Access requirements and recommended profile

The degree's access methods and requirements were established pursuant to RD 1393/2007 and to recommendations from the Consejo de Universidades’ (University Council) proposal agreement on applying for official degrees in the field of the Computer Engineering, and these are:

  • To hold an official Spanish university degree, or another similar degree issued by a higher education institution from the European Higher Education Area that entitles its holder to access an MSc-level degree in the country where it was issued.
  • Alternatively, to hold an official degree compliant with an education system outside the European Higher Education Area, with no need for official recognition of these qualifications, upon the University’s verification that such degrees provide a level of training equivalent to corresponding official Spanish university degrees, and entitle its holders to access a postgraduate degree in the country where it was issued. In any event, access via this method does not imply recognition of the previous degrees the student may hold, nor recognition of said degree for purposes other than the MSc studies.

The Comisión Académica (Academic Board) of the MSc in Data Science (CAMDS) is responsible for student admissions and assessing the merits required to access the course at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

The recommended admission profile for prospective Master of Science in Data Science students is as follows. Students are required to hold a bachelor’s degree in informatics:

  • Bachelor of Science in Informatics Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computing and Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Computing and Business Administration and Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Etc.

Or similar:

  • Any bachelor’s degree within the field of engineering with a predominantly technological profile (telecommunications engineering, industrial engineering, aeronautical engineering, biotechnology, agricultural engineering)
  • Bachelor’s degrees in mathematics or physics specializing in computation

Students holding degrees awarded before the roll-out of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) are required to hold academic qualifications equivalent to the above degree programmes (licentiate, engineer or technical engineer).

In order to ensure that all students with an admission profile not specialized in informatics are able to achieve the learning outcomes established by EQANIE for the master’s level in informatics by the end of the program, the Master’s of Science in Data Science Academic Board shall establish bridge courses equivalent to up to a maximum of 30 ECTS credits to be earned by taking subjects taught as part of the Bachelor of Science in Informatics Engineering at the UPM’s School of Computer Engineering.