Vés al contingut (premeu Retorn)

Sou a: Inici / Estudis / Màsters / Master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering (MET)

Master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering (MET)

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech

Master's degree in Telecommunications Engineering (MET)

The master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering (master's degree website) is a training proposal that is adaptable to the needs of two types of students: those who wish to focus on a professional career and those who wish to pursue a doctoral degree in the area of telecommunications engineering.

This master’s degree provides graduates with a broad profile that includes skills and expertise in communications systems, networks, electronics and audiovisual systems to ensure that they have the professional competencies that they need to practise as telecommunications engineers. After the first, compulsory subject area, students can choose from a wide variety of subjects to acquire a general profile, specialise in a field, or engage in research and pursue a doctoral degree.

The aim is for the graduates to enter modern industry as benchmark professionals in the new multidisciplinary work and production scenario. To increase their employability, students can take both the master’s thesis and some of the ECTS credits for optional subjects in a company or laboratory.

MET has a strong international character. It is taught entirely in English as it is expected that a large number of students will be from other countries. There is also the possibility of obtaining a joint degree with another internationally renowned university. 

Show full content
Hide full content

General details

Duration and start date
Two academic years, 120 ECTS credits. Starting September and February
Timetable and delivery
Mornings and afternoons. Face-to-face
Fees and grants
Approximate fees for the master’s degree, excluding other costs (does not include non-teaching academic fees and issuing of the degree certificate):
€2,215 (€12,662 for non-EU residents).

Grants for the degree
  • Everis: 2 scholarships with a grant of €3,000 each, and carrying out practices in Everis during a semester..
  • Fòrum TIC: 1 scholarship of  €3,000.
  • HP: 1 scholarship with a grant of €2,773.35 and an additional employment contract linked to the duration of the scholarship .
  • Telecogresca: 1 scholarship for the 1st.
More information about own scholarships

More information about fees and payment options
More information about grants and loans
Language of instruction

Information on language use in the classroom and students’ language rights.


Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering (ETSETB)

Official degree
Recorded in the Ministry of Education's degree register


General requirements
Academic requirements for admission to master's degrees
Specific requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Technologies and Services Engineering
  • Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Science and Technology
  • Bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Systems Engineering
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Systems Engineering
  • Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Systems Engineering
  • Bachelor’s degree in Network Engineering.
  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • Pre-EHEA five-year degree in Telecommunications Engineering: 60 ECTS credits may be recognised if the degree is homologated in Spain.
  • Pre-EHEA five-year degree in Electronic Engineering: 45 ECTS credits may be recognised if the degree is homologated in Spain.
  • Pre-EHEA diploma in Telecommunications Engineering: an additional 30 ECTS credits must be passed.
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics: an additional 60 ECTS credits must be passed (30 of them can be taken as optional courses on the bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics).
Applicants who have other technology degrees in fields such as Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Informatics Engineering, Industrial Electronics and Automatic Control Engineering, Science and Technology, etc. may need to pass some courses in addition to those of the master's degree. These bridging courses are part of the bachelor's degree in Telecommunications Technologies and Services Engineering  and are taught in Catalan or Spanish. The maximum number of credits for bridging courses is 60 ECTS.
The exact number of additional ECTS credits depends on the degree held by the applicant and will be decided by the academic committee of the master's degree.
Admission criteria

Language requirements:
CEFR English Level B2, which you can demonstrate in one of the following ways:

  • Your mother tongue is English.
  • You have studied in an English-speaking country (for at least one semester).
  • You have taken an academic university  programme taught in English (for at least one semester).
  • You hold a European Higher Education Area degree that includes English Level B2.
  • You hold one of the following English language certificates:

              - Cambridge: FCE
              - TOEFL PBT: >= 567; CBT: >= 227; IBT: >= 87
              - IELTS: 5.5
              - TOEIC: 750
              - Escuela Oficial de Idiomas: Certificado de nivel avanzado (Level 5)

Knowledge of Catalan and Spanish may be helpful for daily life.

Find more information on the Language services and resources at the UPC website.

60 in September; 20 in February
Pre-enrolment closed (consult the new pre-enrolment periods in the academic calendar).

How to pre-enrol
How to enrol
Legalisation of foreign documents
All documents issued in non-EU countries must be legalised and bear the corresponding apostille.

Double-degree agreements

Double-degree pathways with universities around the world
  • Master's degree in Telecommunications Engineering (en endavant MET, ETSETB) + Master's degree of Science in Engineering (To choose between 4 masters) (School of Electrical Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden) 
  • MET + Master in Management Grande Ecole Degree de l'HEC (École Des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), París) (Only ETSETB students to HEC, not vice versa)
  • MET + Diplôme d'Ingénieur ISAE-SUPAERO (Institut Supérieur de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace, Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénnés, Toulouse, França)
  • MET + Maestría en Ingeniería de las Telecomunicaciones (Escuela de Postgrado, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), Lima, Perú)
  • MET + Maestría en Sistema de Información (Facultad de Ingerniería, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB), Caracas, Venezuela)
  • MET + Master's degree of Science in Engineering (Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, USA) (To choose between 4 masters) (Only ETSETB students to Illinois, not vice versa)
  • MET +  Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology / Master's degree in Information and Communication Engineering (Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany)
  • MET + / Master of Science in Telecommunications Engineering o Master of Science in Electronics Engineering (Ingegnieria Industriale e dell'Informazione, Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), Milan, Italy)

