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MIRI - Advanced Computing



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. 


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. 




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) 


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.

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. 



The next pre-registration period, to start the Master in February 2018, will be November-December 2017.

The admission period is divided into two periods:
  • Decision on applications received before November 17th will be announced no later than November 24th
  • Decision on applications received up to the end of the period will be announced no later than December 22nd
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 January 26th

Fees and payment options

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, 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 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.

The Academic Committee is in charge of final decisions on students admission. It bases its decisions on following:
  • Final average grade for undergraduate degree that provides access to the master's degree
  • Suitability of the candidate's previous degree. Holders of bachelor's degrees in disciplines such as Informatics, Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, etc. will be given preference
  • Ranking of the university issuing the previous degree, using the most common rankings (ARWU, QS World University, etc.)
  • Academic performance on the previous degree
  • Experience in innovation and research projects
  • Additional university degrees


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.

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

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

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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