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Bachelor's Degree in Communication System Engineering

School of Engineering
4 years (240 ECTS credits)
Degree Program Location
Learning Mode
Bilingual, Spanish

This bachelor qualifies for the Technical Telecommunication Engineer, specializing in Telecommunication Systems, according to the corresponding Order CIN/352/2009.

International accreditation


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    Communications Systems Engineering is the branch of engineering in charge of telecommunication, but it is specialized in the design and implementation of communications systems.

    Telecommunications have undergone a tremendous growth over the last decade, and it is to be expected that this field will continue to grow in the future. Innumerable services (the mobile telephone, Internet, television) require the appropriate development and implementation of communications systems. Society’s demand for highly qualified professionals to be in charge of communications system design, operation and management is greater and greater, since services offered by companies, public services, leisure, etc. depend more and more on telecommunications running well. Additionally, the communications field is constantly evolving and requires professionals who complement the specific qualifications in their particular field with solid training in the fundamental concepts of telecommunication technology, so that they can successfully adapt to new technologies that appear.

    In this framework the Degree in Communications Systems Engineering of the University Carlos III of Madrid is designed, which takes care of every aspect that enable our graduates to position themselves at the forefront of technological knowledge and skills, not only to meet the current market needs but also to be a leader in every technological advancement linked to Communications Systems. The content of this degree include the fundamentals of signal handling and propagation in different physical media, as well as the necessary knowledge of electronics to develop communications systems. The speed at which technology evolves indicates an expectation of an increasing need for skilled professionals in Communications Systems Engineering. The high rates of employment of our graduates near 100% in recent years endorse and demonstrate these facts.

    The Carlos III University of Madrid is committed to making this degree in Communications Systems Engineering a benchmark nationally. For this, it was the first Spanish university in its transformation to a four-year degree, as proposed for the European Higher Education Area ("Bologna") model, focusing on a more general training to facilitate the further professional development of future graduates and in the training of students in transferable skills such as learning ability and teamwork. Moreover, it was the first Spanish university to obtain the EUR-ACE label for this degree, which opens up new opportunities for our graduates for training and employment in Europe and elsewhere. This has resulted in having the best students and enjoying the highest nationwide access grades in recent years.

    The commitment to the training of our students has led us to sign cooperation agreements with leading companies in the industry and provide our students with a framework in which they can perform business practices, facilitating their employment in the best conditions. In addition, the Carlos III University of Madrid is committed to facilitating conditions for their students to make mobility both at European and international levels, as evidenced by its position as the Spanish university with most Erasmus mobility last year.

    Therefore, we believe that studying the degree in Communications Systems Engineering at the Carlos III University of Madrid is the best option for those looking for an up-to-date, quality training, aimed at the professional training of our students, internationally open, recognized by the best quality labels and endorsed by the market with employment rates close to 100%.

    The degree in Communications Systems Engineering of Carlos III University of Madrid has the following principal distinctive features:

    • 4-year education, taking 240 credits.
    • Internationalization, as it is a degree that is adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).
    • This degree has the EUR-ACE label, the most prestigious international accreditation of engineering in Europe, awarded by the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE). This seal of quality allows the international recognition of studies, both academic and professional level. It is the first and only Spanish university that has the seal of quality to this degree.
    • Possibility of choosing English/Spanish bilingual education.
    • New teaching methods adapted to the EHEA that include ongoing evaluation, group work, etc., to quantify all the student’s work, not just that in the classroom.
    • Large practical component, as at least 40% of total credit weight is dedicated to tutored laboratory practicum.
    • Existence of teaching resources adjusted to the number of students, with classrooms and laboratories where a computer per student is available in many cases.
    • Possibility of carrying out in-company internships.
    • Possibility of studying in Europe through Erasmus exchanges. There are currently agreements with a big number of universities.
    • Outstanding dedication of the teaching faculty who are highly experienced and are in constant contact with the student.

    To complement the aforementioned, Carlos III University of Madrid offers excellent facilities such as libraries, residence halls, sports centers, etc. And a program of attention to disability aims to ensure access and integration on an equal footing for all students and in turn, help build a more cohesive and better for all university. It also has a department that focuses on promoting student activities related to leisure, culture, travel, etc., enabling students to become part of the University and thus, complement their education.

