Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona

Introduction
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Its international orientation is one of the distinguishing features of UPF, a university with "its feet in Barcelona and its head in the world".

This international projection has been recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education through the International Campus of Excellence seal (2010) and is backed up by the UPF's distinguished position in international rankings as one of the top Spanish universities.

The International Community

With the highest percentage of international faculty in Spain and one of the most international in Europe, every year UPF also hosts a high number of international students. In the 2013-14 Academic Year, for instance, international students represented 36% of all Master's students and 52% of all Doctoral students, attracted by the opportunity to study and carry out research with internationally renowned faculty and researchers.

A Global Network

It is precisely these international links and projects with the best universities in the world that constitute one of Pompeu Fabra University's most important assets. At present, UPF has collaboration agreements with 40 universities ranked among the world's Top 100 according to the Times Higher Education 2012-13 ranking.

This selection allows us to develop outstanding projects such as the Global Cities programme, an International Summer School run in conjunction with the University of California, Los Angeles, or double and joint degree programmes on the post-graduate level.

Mobility

Through an extensive, select network of exchange agreements with over 250 universities, Pompeu Fabra University's mobility programmes enrich the campus with 1,529 students from 40 different countries (2012-13 Academic Year) and have allowed 30% of UPF graduates to effect an exchange abroad as a differentiating factor on their résumés.

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Master in Brain and Cognition

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 Spain Barcelona + 1 more

The core of the master's programme is composed of the research groups at UPF's Center for Brain and Cognition (CBC). These groups are directed by renowned scientists in areas such as computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, vision, multisensory perception, human development and comparative cognition. Students will thus be exposed to the ongoing research projects at the CBC and will be integrated in one of its... [+]

Master in Brain and Cognition One of the greatest challenges in science is to explain the human mind. Thanks to the advent of revolutionary brain research methods, great progress in behavioural research techniques and the incredible inventiveness of many researchers, cognitive and neural sciences are finding ways to better approach this problem. The master's programme in Brain and Cognition will guide students through the latest and most exciting findings brought about by the interaction between cognitive research and brain research, furnishing them with the theoretical and practical means to actively participate in this exciting enterprise. The core of the master's programme is composed of the research groups at UPF's Center for Brain and Cognition (CBC). These groups are directed by renowned scientists in areas such as computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, vision, multisensory perception, human development and comparative cognition. Students will thus be exposed to the ongoing research projects at the CBC and will be integrated in one of its main research lines, where they will conduct original research for their final project. Objectives The aim of this master's programme is to offer research-oriented training in various fundamental domains of cognitive neuroscience. The programme faculty's main objective is to provide students with the training they need to understand how a scientific question becomes a topic of experimental research in cognitive neuroscience and how they could carry out this research. Who is it for? The master's programme will be of interest to psychologists, philosophers, MDs, biologists, linguists, mathematicians or physicists seeking to pursue a career investigating the fascinating question of how the relationship between the mind and the brain enables cognitive functions. While the programme is thus particularly apt for