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4th Edition
15 ECTS (120 teaching hours)
Blended learning
Language of instruction
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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 18/10/2024
Classes end: 30/05/2025
Programme ends : 27/06/2025
Friday: 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Why this postgraduate course?
Digital Transformation (DT) is one of the greatest economic and social challenges for the competitiveness of companies around the world. Organizations in any sector must adapt their structures and operations to new business models, to different competitive environments and to the changes in value chains, as well as incorporate new professional profiles. Organizational leaders and managers must be able to quickly acquire new skills, methodologies and competencies. They must also know the impact, challenges and opportunities of new disruptive technologies and incorporate new concepts into decision-making processes. All this, to achieve agile organizations, adaptable to change and, therefore, competitive and sustainable over time.

Proper training of managerial profiles and middle managers is the key to conducting a fast, consistent and effective DT of organizations.

This postgraduate degree in Digital Transformation Leadership will train students to drive, design, manage and lead the DT of different companies and organizations with the best guarantees of success.

The faculty are professionals with long experience in the professional and technological world, who have led and managed several DTs in different fields. All the elements involved in the DT of an organization will be worked on throughout the program: corporate strategy, customer-centric business model, change management, data as the basic axis of the business, digital innovation, new platforms and methodologies, to cybersecurity and disruptive technologies (such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things or the blockchain).

This program offers a practical and applied vision of TD focused on use cases, a fact that fosters the critical vision of the students. In addition, during the program work teams will be formed to develop a real project.

Throughout the course we will have some conferences by experts in complementary topics (augmented reality, quantum technologies, etc.) to know their present and future state.

  • To acquire a global vision of DT that includes business functions, technologies and people.
  • To understand the challenges and opportunities that DT brings for organizations.
  • To jointly analyze the integration of available technologies to create initiatives or actions of value within the framework of DT projects.
  • To know how to align the global strategy of the organization with the DT strategy.
  • To identify leadership skills in order to involve everyone in the organization in DT.
  • To know good DT practices in different companies, as well as cases in which success or objectives have not been achieved.
Who is it for?
  • Professionals who occupy or wish to occupy positions of responsibility and are involved in the DT of the organization, whether in a public entity or private company. They can come from diverse areas as human resources, marketing, finance, operations, manufacturing or innovation, both from ICT or operational technologies. The postgraduate course is particularly targeted at leadership profiles (CDO, CEO, CIO and middle managers) and managers of business strategy (CFO, COO, CHRM, CMO and CSO) with user-level computer skills and analytical thinking.
  • Engineers in Computer Science, Telecommunications, industrial, civil, agronomists, roads, etc., as well as economists/ADE or with STEM studies who want to specialize in the design and management of DT strategic plans, and the initiatives and projects that are derived from these.
  • Professionals with experience in the leadership and management of projects and services who want to update their knowledge to participate in programs and strategic projects of DT.

Training Content

List of subjects
5 ECTS 44h
Blended learning
Business within the Digital Society
  • Digital revolution: society and digital company.
  • Customer-centric model (CRM).
  • Data: the new strategic asset.
  • Digital strategic plan.
  • TD governance.
4 ECTS 36h
Blended learning
Emerging Technologies
  • Disruptive technologies.
  • Cognitive systems and their application: AI + Robots.
  • Smart entities (vehicles, factories, grids, building, home, etc.).
  • Security and risk management (SGR).
2 ECTS 16h
Blended learning
Resource Management
  • People and talent's management.
  • TD financial management.
2 ECTS 14h
Blended learning
Innovation & New Business Models
  • New approaches to business development.
  • Innovation, entrepreneurship and new digital businesses.
2 ECTS 10h
Blended learning
Digital Transformation Project
The final project on a digital transformation plan will be developed throughout the program, and it will be carried out in work teams.

The knowledge obtained throughout the program will be applied in the project, which will be outlined and developed from the tutorials. Finally, the Digital Plan will be presented in a public defence session.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
Postgraduate qualification issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued by virtue of the provisions of art. 7.1 of Organic Law 2/2023 of 22 March, concerning the University System, and art. 36 of Royal Decree 822/2021 of 28 September, which establishes the organisation of university education and the procedure for ensuring its quality. A prior official university qualification is necessary to obtain it. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the course issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya. Lifelong learning studies at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya are approved by the University's Governing Council on an annual basis. (See details appearing on the certificate).

