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Doctor in Engineering Sciences, Computer Science area

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Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Sciences

schedule Duration

8 semesters

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19/08/2024 - 17/10/2024

date_range Classes start

March 2025

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$6.846.000 (annually)

Program Description

The complexity of today’s technological problems requires that experts be addressed by searching for, adapting, and integrating globally available alternatives. This Doctoral program contributes to this perspective and allows for new research and development for the industry, regulatory agencies, and academic activity. In addition, the Doctoral program is a platform for specialized consultancy, creating innovative companies, and acting as an agent of profound technological change within the company.

Our students can do an internship in top-level foreign research centers financed by the school or the university. They can also present their research results at international conferences and publish articles in mainstream journals. In addition, they can opt for a dual degree through one of the cooperation agreements currently in force with prestigious foreign universities.

Years of Accreditation

  • Program accredited by CNA-Chile for five years until 9 November 2028. 

Program Objectives

The objective of this program is to provide students with the most advanced knowledge (state-of-the-art knowledge) in the area of Computer Science through a systematic program of courses and the completion of research leading to a doctoral thesis.

Learning Outcomes

Obtaining the academic degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Sciences requires demonstrating mastery of the area of study and conducting research independently, making an original contribution to knowledge.

During their doctoral training, students will acquire competencies to face scientific and technological problems creatively and efficiently, and that, due to their diverse nature, require complementing solid theoretical and conceptual bases with the application of methodologies and techniques of analysis relevant to some of the research areas of the program’s areas of specialization.

Research Areas

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Human-Oriented Computing and Systems

This line of research focuses on the processes and tools that exist for and due to the interaction between humans and people. The research focuses on the analysis of the interaction of processes between humans and computers, as well as the development of new technologies to improve these processes. In this line, different points of view converge from where we look at technology and its interaction with people, which includes software development and specification mechanisms, the study of the impact that interfaces and technologies have on human processes, and the data they generate. human-computer processes.

Computer Science

This line of research seeks to generate basic knowledge and technological applications that can break the limits of current computing. Today, the emphasis of computational processes is on efficiency, in order to be able to work with as much data as quickly as possible, and flexibility, in order to generate tools with a high level of adaptability and autonomy. The entire computational process is covered, from the generation and management of data to the construction of artificial intelligence tools or relevant visualizations. In turn, the methods are broad, ranging from logical and mathematical tools, used to model and understand complex algorithms, to the development of intelligent applications with an impact on the industry.

Application Requirements

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The application requirements, according to the regulations of the Doctoral program in Engineering Sciences, are the following:

  1. In case of having foreign academic degrees, these must be equivalent to those mentioned above.
  2. Applicants must have sufficient understanding of the English language to read articles, books, and access international documents and databases. Applicants who do not have a certificate of English language proficiency as stated in the regulations of the UC Doctoral program must take a diagnostic test at the university to assess their language level and enroll in the courses indicated to achieve the required competencies.
  3. The Program is based on joint work between a supervising professor and a student in a defined area of specialization, so a certain degree of affinity of interests is required. The latter makes it impossible to assure the admission of all qualified applicants. Therefore, it is highly recommended to contact a professor working in the area of interest before applying.

In the following link you will find the list of UC Engineering academics grouped by academic area.

Graduation Requirements

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  • To be a Doctoral Candidate.
  • To have passed all courses and academic activities of the study plan, maintaining a cumulative grade point average higher than or equal to 5.0 during all semesters of permanence in the program and within a period not exceeding ten academic semesters.
  • To have finished and passed the doctoral thesis and the degree exam.
  • To have stayed in the Doctoral program for at least four semesters.
  • To have no debts of any kind with the University.

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