students who want to be trained to do research in cognitive neuroscience, it is also strongly recommended for individuals seeking to enrich their careers by obtaining a solid basis in cognitive neuroscience. Given its research orientation, the level of this one-year master's programme corresponds to the second year of a two-year master's in other international programmes. Students who are interested in the programme but do not have sufficient credits to enrol in a second-year master should contact the coordinator for further information. Structure and Content The programme is organized in three terms and consists of a total of 26 compulsory subject credits, 7 research seminar credits, and a 27-credit final research project. Depending on their individual curriculum, students may be required to take preliminary courses on the basics of brain and cognition and on statistics. Subjects will cover essential topics to ensure uniform knowledge and training. Students will be encouraged to be as involved as possible in ongoing original research projects and will be active participants in the seminars held by the CBC's research groups within their main area of interest. These seminars are where the research groups discuss recent outstanding scientific articles, present the progress made on ongoing research projects and critically analyse the results of other researchers. Students will have to complete an original research project under the supervision of one of the faculty members, to be carried out in the CBC's laboratories or, upon prior agreement, with another research group at UPF. Career prospects Graduates of this master's programme will be well positioned to enter a PhD programme in Cognitive Neuroscience or a related field and to join other Spanish or international research teams (including UPF's own). Available facilities The Center for Brain and Cognition has a 300m2 state-of-the-art laboratory space equipped with rooms for adult behavioural and psychophysical studies, rooms for infant research, EEG/ERP recording facilities for adults and infants, neuronavigated TMS, eye-trackers for adult and infant research, experimental settings for comparative cognition, agreements with imaging centres providing access to MRI scanning facilities, a 24-node computational cluster, and a dedicated technical workshop to set up specific experimental setups on demand. Scholarships and grants The CBC offers partial tuition fee grants for a selected group of students based on merit. The number and exact amount of these grants is contingent upon available funds. Admission requirements In order to be admitted to the Brain and Cognition - MSc candidates must submit the following documents: Official undergraduate degree/diploma (a Bachelor's degree, a degree in engineering or architecture, technical engineering and technical architecture diplomas, or, in the case of a foreign degree, the equivalent qualification awarded by an accredited higher education institution). In addition, the official academic transcript with the average grade at the university of origin. Degrees in any academic field of study will be accepted. Curriculum Vitae in English. A letter of motivation in English, stating the candidate's expectations and interest in participating in the master's programme (600 to 800 words). Two letters of recommendation sent directly by referees with a good knowledge of the candidate. Proof of English language (level B2) Identity Card or Passport. OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS Additional academic training in areas related to the master's programme. Research experience. Professional experience in any of the fields related to the master's programme. In addition, the selection committee Department may decide to interview the candidate. The undergraduate degree/diploma and the academic transcript If you have finished your Bachelor's degree when you submit your application, you will need to send us the following documents: A photocopy of your undergraduate degree/diploma or certification/proof of degree completion. A photocopy of your completed official undergraduate transcript. However, if you have not yet completed your undergraduate studies when submitting the application, you will need to provide us with the following documents: A signed declaration that the degree will be obtained before beginning the master's programme PDF document A photocopy of the provisional undergraduate transcript. [-]

