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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC)

The UPC is the university for people who contribute to imagining the future and moving the world.

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research, specialised in the fields of engineering, architecture and science.

In a highly creative context, the UPC's research, teaching and management projects are based on the principles of freedom, justice, democracy, solidarity, cooperation, sustainability, efficiency, transparency and social responsibility. They also reflect the University's commitment to the environment and to change.

With a focus on intellectual rigour, critical thinking, a cross-disciplinary approach to knowledge, educational innovation and entrepreneurship, the UPC produces competent professionals with the skills they need to tackle present and future challenges.

The activity that goes on at UPC campuses and schools has made the University a benchmark institution. The University harnesses the potential of basic and applied research, and transfers technology and knowledge to society. These actions make the UPC—in partnership with industry—an agent and driver of economic and social change.

The UPC puts its scientific and technological infrastructure at the service of research groups and centres, researchers and students, professionals, companies and institutions.

As a leading member of international networks of excellence, the UPC has a privileged relationship with global scientific and educational organisations. As a result, the University is at an advantage when it comes to attracting international talent.


We are an academic institution with a strong focus on teaching. Specialised and highly respected in the spheres of architecture, science and engineering, we offer bachelor's degree courses that fully adhere to the principles of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) reform, as well as a wide range of postgraduate training, including prestigious master's and doctoral degree courses in some of the fastest-growing areas in the worlds of science, technology and industry. We moreover offer lifelong learning in the form of master's degree and other courses tailored to professional development needs.

Our courses are grounded in innovation, research and an international, interdisciplinary approach. They are designed to offer academic paths adapted to each student's specific skills, interests and schedule, as well as to the demands of both traditional and emerging sectors.


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