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Some complementary topics are presented through conferences in which professionals, experts in the field, present the current situation and future challenges on the subject.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Case studies
Real or hypothetical situations are presented in which the students, in a completely participatory and practical way, examine the situation, consider the various hypotheses and share their own conclusions.
Success stories
Outstanding business knowledge and experiences with high added value acquired during an outstanding professional career are presented and shared.
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Streaming sessions
Synchronous online interactive open sessions will be planned. Professors attend these sessions and students pose questions and address their concerns. Synchronous sessions will be scheduled in calendar.
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Level of participation
The student's active contribution to the various activities offered by the teaching team is assessed.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this postgraduate course will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Castell Ariño, Núria
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    Master's Degree in Informatics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). PhD Degree in Informatics from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Tenured professor of Computer Science Department at the UPC. Expert in the design of new curricula, particularly in international programs (Atlantis, Erasmus). Dean of the Barcelona School of Informatics (FIB - UPC) from 2010 to 2017. Member of the Natural Language Processing research group, within the IDEAI specific research center (Intelligent Data Science and Artificial Intelligence). Member of the advisory board of the Association of ICT Professionals of Catalonia (APTICC).
  • Torrell Martínez, Francesca
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    Higher Telecommunications Engineer from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Master in Organization and Engineering of Production and Management of Industrial Plants (Engiplant) from the UPC School. Maintenance Management Consultant. Member of the Lean Management Institute of Spain.
Teaching staff
  • Almirall, Esteve
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    Associated professor at Esade and director of the Center for Innovation in Cities. Lecturer in several universities, among them
    University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), Purdue University, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He has a mixed background both in artificial intelligence (AI) and management science, particularly innovation. However, he spent a previous life in the business IT sector with a career in consulting and banking where for many years, being the youngest chief technology officer (CTO) of the Spanish banking industry, the 1st in online transactions and the 2nd in online banking.
  • Alonso Llombart, Oscar
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    Computer Engineer in Management Software from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and Master's Degree in Software Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). CIO Advanced Program by ESADE Business School. He has more than twenty years of experience in technology consulting. He is the author of numerous articles and studies on the application of information systems to business, strategies, as well as a speaker at various events in the IT market.

  • Álvarez Torezano, Ramón
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    Customer & Commerce Technology at Mango. Previously Head of CRM at Desigual, Vice-President at Capgemini, leading the Digital Customer Experience area. He has collaborated with companies and organizations from different sectors: Carrefour, Desigual, El Corte Inglés, DIA, Mercadona, Repsol, Telefónica, La Caixa, Naturgy, among others.

  • Brieva, Erik
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    A Computer Engineer and the holder of a Master's degree in Computer Graphics. He was director of marketing at Red Hat and is currently CEO of Strands. A multiple entrepreneur and executive in innovative companies, he was the founder of Polymita (acquired by Red Hat), Enzyme (acquired by the Nexe Group), Intelligent Software Components S.A. (acquired by a Private Equity fund), Altea Consulting, iSOFACT and Wannay. Guest lecturer at IESE, Esade and the UPM.
  • Castell Ariño, Núria
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    Master's Degree in Informatics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). PhD Degree in Informatics from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Tenured professor of Computer Science Department at the UPC. Expert in the design of new curricula, particularly in international programs (Atlantis, Erasmus). Dean of the Barcelona School of Informatics (FIB - UPC) from 2010 to 2017. Member of the Natural Language Processing research group, within the IDEAI specific research center (Intelligent Data Science and Artificial Intelligence). Member of the advisory board of the Association of ICT Professionals of Catalonia (APTICC).
  • Díaz Iriberri, José

    Holds a doctorate in Computing from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He currently specialises in research in the field of computer graphics, is a senior lecturer at the University of Vic, and works as a lecturer on various bachelor's degree programmes and postgraduate courses at the UPC. He has been a post-doctoral researcher on the European Commission Marie Curie Fellowship Programme in the CRS4 Visual Computing group (Italy). His research focuses on the visualisation of scientific data, parallel computing and GPU programming, and the design of applications in virtual and augmented reality environments.
  • Fonseca Casas, Pau
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    Doctor at Statistics and Operative Investigation for the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Teacher of the UPC where imparts teaching at the area of Simulation, the treatment of data, the Operative Investigation and the Statistics. He¿s Responsible of the Area of Environmental Simulation of the inLab FIB leading projects of simulation linked predominately at industrial and environmental areas. He¿s member of the Commission 4.0 of the Industry of Engineers of Catalonia.
  • Gibert Oliveras, Karina
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    PhD in Computer Science and professor of data science and artificial intelligence at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Director and co-founder of the Intelligent Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Research Center (IDEAI-UPC). Dean of the Official College of Computer Engineering of Catalonia.
    She teaches Multivariate Statistics and Data Science, Computer Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, AI Ethics, Sustainability in degrees and master's degrees at the UPC and its associated doctoral programs. It also provides professional training in Industry 4.0, digital transformation and eHealth at UPC School, among others. Advisor to the Catalan and Spanish governments and the European Commission on AI ethics and digital transformation.
  • Rúa Costa, Carles
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    Industrial Engineer. Head of strategic projects and innovation at the Port of Barcelona. Director of the Executive Master in Supply Chain Management. Operations and Logistics of the UPC School. Professor at the European School of Intermodal Transport. More than 25 years of experience as associate professor of the Department of Business Organization of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC).
  • Ruppmann Anton, Boris

    Chemistry Engineer by the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) and Master in Business Administration (MBA) by the UPC School. He has practiced for more than ten years in the world of strategic and process consulting, and accumulates a large experience leading digital transformation projects in different companies and sectors, from large companies in the energy sector to medium-sized companies in the pharmaceutical sector. He is currently main consultant at Seidor, previously he worked at Europraxis and Minsait (Indra).

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Collaborating partners

Career opportunities

The student will be able to develop their professional career leading and managing DT in the company. He will, therefore, be able to assume the following functions:
  • Direction of the company's digital transformation program, at the level of the management committee, as Chief Digital Officer (CDO).
  • Innovation and digital transformation management, as Digital & Innovation Manager and as Digital Transformation Leader.
  • Innovation, digitization and systems management, as Chief Information Officer (CIO).
  • Direction/management of DT projects, as Digital Transformation Project Manager.
During the program, several alternatives for professional opportunities will be shown, based on the  carried out functions, the challenges and the associated managerial skills.

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