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Network and Information Technologies, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months


The research lines and groups associated with the Network and Information Technologies at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) are organized around network and information technologies, focusing on areas such as information security, distributed systems, open and decentralized networks, multimedia systems and applications, e-learning technology, information systems, computer vision, and software and service engineering. 


The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) is a fully accredited online university based in Barcelona and serving over 60,000 students worldwide. The University welcomes doctoral students who want to develop their research in a highly qualified and international setting and on a doctoral programme that is valid in the European Higher Education Area.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance, Regular optional meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Rresearch lines:

  • Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition
  • Distributed, Parallel and Collaborative Systems
  • Simulation and Optimization
  • Management of ICT Systems and Services
  • Information and Network Security and Privacy
  • Knowledge Technologies
  • Learning Technologies
  • Software Engineering
  • Wireless Networks and IoE
  • Human-Computer Interaction, Design and Multimedia
  • Applications of Geographic Information Systems
  • Complex systems
  • Data Science


Doctoral Programme Director

  • Dr. Ferran Adelantado Freixer

Academic Commission

  • Dr. Ferran Adelantado Freixer
  • Dr. Robert Clarisó Viladrosa
  • Dr. Àgata Lapedriza Garcia
  • Dr. Joan Manuel Marquès Puig
  • Dr. Javier Melenchón Maldonado
  • Dr. Joan Antoni Pastor Collado
  • Dr. Helena Rifà Pous

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Students must proof of meeting one of the following requirements:

  • Official university master's degree min of 300 ECTS.
  • Official Spanish university degree or EHEA country min of 300 ECTS, of which at least 60 must be at the master's level.
  • Official Spanish graduate degree of at least 300 ECTS in line with EU legal regulations.
  • Degrees from education systems outside the EHEA that authorizes admission to doctoral studies in the country issuing the degree.
  • University graduate awarded the official degree of any of the health sciences specialities.
  • Spanish doctoral qualification.
  • Graduate, architect or engineer in possession of the DEA or research proficiency.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    540 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 540 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    540 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 540 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Barcelona

  • 770 - 1360 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The UOC is offering grants for the 2019/2020 academic year. To be eligible for the UOC Doctoral Grants Programme, students must be full-time and physically present on the University's premises.

The usual duration of the grants is three years, but in some cases they can be extended to a fourth year for postdoctoral work. Grants require annual renewal. Renewal is contingent on students achieving the training and research objectives established in each case. One of these objectives is to complete the doctoral thesis within a maximum of three years, after which students can apply for a further one-year postdoctoral grant.

The programme also includes the possibility to develop an industrial doctorate.

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