Engineering Drones

Master's degree. Face-to-face.


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A drone is a remotely piloted aircraft carrying the equipment needed to perform tasks commonly referred to as 3D (Dull, Dirty and Dangerous).

Although drones were originally almost exclusively use for military purposes, the technology has matured and costs have fallen, which has led to the creation of reliable solutions for both the aircraft itself, its flight control and navigation, communications, control stations and the various sensors. The maturing of this technology is leading to the development of a wide and varied range of civilian applications, such as monitoring infrastructure, fire prevention, monitoring of livestock farms, as well as film and photographic reports, among others.  These are just some of the applications that are currently being developed, but it is easy to imagine that the coming years will see a genuine explosion of drone applications, in the same way as the promising beginnings of the Internet heralded an explosion of applications that eventually far exceeded any of those forecasts.

In the next three years, the market for drones worldwide is expected to exceed 8,000 billion euros, with annual growth rates exceeding 20%. Meanwhile, the EU is already taking steps to facilitate their development, such as harmonising the laws of the various countries to make it is possible to fly drones in controlled airspace and promoting R+D programmes in order to develop the necessary technologies.

This emerging market needs professionals specialising in the design and development of platforms for drones and in the advanced piloting of these devices.

In addition to manufacturing the drone and knowing how to pilot it, professionals able to conceive of applications depending on the use of the devices will be required. The main objective of the Master's Degree in Drones Engineering is to train professionals capable of designing and implementing applications for drones on a comprehensive basis: selecting the most appropriate platforms, integrating the devices necessary for the mission (sensors, cameras, etc.), and developing the necessary additional components (hardware and software) to finally make the application into a viable and profitable business.

The master's degree final project will be based on designing and implementing an application for the drone, developed within a real company or research group and led by one of its professionals. This project will help students put into practice the knowledge acquired throughout the programme.



The overall objective of the programme is to train professionals to develop applications for drones in all the technical aspects, and make those applications into viable and profitable businesses.

The specific objectives are:

1. To learn about:

  • The most suitable type of aircraft for drone platforms.
  • The types of sensors and other devices that are used to create the drone's payload required to achieve the mission.
  • The tools and techniques necessary to plan and control drone system missions.
  • Current legislation affecting the use of drones and anticipated future legislation.
  • Current applications in areas including: fire, rescue, video recording, agriculture, infrastructure monitoring, etc.

2. To develop the ability to:

  •  Choose the most appropriate drone platform based on the mission.
  • Integrate the equipment necessary to achieve the mission on the drone platform, developing the necessary software and hardware.
  • Plan and manage the mission, using the necessary tools appropriately.
  • Take the necessary measures to comply with the legislation in force.
  • Make the application into a viable and profitable business.

Who is it for

The master's degree is aimed at people with a scientific and technical university education who wish to focus their professional career on the emerging market for drones and their applications.

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Next course:
October 2017

(135 teaching hours)

Tuesday  18:00 to 21:30Thursday  18:00 to 21:30
Taught at:
EETAC - Escola d'Enginyeria de Telecomunicació i Aeroespacial de Castelldefels
Campus del Baix Llobregat - Edifici C4. C
Esteve Terradas, 7

Registration fee:
6.800 €

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