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Three universities and one photonics research institute in the BARCELONA area offer a comprehensive master's degree in PHOTONICS, the science and technology of LIGHT. Read more

Three universities and one photonics research institute in the BARCELONA area offer a comprehensive master's degree in PHOTONICS, the science and technology of LIGHT. PHOTONICS is one of the disciplines that will play a key role in the technology development of the 21st century. The Master in Photonics - PHOTONICS BCN aims at educating future researchers in this field and also promoting entrepreneurial activity in PHOTONICS amongst its students. Addressed to an international audience, the Master in Photonics is conducted in English.

Professional opportunities

 The particular fields that students may be employed in once they graduate are proliferating, given the interdisciplinary nature and increasing relevance of photonics, which has been selected as one of five Key Enabling Technologies for the future of the European Union. The master’s degree in Photonics complements bachelor’s degrees in the sciences (particularly physics) and engineering (particularly engineering physics, telecommunications engineering, electrical, mechanical and electronic engineering and optics, as well as related fields such as nanophotonics and bioengineering) and provides broader and more specific training on scientific advances and interdisciplinary technologies. Career prospects may include the following:

• Taking a doctoral degree in Photonics, Optics, Physics, Optical Engineering, Nanophotonics, Biophotonics, Telecommunications, Electronics, Imaging, Quantum Information, etc.

• Participating in doctoral programmes, R&D and innovation programmes in companies, basic or applied research centers and universities.

• Joining a large company as a consultant or engineer on photonics-related topics, applications development engineer, sales specialist or laboratory consultant.

• Working as a freelance advisor or consultant on photonics-related subjects.

• Working in highly specialized technical positions for controlling services such as microscopy, X-ray diffraction, thin films, etc.

• Participating in (and promoting) spin-offs and other small technology-based companies.

• Joining the education system for high-level training in the field of photonics.

Competencies

Generic competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

Specific competencies

  • An understanding of the physical principles of optics and light-matter interaction, at classical and quantum levels.
  • The ability to perform basic experiments in photonics and to analyse and understand advanced experiments and calculations in the fields chosen by the student.
  • An understanding of laser physics and knowledge of the variety of laser types and main related applications.
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of image formation, light propagation through different media and Fourier optics.
  • An understanding of the main concepts, underlying phenomena and most recent applications in the optional subjects chosen by students (quantum optics, biophotonics and imaging, nanophotonics, telecommunications, optical engineering, etc.).
  • The ability to deal with an advanced research problem in photonics from start to finish, i.e., from conceptual planning and bibliographic research to the oral and written communication of the results, according to the procedures and conventions of scientific presentations in English.
  • The ability to understand optical engineering as an economic and business activity and to take into account social, ethical and sustainability aspects.
  • An awareness of the importance of patents and the ability to understand and write a patent in the field of photonics. 


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Full-time program for 1 academic year (60 ECT credits) in English. The Master of Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences is a joint academic program of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of UPF (DCEXS, UPF) and the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST). Read more

Overview

Full-time program for 1 academic year (60 ECT credits) in English.
The Master of Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences is a joint academic program of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of UPF (DCEXS, UPF) and the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST). This new program offers highly flexible and personalized hands-on research training in a multidisciplinary research environment.
In addition to the research aspect, the master’s will also develop talented scientists through experiential training in professional skills such as scientific communication, project management, responsible research and innovation.

You can get an overview of the course here: https://www.upf.edu/web/masters/master-of-multidisciplinary-research-in-experimental-sciences

Course Structure

The master of Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences is designed to provide outstanding students with the skills and abilities needed to thrive in an increasingly multidisciplinary contemporary research environment.
A key feature of the program is in-depth hands-on research training in multiple fields. Students undertake a 6-month major project, and a 10-week minor project in two different research disciplines in leading research institutions from the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST) and the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS). Students are provided with extensive training in professional research skill, and engage directly with and learn from outstanding local and international researchers.
The participating institutes are:
Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) http://www.crg.eu/
Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) https://icfo.eu/
Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) http://www.iciq.org/
Catalan Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) http://icn2.cat/en/
High Energy Physics Institute (IFAE) http://www.ifae.es/eng/
Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) https://www.irbbarcelona.org/en
Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS)

Fellowships

The master's program offers 15 fully-funded competitive fellowships to outstanding candidates. The fellowships cover tuition fees, a monthly living allowance and a mobility allowance. Please inquire for details.

You can get more information on the Masters course structure here: http://bist.eu/master/

Description

The program is aimed at candidates who intend to undertake a PhD or pursue a research career in fundamental science and technology. The program is open to candidates who hold a degree in health sciences, engineering, computer sciences or degrees in basic scientific disciplines (chemistry, physics, biology, or mathematics).
Through the program, students will acquire the following skills:
• basic skills and knowledge needed to carry out advanced and interdisciplinary research projects in one or more of the fields of research
• the ability to acquire, in an independent manner, the knowledge and the practical skills currently necessary to respond to the demands of an open and complex environment which is based on knowledge
• the ability to work effectively on complex research projects in a multidisciplinary environment
The program is based on experiential learning through work on selected research projects and the supervision of group leaders from a large variety of research areas offered by the BIST research centers and the Department of Health and Experimental Sciences of UPF . The available areas of research are listed at the bottom of the BIST Research page.

