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Signal Theory and Communications, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
The analysis of the employability of TSC PhD program graduates shows the clear impact on the business environment. In this sense, the potential for a PhD program in one of the most strategic areas such as the Information and Communication Technologies is a commitment to establish a line of action already started by the department.
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The Department of Signal Theory and Communications (TSC), Barcelona Tech (UPC), offers a comprehensive PhD programme oriented to the scientific formation in the following areas:

  • Communications with physical and radio support
  • Study of phenomena associated to the generation, propagation and radiation of electromagnetic signals at frequencies ranging from RF/microwave to optical wavelength
  • Basic techniques of the signal processing and its applications in communications, voice and image processing
  • Telecommunication systems

There is a close connection between teaching contents and research carried out at the department, and makes intense use of the department’s experimental facilities.

The research areas are developed within international networks and European projects with a great number of national and international partners. These collaborations always involve directly or indirectly PhD students, since the research that they carry out is integrated into these projects. At present the program has the distinctions of quality and internationality of the Spanish and Catalan administrations.

In this context, the Department of Signal Theory and Communications has led the starting of a master of research on Information Technologies and Communications (MERIT) that has been selected by the prestigious European program Erasmus Mundus.

The PhD program has been awarded with the Quality Mention of the ANECA (National Agency of Evaluation of the Quality and Credentials). It also has obtained the grants for mobility of the Ministry of Education, which have allowed carrying out courses by foreign professors with international prestige.

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:
  • Array and Multichannel Processing 
  • Antennas and Wireless Systems Laboratory
  • Control, Monitoring and Communications
  • Electromagnetic and Photonic Engeering
  • Optical Communications 
  • Image and Video Processing 
  • Mobile Communication
  • Audio Visual Technologies 
  • Laboratory of RF & microwave systems, devices and materials
  • Remote Sensing Lab
  • Signal Processing and Communications 
  • UAS and CoRa Radio communications
  • Speech Processing
  • Wireless Communications Technologies

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 2080 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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