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Erasmus Mundus in Simulation in Engineering and Entrepreneurship Development (Seed), Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
The Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate SEED provides in-depth training in the development and implementation of new state-of-the-art computational techniques for the modelling and solution of cutting-edge engineering problems in industry. Research will be carried out one or more up-to-date techniques
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SEED program aims to meet industry current needs, where early product prototyping and development is now entirely carried out through numerical modelling, prior to physical experimentation of a few selected designs. 

The complexities of such models require new computational approaches, which are the main focus of SEED research activities. As a result, SEED candidates aim to cover important areas in engineering such as biomedical engineering, civil engineering, aerospace engineering, or environmental engineering.

Students will be also taught to develop core entrepreneurial skills to successfully move ideas into commercial practice through a series of transversal entrepreneurship modules, as part of their training. Doctoral students will be immersed in an innovation environment through interaction with newly established R&D spin-offs hosted within specialist incubator units.

The specific objectives of the programme are to train doctoral students with the ability to:

  • Develop new tailor-made simulation-based engineering capabilities.
  • Develop new computational models of physical and/or biological systems based upon cutting-edge research fields (i.e. quantum mechanics, multi-scale modelling, biomechanics, computational nanotechnology).
  • Develop new and sophisticated algorithms specifically designed to be extremely efficient for emerging computer architecture platforms (i.e. GPU computing, massive parallelised environments).
  • Facilitate/promote the technology transfer between research developed in Academia and Industry.
  • Identify and exploit technology-based business opportunities, in order to obtain leadership positions in knowledge-based industries or start and operate technology ventures.
  • Develop cutting-edge research in simulation-based engineering by incorporating complementary research expertise from eight leading European HEIs and their industrial partners. This will allow students to experience Postgraduate education in more than one European institution with the consequent cultural enrichment.

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

Courses include:

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Environmental engineering

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

    2400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7200 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7200 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.


The EM fellowship fully covers those fees, which include:

  • - Tuition fees/registration
  • - Teaching/Training fees
  • - Summer school participation
  • - Insurance covering all the visited countries.

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