    Mª Julia Fernández-Getino García, Director of the Communication System Engineering Degree

  • Curriculum

    Course 1 - Semester 1

    General subjects
    Linear Algebra6BCEnglish Spanish
    Calculus I6BCEnglish Spanish
    Physics6BCEnglish Spanish
    Programming6BCEnglish Spanish
    Information Skills3BCEnglish Spanish
    Writing and communication skills3BCEnglish Spanish

    Course 1 - Semester 2

    General subjects
    Calculus II6BCEnglish Spanish
    Systems Programming6BCEnglish Spanish
    Statistics6BCEnglish Spanish
    Digital Electronics6CEnglish Spanish
    Systems and Circuits6CEnglish Spanish

    Course 4 - Semester 2

    General subjects
    Mobile Communications6CSpanish
    Introduction to business management6CSpanish
    Bachelor Thesis12BTEnglish Spanish
    Students must take 6 credits of electives. They can choose 'Professional Internships' (6 credits) or two 3-credits courses (one of each option A).
    Electives Option B - choose 6 credits
    Professional Internships6E
    Electives Option A1 - choose 3 credits
    Communication's Equipments3ESpanish
    Applications of digital signal processing in transmission systems3ESpanish
    Distributed Computing3ESpanish
    Electives Option A2 - choose 3 credits
    Application-specific communications3ESpanish
    Web Applications3ESpanish
    Internet Tendencies3ESpanish

    * The third-year elective courses can't be recognized by cultural, sporting and charity activities.






    BC: Basic Core
    C: Compulsory
    E: Electives
    BT: Bachelor Thesis







  • Mobility
    • Exchange programs

      Exchange programs

      The Erasmus programme permits UC3M first degree and post graduate students to spend one or several terms at one of the European universities with which UC3M has special agreements or take up an Erasmus Placement, that is a work placement or internship at an EU company. These exchanges are funded with Erasmus Grants which are provided by the EU and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

      The non-european mobility program enables UC3M degree students to study one or several terms in one of the international universities with which the university has special agreements. It also has funding from the Banco Santander and the UC3M.

      These places are offered in a public competition and are awarded to students with the best academic record and who have passed the language threshold  (English, French, German etc..) requested by the university of destination.

    • European mobility

      European mobility

    • Non european mobility

      Non european mobility

  • Schedules
  • Student profile
    • Entry profile

      Entry profile

      The recommended entry profile is the following:

      • New students must have a solid background which allows them access to the advanced knowledge in mathematics, physics and statistics required by the degree.
      • The following aptitudes and capabilities are desirable: a disposition for individual work, good concentration, facility for independent learning, and the ability to organize time and work, responsibility in teamwork.
    • Graduate profile

      Graduate profile

      Most graduates of this degree is set to learning outcomes achieved in this degree, including, first, knowledge and understanding of the general fundamentals of engineering, and in particular Systems Communications. Graduates will be able to carry out a process of analysis to solve problems of telecommunication systems, and also be responsible for engineering design in its field, working as a team. Additionally, graduates will be able to conduct research and implementing innovative contributions in communications systems, which justifies the scientific interest of this degree.

      Finally, graduates will have jurisdiction to apply their knowledge to solve problems and design communications devices, knowing the environmental, commercial and industrial implications of engineering practice according to professional ethics; this is vital for professional interest in the degree. Finally, it notes that this degree provides the generic skills that graduates need to practice engineering in today's society as it is able to develop effective oral and written communication, working in a multidisciplinary framework and equipment and maintain professional competence through continuous learning throughout their lives.

      General skills

      • CB1 - That the students have demonstrated knowledge and understanding in a field of study that part of the basis of general secondary education, and is typically at a level which, although it’s supported by advanced textbooks, includes some aspects involving knowledge of the forefront of their field of study.
      • CB2 - That the students can apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and have competences typically demonstrated through devising and sustaining arguments and solving problems within their field of study.
      • CB3 - That the students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their field of study) to inform judgments that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical.
      • CB4 - That the students can communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
      • CB5 - That the students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy


      • CG1 - Ability to write, develop and sign projects in the field of telecommunications engineering aimed, according to the knowledge acquired as provided in paragraph 5 of this order, the design and the development or operation of networks , services and applications of telecommunications and electronics.
      • CG2 - Knowledge, understanding and ability to implement the necessary legislation for the development of the profession of Engineer of Telecommunication and easy to handle specifications, regulations and mandatory standards.
      • CG3 - Knowledge of basic materials and technologies that will enable you to learn new methods and technologies and that will equip you with the versatility to adapt to new situations.
      • CG4 - Ability to solve problems with initiative, decision making, creativity, and to communicate and transmit knowledge, abilities and skills, understanding the ethical and professional responsibility for the activity Telecommunications Engineer.
      • CG5 - Knowledge to perform measurements, calculations, assessments, appraisals, surveys, studies, reports, scheduling and similar work in their specific field of telecommunication.
      • CG6 - Ability to handle specifications, regulations and mandatory standards.
      • CG7 - Ability to analyze and assess the social and environmental impact of technical solutions.
      • CG8 - Know and apply basic principles of economics and human resource management, organization and project planning, as well as legislation, regulation and standardization in telecommunications.
      • CG9 - Ability to work in a multidisciplinary group and in a multilingual environment and communicate, both in writing and orally, knowledge, procedures, results and ideas related to telecommunications and electronics.
      • CG10 - Ability to solve mathematical problems that may arise in engineering. Ability to apply knowledge of linear algebra; geometry; Differential geometry; differential and integral calculus; differential and partial differential equations; numerical methods; numerical algorithms; statistics and optimization.
      • CG11 - Basic knowledge on using and programming computers, operating systems, databases and software with application in engineering.
      • CG12 - Understanding and mastery of basic concepts of the general laws of mechanics, thermodynamics, fields and waves and electromagnetism and its application for solving problems of engineering.
      • CG13 - Understanding and mastery of basic concepts of linear systems and related functions and transforms, theory of electrical circuits, electronic circuits, physical principles of semiconductors and logic families, electronic and photonic devices, materials technology and its application to solve own engineering problems.
      • CG14 - Adequate knowledge of the concept of company, institutional and legal framework of the company. Organization and management of companies.