You can get more information on the course and admissions dates here: http://bist.eu/master/

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The Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering allows students to acquire a deep degree of knowledge in nuclear energy’s theory and practical fundamentals as well as in the technology that is associated to the production of energy by means of nuclear fission’s mass production. Read more

The Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering allows students to acquire a deep degree of knowledge in nuclear energy’s theory and practical fundamentals as well as in the technology that is associated to the production of energy by means of nuclear fission’s mass production.

The Master benefits itself from the existing collaboration with ENDESA and with the -CSN- (Nuclear Security Council). Furthermore, other institutions that are involved in the sector’s research ambit also participate in the Master, both in the educational ambit and in reception of students that are willing to carry out internships. An example of these institutions would be the CIEMAT and Spanish companies such as ENUSA, TECNATOM, ENSA, Initec-Westinghouse and ENRESA, amongst others.

The master is addressed to people with scientific-technological university studies in the following sectors:

  • Engineering: Industrial Technologies, Materials, Energy, Chemistry, Mechanics and Electricity.
  • Other Engineering studies and bachelor Engineering degrees.
  • Degrees: Physics, Chemistry

Studies’ organization

This master degree is a combination of theory and practical activities (lecturing classes, autonomous study, resolution of exercises, use of calculus codes and practical sessions in laboratories) with guided visits to several nuclear installations.

An important part of the students’ learning process will come from the resolution of a series of synthesis exercises or transversal projects, by means of PBL activities: Every quarter there will be one subject that will be dedicated to the realization of a project, case or problem, with a transversal character, and with the coordinated participation of the teachers from the different subjects that will be involved.

During the last quarter, the student will carry out a compulsory internship in a company from this sector or in a research and development center. Through the before mentioned quarter, students will also carry out their End of Master Project, preferably with a topic that is related to their internship period.

Professional opportunities

In Europe, nuclear engineering graduates are in high demand, and not just because of the need to replace those who retire from employment at European nuclear power plants. Economic globalization and the growing presence of European companies in a variety of projects have contributed considerably to the need for qualified staff within the sector. The increased demand for qualified staff that is foreseen is a cause for concern not only for Spanish companies but also for the Nuclear Safety Council, the Spanish regulatory body.

This master’s degree focuses on preparing students for positions of responsibility within the nuclear power sector and producing qualified graduates for employment in research and development, and even teaching, in this field.

Competencies

Generic competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

Specific competencies

On completion of the course, students will:

  • Have acquired a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical fundamentals of nuclear engineering and technology for producing energy from nuclear fission.
  • Have a clear, comprehensive view of the entire chain of energy conversion of nuclear fuel, from uranium mining to spent nuclear fuel management.
  • Be familiar with the life cycle of facilities, from the construction to the decommissioning of a nuclear plant.
  • Have a deep understanding of nuclear regulations and safety.
  • Have developed a strategic view of the sector and the ability to understand problems and make decisions.


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The master's degree in Space and Aeronautical Engineering is aimed at graduates in aerospace engineering or related physical sciences and engineering who wish to improve their skills and knowledge. Read more

The master's degree in Space and Aeronautical Engineering is aimed at graduates in aerospace engineering or related physical sciences and engineering who wish to improve their skills and knowledge. It provides advanced training in the field of space systems and aeronautical engineering that is scientific, technical and practical in nature and will allow students to work towards a professional and/or research career in the aerospace industry. The master's degree is aimed graduates who will go on to seek employment in the aerospace industry or to pursue a research career in this field.

Professional opportunities

The master's degree allows students to plan their training and to focus their professional careers in the aerospace industry on areas such as space missions, space propulsion, aircraft propulsion, aircraft design, aircraft maintenance, fluid mechanics, materials research, airport infrastructure , air traffic management, wind energy, aerodynamics, civil engineering aerodynamics, automotive engineering and the design and civil applications of UAVs.

The training graduates receive will enable them to join R&D departments in the aerospace industry and related industries.

Competencies

Generic competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

Specific competencies

  • The ability to manage activities that involve projects and/or operations in which technology and organization have interacted effectively and efficiently.
  • The ability to plan, organize and control projects in the aerospace industry, especially innovation (R&D) and process improvement projects.
  • The ability to develop and submit a research proposal according to the criteria of the international scientific community.
  • The ability to analyze and synthesize cross-disciplinary aerospace knowledge applied to aeronautical projects.
  • The ability to use knowledge of applied computational fluid mechanics appropriately in solving compressible aerodynamics problems.
  • The ability to identify the laws of aerodynamics with regard to external flow and flight regimes and apply them in numerical and experimental aerodynamics.
  • The ability to apply knowledge appropriately in processing large quantities of results of numerical calculations applied to analysis and design of aeroelasticity and aerodynamics.
  • The ability to apply knowledge appropriately in the areas of advanced aerodynamics and aeroelasticity applied to analysis and design of aerospace structures.
  • The ability to write a master's thesis and present and defend it to an examination committee.


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