The objective of the Master’s Degree in Telecommunication Engineering is that students acquire the competences, abilities and skills that allow them to exercise the regulated profession of telecommunication engineering (Order CIN/355/2009, in BOE 9/2/2009), as well as to have a successful professional career in a world where telecommunication engineering covers its own fields and enters transversally in any social and industrial sector.
The master’s degree provides a complete technical and academic training that includes specialisation in one area of work: Electronics, Signal Processing, Radiocommunication and Telematics; together with the acquisition of communication skills and the experience of working in multidisciplinary teams.
List of basic competencies that students must acquire during their studies (established by RD 861/2010).
- Basic Competence 1 (CB1): Possession and understandment knowledge that provides a basis or opportunity for originality in the development and/or application of ideas, often in a research context.
- Basic Competence 2 (CB2): Ability to apply their acquired knowledge and problem-solving skills in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their area of study.
- Basic Competence 3 (CB3): Ability to integrate knowledge and face the complexity of making judgments based on incomplete or limited information, including reflections on the social and ethical responsibilities related to the application of their knowledge and judgments.
- Basic Competence 4 (CB4): Ability to communicate their conclusions ─and the ultimate knowledge and rationale behind them─ to specialised and non-specialised audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.
- Basic Competence 5 (CB5): Possession of the learning skills that will enable them to continue studying in a manner that will be largely self-directed or autonomous.
General competencies according to Order CIN/355/2009, published in the Official State Gazette on 9th February 2009.
- General Competence 1 (CG1): Ability to project, calculate and design products, processes and installations in all areas of telecommunication engineering.
- General Competence 2 (CG2): Ability to manage works and installations of telecommunication systems, complying with current regulations, ensuring the quality of service.
- General Competence 3 (CG3): Ability to lead, plan and supervise multidisciplinary teams.
- General Competence 4 (CG4): Ability for mathematical modelling, calculation and simulation in technological and engineering centres of companies, particularly in research, development and innovation tasks in all fields related to telecommunication engineering and related multidisciplinary fields.
- General Competence 5 (CG5): Ability for the elaboration, strategic planning, direction, coordination and technical and economic management of projects in all areas of telecommunication engineering, following quality and environmental criteria.
- General Competence 6 (CG6): Ability for general management, technical management and management of research, development and innovation projects in companies and technology centres.
- General Competence 7 (CG7): Ability to start up, direct and manage manufacturing processes of electronic and telecommunications equipment, ensuring the safety of people and goods, the final quality of the products and their homologation.
- General Competence 8 (CG8): Ability to apply acquired knowledge and solve problems in new or unfamiliar areas within wider and multidisciplinary contexts, being able to integrate knowledge.
- General Competence 9 (CG9): Ability to understand the ethical responsibility and professional ethics of the activity of the telecommunication engineering profession.
- General Competence 10 (CG10): Ability to apply the principles of economics, human resources and project management, as well as telecommunications legislation, regulation and standardisation.
- General Competence 11 (CG11): Ability to communicate (speaking and in writing) the conclusions ─and the ultimate knowledge and reasons behind them─ to specialised and non-specialised audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.
- General Competence 12 (CG12): Possess skills for continuous, self-directed and autonomous learning.
- General Competence 13 (CG13): Knowledge, understanding and ability to apply the legislation necessary for the practice of the profession of telecommunications engineer.
Specific competences of the degree according to Order CIN/355/2009, published in the Official State Gazette on 9th February 2009.
- Specific Competence 1 (CE1/TT1): Ability to apply information theory methods, adaptive modulation and channel coding, as well as advanced digital signal routing techniques to communications and audiovisual systems.
- Specific Competence 2 (CE2/TT2): Ability to develop radiocommunication systems: antenna, equipment and subsystem design, channel modeling, link calculation and planning.
- Specific Competence 3 (CE3/TT3): Ability to implement systems by line, line, satellite in fixed and mobile communication environments.
- Specific Competence 4 (CE4/TT4): Ability to design and dimension multimedia signal transport, broadcasting and distribution networks.
- Specific Competence 5 (CE5/TT5): Ability to design radio navigation and positioning systems, as well as radar systems.
- Specific Competence 6 (CE6/TT6): Ability to model, design, implement, manage, operate, administer and maintain networks, services and content.
- Specific Competence 7 (CE7/TT7): Ability to perform planning, decision making and packaging of networks, services and applications considering quality of service, direct and operating costs, implementation plan, monitoring, security procedures, scaling and maintenance, as well as manage and ensure quality in the development process.
- Specific Competence 8 (CE8/TT8): Ability to understand and know how to apply the operation and organisation of the internet, new generation internet technologies and protocols, component models, middleware and services.