Master in Cognitive Systems & Interactive Media

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 Spain Barcelona + 1 more

The mission of the Master in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media (CSIM) is to train the researchers and professionals who will investigate, develop and design the interactive cognitive systems and media of tomorrow. The results may be physical devices, such as robots, or logical ones, such as sophisticated software that provides new experiences and/or virtual environments. The CSIM programme draws on three main fields of knowledge... [+]

Master in Cognitive Systems & Interactive Media The mission of the Master in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media (CSIM) is to train the researchers and professionals who will investigate, develop and design the interactive cognitive systems and media of tomorrow. The results may be physical devices, such as robots, or logical ones, such as sophisticated software that provides new experiences and/or virtual environments. The CSIM programme draws on three main fields of knowledge: interactive technology, cognitive sciences and interactive media. To achieve its objective, the programme takes an interdisciplinary approach that is critical to providing students with an in-depth knowledge of the design, construction, development, deployment and analysis of interactive cognitive systems and media, along with the necessary skills to successfully carry out all of these stages. The CSIM programme's goal is to produce integrators of such interactive cognitive devices and programmes. The CSIM offers a wide range of lectures and tutorials by renowned scientists. In terms of theory, students will acquire a basic understanding of the cognitive functions of the brain and its computational models, key issues in the development of interactive cognitive systems. At the practical level, students will learn to design and develop creative and scientific solutions in order to rationally, consistently and efficiently integrate current and future technologies into interactive cognitive systems. The CSIM programme offers students the scientific and practical tools they need to pursue their studies independently and to develop and integrate interactive cognitive systems into useful systems with real-world applications. Objectives The main objective of the Master in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media is to train the next generation of researchers and professionals who will research, develop, design and analyse cognitive systems and interactive media. Who is it for? Students on this master's programme should have a background in technology engineering (computing or telecommunications), psychology, biology, audiovisual communication or another area related to the programme's interdisciplinary approach. Candidates must be highly motivated and hard-working and have both a strong interest in technology and cognitive sciences and a creative spirit. They must moreover have prior knowledge of programming and be willing to immerse themselves in technological topics. Structure The programme consists of a single track providing a solid, coherent vision of cognitive systems and interactive media. It is essentially geared towards research, and students must complete 20 compulsory credits, 20 optional credits and a 20-credit final research project. The master's programme can be completed in one year, if taken full-time, or in two, if taken part-time. The programme is organized into terms and is designed to reflect the priority areas of research defined by the European Commission. Content The master's programme aims to train integrators of complex systems and devices by combining knowledge and skills from the fields of interactive communication, cognitive psychology, linguistics, art, digital technology and communication. The programme is designed to reflect the priority areas of research defined by the European Commission, which it groups into the following general topics: Cognitive Systems: This track encompasses functional aspects of the concepts, methods and advanced technologies required to enable future smart devices to perceive, decide, feel emotions and behave. Specifically, it focuses on their capacity to adapt to and behave in complex environments, on their ability to interact and communicate with humans and other devices, and on how our understanding of biological systems can help develop the cognitive systems of the future. This track trains students to become the behavioural and psychological engineers of tomorrow's devices. Content and Media: The objective is to prepare students to contribute to the challenges facing both today's society at large and particular individuals and organizations with regard to the vast variety of partially interactive content that they must present and process. Special emphasis is placed on key concepts and methods in the optimization of the interaction between humans and machines on the one hand and information and the media on the other. Additionally, this track explores, analyses and thoroughly experiments with specific features of interactive media with a view to broadening the range of possibilities and adding new potential rather than simply replacing or enhancing non-interactive media. Quality of Life: In future, healthcare and social services will rely on interactive devices and media. The main challenges will be not only to cure, but also to maintain and enhance quality of life through cognitive systems and interactive media. Students on this track will be immersed in the psychological and technological aspects of this major development. To contribute to improving quality of life, new methods and media will need to strike the right balance between technological possibilities and human creativity. Interaction and Mobility: This track will introduce students to this complex system of problems and train them to apply a wide range of concepts and technologies in order to help solve them. Likewise, human mobility involves many forms of transport, which generate a variety of needs with regard to device autonomy and the presentation of information. Internship In keeping with the research orientation of this programme, the final research project will be carried out in the context of one of the research groups of the Department of Information and Communication Technologies, thereby ensuring a rich and stable environment for acquiring experience in the field. Knowledge, skills and comptences acquired\ The specific competencies acquired in this master's programme include the ability to: Develop interactive devices with cognitive systems using mixed methodologies based on analysis, design, development, deployment and assessment. Apply mixed methodologies from cognitive science, human-computer interaction and communication. Design solutions in the form of interactive devices through requirements analysis. This design is based on abstract biological and neurological computational models and interactive communication. Develop, implement and code solutions designed to include advanced interface technologies, neurological simulations and control languages, as well as interactive installations and devices. Assess interactive devices using controlled, experimental, objective and quantitative methods. Apply an interdisciplinary approach that combines cognitive science, interactive technologies and digital media to solve problems in ways that lead to new interactive devices. Apply current theories and computational models about the brain and about how it relates to interactive devices by means of cognitive systems. Apply these devices and systems to real-world problems. Career prospects This master's programme offers a wide range of career opportunities. Students seeking a career in research will be able to pursue doctoral studies in any of the areas included in the programme's interdisciplinary focus. Students seeking careers outside of academia will be able to draw on their experience with the analysis, design, implementation, experimentation, testing and assessment of interactive devices via cognitive systems to enter a wide range of fields, from industrial and home robotics to outdoor interactive advertising, the smart technology used by the automobile industry, the development of systems to help rehabilitate people with physical or cognitive disorders, large-format interactive entertainment, or smart museum technology. [-]

Master in Current Democracies: Nationalism, Federalism and Multiculturalism

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 Spain Barcelona + 1 more

Linguistic, national, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity is a consolidated reality in the world of modern democracies and is a trend of growing importance. The first decades of the century are a testimony of a process of political, economic and technological change with global and irreversible characteristics that raises both challenges and opportunities for modern liberal democracies.... [+]

