Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Instituto de energía solar

Complementary training activities


Due to the variety of possible profiles to Access the Programme, an eventual undertaking of complementary training, specific for each student, is considered. These activities are intended to complement previous training and will strictly concentrate on those aspects considered essential for the concrete research line to develop his/her Doctoral Thesis.

Experience acquired along the development of previous Doctoral Programmes leads us to affirm that an adequate allocation of complementary training activities requires a specific consideration of the previous training and academic records of each student. Nevertheless, in general and in consistency with the already defined profiles (see Administrative procedure), the following considerations are established:

  • Students matching Profile 1 will not require undertaking complementary training activities.

  • Students matching Profiles 2 or 3, and depending on their training, academic record, professional experience (if any) and research line they apply for, applicable complementary training activities will be any of those shown in the table below, containing a subset of theoretical-practical subjects and laboratory practices offered in the UPM Master Degree in Photovoltaic Solar Energy:


Complementary Training Activity ECTS Credits Applicant’s profile

Solar cells fundamentals

4 P2

Laboratory of solar cells characterization

4 P2

Laboratory of solar cells technology

6 P2

Physics of photovoltaic Materials

4 P2

New Generation solar cells

3 P2

Computational laboratory for photovoltaic materials

4 P2

Optical Engineering

5 P3

Photovoltaic Systems Engineering

4 P3

Electric grid connected systems

4 P3

Architectural integration of  Photovoltaic Solar Energy

3 P3

In general terms, students will undertake 1-2 subjects (equivalent to 4-8 ECTS credits). In exceptional cases, they will undertake 3-4 (equivalent to 12-16 ECTS) when the candidate profile and the research specific topic so require. In addition, other complementary subjects to the aforementioned training offer may be proposed, thus taking advantage of the growing diversity of degrees, masters and specialization courses


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