- Specific Competence 9 (CE9/TT9):Ability to solve convergence, interoperability and design of heterogeneous networks with local, access and backbone networks, as well as the integration of telephony, data, television and interactive services.
- Specific Competence 10 (CE10/TT10): Ability to design and manufacture integrated circuits.
- Specific Competence 11 (CE11/TT11): Knowledge of hardware description languages for highly complex circuits.
- Specific Competence 12 (CE12/TT12): Ability to use programmable logic devices, as well as to design advanced electronic systems, both analogue and digital. Ability to design communication components such as routers, switches, hubs, transmitters and receivers in different bands.
- Specific Competence 13 (CE13/TT13): Ability to apply advanced knowledge of photonics and optoelectronics, as well as high frequency electronics.
- Specific Competence 14 (CE14/TT14): Ability to develop electronic instrumentation, as well as transducers, actuators and sensors.
- Specific Competence 15 (CE15/GT1): Ability to integrate technologies and systems of telecommunication engineering, with a generalist character, and in broader and multidisciplinary contexts such as bioengineering, photovoltaic conversion, nanotechnology and telemedicine.
- Specific Competence 16 (CE16/GT2): Ability for the preparation, direction, coordination and technical and economic management of projects on: telecommunication systems, networks, infrastructures and services, including the supervision and coordination of the partial projects of their annexed works; common telecommunication infrastructures in buildings or residential centres, including projects on digital home; telecommunication infrastructures in transport and environment; with their corresponding energy supply installations and evaluation of electromagnetic emissions and electromagnetic compatibility.
- Specific Competence 17 (CE17/TFM): Completion, presentation and defence, once all the credits of the study plan have been obtained, of an original exercise performed individually in front of a university jury, consisting of an integral telecommunication engineering project of a professional nature in which the acquired competences are synthesised.
Specific competences specific to the degree, outside the guidelines of the Order CIN/355/2009 published in the Official State Gazette on 9th February 2009.
Students will only take one of the four courses of the Advanced Training module and three of the 21 courses included in the Electives, which considerably reduces the number of competencies that each student effectively acquires.
- Specific Competence 18 (CE18/RAD1): Capacity for the elaboration, strategic planning, direction, coordination and technical and economic management of space projects applying Space Systems Engineering standards, with knowledge of satellite operation processes.
- Specific Competence 19 (CE19/RAD2): Ability to perform theoretical design, practical implementation and experimental measurement of broadband systems for current applications.
- Specific Competence 20 (CE20/RAD3): Ability to analyse and specify the fundamental parameters of a mobile or wireless radio network, as well as to verify its quality of service.
- Specific Competence 21 (CE21/PS1): Manage the implementation options of signal routing systems to accelerate computationally complex algorithms.
- Specific Competence 22 (CE22/PS2): Ability to understand the impact of telecommunication service requirements on system design, with special emphasis on the lower layers, maintaining a global vision of the solutions used in modern commercial communications systems.
- Specific Competence 23 (CE23/PS3): Ability to apply statistical methods of signal routing to communications and audiovisual systems.
- Specific Competence 24 (CE24/TE1): Ability to understand the fundamentals of distributed systems and distributed computing paradigms, and their application in the design, development and management of systems in grid computing, ubiquitous computing and cloud computing scenarios.
- Specific Competence 25 (CE25/TE2): Ability to manage the acquisition, structuring, analysis and visualisation of data and information, in order to extract the underlying information and knowledge, and to critically assess the results obtained, applying them to innovation and strategic decision making in different areas.
- Specific Competence 26 (CE26/TE3): Ability to understand and exploit the processes of formation and dissemination of information on social networks, applying them to the improvement of the Internet.
- Specific Competence 27 (CE27/TE4): Ability to design and manage distributed systems based on learning and incentives.
- Specific Competence 28 (CE28/SE1): Ability to integrate photovoltaic conversion technologies for powering telecommunications engineering systems.
- Specific Competence 29 (CE29/SE2): Ability to build a physical variable measurement system from transducer to user interface, including knowledge of methodology, basic signal conditioning topologies and instrumentation software.
- Specific Competence 30 (CE30/SE3): Ability to plan, evaluate and make decisions in new areas related to the packaging of networks, services and applications in the electromagnetic field, with knowledge of reliability and life cycle calculation.
- Specific Competence 31 (CE31/OP1): Ability to apply and design algorithms for the numerical solution of problems related to linear algebra.
- Specific Competence 32 (CE32/OP2): Ability to apply different numerical methods, their programming and/or use to obtain approximate solutions to mathematical models of real problems.