      • ECRT1 - Ability to independently learn new knowledge and techniques suitable for the design, development or utilization of telecommunication systems and services.
      • ECRT2 - Ability to use communication and computer applications (office automation, databases, advanced calculus, project management, visualization, etc.) to support the development and operation of networks, services and applications of telecommunications and electronics.
      • ECRT3 - Ability to use computer tools of search of bibliographical resources or of information related to telecommunications and electronics.
      • ECRT4 - Ability to analyze and specify the fundamental parameters of a communications system.
      • ECRT5 - Ability to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different technological alternatives of unfolding or implementation of communication systems, from the point of view of signal space, and noise disturbances and the analogue and digital modulation.
      • ECRT6 - Ability to design, deploy, organize and manage networks, systems, services and infrastructures of telecommunication in residential contexts (home, city and digital communities), corporate and institutional responsible for their implementation and continuous improvement, as well as its impact economic and social.
      • ECRT7 - Knowledge and use the basics of programming in nets, systems and telecommunication services.
      • ECRT8 - Ability to understand the mechanisms of propagation and transmission of electromagnetic and acoustic waves, and their transmitters and receiving devices.
      • ECRT9 - Ability to analyze and design combinational and sequential circuits, synchronous and asynchronous, and use of microprocessors and integrated circuits.
      • ECRT10 - Knowledge and application of the basics of description languages hardware devices on computers with conventional architectures, sequential, parallel and multiprocessing type.
      • ECRT11 - Ability to use different energy sources and especially solar photovoltaic and solar thermal, as well as the fundamentals of electrical engineering and power electronics.
      • ECRT12 - Knowledge and use of the concepts of network architecture, protocols and communication interfaces.
      • ECRT13 - Ability to differentiate the concepts of access and transport networks, circuit-switched networks and packet, fixed and mobile networks and systems and distributed network applications, voice, data, audio, video and interactive services and multimedia.
      • ECRT14 - Knowledge of methods of networking and routing, as well as the basics of planning, network dimensioning based on traffic parameters.
      • ECRT15 - Knowledge of legislation and regulation of telecommunications in the national, European and international levels.


      • ETEGISC1 - Ability to build, operate and manage networks, services, processes and telecom applications, understood these as systems of recruitment, transportation, representation, processing, storage, management and presentation of multimedia information, from the point of view of systems transmission.
      • ETEGISC2 - Ability to apply the techniques in networks, telecommunications services and applications in both fixed and mobile environments, personal, local or long distance, with different bandwidths, including telephony, radio, television and data are based, from the view of the transmission systems.
      • ETEGISC3 - Ability to analyze components and systems specifications for guided and unguided communication.
      • ETEGISC4 - Ability for selecting circuits, subsystems and systems of radiofrequency, microwave, broadcasting, radio and radio-determination.
      • ETEGISC5 - Ability to select antennas, transmission equipment and systems, propagation of guided and unguided waves by electromagnetic means, radiofrequency or optical and related management of the airwaves and allocation of frequencies.
      • ETEGISC6 - Ability to analyze, encode, process and transmit multimedia information using techniques analog and digital signal processing.
      • ETETFGISC1 - Original to perform individually and present and defend before a university tribunal, consisting of a project in the field of specific technologies Telecommunications Engineering of professional nature in which they synthesize and integrate the skills acquired in the teaching exercise.
  • Study in english

    Studies with bilingual option

    In this degree, the university offers the opportunity to study in English more than half of the subjects of the studies program. Once you have been admitted, you will choose, at the time of enrollment, the language in which you will study in accordance with the following conditions:

    • In groups in English, all works (classes, drills, exercises, tests, etc.) will be conducted in English.
    • Along the first year, it must be established an English B2 level, performing a test, providing one of the supported official certificates or any way determined by the university. In the first weeks of the course will inform students how they can prove their level.
    • The courses offered in English are in the studies program.
    • In case there are more applications than places available in English, interested persons will be ranked according to their admission grade.
    • If you are enrolled in English and exceed at least 50% of the credits offered at the UC3M, in the DS appear a mention of bilingual studies.

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