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Network Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
The Telematics Engineering PhD Programme has a long trajectory. Its origins go back to the former Applied Mathematics and Telematics PhD Programme, which was characterized by applying the mathematical analysis for solving problems in the area of telecommunications, more precisely, it was focused on the Math involved in communication networks.
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The objective of the PhD program is to qualify researchers with international recognition in the research areas that are included in the program:

BAMPLA: Design and Evaluation of Broadband Networks and Services.

The research of this group is focused on the design and modelling of optimal resource management in networks and audiovisual services. The aim of BAMPLA is to provide dynamic mechanisms that optimally fit the user's requirements with the resources offered by both the Internet network and the content providers, minimizing at the same time the energy consumption.

These mechanisms are based on Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Information Centric Networks (ICN) as the basis of the evolution of the Internet architecture.

Those activities lead the group to participate in various national and European projects in the field of the federation and virtualization of networks and services, traffic monitoring of the European research network (Geant3), networks based on content distribution, and new proposals of Internet architectures.

GRXCA: Research Group on Cellular and Ad-hoc Networks.

The research of this group is focused on the field of resource planning in cellular wireless and ad-hoc networks, and the use of data available in these networks to locate the terminals. The group also studies ways of leveraging the knowledge of the terminal location together with mobility statistics to improve network planning, the traffic characterization and resource management in mobile networks.

MAPS: Management, Pricing and Services in Next Generation Networks.

MAPS was constituted as a UPC research group in 2006 as the result of integrating academics and researchers with a vast experience on network management and new generation services others whose expertise was in the area of network planning, architectures and service engineering. 

Taking advantage of the synergies and complementarity of its founders' background, the research scope of the group is focused on Service Engineering, including the creation, deployment and management of information services. Likewise, the aspects that in this framework deserve special attention include pricing policies for services; distributed management of services, networks and supporting resources; context awareness and its use in ubiquitous services; policy based management and other enabling technologies for autonomic communication systems. 

The group also encourages a multidisciplinary approach applied to planning and studying the feasibility of networks and services, which is not limited to the analysis of the functionality of these systems, but also considers the necessary economic conditions for future implementation depending on the business model applied.

Telecommunications networks, designed mainly as a support for carrying services and technology applications, today have become an essential part of our social life, our economic and communication relationships. Therefore, it is essential to tackle the study of this type of information networks that control our lives by examining its structure, function and the dynamic effect that produces in our society.

SERTEL: Telematics Services.

The Telematics Services Research Group is focused on the development and proposal of telematics services in telecommunication networks, with special emphasis on the security services. The group deals with audiovisual services, distributed multimedia systems and corporate services for both intranet and Internet environments.

With regards to security services, the main areas of interest are authentication, privacy, copyright protection of multimedia contents, wireless communications security and security in group communications.

Moreover, the group works on the provisioning and management of Quality of Service (QoS) over heterogeneous networks, modelling and evaluation of multimedia networks performance, and the design of self-configuring networks for the efficient provision of multimedia contents.

The group has participated in numerous national and international projects, and the results obtained from the research have been presented in numerous publications, at both journals and international conferences.

WNG: Wireless Networks Group.

The Wireless Networks group (WNG) develops its research activities and technology transfer in various fields related to mobile communications, ad-hoc networks, heterogeneous networks, mesh networks, etc. The group has participated in numerous national and international projects.

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:
  • Design and Evaluation of Broadband Networks and Services
  • Research Group on Cellular and Ad-hoc Networks
  • Management, Pricing and Services in Next Generation Networks
  • Telematic Services
  • Wireless Networks Group

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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