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Computer Architecture, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #300 (QS) ,
The Ph.D. program covers topics that are related with computer architecture, microelectronic design, system software, communication networks and performance evaluation. The courses are the natural continuation of the courses taught in the first and second cycle of Computer Science and Telecommunications Engineering at UPC.


The objective of the doctoral programme is to train researchers with international competence in some of the areas covered by the programme: computer architecture, operative systems, communications and networks of computers, and microelectronic design. 

These researchers will be called on to contribute, within their fields of experience, to scientific, technical, social and economic progress, with the industries and institutions in which they will perform their professional tasks.

In the field of teaching, the doctoral programme will also have the objective of training the lecturers who will be responsible for university teaching in the areas of knowledge covered by the programme.

To achieve these objectives, the program defines two specializations: 

  • High-performance Computing and Technology 
  • Communication Networks and Distributed Systems.

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:

  • Microarchitecture and Compilers
  • High Performace Computing 
  • Broadband Communications Systems
  • Computer Networks and Distributed Systems
  • Advanced Network Architectures Lab
  • Data Management
  • Distributed Multimedia Applications
  • Intelligent Communications and Avionics for Robust Unmanned (Aerial) Systems

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

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.
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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