Guidance

Welcome and Guidance Actions

The welcome and guidance procedure starts as soon as fresher students are admitted to the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos and includes the following actions:

  • Welcome designed to inform students about the degree programme structure and how the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos is organized, as well as announcing the guidance and welcome actions available to students.
  • Help with finding accommodation provided by the External Affairs Office to supplement the information posted by the UPM's student welcoming service on the UPM's web site.
  • Provision of information on grants and support for Master in Software and Systems students participating in any of the research groups of which programme faculty are members.
  • International mentors programme, coordinated by the External Affairs Office, designed to provide a welcome and guidance for international students. Student volunteers act as mentors for international students, dealing with matters of cultural differences, accommodation and Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos procedures.
  • Personalized attention from the Master in Software and Systems Coordination Committee to provide any additional information about the Master in Software and Systems course structure, contents, guidance, etc.
  • Students will receive guidance about the enrolment process as part of the Enrolment Scheme implemented by the Master in Software and Systems' Academic Policy Committee. Students shall enrol via the online enrolment platform.

The Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos's SGIC has provided mechanisms for supporting and guiding students through the "tutoring process". Below it is included a list of specific actions which will be carried out to support and guide enrolled students:

  • Academic tutorials by each faculty member to answer questions about the subject he or she teaches: The timetable for academic tutorials is listed in the teaching schedule of the Department of which the Master in Software and Systems faculty are members.
  • Special-purpose information sessions on mobility options for students, especially regarding international mobility. This is the responsibility of the External Affairs Office, which provides students participating in or intending to opt for mobility programmes with guidance and administrative support.
  • English language training programmes for students that intend to opt for international mobility programmes, offered by the University's Centro de Lenguas.
  • Master's Final Project Assignment Scheme: the Master's Academic Policy Committee shall be responsible for internally assigning supervisors and master's final projects to eligible students in each academic year, taking into account student preferences for a specific research line and the workload of potential tutors.
  • Information scheme on research groups led by Master in Software and Systems faculty offering student internships. Depending on the topic to be developed in the Master's Final Project, the student will be given guidance about the research groups investigating related issues.
  • Information on grants and bursaries from the Associate Dean's Office for Student Affairs and from the UPM's grants and aids web page.
  • Special-purpose actions for international students who will receive assistance with the academic documents required to process visas.
  • Special-purpose actions for students with special educational needs and information on accessible entrances for people with disabilities.
  • External Affairs Office: this office offers guidance and informative support to students intending to apply for industrial internships or grants to complete their Master's Final Project or for jobs after they have completed the course.
  • Annual employment forum organized jointly with sector companies to offer recruitment advice to students. This is the responsibility of the Students' Guild in partnership with the External Affairs Office.
  • UPM email account. Information on how to activate your email account will be available at the UPM web site.
  • The Sick Bay is open every day at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos, and the Psychological Support Service offered by the UPM visits the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos once per week.

Policy regulations for that MSS students continue the Master

As a requirement of permanence to continue studies in the Master's degree in Software and Systems a student must pass at least 12 ECTS the first year and at least 30 ECTS credits in the first two years of enrolment. In addition, students must finish their studies, as maximum, in 3 academic years. In the event that the student, for cause, has not exceeded the minimum number of credits required or has run out the three academic years, and want to continue her/his studies in the Master programme, must submit an application to the Academic Committee of the University’s Master in Software and Systems, which will make a decision according to the current regulations and the grounds stated by the student.

In any case, the Master’s regulations for permanency must comply the "rules established by the UPM for the procedure of permanence in Master’s degrees" of degrees regulated by the RD 1393/2007.

Master schedule

Master in Software and Systems started in the academic year 2010-2011.

FAQs (and some answers)

We cannot guarantee the accuracy of all the information listed here, as some of it depends on other institutions that may unilaterally alter their conditions, rates, etc. Students are advised to visit the links on this page and listed in the Contact section.

Where can I find information on agreements or cooperation agreements and aid for student exchange programmes?

The External Affairs Office is responsible for the management of agreements, cooperation agreements, exchanges, etc. for all students in the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos.

What are the material resources and services available to the Master students?

