General information on the master's degree

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech

Master's degree in Statistics and Operations Research

School of Mathematics and Statistics (FME)

The aim of the UPC-UB interuniversity master's degree in Statistics and Operations Research (master's degree website) is to provide graduates with advanced knowledge of the theory and methods of current statistics and operations research. Integrated into multidisciplinary working groups, students who successfully complete this master’s degree course will be able to apply the skills acquired in areas such as healthcare, services, industry, business, science and government agencies. They will also be provided with research-focused training to help them gain access to the doctoral degree.

Duration and start date
1.5 academic year, 90 ECTS credits. Starting September
Timetable and delivery
Afternoons. Face-to-face
Fees and grants
Approximate fees for the master’s degree, excluding other costs (does not include non-teaching academic fees and issuing of the degree certificate):
€2,490 (€9,496 for non-EU residents).
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School of Mathematics and Statistics (Barcelona)

Faculty of Economics and Business (UB) Av. Diagonal, 690-696 08028 Barcelona

Official degree
Recorded in the Ministry of Education's degree register
General requirements
Academic requirements for admission to master's degrees
Specific requirements

The content of the degree is appropriate for graduates of bachelor's degrees that include statistics or operations research subjects. Candidates will ideally have taken a bachelor's degree and will be interested in solving problems, have an aptitude for mathematics and be skilled communicators. The academic structure of the master's degree includes homogenisation courses in the first semester and the possibility of taking specific pathways in accordance with prior learning. The aim is to promote the entry of students from different academic backgrounds. Holders of the following qualifications may be considered:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Statistics
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Physics/Biotechnology
  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics/Actuarial Sciences
  • Bachelor’s or pre-EHEA degree in Industrial Engineering or other engineering fields
  • Bachelor's degree in Informatics Engineering
  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology/Sociology
  • Diploma in Statistics, taking a minimum of 30 credits in the form of bridging courses.
Admission criteria

To decide on whether students are suitable for the master’s degree in Statistics and Operations Engineering, their curriculum vitae and prior training will be considered, together with their stated interests, in order to guarantee that the aims of the Master’s Degree can be fulfilled in a reasonable time and with a reasonable degree of effort.

The elements that will be taken into account for this evaluation will be: 

  • Weighting of the academic record.
    • Applicants should attach a scanned copy of their curriculum vitae, an official academic certificate issued by their school of origin stating the weighted mark of their academic transcript (NPE) on a scale of 1 to 10. 
    • If when pre-enrolment takes place the student has not yet finished their course of studies, the certificate should refer to courses taken and passed up to the date of issue of the certificate.
    • If no certifying document is attached, the NPE will be taken to be 5.   
  • Accredited education.
    • Applicants should specify the academic qualification they have obtained or they expect to have obtained when enrolling.
    • If this qualification has already been obtained, a scanned copy of either the certificate or the receipt for payment for this certificate should be attached to the applicant's curriculum vitae. 
    • The original of the certificate or the receipt must be presented on formal enrolment in the course.   
  • Aspects of the curriculum vitae related to statistics and/or operations research in the professional, teaching or scientific spheres.
  • In particular, prior academic training, qualifications obtained and professional experience will be taken into account.   
  • Knowledge of English.
    • This knowledge will be accredited by attaching a scanned version of the highest level qualification or certificate obtained to the applicant's curriculum vitae.
    • Without this accreditation, this item will not be taken into account when evaluating the student's application.   
  • Dedication to the course of studies and whether it is to be combined with a job. 
Pre-enrolment closed (consult the new pre-enrolment periods in the academic calendar).

How to pre-enrol
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Legalisation of foreign documents
All documents issued in non-EU countries must be legalised and bear the corresponding apostille.
Check the degree’s main quality indicators in the University Studies in Catalonia portal of Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency. Find information on topics such as degree evaluation results, student satisfaction and graduate employment data.
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