Master in Current Democracies: Nationalism, Federalism and Multiculturalism Linguistic, national, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity is a consolidated reality in the world of modern democracies and is a trend of growing importance. The first decades of the century are a testimony of a process of political, economic and technological change with global and irreversible characteristics that raises both challenges and opportunities for modern liberal democracies. The main objective of this programme is to prepare high-level academicians and professionals in the area of political theory, with the capacity of becoming specialists who can compete successfully in international academic and professional sphere. To achieve this, an advanced level of knowledge has to be attained, with special emphasis on the handling of methods and techniques with which to analyse the practical transformation of current societies and influence them. The master's degree therefore seeks to develop generic competences that will enhance the holder's professional activity in relation to their capacity of analysis, synthesis and communication; the capacity of adapting to new situations and the creation of new knowledge; interpersonal relationship skills in an international context; and ethical responsibility. From the outset the intention has been for the programme to be completely consistent with the values and basic principles of respect for democratic rights, equal opportunities, promotion and safeguarding of peace, general equality and accessibility to persons with disabilities. Who is it for? This master is aimed at holders of a degree in the field of Political Sciences, Social and Legal Sciences, Humanities and Health Sciences, and who wish to make a start in academic research in the discipline of political theory, with the aim of going on to study a doctorate or to deepen their knowledge in this field. Structure Module 1: Methodology and Research Techniques (15 ECTS). Module 2: Fundamentals of Theory and Political Science (10 ECTS). Module 3: Deepening in some areas of Theory and Political Science (15 ECTS). Module 4: Final Research Project (20 ECTS). Skills acquired in this programme On completing it, the student will be capable of: Understanding the main theories and approaches of political theory. Understanding the institutions and processes of democratic and federal political systems. Understanding the structure and processes of the political players in different societies. Understanding the value and concepts of the legitimating processes in culturally diverse democracies. Recognizing and understanding the theories of democracy, federalism, and nationalism. Defining and understanding the historic dimension of multiculturalism in modern democracies. Operating with theoretical, quantitative, qualitative and comparative research data. Career prospects Expert political analysts on theoretical, practical and compared analysis of institutions, processes and public policies in culturally diverse democracies. [-]

Master in Intelligent Interactive Systems

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 Spain Barcelona + 1 more

Future emerging technologies will provide both interactivity and intelligence. The master's programme in Intelligent Interactive Systems (IIS) addresses both trends, focusing on the design, analysis and development of agents and robots able to interact intelligently with humans and other agents, that is, agents that can perceive, plan, act, learn and communicate. The programme's lecturers are world-renowned scientists in the fields of... [+]

Master in Intelligent Interactive Systems Future emerging technologies will provide both interactivity and intelligence. The master's programme in Intelligent Interactive Systems (IIS) addresses both trends, focusing on the design, analysis and development of agents and robots able to interact intelligently with humans and other agents, that is, agents that can perceive, plan, act, learn and communicate. The programme's lecturers are world-renowned scientists in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, machine learning, natural language interaction and web intelligence. Students will learn about the languages, models and algorithms involved in intelligent interactive systems and will be exposed to top-level research in the field. This is a technical master's programme, and students are expected to be familiar with mathematical language and computer science. Objectives The master's programme aims to provide students with: A solid background in models and algorithms for the analysis, design and development of intelligent interactive systems. An entry point into high-level research in the field in which they make their contributions. Teaching staff The programme's lecturers include the ICREA research professors Hector Geffner, Gabor Lugosi and Leo Wanner; Ricardo Baeza-Yates, director of Yahoo! Labs Europe; and Vladimir Estivill-Castro, of the UPF and Griffith University (Australia). Who is it for? This is a highly technical programme, and students are expected to have prior knowledge of mathematical language and computer science. To apply to the programme, students must hold an undergraduate degree in computer science, mathematics, physics or engineering, or have a similar background. Structure The programme is research-oriented and divided into three terms, over the course of which students must complete 30 credits' worth of compulsory subjects, 10 credits' worth of optional subjects, and a 20-credit research project. Content Machine Learning (Gabor Lugosi; first term) Autonomous Systems (Hector Geffner; first term) Mobile Robotics (Vladimir Estivill; first term) Research Methodology (first term) Natural Language Interaction (Leo Wanner; second term) Web Intelligence (Ricardo Baeza; second term) Optional 1 (second term) Research project (third term) Optional 2 (third term) The two optional subjects are chosen from amongst the following: Advanced Topics in Intelligent Interactive Systems, Computational Neuroscience, Human-Computer Interaction, Image and Video Processing, Games and Entertainment, Interface Design, Psychology and Cognitive Science, Pattern Recognition, and Algorithm Design. The optional subjects are offered one term a year and are subject to a minimum enrolment. Research project and internship Students must carry out a research project within the context of one of the Pompeu Fabra University research groups. As part of their project, students may do an internship in one of these research groups or at a company in the industry. Knowledge, skills and competences acquired The ability to develop real and virtual agents, such as robots, to interact with a physical environment, humans and other agents. Knowledge of the models and algorithms needed to address learning, action and interaction in real or virtual environments that may include humans and other agents. The ability to incorporate intelligence and interactivity in a wide range of applications, such as video games, the Internet, manufacturing and robotics. Career prospects The Internet: intelligent web applications. Video games: intelligent applications in the video game industry. Intelligent data processing: data-mining professionals. Cognitive agents for the elderly. Future emerging technologies and applications. Academia: research in intelligent agents that interact with humans and other agents. [-]

