Carlos III University of Madrid

The mission of Carlos III University of Madrid is to contribute to the improvement of society through teaching of the highest quality and cutting-edge research in line with stringent international guidelines. The University aspires to excellence in all its activities, with the aim of becoming one of the top universities in Europe.

PhD Programmes

Business & Management (2)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Social Sciences (1)



Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) was established by an Act of the Spanish Parliament on 5 May 1989, within the framework of the University Reform Act of 1983. From the outset it was intended to be a relatively small, innovative, public university, providing teaching of the highest quality and focused primarily on research. Our first Chancellor was Professor Gregorio Peces-Barba.


All UC3M courses are divided into three groups, (bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees), with the following programmes:

  • 45 bachelor’s courses (17 in Social Sciences and Law, 1 in Humanities, 14 in Engineering, 2 in Guardia Civil University Centre) and 11 combined degree courses.
  • 77 official master's courses (24 in Law, 16 in Economics and Business, 10 in Humanities, Communication, Information and Social Sciences and 27 in Engineering and Basic Sciences) plus 31 private master courses.
  • 19 doctorate courses in the varying fields of investigative research ongoing at the university.


At present in UC3M, there are 129 recognized Research Groups dependent on the 28 academic departments making up the University. The fields covered are:

  • Engineering
  • Humanities, Documentation and Comunication
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Socials Sciences
  • Mathematics and Physics


The Fundación Universidad Carlos III develop programs and actions to promote the maximum employability of our students and graduates through the actions developed by the service of Orientation & Employment.

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

When you need information or help, do not hesitate to contact the International Office on your Campus.

Housing services

  • One of the innovations now underway at the University is the ALOJA program, a software application managed by UC3m, where you can get quick and easy information about rental properties, mainly in the three campus towns, where property owners list their flats or rooms to rent.
  • The Student Residence Halls of Carlos III University offer its residents more than just a room; they are a vital component of a total educational experience for the students and faculty who come here from all parts of Spain and many other countries as well.

Library services

The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid libraries offer users a collection of over 500,000 books in print, 12,0000 e-books, 5,200 journals and reviews in print, and access to approximately 30,000 e-journals and more than 100 data bases. 

ICT services

A total of 48 computer rooms with 980 terminals distributed throughout the three campuses guarantee immediate access to computer equipment for students to carry out their academic studies. As well as Internet access, students have printing facilities.

Medical services

The Services provided at the Center for Occupational Health will be carried out by a doctor, a specialist in occupational medicine or diploma in medicine company and an ATS / DUE company belonging to Medycsa.

Health service activity includes monitoring the health of students, which aims to detect symptoms and early signs of damage from work, detect risk situations and propose preventive measures.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Getafe Campus - Located in the town of Getafe to the south of Madrid, this campus has two schools: the School of Social Science and Law, and the School of Humanities. 
  • Leganes Campus - Located in the town of Leganés, to the south of Madrid, this campus houses the School of Engineering.
  • Colmenarejo Campus - Located in the town of Colmenarejo, to the northeast of Madrid, the campus has three schools: the School of Social Science and Law, the School of Humanities and the School of Engineering.
  • Madrid - Puerta de Toledo Campus - It accommodates the activities of the UC3M Center for Postgraduate Studies, especially those pertaining to University Master’s programs and professional training programs. 

Sports facilities

UC3M has modern facilities for the practice of sports including swimming pool, spa, paddle courts, tennis, squash, bouldering, climbing wall, football pitch 7 and beach volleyball facilities, indoor cycling and fitness and multipurpose rooms for practice of different activities. 

Sport in college is very easy and comfortable as displacements are avoided and also brings significant health benefits and is even shown to influence better academic performance. Known sports centers of the campus and the possibilities they offer.

Student clubs

The Carlos III University of Madrid hosts about seventy student associations with different themes and interests. All of them are a key to provide answers to the concerns, demands and interests that students have in their university stage, constituting an important dynamic element of university life within our campus pillar.

It is encouraging to see the work that our students do every day from associations, using their talents, enthusiasm and experience to the University Community. All these experiences contribute significantly to their comprehensive training way, and to acquire fundamental skills for their future, from an active and participatory perspective in university life.


  • Our degree programs have obtained the most prestigious engineering accreditation in Europe, the EUR-ACE label, awarded by the ENNAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education).
  • The first public university to have obtained the AACSB accreditation. This recognition is granted to fewer than 5% of business administration degree programs worldwide.
  • HR Excellence in Research in human resources policy for researchers, a quality award, granted by the EU.
  • Accreditation from the CAIA Association for the Master’s in Finance program.
  • UC3M bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting has the certification of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)


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