More information

Professional opportunities

Professional opportunities

The areas in which graduates of this master’s degree may find employment are similar to those for graduates of the five-year degree in Telecommunications Engineering, although their profiles are enhanced by an extra academic year. Their careers may lead them to practise as:

Telecommunications engineers in any of the following areas:

  • Telecommunications operations.
  • Telecommunications equipment industry.
  • Electronic equipment industry.
  • Semiconductor industry.
  • IT consulting firms (network solution designers, network planners and designers, network project leaders, etc.).
  • IT companies, from content producers and distributors to service providers.
  • Regulatory bodies.
  • Software editing firms.
  • Other industries such as cars manufacturers and consumer and industrial electronics companies, and areas such as health, energy, intelligent transport systems, logistics and mobility, agricultural and food, air and maritime transport, railway infrastructure, control systems and security of facilities and electronic services transactions, as well as rapidly expanding areas such as smart cities, smart homes, smart grids and smart health.

Freelance professionals acting as telecommunications engineering advisors and consultants.

Sales engineers.

Civil servants or employees of public administrations at EU, national, regional and local level in the field of telecommunications and ICT innovation.

Research, development and innovation specialists in public and private companies.

Researchers and academics at public or private universities.

In addition to professionally oriented topics, the master’s degree offers highly specialised optional subjects intended for those students  who are looking to pursue a doctoral degree in Telecommunications Engineering.

Labour Market

Every three years, the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency (AQU) publishes a study about the employability of Catalan university graduates.

The last of these studies, Universites and Employment in Catalonia 2014  analyses the employability of students who graduated in the 2009-2010 academic year. 
The most significant labour market data for telecommunication engineers are the following:

  • The graduate employment rate is 92.6%.
  • It takes 84% of graduates less than three months to find their first job.
  • Of students who graduated in the 2009-2010 academic year, 78.5% earn over €2000 a month.
  • Telecommunications engineering is in fourth place in the ranking of degree courses according to the Job Quality Index.

The Everis Foundation has issued a ranking of universities based on companies' views on the employability of new graduates. The UPC is the top Spanish university in the area of software and telecommunications engineering. 


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 achieved competence in the following areas:

  • Communication systems: wired and wireless, optical fibre.
  • Computer networks, internet, local area networks (Ethernet, Wi-Fi).
  • Voice networks, video distribution and television streaming, P2P, mobile networks.
  • Security in communication networks: encryption, user authentication, digital signatures.
  • Radio navigation, global positioning systems (GPS).
  • Radar.
  • Information processing: encoding, compression, error correction, image recognition, video clip recognition, voice recognition, voice generation.
  • Electronic components and circuits: microprocessor devices (routers, switches, etc.), sensors, actuators, transducers.
  • Technology and electronics, analogue and digital electronic instrumentation, medical electronics, consumer electronics, control systems, robotics, automation.
  • Micro- and nanotechnologies.
  • Bioengineering applications, telemedicine, e-commerce platforms, smart cities, smart metering, sensor networks, smart homes, green computing, cloud computing.


MET Curriculum

Master MET offers 3 types of academic paths:

    • Academic path with double-degree (limited places): If you prefer maximum internationalization and another master degree, choose this option. You will have to enrol 45 compulsory ECTS credits, 15 ECTS credits from one intensification and 60 or 90 ECTS credits (that include the 30 ECTS of the thesis) at the foreign university.

Subjects are structured in different blocks:


Enrolment guide:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students willing to take a double degree or a mobility stay should:

      • Take the intensification path.
      • Pass all core subjects + 3 intensification subjects before the mobility.
      • Should you have to enroll bridge courses during the first semester, set up a meeting with Vice-Dean Head of Master Studies (sotsdirmasters@etsetb.upc.edu) to plan the enrolment for first and second semesters.

First semester (30 ECTS).

  1. All bridge subjects that have been assigned to you.

  2. Core subjects. Any of them except MTP.

  3. None or one elective/intensification/specialization subject. Any except IT and having into account these restrictions:

      • AFOC requires to simultaneously enrol TSYS.
      • AMC requires to simultaneously enrol TSYS.
      • QSN requires to simultaneously enrol CN and OVNET.
      • WAN requires to simultaneously enrol CN.

Second semester (30 ECTS): The rest of core subjects except MTP + intensification subjects + elective subjects. Without restrictions.

Third semester (30 ECTS): MTP + intensification subjects + elective subjects. Without restrictions.

Fourth semester (30 ECTS): Master's thesis.

In case that bridge subjects are required, these will be enrolled in first and second semesters depending on the subject availability and the academic profile of each applicant.

Students can make mobility stays of half or full year to choose among a great number of foreign universities. Usually, the period is the third semester and/or the master's thesis during the fourth semester.

In case that the student is taking a double degree or a mobility stay in the second year, MTP and the 3 intensification subjects must be passed during first and second semesters.


Internships in companies:

It is also possible to perform internships in companies. In the master's framework, these internships can be curricular equivalent to 15 elective ECTS, curricular to do the master's thesis or extracurricular (do not recognize credits).

The ETSETB has a long collaboration tradition with companies. In this link you may see the companies that have offered internships during the last years.

Print version Obre PDF

Information sessions
Request information
I consent to the UPC processing the personal data.

The data collected will be treated as described in the information and access to personal data table

Download brochure


Webpage updated by the Communications Service and the Teaching Area.