Master in Sound and Music Computing

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 Spain Barcelona + 1 more

Sound and music computing is an interdisciplinary field encompassing the entire sound communication process, from the creation and generation of sounds to their transmission and perception. Using a variety of scientific, technological and artistic methodologies and computational approaches, it examines how we understand, model and generate sound and music. It covers a wide range of basic academic subjects in fields such as music (composition... [+]

Master in Sound and Music Computing Sound and music computing is an interdisciplinary field encompassing the entire sound communication process, from the creation and generation of sounds to their transmission and perception. Using a variety of scientific, technological and artistic methodologies and computational approaches, it examines how we understand, model and generate sound and music. It covers a wide range of basic academic subjects in fields such as music (composition, performance, musicology), physics (acoustics), engineering (signal processing, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, electronics) and psychology (psychoacoustics, experimental psychology, neuroscience). Current areas of application include musical instruments, music production, music information retrieval, digital music libraries, interactive multimedia systems, and auditory interfaces. The UPF's master's programme in Sound and Music Computing focuses on the more technological aspects of the field. Objectives This master's programme aims to train the researchers and professionals who shape sound and music computing in today's information society. Combining practice and theory in a variety of areas, such as computational models, audio engineering, perception, cognition and interactive systems, the programme offers the necessary scientific and technological background to pursue a successful career. More specifically, the programme gives students the skills they need in both the most advanced technologies for the analysis, synthesis, transformation and production of sound and music and the main technologies and processes that support sound and music creation. Who is it for? The master's programme in Sound and Music Computing is aimed at students with a technical background who have some knowledge of music and seek to hone their research skills in the field of sound and music computing. Although no specific bachelor's degree is required, candidates must demonstrate that they have training in an area related to computer science or telecommunications. Structure The programme is research-oriented and combines subjects covering both theory and practice. Students must complete 40 credits' worth of compulsory and optional subjects and a final research project worth 20 credits. The master's programme can be completed in one year, if taken full-time, or two, if taken part-time. Part-time students will also be able to take complementary subjects from undergraduate engineering programmes or additional subjects from the master's programme. The part-time option is recommended for students who do not have a four-year degree in computer science or electrical engineering or an equivalent background. Content Students must complete 40 credits' worth of compulsory and optional subjects and carry out a final research project worth 20 credits. The master's degree final project is intended to help students break into a given field of research and must thus make an original contribution to the chosen field. The teaching programme includes specific core subjects, as well as optional subjects shared with other master's programmes offered by the Department of Information and Communication Technologies. The subjects most specific to this master's programme are: Audio and Music Analysis Audio and Music Processing Real-time Interaction Recording and Mixing Music Audio and Music Processing Workshop Music Perception and Cognition Internship The UPF's Music Technology Group (MTG) and other research groups and companies offer internships to students of the master's programme in Sound and Music Computing. Knowledge, skills and competences acquired Ability to plan and carry out research and development plans. Acquisition, management and transmission of methodological, technical and aesthetic knowledge. Ability to work in a team in academic and business settings. Development of critical thinking skills to enhance professional technical, methodological, economic, aesthetic and ethical decision-taking. Communication and creative skills. Career prospects Graduates of this master's programme may enrol on a doctoral programme or join research and/or development teams at companies specialized in services and applications related to sound and music computing. [-]

