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Computational and Applied Physics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months



Our aim is that the future PhDs will have the capacity to lead both research and technological innovation in the fields indicated above. The PhD studies in ‘Computational and Applied Physics' are being participated by university professors and researchers from the Department of Applied Physics and the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) together with researchers from the Institute of Photonic Sciences. Research related to the PhD studies is enclosed in the fields of Physics, Mathematics and Engineering.

PhD studies described here have been the object of an adaptation process to the ESSE (European Space of Superior Education), so our general objective is that students finishing its PhD within our program acquire a maturity in their research training according to the so called Dublin descriptors:

  • Students should prove a systematic understanding of a given research area and the master in the abilities and research techniques of such area.
  • Students should prove their capacity of think, design, practice and assume a substantial research process with full academic rigor.
  • Students should contribute by original research to the widening of the frontiers of knowledge, by developing substantial parts of a research topic merited to be published in reference national and international journals.
  • Students should be able to perform critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas.
  • Students should communicate appropriately about their areas of knowledge with their colleagues, with the academic community and generally with the society.
  • Students should acquire learning abilities which allow them the promotion of technological, social and cultural advances within academic and professional contexts.
Justification of the necessity of the programme

PhD studies are a fundamental part of the University education. It's University's responsibility to effectively provide and manage the necessary resources to offer good PhD programmes. The University is made up by different Departments who usually take this initiative. It is naturally the normal and common process used in the other European and American Universities, because the PhD is connected to the research and it directly depends on the different Research Groups from one Department. Following this general argument, we can justify why a PhD Programme is basically linked to two Physics Departmnet at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

The two Departments form a seventy doctors' team put into eleven research fields, qualified to bring up new doctors at our knowledge area. Most of these groups, of which research activity can be looked up at the website, have the acknowledgement from consolidated groups at Generalitat de Catalunya. From the beginning of the PhD Programme, we have already brought about thirty doctors up, whose still do research at our University or at Spanosh or foreign Universities. The young researchers education also revitalize our research groups. Without this input, our research tasks decline and they are even impossible: the exclusive dedication to a particular research topic makes progress possible in many different directions. It is only possible with the research grant holders. Therefore, the profit is mutual: students learn to do research and we, the teachers, use their enthusiasm and initiative.

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

For more information please check the programme`s website.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • Admission to official doctoral programmes is open to candidates in possession of official Spanish bachelor’s degrees (or equivalent) and master’s degrees (or equivalent), provided that they have earned at least 300 ECTS credits over the two courses of study.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    2082 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National Applies to you

    2082 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 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.


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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