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Automatic Control, Robotics and Vision, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
The Doctoral programme in Automatic Control, Robotics and Computer Vision started in 2006 from the fusion of the Doctoral programme in Advanced Automation and Robotics of the Institute of Industrial and Control Engineering and of the Doctoral programme in Control, Vision and Robotics of the Automatic Control Department, both with Quality Mention of the Spanish Ministry of Education.
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This Doctoral programme provides a frame for the production of doctoral theses in the fields of Automation, Robotics and Vision under the supervision of the academic and research staff which belong to it, having at its disposal the research infrastructures from both the Units and the Research Groups involved.

The aim of the Automatic Control, Robotics and Computer Vision doctoral programme is to provide solid training that is complementary to the knowledge gained by students in previous stages and that equips them to carry out scientific research and to work in highly specialised environments on advanced automation topics. 

It is hoped that the doctoral students will develop the ability to devise innovative solutions based on solid theoretical knowledge and the application of new technologies. To help them, the students can be asked to take complementary courses, usually consisting in courses from the Master in Automatic Control and Robotics of the UPC or other cross-training courses offered by the university.

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

Research lines:
  • Advanced Control of Energy Systems
  • Control, Dynamics and Applications
  • Industrial Engineering and Logistics
  • Distributed Control Systems
  • Knowledge Engineering Research Group
  • Intelligent Robots and Systems
  • IRI Robotics Group
  • Advanced Control Systems
  • Industrial Robotics and Service
  • Artificial Vision and Intelligent Systems

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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