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Doctoral program in Engineering Sciences, Electrical Engineering Area

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Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Sciences

schedule Duration

8 semesters

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16/08/2022 - 28/10/2022

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March 2023

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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

  • Five years

Program Objectives

The Doctoral Program in Engineering Sciences, Electrical Engineering area, aims to train researchers with a solid scientific-technological orientation, capable of researching an original and independent way on the frontier of knowledge, contributing to scientific development -Technology of the country. This contribution will be materialized through the generation of knowledge and the creation, development, and realization of devices, systems, and processes in areas such as Information Systems, Energy, Automation, Instrumentation, and Robotics, in a sustainable way into account ethical and social factors.

Learning Outcomes

The awarding of 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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Information Systems

The Information Systems area focuses on the development and application of mathematical models, techniques, and algorithms for information processing. Academics in this area conduct research in the disciplines of communications and networks, signal analysis and processing, and learning and inference, with applications in wireless communication networks, medical imaging, and musical acoustics, among others.


The Energy area focuses on the development of mathematical models, control strategies, computational tools, and devices for the efficient and sustainable use of electrical energy. Academics in the Energy area conduct research in the disciplines of optimization, control, economics, and power electronics, with applications in the design of power system operation and planning schemes, electricity markets, and electrical energy conversion devices.

Automation, Instrumentation, and Robotics

The Automation, Instrumentation, and Robotics area focuses on the development and application of advanced control strategies and the design of sensors and actuators to improve the performance of production processes and measurement systems for industrial and scientific purposes. Academics in this research area combine mathematical fundamentals of signal processing, estimation, modeling, and control with the physical principles that govern electronic, biological, chemical, mechanical, astronomical and other natural and engineering processes and systems, in the research and development of advanced sensors and actuators, precision instrumentation, control schemes for complex systems, perception, decision and automation algorithms, and the design of robotic systems.

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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