Master in Wireless Communications

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 Spain Barcelona + 1 more

Wireless communications have played a key role in the last two decades as the main driver of innovation and economic growth in various spheres of society. [+]

Wireless communications have played a key role in the last two decades as the main driver of innovation and economic growth in various spheres of society. The integration of wireless communications with the Internet has both revolutionized how the former are used and conditioned their development, requiring continuous technological innovation to meet the needs of both users and applications. The Interuniversity Master in Wireless Communications draws on the research experience of both the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) to offer a fresh, modern view of both current and future wireless communication technologies, addressing all those theoretical and practical aspects deemed relevant to the training of future researchers in the field. Objectives This master's programme aims to train the professionals who will develop the wireless communication systems of the future. Through a blend of theory and practice, the programme offers the necessary scientific and technological training to enable graduates to go on to pursue a career in research, whether in academia or the private sector. Who is it for? This master's programme is aimed at candidates with an engineering degree in the field of information and communication technologies seeking to hone their research skills in the field of wireless communications. Structure This research-oriented programme offers subjects covering both theory and practice. Students must complete 30 credits' worth of compulsory subjects, 20 credits' worth of optional subjects and a master's degree final project worth 10 credits. The master's programme can be completed in one year, if taken full-time, or two, if taken part-time. Part-time students will also be able to take complementary subjects from undergraduate engineering programmes or additional subjects from the master's programme. The part-time option is recommended for students who do not have a four-year degree in computer science or electrical engineering or an equivalent background. Content The master's programme covers the following aspects: Wireless communication (propagation, modulation, coding, medium access). Communication networks (TCP/IP). Mathematical modelling, simulation and analysis of communication systems. Radio spectrum management. Long-term evolution (LTE) and evolution towards 5G. RFID, WSN and WLAN networks. Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M communications. Network security and cryptography. Mobile app development. Knowledge, skills and competences acquired Ability to plan and carry out research and development plans. Ability to use existing wireless channel models, identifying the main features and parameters thereof, as well as the situations in which they can be used. Ability to analyse the main modulation/demodulation and coding techniques used in wireless communication systems, understanding the trade-offs between bit rate, power and bandwidth. Ability to apply the main techniques for accessing and sharing the radio spectrum available for the design of communication protocols, including radio resource planning techniques, while at the same time justifying the pros and cons of each one in terms of efficiency, flow, delay and fairness. Ability to model, analyse and simulate random systems using tools from discrete and continuous stochastic processes, including aspects of information theory and queuing theory, and to formulate and solve optimization problems. Ability to analyse how network and transport protocols work in mobile networks, with regard to both radio and fixed networks. Ability to evaluate the features of mobile communication systems and networks using analytical, simulation and prototyping techniques. Ability to dimension high-performance networks from the base station sites and access points to the requisite radio spectrum and interconnection networks. Ability to analyse, model and design protocol architectures, mechanisms and features for mobile networks, including the interconnection between heterogeneous networks. Ability to develop services and applications for mobile devices and networks, including security aspects, distributed knowledge management, and multimedia information. Ability to analyse, understand and apply the resulting knowledge to the mobile telecommunications sector as a whole, as well as to its key players, their relationships and their evolution, including aspects related to technological developments and the mobile communications market. Ability to identify and apply the research methods, techniques and resources specific to research in the field of wireless and mobile communications. Ability to abstract, conceptualize and communicate creative and innovative technological solutions, as well as research findings. Career prospects Graduates of this master's programme may enrol on a doctoral programme or join research and/or development teams at companies specialized in wireless communications (mobile applications, network planning, network architecture design, communication protocols and systems, etc.). [-]

Research Master in Political Sciences

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 Spain Barcelona + 1 more

This master's programme is intended for people seeking to enter the field of political science research, whether with a view to subsequently pursuing doctoral studies or to deepening their knowledge in order to work in the public or private sector... [+]