- Specific Competence 33 (CE33/OP3): Ability to apply numerical optimisation algorithms to problems related to the telecommunications industry.
- Specific Competence 34 (CE34/OP4): Ability to use the mathematical tools used in public key cryptography and the mathematical formalism of quantum information processing, with the ability to apply, design and evaluate cryptographic protocols.
- Specific Competence 35 (CE35/OP5): Manage various methods of creating numerical models from examples and know how to apply these concepts to the solution of real learning problems.
- Specific Competence 36 (CE36/OP6): Manage the different technologies in human-machine interaction systems and know how to analyse the market in order to find solutions for specific applications.
- Specific Competence 37 (CE37/OP7): Ability to model, operate, manage and address the complete cycle and packaging of networks, services and applications considering quality of service, direct and operating costs, implementation plan, monitoring, security, scaling and maintenance, managing and ensuring quality in the development process.
- Specific Competence 38 (CE38/OP8): Ability to design, manufacture (in hybrid technology) and characterise analogue components of microwave and millimetre-wave communication transceivers.
- Specific Competence 39 (CE39/OP9): Ability to understand the principles of operation of radar systems, their performance and limitations.
- Specific Competence 40 (CE40/OP10): Ability to understand the operating principles of radio navigation systems and evaluate their performance and limitations.
- Specific Competence 41 (CE41/OP11): Ability to design optical communications access and transport networks given a design objective and a set of constraints.
- Specific Competence 42 (CE42/OP12): Ability to develop hardware systems oriented to the acquisition, storage and processing of information signals, with components based on programmable logic devices.
- Specific Competence 43 (CE43/OP13): Ability to characterise smart sensors and their specific network architectures.
- Specific Competence 44 (CE44/OP14): Ability to design, develop and build the prototype of an electronic equipment.
- Specific Competence 45 (CE45/OP15): Ability to understand, design, configure, manage, maintain, diagnose, troubleshoot and implement security policies in a corporate network (equipment, protocols and services).
- Specific Competence 46 (CE46/OP16): Ability to understand the current development of mobile and ubiquitous services, as well as the evolution of the purchased one.
- Specific Competence 47 (CE47/OP17): Ability to design, create, integrate context sources, and work in groups in the development of a mobile application.
- Specific Competence 48 (CE48/OP18): Ability to learn to search and filter resources on the web efficiently, to use different collaborative work tools and to produce content on the Social Web, to communicate with other people in order to create joint knowledge, and to be able to create a personal learning network suitable to the profile.
- Specific Competence 49 (CE49/OP19): Ability to apply the theoretical foundations of information theory to the design of advanced communication techniques, procedures and systems, particularly in decoding; and to calculate the fundamental limits of transmission in any communications system.
- Specific Competence 50 (CE50/OP20): Ability to deploy and manage software servers in charge of the application logic of a web service, to design and manage unrelated databases, and to understand the functional division of a current web application between the client side and the server side.
- Specific Competence 51 (CE51/OP21): Ability to model and simulate complex communications scenarios, and for strategic planning of future telecommunications networks and services.
- Specific Competence 52 (CE52/OP22): Possess and understand basic knowledge for the development and/or application of sensors based on piezoelectric transducers in multidisciplinary fields.
List of transversal competencies that students should acquire during their studies (taking as a reference the competencies included for master’s degree studies in the Spanish Qualifications Framework for Higher Education).
- Transversal Competence 1 (CT1): Ability to predict and control the evolution of complex situations through the development of new and innovative work methodologies adapted to the specific scientific/research, technological or professional field, generally multidisciplinary, in which the activity is developed.
- Transversal Competence 2 (CT2): Develop sufficient autonomy to participate in research projects and scientific or technological collaborations within their thematic area, in interdisciplinary contexts and, where appropriate, with a high component of knowledge transfer.
- Transversal Competence 3 (CT3): Conceiving engineering in a sustainable development framework.
- Transversal Competence 4 (CT4): Become aware of the need for continuous quality training and improvement, developing the values inherent to the dynamics of scientific thought, showing a flexible, open and ethical attitude towards different opinions or situations, particularly in terms of non-discrimination on the basis of sex, race or religion, respect for fundamental rights, accessibility, etc.
- Transversal Competence 5 (CT5): Encourage cooperative work, communication skills, organisation, planning and acceptance of responsibilities in a multilingual and multidisciplinary work environment that favours education for equality, peace and respect for fundamental rights.
- Transversal Competence 6 (CT6): Acquire advanced knowledge and demonstrate, in a scientific and technological or highly specialised research context, a detailed and grounded understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects and methodology of work in one or more fields of study.