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Aerospace Science and Technology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
The research activity in aerospace science and technology developed independently in several research groups and departments of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, in areas close to the different studies offered by our university. The growth of this activity leaded our University to structure an academic offer in the aerospace field.
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The Doctorate program in Aerospace Science and Technology is a fundamental component of the multidisciplinary research currently under development by the UPC. It is also an essential tool for research groups active in the fields of sciences and technologies related with the aeronautical and space sectors. It is a program with international projection, promoting the permeability of the research groups and the mobility of students and teachers with other national and foreign universities and research centers.

The program offers to the Ph. D. students a high level specialized training in the aerospace field and a solid basis in research methodologies. The aim is to offer the students a knowledge on technologies with large applicability in the current aeronautical and spatial panorama. It covers aspects of theoretical and practical foundation, as well as of methodology and general training in research techniques, with the goal to produce original, high quality research (doctoral theses) in the covered fields.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Spanish
    • Partially taught in Catalan
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The contents to be developed by the program are mainly in the fields of the aeronautics, scientific instrumentation and spatial missions, remote perception techniques, and its scientific and technological applications. 

For this purpose, the formation will cover:

  • The knowledge of the more relevant scientific and/or technical advances achieved by the research teams in the mentioned fields.
  • The scientific and technologic methodology used for its achievement.
  • The technological and industrial applications derived from the basic scientific knowledge.
  • This background will allow the Ph.D. student to conduct further research, development and innovation activities.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • CV of academic, professional and research activities, and portfolio designs.
  • References to research projects completed and publications.
  • Pre-proposal of the subject of the thesis (description, aims, methodology, point of view and bibliography). Maximum of five pages.
  • Report by a lecturer backing the applicant.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    696 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    696 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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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.


Research employment advice and support unit

To meet the growing demand for funding support, the RESEARCH EMPLOYMENT ADVICE AND SUPPORT UNIT assists in the management of predoctoral and postdoctoral grants and scholarships (official UPC grants, FPI grants from the Ministry of Science and Innovation, FPU grants from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport and FI grants from the AGAUR).

Enrolment aids

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  • General category (3 or 4 children): a 50% reduction on the amount paid for academic university services (enrolment and administrative fees).
  • Special category (5 or more children): a 100% reduction on the amount paid for academic university services (enrolment and administrative fees).

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