Research Master in Political Sciences This master's programme is intended for people seeking to enter the field of political science research, whether with a view to subsequently pursuing doctoral studies or to deepening their knowledge in order to work in the public or private sector. Objectives The programme aims to produce political science analysts and researchers with the necessary capacity for independent work to apply current analytical techniques and methods productively and the necessary capacity for group work to make valuable contributions to research teams, research centres, and analysis departments and offices. Who is it for? Candidates must hold an official university degree in the political and social sciences, legal sciences, humanities or health sciences issued by a higher education institution in the European Higher Education Area. Candidates must likewise have an excellent academic transcript, be prepared to enrol on an exclusive and full-time basis, and have a command of English equivalent to level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Structure The master's programme is made up of four modules. All students must complete Modules 1 and 2 and choose three subjects from Module 3. Module 4 consists of a master's degree final project, worth 20 credits, to be supervised by a permanent member of the programme's faculty (i.e., not a visiting lecturer). All subjects are worth 5 credits. Content Module 1. Research methodology and techniques (15 compulsory credits) Statistical Analysis Techniques I Fundamentals of Political and Social Research Statistical Analysis Techniques II Module 2. Fundamentals of political science (10 compulsory credits) Introduction to Political Research Idioms of Analysis in Political Science Module 3. In-depth exploration of certain areas of political science (15 optional credits) Federalism and Federations: Political Theory and Comparative Politics The Current Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on the Social Welfare of Populations The Construction of the EU and Its Consequences for the European People Migrations and Society Qualitative Research Methods Research Seminar and Data Analysis Democracy and Political Liberalism: Theoretical and Institutional Aspects Actors and Institutions in Public Policy Analysis Electoral Systems Citizenship and Democracy in the European Union Causal Modelling Political Competition in Multilevel Contexts: Parties, Citizens and Elections Comparative Political Economy: Systems, Conflict and Development Module 4. Master's degree final project (20 compulsory credits) Knowledge, skills and competences acquired Development of the necessary research skills to successfully pursue a PhD in political science. High-level training in research and analysis in the field of political science. Specialized training in the research areas of the UPF's Department of Political and Social Sciences. Ability to development innovative research lines in the research areas of the UPF's Department of Political and Social Sciences. Development of general skills to enhance future job prospects. Career prospects Teaching and research at universities and higher education institutions. Professional practice in political institutions and public authorities at the local, regional, national and European Union levels. Consulting for private sector companies that work with public organizations or on matters related to the public sector. Study offices of political organizations, trade unions and interest groups. Advising and management of non-governmental organizations. [-]

Research Master in Sociology and Demography

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 Spain Barcelona + 1 more

The master's programme in Sociology and Demography trains professionals to conduct high-quality research on key socio-demographic aspects of modern societies. In these turbulent times, it is more important than ever to determine which dynamics affect individuals and families and how the financial crisis is impacting various groups. This programme provides students with state-of-the-art methodological tools to answer questions such as... [+]