All the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos material resources and services are available to any Master student that may need it. A summary of these services can be obtained by consulting the faculty Services and Resources webpage, while the facilities and classrooms available can be found on the Facilities webpage.

How much does it cost to complete the Master programme?

Public prices for university postgraduate programmes (fees) are set every year by Madrid's Regional Government within the limits established by the Higher Education Coordination Council. Apart from the cost of living in Madrid, Master in Software and Systems course fees for the 2020/21 academic year are as follows:

  • Subject credits: 45.02 euros per credit in first enrolment, 71.88 euros per credit in second enrolment and 84.07 euros per credit from the thrid enrolment. Unless they have resident status (excluding residence for tuition purposes), non-EU nationals shall be charged 84.07 euros per ECTS credit.
  • Opening of academic record:33.65 euros
  • Registry fees and replacement student cards: 6.11 euros
  • Student insurance: 1.12 euros
  • Compulsory insurance for students aged over 28 years: 4.10 euros
  • Nacional mobility insurance: 4.10 euros
  • Internacional mobility insurance: 199 euros
  • Academic certificates and academic transcript transfer: 27.54 euros
  • Certification of documents: 10.43 euros
  • Master's degree certificate issuance: 176.27 euros

Members of general-category large families are entitled to a 50% reduction on the above rates. Members of special-category large families are exempt from paying tuition fees.

Where is the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos

The Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos is located in the outskirts of Madrid, in the district of Boadilla del Monte and, specifically, at the Montegancedo Campus. The transport options for reaching the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos are private car (from highway M-40), taxi, regional bus and light rail (linked with the Metro -subway- network).

For directions on how to reach the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos, see Our location.

Where can I do the administrative procedures, such as enroling, applying for the degree...?

There is a Registry at the School where all the students' administrative procedures can be done. For Master students, the Postgraduate Office will help with all the administrative procedures (enrolment, applying for the degree, changes in personal data, certificates...).

In the specific case of enrolment, it can be done in person at the School's Postgraduate Office or on-line at the Self Enrolment available during the ordinary enrolment periods. Before enrolment, is better to read the self enrolment instructions.

Where will I live?

If you are unable to arrange your accommodation before you arrive to Madrid, a reasonable strategy is to first book provisional accommodation and then look for a longer-term option when you arrive. This page contains links with information on addresses. The UPM Vice-Rector's Office for Students also offers information on different student accommodation options. Some general advice follows.

September is usually not a good time to find accommodation (especially permanent), because many workers and students come to Madrid after the summer holidays. On the other hand, you may find that in August, although officially open for business as usual, some offices are closed and there is not much on offer. We suggest that, whenever possible, you look for accommodation before (or during) the month of July.

Provisional accommodation

  • Some Colegios Mayores (institutions specialized in student accommodation that often organize cultural activities and usually provide study rooms, dining halls and computer rooms) offer accommodation on a daily basis during the months of July, August and September. One of the best is C.M.U. San Juan Evangelista.
  • There are many small, reasonably priced boarding or guest houses (again, see the links on this site). Of course, we advise that you choose carefully and shop around before you make your decision.
  • If you are an IYHF card holder, you are eligible to stay at any of the hostels available in Madrid.

Long-term accommodation

The usual options are:

Shared flat
Many students prefer this option and usually share a flat with other Spanish or international students. This is the most affordable option. The price ranges from 200 to 400 euros per month. You can find these flats:
  • Through ads at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos (rooms for rent and want-ads)
  • Through ads at the Ciudad Universitaria
  • Through online housing classifieds
  • Through specialized agencies
Landladies or private owners
Private individuals or families that offer accommodation, including the monthly payment of a number of services, such as cleaning, laundry, meals, etc., to be negotiated with the guest.
Private accommodation agencies
A convenient, albeit not inexpensive (because they charge a fee for their services), way of finding accommodation in Madrid for weeks or months is to engage the services of an accommodation agency.
University Halls of Residence (Colegios Mayores)
There are many possible choices in the Ciudad Universitaria area, but applications should be submitted in advance: the closing date for applications usually ends in late May. They are quite expensive (beginning at 550 euros per month), but they do provide board and services such as cleaning, laundry, library, sports facilities and cultural and recreational activities in return. Madrid's Regional Government offers a Hall of Residence search service. Some University Halls of Residence are:

How much does it cost to live in Madrid?

