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Thermal Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
The Doctorate Programme in Thermal Engineering of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) begun in 1989 due to the initiative of Heat Engine Department professors at the UPC, motivated in creating third cycle high quality studies, focused on intensifying basic and applied subjects to give technical and scientific support in research tasks in the Thermal Engineering field.
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Facilitate a basic knowledge in the subjects that constitute the technical and scientific basis for the research, development and innovation in the field of the thermal mechanical engineering. 

Give the scientific foundations which allow solving correctly, and with a good rational basis, the problems related to the design and construction of equipments to generate, transfer or use thermal energy involved in any industrial application.  The core of these knowledge comes from thermodynamic and heat and mass transfer concepts.

The aim is that doctorate students acquire a solid formation in basic subjects focused on the mathematical formulation, numerical methods and experimental validation of basic phenomena related to fluid dynamics and heat and mass transfer. 

Specifically: Natural and forced convection; Turbulence modeling; Combustion; Gas-liquid two-phase flow; Solid-liquid phase change; Radiation; Porous media; Computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer (CFD&HT); High performance computing (parallelism); etc. 

In addition, students are motivated to work on applied subjects of social and industrial interest, in which their development depends on a profound knowledge of these physical phenomena and the corresponding methodologies to solve them.

It is important to point out the interrelations between the teaching activities and both the basic and applied research activities, together with innovation and technology transfer to industry, in which the doctorate students can be involved during their doctorate studies.

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

Some of the subjects of interest are: 

  • Refrigeration (compressors, vapor compression refrigeration systems, absorption refrigeration systems, etc.)
  • Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Active and passive solar systems (high efficiency solar collectors using transparent insulating material, multifunctional glass façades, high temperature solar furnaces, etc.)
  • Heat exchangers (double tube, shell-and-tube, condensers, evaporators, compact heat exchangers, refrigeration towers, boilers, etc.)
  • Thermal heat storage systems (using liquids or phase change materials)
  • Aerogenerators or wind motors

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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