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Optical Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
The aim of the programme is to provide training that will lead to a doctoral degree. It is for Spanish and foreign students who are holders of a degree that is related to the field of optics. Doctoral theses can address different areas of optics, and will benefit from the experience of the research groups that work in these areas.
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The basic aim of the Doctoral Programme in Optical Engineering is to produce outstanding academic or professional experts, who will have competency in their research area at national and international levels. They will be qualified to research and develop new products and services in the areas of optics in which the Programme's lecturers have recognised research experience. 

In addition, mastering basic and applied knowledge of optics and carrying out research out during the programme could contribute to scientific, technological and socio-economic progress.

By the end of the Programme, the doctoral students should have acquired the following interdisciplinary competencies:

  • The ability to conceive, design, implement and adopt a research procedure with academic rigour and responsibility.
  • The ability to undertake original research that leads to new knowledge and is worthy of referenced publication in Spain and internationally.
  • The ability to compile and transmit technical and scientific information on their area of knowledge to the entire academic community and to society in general.
  • The ability to lead and undertake projects.
  • The ability to think critically and be creative and innovative.  
  • The ability to encourage technological, social and cultural progress in a knowledge-based society, in both academic and professional contexts.
  • The ability to lead and work in multidisciplinary teams
  • The ability to learn throughout life, to continue to study independently and to participate in lifelong learning.

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

At the end of the course, the doctoral students will have acquired the following specific competencies:

  • The ability to systematically understand the disciplines involved in optical technology and optical engineering, as well as the different research methods and abilities that are related to these fields.
  • The ability to identify, formulate and find the optimum solution for problems in the fields of optical technology and optical engineering.
  • The ability to adapt to the rapid evolution of optical technologies and their applications.
  • The ability to interpret optical engineering as an economic and business activity, and to consider social and ethical aspects and sustainability, among other factors.

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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