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MIRI - Advanced Computing

Presentation

About

Advanced Computing is a discipline that approaches complex computational problems from both theoretical and practical angles. It views algorithms, i.e., the human or mechanical processes of transforming data, as subjects for systematic study. The goal is to understand their limitations and capabilities and to use these insights to provide novel and more efficient algorithmic solutions. 

Target

The specialization is addressed to students with a background in computer science, computer engineering or mathematics who can prove that they have a solid grounding in elementary algorithms, programming skills and basic knowledge of discrete mathematics. Students from other scientific and technological backgrounds are also welcome but they may be asked to take a bachelor-level course that guarantees that the requirements are covered. 

Language

English

Duration

Four semesters. (120 ECTS)

Face-to-face

Workload

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


 

Why this master's degree?

When it evolves through natural selection, nature computes.

When they set their prices through the laws of supply and demand, markets compute.

When it recognizes faces and patterns, the brain computes.

When they solve huge systems of equations that model the weather, computers compute.

In contemporary science, algorithms and computing offer both a powerful explanatory model of many aspects of the world and a way of making humanity use its resources more efficiently.

Advanced Computing is the specialization that studies the foundations of computing as a discipline that explains the world from a computational viewpoint. It continues to inspire the most influential human creations of our times, such as the algorithms that underlie the internet and social networks, the design of self-governing mechanisms in economic game theory, and methods for exploitation of massive amounts of data in knowledge discovery.

Curriculum

Click on the course unit details below for more information. 

 

Elective
Mandatory
Final Master Thesis
Mandatory Common course

 

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.

Elective

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

Employment opportunities

Advanced Computing reinforces eligibility for jobs that require strong skills for facing challenging computational problems. Students will become proficient in modeling and solving problems in areas in which multidisciplinarity is highly valued and computing is essential for improving competitiveness.

The intended destinations for professionals in Advanced Computing are cutting-edge international IT companies, start-ups with innovative solutions in strategic sectors, and graduate research programs in which the student works towards a PhD. 

Admission

Calendar

The admission period to start the Master programme in September 2021, is open from 25 February to 5 June, 2021.

The admission period is divided into two periods:

  • 1st period. From 25 February to 12 March. The decision on applications will be announced no later than 19 March.
  • 2nd period. From 15 March to 4 June. The decision on applications will be announced no later than 11 June.

A new extraordinary application period. From 1 to 3 September. The decision on applications will be announced no later than 13 September.

The decision may be that the candidate has been admitted, or that the candidate has been rejected or, in the case of the 1st period, that the decision has been postponed until the following period.


The notification from 11 June will include a waiting list with all the candidates whose position in the candidates list is higher than the number of places offered in the Master. The list will be ordered by candidates access mark. The candidates in that list can become admitted if some of the candidates firstly admitted decide to give up their seat.

Admitted candidates must accept their admission and confirm it with the payment of the allocation fee before 19 July, 2021. After that day, we will understand that they give up their seat, so their admission will be revoked and the place assigned to the following candidate in the waiting list.

The official list of accepted candidates will be published on 23 July, 2021, on the FIB website, in the "Enrollment" section of each Master programme.

Fees and payment options

Requirements

Language

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

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 outside Spain or in non-Spanish-speaking countries must be translated into Spanish or Catalan.All documents issued in non-EU countries must be legalised and bear the corresponding apostille.
 

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
Motivation:
  • Candidates's resume and motivation letter
 

Pre-enrolment

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 Advanced 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.

Pre-enrolment 
 
To pre-enroll, you will need to register online.
For additional help, see the FAQs.

Faculty

Professor in charge

Professors of specialization

Professors

Double Degree

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.

What's 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:

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


Pre-enrolment
To pre-enroll, you will need to register online
For additional help, see the FAQs


Once you've been admitted, you will find all the academic information as how to register, academic calendar, schedule of classes and exams, etc. at  FIB Website.

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