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MPhil in Informatics, specialization in Software Engineering

Message from the Program Coordinator

The UPT aims to reach global dimension, through several of its activities: high quality research, quality teaching, and knowledge transfer to both national and international organizations and institutions. UPT holds a highly qualified faculty staff, and is a very attractive institution for students from around the globe.

Academic and human values are key issues to UPT identity, and help to promote excellence: intellectual freedom, academic integrity and diversity, excellence in research activities, social responsibility, lifelong learning, and management efficiency through evaluation of all.

You’ll be involved with a global research unit, Centre of Technology and Innovation (CTI), with the mission for creating, sharing, applying, and reusing knowledge at the Organizations, in the domains of Systems and Information Technology, aiming to improve their performance. The CTI objectives include the promotion of research and development projects, fostering the cooperation with organizations, highlighting those which reinforce technology transfer beneficial to the organizations, as well as specific and advanced know-how from them to the academia. You’ll also be part of an exciting international organization that is involved in international projects.

The UPT’s MPhil course encompasses the emergent technologies and will allow students to tackle the increasingly relevant fields such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Information Security, and to lead highly complex software projects in the increasingly interconnected world with computing devices operating everywhere. The MS_CSE will be prepared for embracing the challenges organizations poses nowadays, in a rich and diverse environment.

Pedro Fernandes (PhD)


 

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Admission requirements

·         Bachelor level degree in Management, Economics or any related area

·         Minimum English Proficiency level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: B2 – Independent - Vantage or upper intermediate

·         Evaluation of the CV

·         An interview (live or Skype)

Objectives and Course structure

The MPhil is a post-graduate program aimed at preparing the student to take leadership roles in the knowledge and application of technologies, as well as critical thinking development and scientific and technical communication skills.

The course allows a common basis for structuring knowledge, namely concerning modeling techniques, emerging technologies, project management and technological innovation.

The course’s specific objectives are to know how to plan, control, and perform development activities of highly complex software systems using emergent technologies, and to define delineate technological solutions to address organizations’ problems of high complexity. The planning and management of the infrastructure supporting the organizational technological services consist in another core field of expertise, as well as to ensure high security standards and risk management. The professional ethics and leadership role are developed within critical thinking and responsible attitudes.

The course follows the best international practices and is aligned with the ACM/IEEE curriculum recommendations. Moreover, it is accredited by the national authority agency A3ES, and the UPT is the unique Portuguese private university to hold a global certificate quality.

The two-year course program comprises twelve mandatory curricular units providing a mix of theoretical underpinning, technical skills and perspectives on software engineering. It then culminates with an applied research and development experience that can be an internship, project or a thesis.

 

Course study plan

1st Year, 1st Semester

 Curricular Unit

ECTS

Seminar

7

Emergent Technologies

5

Advanced Modeling Techniques

6

Research Methologies

5

Data Management

7

 

Management and Evaluation IS / IT Projects

5

 

1st Year, 2nd Semester

Curricular Unit

ECTS

Applications in Ubiquitous Computing

6

Management of Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship

7

Human Machine Interaction

5

Interactive Multimedia

6

Software Development

6

 

2nd Year

Curricular Unit

ECTS

Dissertation, Internship or Project

60

 

 

Further Information

E-mail: pedrof@upt.pt

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