in Artificial Intelligence at a public Catalan university. It aims to produce graduates who have the ability to identify how artificial intelligence (AI) techniques can provide innovative solutions to information technology problems in businesses and organisations and to apply these solutions in a way that brings added value. This is a four-year course (240 ECTS credits).

This new degree covers a wide range of areas in AI, such as knowledge representation, automated reasoning, machine learning, natural language processing (text and speech), autonomous agents, cognitive robotics and computer vision. All graduates will have acquired cross-disciplinary skills in ethics and social impact.

Professional opportunities include design and development of solutions for natural language processing (machine translators, assistants, interfaces, etc.); design of virtual and augmented reality applications; design of interfaces for robots, advanced programming and collaborative robotics; construction of intelligent systems in sectors such as finance, health and bioinformatics; optimisation of production processes in industry, trade and distribution; entrepreneurship (creating and managing innovative companies in the whole area of intelligent systems); applications and research in medicine, automobiles, social networks, marketing, trade, etc.

By launching this degree, the UPC has become the first Spanish university to provide full official training in AI (bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctoral programme). The degree is launched with the support of the Government of Catalonia within the framework of the Catalonia.AI strategy.

The bachelor’s degree in Mineral Resource Engineering and Recycling will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to manage the stages of exploration, prospecting, exploitation and restoration of any project aimed at obtaining mineral resources. This new bachelor’s degree qualifies you to practise as a technical mining engineer, with particular attention to sustainability and the circular economy. This is a four-year course (240 ECTS credits).

You will learn to use the latest technological and computer developments in designing and planning in the mining sector. Training in mining engineering (blasting, mine design, ventilation, mineral processing, etc.), land management, applied geology and civil works will provide you with a wide range of employment opportunities.

You will become a versatile engineer who is able to adapt to any kind of task related to the land and its mineral resources. The course provides the knowledge needed to work in several fields such as the use of natural resources, civil works, applied geology, urban planning and environmental management.

New master's degrees in emerging fields
The UPC is also launching six new master’s degrees for the next academic year: Thermal Engineering, Electric Power Systems and Drives, Research on Mechanical Engineering, Data Science, Quantum Science and Technology, and Bio and Pharmaceutical Materials Science (Erasmus Mundus).

The master’s degree in Thermal Engineering is conceived as a response to problems and needs in the field of thermal engineering from areas of work such as energy systems and resources, heat and mass transfer and fluid dynamics, numerical and experimental methods in thermal engineering and the design of thermal systems and equipment, heaters and coolers, etc. This is a one-year course (60 ECTS credits) and it is taught entirely in English at the Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB).

The master’s degree in Electric Power Systems and Drives aims to prepare students to meet the many challenges in the electricity sector, including the massive integration of renewable generation systems, the electrification of mobility, the digitalisation of the power grid and the modernisation of the industry. To tackle these challenges, students need to acquire specific know-how and learn to use and develop new analysis tools and methods. This is a one-year course (60 ECTS credits) and it is taught in English at the ETSEIB.

The master’s degree in Research on Mechanical Engineering aims to meet the needs of industry and research by producing highly qualified graduates who are equipped to carry out research in mechanical engineering in both academic (doctoral degrees and university staff positions) and non-academic contexts (RDI departments). It is taught jointly by the Terrassa School of Industrial, Aerospace and Audiovisual Engineering (ESEIAAT), the Barcelona East School of Engineering (EEBE) and the ETSEIB. This is a one-and-a-half-year course (90 ECTS credits).

The master’s degree in Data Science aims to create a benchmark for excellence in the field of data science. Graduates with these skills are in high demand in both the academic sector and industry. This eminently cross-disciplinary degree is based on two distinct pillars that are equally essential to data science: data management and data analytics. The degree thus provides a holistic view of the field that also covers cross-disciplinary topics such as ethics and entrepreneurship. This is a two-year course (120 ECTS credits) and it is taught entirely in English at the FIB.

The master’s degree in Quantum Science and Technology provides students with advanced knowledge, equipping them to conduct cutting-edge theoretical and experimental research in quantum simulation, quantum computing, quantum sensors and quantum communications, as well as purely theoretical research. This is a one-year course (60 ECTS credits) and it is taught in English.

It is coordinated by the University of Barcelona (UB) with the participation of the UPC’s Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSETB), the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), the Barcelona Supercomputing Center–Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS), the Institute for High Energy Physics (IFAE) and the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2).

Finally, the Erasmus Mundus master’s degree in Bio and Pharmaceutical Materials Science (BIOPHAM) is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) that aims to meet international demand for qualified graduates with high-level theoretical and applied training in materials science, the physics and chemistry of materials and the application of these disciplines to pharmaceuticals. The BIOPHAM master’s degree was developed by a consortium of four renowned European universities: the University of Lille, France; the University of Pisa, Italy; the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland; and the UPC. Additionally, it benefits from the involvement of an extensive international network of companies, large-scale facilities and associated universities. The language of instruction is English. It is taught at the UPC’s Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSETB).