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Information and Communication Technologies, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #135 (WUR) ,
The doctoral programme in Information and Communication Technologies covers many of the most important research topics in the information society. This is an innovative programme, unique in Catalonia and Spain in terms of its content, which aims to provide a bridge between various disciplines in this field.


This is an innovative program, unique in Catalonia and Spain in terms of its content, which aims to provide a bridge between various disciplines in this field. The DTIC PhD program has been growing steadily and currently hosts about 130 PhD students and 40 faculty and tenure-track professors who can supervise a PhD thesis. The program received a Mention of Excellence award from the Ministry of Science and Innovation in 2011.

The DTIC department consistently ranks among the top computer science departments in Spain (e.g. the the only computer science department from an Spanish university that has even been included in the top 100 of the Shanghai Ranking). The DTIC's research activities are organized around 15 groups pursuing a wide range of topics that include networking, wireless communications, multimedia, image and music processing, medical imaging, interactive technologies, artificial intelligence, data mining, and computational neuroscience, among others.

The UPF university was awarded in 2010 the distinction of International Excellence Campus by the Spanish Ministry of Education and it is widely considered to be one of the best universities in Spain (e.g. is one of the three top Spanish universities according to 2012 Times Higher Education Ranking).

The doctoral programme has the following training objectives:
  • Systematic understanding of the scientific discipline represented by the programme and command of the skills and research methods related to this discipline.
  • The ability to conceive, design, implement and adopt a substantial research process with academic rigour.
  • The production of original research that extends the frontiers of knowledge of this discipline at a level which merits national or international publication.
  • The ability to foster technological progress in the information society in academic and professional contexts.
Competences that must be demonstrated at the end of the programme

On completing the doctorate course, candidates must:

  • Have acquired a level of training that incorporates the most advanced knowledge in the field of information and communication technologies in one of the department's research areas, in both theoretical and methodological terms.
  • Have designed and carried out a substantial research process of the highest level in one the department's areas of research.
  • Be able to apply the main research methods to a project at the highest level within the field of information technology.
  • Be able to make a contribution by means of original research that extends the frontiers of knowledge of information and communication technologies with the development of a substantial corpus, of which all or part or merits national or international publication.
  • Be able to present and convincingly defend scientific studies in the area of information and communication technologies before an expert audience.
  • Be able to incorporate and use these technologies in an efficient, coherent and justified manner in research problems.
Career prospects

Researchers in companies in the field of the information society or academia.

The Department of Information and Communication Technologies at UPF seeks doctoral applications from talented student with a strong interest in research. Candidates for PhD positions must hold a MSc degree or quivalent.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Lines of research:

Cognitive and intelligent systems

  • Cognitive, computational and robotics
  • Synthetic and emotional perception and cognitive systems
  • Artificial intelligence and theoretical computer science
  • Natural language processing
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Information retrieval and data mining
  • Cognitive media technologies

Audiovisual technologies

  • Image processing and computer vision
  • Image processing for enhanced cinematography
  • Audio and music processing
  • Human-computer interaction, graphic and educational technologies

Networks and communications

  • Network technologies and strategies
  • Information theory and coding

Computational biology and biomedical systems

  • Computational neuroscience
  • Biomedical instrumentation and signals
  • Simulation, vision and modelling systems in biomedicine
  • Biomedical data analysis
  • Non-linear signal analysis

Courses include:

  • Cognitive, computational and robotics
  • Artificial intelligence and theoretical computer science
  • Natural language processing

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • In order to be admitted to Information, Communication and Audiovisuals Technologies PhD Programme offered by UPF, candidates must provide accreditation that they have obtained an accredited undergraduate degree (Bachelor degree or recognised equivalent degree from an accredited Higher Education Institution).
  • Moreover, they have to proof that they have obtained or are in position to obtain an accredited graduate/master's degree (equivalent to a Spanish Master Universitario/Oficial, Master's of Research.... ) which enables them to access a Phd programme in their home country.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    401 EUR/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 401 EUR per module and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    401 EUR/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 401 EUR per module and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Barcelona

  • 770 - 1360 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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