Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Instituto de energía solar

UPM's Master of Science on Photovoltaic Solar Energy

General Structure

 

The Master in Photovoltaic Solar Energy sets the focus on training the experts with the highest scientific and technical skills in the various disciplines and knowledge related to Photovoltaic Solar Energy. Due to its recent introduction it is still subject to a significant flow of ideas, methods and novel developments. Despite its novelty, the Master is firmly based on proven practices, key for a diverse, multidisciplinary and highly specialized substratum in concrete fields. This is, its current and future development relies not only on horizontal expertise, but on deep knowledge.
 

In consequence, the Master in Photovoltaic Solar Energy must provide with training and skills development in this field at two different levels:

  • At a first horizontal and multidisciplinary level, common for all the students, they will learn to:

    • Understand, analyze and judge the relevance of any contribution in the field, related to its social, energetic, scientific and technical environment.

  • At a second level, specialized training must provide skills in at least one of the following aspects:

    • Knowledge, analysis and proposals of new concepts, methods or devices for photovoltaic conversImplementation, development and innovation of technological processes for photovoltaic devices manufacture.
    • Design, analysis, characterization and manufacture of photovoltaic concentration optical elements and systems. 
    • Design, analysis, characterization, planning and set-up of photovoltaic components and systems, either for general or autonomous purpose, or grid-connected.
   
 

In order to achieve these objectives, the Master is structured in one 60 ECTS academic year.

The first level has a common mandatory basis of 21 ECTS distributed into five theoretical and practical subjects. 15 more ECTS are also mandatory and correspond to the Master Thesis. The second level is based on elective subjects, depending on the future activity to be developed by the graduated student. These optional subjects allow the student, on the one hand to address his profile either on a researcher or professional direction, and on the other hand, to focus on an specialization towards systems or solar cells and their fundamentals. Total number of optional subjects is 13 (5 during the first semester, 8 during the second semester) and include 8 theoretical and practical subjects and 5 laboratories, summing up a total of 52 ECTS in elective subjects.

Students can select their optional subjects, based on an elective credit system, under the direction of a tutor. Depending on the selected subjects, the Master will focus on research or the professional field.

The Master Thesis (15 ECTS) is mandatory for all the students. This work will be a part of the research or scientific and professional activities in the framework of the Research Groups at IES or other research centres and photovoltaic companies, and will provide the students with the learning methodology associated to the research and professional activities. 

 

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