Research Master in Sociology and Demography The master's programme in Sociology and Demography trains professionals to conduct high-quality research on key socio-demographic aspects of modern societies. In these turbulent times, it is more important than ever to determine which dynamics affect individuals and families and how the financial crisis is impacting various groups. This programme provides students with state-of-the-art methodological tools to answer questions such as: What impact has the crisis had on social inequalities and social cohesion? How has it affected people's living and working conditions? How has it affected their health? What effect has it had on people's chances for educational and occupational mobility? What strategies have people chosen to deal with the crisis and how have they affected family structures, marriage and young people's ability to strike out on their own? What role do women play in the household economy today and how has it affected gender relations? Has the crisis hit all social classes, countries and welfare states equally hard? Is it possible to grow without sacrificing social cohesion? With what policies? The programme's content allows students to explore these and other important questions related to social organization from a dynamic perspective, identifying the opportunities, needs and problems that arise for individuals in different stages of their lives. It moreover does so from a comparative international perspective in order to address the role of social and institutional factors in explaining imbalances and social dynamics. Objectives The master's programme's primary aim is to provide solid research training to social science professionals. Students will thus learn to formulate and empirically test alternative theories on the main socio-demographic changes and the origin of inequalities in modern societies. The programme's approach is both analytical and empirical. To this end, students are trained in the most widely used theoretical approaches taken by the scientific community to gain insight into current socio-demographic structures and dynamics. At the same time, however, they learn to test the validity of their theoretical hypotheses using the latest analytical techniques. The programme covers theoretical approaches and analytical techniques from both demography and sociology. On the one hand, it explores the demographic dynamics (fertility, mortality, ageing, migratory flows, etc.) affecting both human populations at large and key institutions within them (such as the family, school or work) using the best statistical techniques available today. On the other hand, it uses multidisciplinary research techniques to examine the most important social phenomena (poverty, social cohesion, social mobility, etc.) arising from social relations of rivalry, power and cooperation. The result is a unique and innovative approach that looks at the interplay between demographic and social dynamics in order to further our understanding of the directions in which modern societies are headed. Who is it for? This master's programme is aimed at university graduates and professionals seeking world-class research-oriented training in the field of the social sciences based on a socio-demographic approach that takes into account both the population dynamics and social structures of advanced societies. Candidates must certify completion of an undergraduate degree equivalent to 240 ECTS credits and a strong command of English (e.g., a score of 220 on the TOEFL), as all subjects for the programme will be taught in that language. Structure This master's programme is research-oriented. Students must complete a total of 60 credits, in accordance with the following breakdown: 30 credits' worth of compulsory subjects, 10 credits' worth of optional subjects, and a compulsory final research project worth 20 credits. All subjects are worth 5 credits each. Content Compulsory subjects (30 credits) Analysis of Social Inequalities (5 credits) Family, Gender and Society (5 credits) Demographic Changes and Social Dynamics (5 credits) Social Policy and the Welfare State (5 credits) Statistical Analysis Techniques I (5 credits) Statistical Analysis Techniques II (5 credits) Optional subjects (10 credits) Migration and Society (5 credits) Labour Economics (5 credits) Fundamentals of Political and Social Research (5 credits) Qualitative Research Methods (5 credits) Research Seminar and Data Analysis Master's Degree Final Project (20 credits) Knowledge, skills and competences acquired General Ability to: Manage, analyse and synthesize information. Participate in interdisciplinary teams and communicate with the international scientific community in one's native language and in English. Generate new, quality ideas independently. Specific Ability to: Identify the socio-demographic structures of modern societies. Grasp the most important demographic dynamics affecting the life cycle: fertility, mortality, family formation, migratory flows, ageing, etc. Understand the main social phenomena affecting modern societies: social stratification and mobility, inequalities, reconciliation of household and paid work, etc. Analyse and synthesize the state of affairs with regard to a given research topic. Find suitable sources of data. Select relevant variables and build reliable indicators. Organize and plan research. Use advanced statistical methods and techniques. Adapt to new issues and problems. Design and evaluate public policies for addressing social problems, identifying weaknesses and conflicts. Career prospects The multidisciplinary training offered by the research master's programme in Sociology and Demography, along with its emphasis on quantitative research methods, prepares students for successful careers in the following fields: Doctoral programmes in the social sciences. Research and management at international organizations. Analyst work for public and private social science research centres both in Spain and abroad. Analyst work for local, regional and national governments, non-governmental organizations, etc. Institutional consulting. Analyst work at demographic research centres and statistics institutes. Socio-labour audits. Current public affairs analysis and/or journalism. The training provided moreover constitutes a sound basis for students who would like to pursue doctoral studies. Some of the programme's graduates have gone on to brilliant careers at such internationally renowned universities as Princeton, Yale, Stockholm and the London School of Economics. The master's programme is also quite useful for students seeking to pursue empirical research careers at international organizations, public authorities, or private organizations interested in analysing socio-demographic changes and the challenges they pose for social policy. To this end, it prepares students for a successful career as a: Specialist in the sociology of the family. Specialist in the sociology of migration. Social welfare specialist. Specialist in assessing social needs and the impact of social policy. Job market analyst. General management specialist. Advisor to politicians and parliamentary groups. [-]

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