Escudo de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

UPM's Master of Science on Photovoltaic Solar Energy



The Master in Photovoltaic Solar Energy has been designed according to the principles established in the legal frame:

  • Article 3.5 of the Spanish Royal Decree 1393/2007, on the respect and promotion of fundamental rights, equal opportunity policy and basic values to be observed at all levels of education in democratic societies.
  • The document entitled “A Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area” by the Bologna Working Group on Qualifications Frameworks (February 2005), establishing a framework of reference among systems and levels of qualification to ensure the continuity of European Higher Education Area.
  • Paragraph 3.3 of Annex I of the Spanish Royal Decree 1393/2007, demanding from the students the integration, application and development of knowledge into their commom activity.
  • The document on “Requirements and recommendations to implement the Curriculum of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid” (2008)
  • The “Spanish National Plan for R+D 2008-2011” aiming to new strategic actions on “Energy and Climate Change” and “Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, New Materials and New Industrial Processes”. Besides, solar cells are included in the topic on “Electronics and Communications Technology” of the ANEP (Spanish acronym for the National Agency for Assessment and Forecasting

According to this general framework, a set of General Competences to be achieved has been established:

  • GC 1. English language proficiency
  • GC 2. Team Leadership
  • GC 3. Creativity
  • GC 4. Organizational and planning issues
  • GC 5. Information management
  • GC 6.  Financial and administrative management
  • GC 7. Work in international environments

COMMON Specific Competences are defined as follows:

  • SC 1.   Understanding, analysis and judgement of the relevance of any contribution on the field of photovoltaic solar energy, related to the social, economic, scientific and technical environment.
  • SC 2.   Understanding, analysis and proposals for new concepts, methods or devices for photovoltaic conversion
  • SC 3.   Design, analysis, characterization, planning and installation of photovoltaic components and systems for a general purpose, either autonomous or grid connected.

Finally, depending on the own selection of subjects, these are the Elective Specific Competences:

  • EC 1.  Analysis, design and implementation of photovoltaic systems of mid-high level of complexity
  • EC 2.  Design and step-by-step construction of a functional prototype of photovoltaic module, within a teamwork schedule.
  • EC 3.  Implementation of available services and tools for the design of photovoltaic systems.
  • EC 4.  Implementation, development and innovation of technological processes for photovoltaic devices manufacturing.


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