Although not as expensive as other European capitals, Madrid is not an inexpensive city to live in. For example, the cost of renting a one-bedroom flat starts at around 400 euros per month. You can find rooms in shared flats starting at 200 euros per month. Of course, all these prices depend on the area and do not include the proportional cost of water, electricity, phone, communal charges, etc.

Note for international students: the Spanish Government will not issue a student's visa required for residence in Spain unless you have a means of guaranteeing your livelihood. An amount of money held in a bank account or a grant award is acceptable proof for this purpose. We suggest that you contact your nearest embassy or consulate sufficiently beforehand.

How can I improve my Spanish or my English?

Students applying for this postgraduate programme should have a good knowledge of Spanish and English. The UPM offers different options for studying languages through the Centro de Lenguas. To this end, several Spanish language and culture courses, as well as courses in other languages, such as English, German, Chinese, etc., are scheduled throughout the year. In any case, there are many language schools with a wide variety of prices and schedules in Madrid.

How can I certify that I have an English-language proficiency level of B2 or equivalent?

To be eligible for a Master programme at UPM, students must have a specified level of English proficiency, sufficient to ensure that they will be able to follow the lectures. The Council of Europe has established a number of language proficiency levels through the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR). A person with a B2 level of language proficiency is considered to have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization.
  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

To certify that they have an English proficiency level of B2, students should submit an official certificate specifying that they have attained the above level or any other equivalent examination certificate, such as:

  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
    • First Certificate in English
    • Certificate in Advanced English
    • Certificate of Proficiency in English
    • International English Language Testing System: ≥ 5.5
  • Trinity College English Examinations
    • Integrated Skills in English examinations (ISE): ISE II & ISE III
    • Graded Examinations in Spoken English: Grades 7, 8, 9 & 10
  • English Testing System
    • TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test): ≥ 72
    • TOEFL ITP: ≥ 543 or Silver Certificate
    • TOEIC Listening and Reading: ≥ 785
    • TOEIC Speaking and Writing: ≥ 310
  • Spanish Official Language Schools (Escuelas Oficiales de Idiomas Españolas)
    • 1998 Curriculum (RD 967/1988): 4th year pass
    • 2006 Curriculum (RD 1629/2006): Advanced Certificate
  • Pearson Test of English General
    • Level 3, Level 4 or Level 5
  • Linguaskill (BULATS)
    • Linguaskill: ≥ 160 (4 skils)
    • B2, C1 or C2 (4 skills)
  • APTIS
    • B2 (4 skills)
  • Have completed a bachelor or master’s degree at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Have passed an internal B2-level language test at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (based on CAPMAN)
  • Be a native English speaker
  • Have completed his/her higher education in English or in an English-speaking country

Will I have WiFi access to the Internet at the UPM?

UPM offers access via the eduroam initiative. Anyone with access to this network can log on from anywhere at the UPM (after installing the appropriate settings). UPM students also have access to this network (instructions for use are given on the UPM website Wireless Network section).

Apart from grants from official institutions, what other funding options are there?

Some private institutions (banks, savings banks, large corporations, etc.) award student grants. However, there is usually a great deal of competition, and they generally target a specific field of study. Even so, it is an option well worth considering.

Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos professors can, at their discretion, offer internships and research grants generally associated with research and development projects. In this case, the work and research to be carried out are completely dictated by the topic of the project covered by the grant. On the other hand, they offer an unbeatable opportunity for joining the research and education system.

Finally, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos departments sometimes offer student grants for working part-time on tasks such as systems administration. Although in short supply, this is yet another option.

Where can I obtain information on scholarships and grants?

Ministry of Education and Vocational Training

Comunidad de Madrid

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Information on other sources of grants

¿Dónde puedo conseguir otro tipo de información de interés?

Ministry of Universities

Madrid Regional Government

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos

Information on accommodation

European Higher Education Area

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation

I would like to study at the Facultad de Informática at the UPM. Where can I find information?

The Facultad de Informática (IT Faculty) was renamed Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos in 2013. However, the only thing that has changed is its name: the degree programmes, faculty, location… everything except the name is the same as before.

Do you have any more questions?

We can help you out at: master.muss@fi.upm.es.