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MIRI - High Performance Computing



The master’s degree gives the best foundations in the fields of computer architecture and/or supercomputing. Graduates will have in-depth knowledge of digital systems and microprocessor design, supercomputer systems and parallel programming.


The master’s degree is aimed at students who have a bachelor’s degree in the fields of Engineering (e.g., Computer Science, Electrical EngineeringTelecommunications Engineering) or Applied Sciences (e.g., Mathematics, Physics, Biology) and are pursuing a better understanding of High-Performance Computing fields and, more specifically, Supercomputing, Computer Architecture and Technology.




Four semesters. (120 ECTS)



Full-time: 20h lectures, 20h personal work per week
Part-time: half of full-time
Lectures are in the morning (8h-14h) 


Per què aquest màster universitari?

High Performance Computing (HPC) allows scientists and engineers to solve complex science, engineering, and business problems using applications that require high bandwidth, enhanced networking, and very high computing capabilities. Professionals who have taken this specialization possess all of the knowledge and skills required by companies and institutions with R&D centers that want to incorporate emerging technologies. This specialization fulfills the requirements for admission to the doctoral degree in Computer Architecture.

The master’s degree is taught by highly qualified professors, including leading researchers from the BSC (Barcelona Supercomputing Center), and professors with past research experience at companies like Intel, IBM, HP, Compaq and Sun Microsystems.

Pla d'estudis

Click on the course unit details below for more information. 

Master Thesis


Common for all Master MIRI students


Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Seminar activities

The activities to obtain the SIRI credits can be done in any semester of the master's degree. Consult the detail of the seminars.

Specialization Elective

You can choose five of this seven courses

Microarchitecture and Processors Design



It is also possible:

  • Recognize credits for "External Practices" or "Laboral and Professional Experience"
  • Take courses from other MIRI specialties
  • Take courses from other masters at the UPC

Oportunitats laborals

Employment opportunities related to High-Performance Computing (HPC) cover computer science and engineering fields such as the following:

Computer architecture

Graduates can advance the hardware and software technologies available to build and efficiently use supercomputing infrastructure, thus bridging the gap between computer architecture and application requirements. They may propose novel architectures for processors, memory hierarchy and their interconnection, and programming models and their efficient implementation.

Computer applications

Develop new computational strategies to simulate complex problems capable of running efficiently on modern supercomputers.
Graduates can develop new computational strategies for simulating complex problems that are capable of running efficiently on modern supercomputers.
Uses are diverse and examples include animated graphics, fluid dynamic calculations, nuclear energy research, petroleum exploration, car crash simulations, airflow over aircraft wings, data mining and storage, visualization, atmospheric modeling, bioinformatics, genomics, etc.




The admission period to start the Master program in September 2019, is open from March to July, 5th, 2019. Pre-registration is divided into three periods. That means:
  • Decision on applications received before the April 8th, 2019, will be notified not later than April 12th, 2019.
  • Decision on applications received before the May 13th, 2019, will be notified not later than May 17th, 2019.
  • Decision on applications received until the end of the application period (July 5th) will be notified not later than July 15th, 2019.

The decision may be that the candidate has been admitted, that the candidate has been rejected or, in the case of the first period, that the decision has been postponed until the following period.

The official list of accepted candidates will be published on July 26th , on the FIB website, in the "Enrollment" section of each Master program.

Preus i opcions de pagament

Information about prices and fees for the UPC's official master's degrees can be found at Fees and payment options.



The admission requirements for the UPC's official masters can be found at What are the requirements to enroll in a master's degree?


Candidates must provide proof of their English proficiency, with at least a B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (or equivalent).

Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. DNI, NIE or passport
  3. Academic Personal Certificate. The certificate must detail the number of hours and credits studied and must include the grade awarded for each subject. This certificate also must contain information on the mark scheme and how grades are awarded.
  4. Diploma (or similar document). This document must confirm that the duration of the degree was at least three years and that is it a valid precursor to studies at postgraduate level (master’s degree) in that country. If that is not possible, it must indicate the level of higher education that the degree gives access to in the country where it was awarded.
  5. English knowledge Certificate (minimum: B2 of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  6. If the applicant holds other qualifications related to the subject area of the Master’s Degree course applied for and that are different from those given to meet entrance requirements, it is necessary to include the original certificates and copy (or official copy) with the application.
IMPORTANT: All documents issued in countries that do not belong to the European Higher Education Area must be stamped and legalised by the appropriate government department, and translated into Spanish or Catalan language.

Selection Criteria

The Academic Committee is in charge of the admission decisions of the candidates. The criteria are: Academic Information (50%), Background and professional experience (40%) and Motivation (10%).

The criteria details follow:

Academic Information: 
  • Final average grade for the undergraduate degree that provides access to the master's degree
  • Ranking of the university issuing the previous degree, using the most common rankings (e.g. ARWU, QS World University, etc.)
  • Academic performance on the previous degree
Background and professional experience:
  • Suitability of the candidate's previous degree. Holders of bachelor's degrees in disciplines in the field of Computer Science will be given preference 
  • Experience in innovation and research projects 
  • Additional university degrees
  • Candidate's resume and motivation letter


Once you're inside the application form, you must choose the master Innovation and Research in Informatics. Once selected this master, you will be able to select the specialization High Performance Computing.

You’ll need to complete and submit our online application form to apply for a master’s course. Click the button below to begin the application process.

To pre-enroll, you will need to register online.
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Doble Titulació

You may graduate from this master’s degree with a double diploma degree from the UPC and any of the following universities. This will involve starting your master’s degree at the UPC and completing it at the other university.

Que és MIRI?

MIRI stands for Master in Innovation and Research in Informatics. This label identifies those programmes with a special focus on research and innovation. Graduates become the most knowledgeable and skilled professionals in their respective area. These programmes are highly specialized and they provide a two year immersion in the corresponding field.

The six MIRI programmes are:

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