The research lines and groups associated with the Network and Information Technologies programme 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.
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The scientific production and training capacity of the researchers in the different UOC groups involved in IT, multimedia and telecommunications justify the creation of a specific doctoral programme, with a separate identity, to consolidate research and knowledge exchange activities in this area. Therefore, the IT, Multimedia and Telecommunications (IMT) Department at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) is offering this Doctoral programme in Network and Information Technologies .

Study plan

In order to acquire the advanced training required for the research project, the student must complete, during the doctoral programme, the subjects, courses or activities that comprise his or her personal academic itinerary.

The training offering consists of diverse training activities with different types, duration, timeframes and objectives, which are structured in five blocks (methodology courses, subject-specific research seminars, complementary training, research-oriented complementary training activities and the doctoral research seminar).

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
    • Catalan
    • Spanish
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

The programme offers the following research 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

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • A photocopy of their DNI, NIE or passport.
  • A statement of interest  in which the candidate makes a short presentation of their career and explains the candidate's specific reasons for applying to the programme (their motivations), a description of their research interests and the links with the research group. 
  • A letter of endorsement (optional) that appears in the name of research that supports the personal doctoral project, as well as its intention to be your tutor.
  • A curriculum that describes the programmes and master's degree or postgraduate courses the candidate has taken that are related to the research interests described in the statement of interest and, if applicable, a description of previous scientific output.
  • An example of a recent academic paper (in Catalan, Spanish or English).
  • Certificate of the level of English required by the doctoral programme.


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