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10th Edition
30 ECTS (220 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
Payment of enrolment fee options

The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
- In two instalments:

  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up to 60 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme.
Notes 0,7% campaign

Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Classes start: 18/02/2022
Classes end: 25/02/2023
Programme ends : 30/06/2023
Friday: 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Sessions will be held every 2 or 3 weeks.
Throughout the course, visits will be made at the time agreed with the companies, which may be outside normal class hours.
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Why this postgraduate course?
Business that revolves around smart mobility generates a significant turnover in Spain, and it increases year after year.

The growth of information and communication technologies (ICT) affects all areas of society. This digital transformation, which has a disruptive nature in mobility and transport, is a new industrial revolution and brings a paradigm shift: Mobility 4.0. This should address such important issues as environmental, social and economic sustainability, the introduction of low emission zones, urban tolls and the eurovignette, Mobility as a Service (MaaS), e-commerce and the problem with last mile’s merchandise distribution (logistic microplatforms), the future of connected and autonomous vehicles, electromobility or the irruption of personal mobility vehicles (PMVs), among others.

Faced with this new situation, where well-qualified professionals are required to accompany this transformation towards Mobility 4.0, UPC School promotes the post-graduate degree in 'Smart mobility: intelligent transport systems', pioneer and unique in Spain in its characteristics.

The post-graduate degree is held in Barcelona, one of the most innovative cities in mobility and knowledge hub in smart mobility, where the leading companies in this sector, consultancies and engineering dedicated to the development, integration, marketing and implementation of these technologies at international level are based.

The post-graduate degree, with a clear technological, business and social basis, is carried out in different modules with a gradual learning process. Concepts are analysed from a critical and analytical viewpoint, focusing on the technological side as well as in a more strategic vision in order to help students gain an understanding of what smart mobility is for, how it is interrelated with the environment and how it can be applied to a project as an instrument of improvement. In addition, the faculty is one of the most outstanding features of the programme. It is made up of professionals who work in technological development and in the applicability of smart mobility as well as instructors who come from the public administrations and the sphere of RDI.
This post-graduate degree is targeted at working professionals all around Spain, and its format makes it easy for students to balance it with their personal and professional lives, with in-person classes held around every two or three weeks.

Furthermore, the course is also an opportunity to do an internship in companies and entities in this sector.

  • To gain a global, strategic and technological vision in order to take decisions in the management of smart cities and intelligent mobility.
  • To learn about the ICT tools and trends in intelligent transport systems (ITS), as well as the methods and instruments that allow the most optimal and efficient solutions to be applied.
  • To analyse mobility and propose and implement the most efficient systems and technologies from an integrated, multidisciplinary vantage point, as well as to weigh their implications on the region and citizens, and their impact on the economic activity around them.
  • To carry out smart mobility studies and projects which meet the international standards on technical, economic, environmental and social performance.
  • To plan, design and manage resources and lead multidisciplinary teams in the different facets of smart mobility.
Who is it for?
  • Operations mangers, systems managers, logistics manager, project managers, consultants, designers, etc.
  • Heads of business, strategic directors and entrepreneurs who want to explore new business opportunities in this field.
  • Professionals from consultancy and engineering companies or who work in RDI in European Union projects (Horizon 2020) or in international projects.
  • Professionals in companies that develop integration and commercialisation projects with technology associated with mobility, and companies working in parking, the automotive sector, energy and the environment.
  • Mobility directors and technicians, heads of services, head of units, heads of traffic regulation, etc. interested on expanding and/or bringing up to date their knowledge of this field.
  • Technicians from public administrations or managers of public services, urban planning and infrastructure services, and operators of public transport and logistics.
  • Professionals with experience who want to open up new job possibilities or shift their profile toward the field of mobility and transport.
  • Graduates of scientific and technical profiles, architecture or engineering in its various fields.
  • Graduates in the fields of science and technology, such as the physical and environmental sciences, who want to shift their profile toward the field of mobility and transport.
  • Graduates in the fields of the social sciences, finance, politics, public administration, geography, etc. who want to shift their profile toward the field of mobility and transport.

Training Content

List of subjects
5 ECTS 35h
Planning and Managing Mobility and Transport Systems


  • Mobility of people and goods: analysis of causes and effects.
  • Generated mobility: obligatory and everyday.
  • Research techniques in mobility.
  • Basic variables in traffic engineering.
  • Urban, metropolitan and interurban mobility.
  • Regional planning and mobility.
  • Mobility management instruments.
  • Non-mechanised means of transport.
  • Mobility plans.


  • Legal and organisational framework of transport.
  • Planning transport infrastructures.
  • Transport chain: integrated analysis of the different means of transport.
  • Passenger transport: integration of operators and intermodality.
  • Transport of goods and the logistics chain.
  • Transport infrastructures: economic, social and regional impact.
5 ECTS 34h
Technologies Applied to Smart Mobility and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)


  • Technological innovation and the digital economy.
  • Smart mobility: paradigm shift.
  • Detection, identification and tracking technologies.
  • Positioning and geolocation systems.
  • Image analysis and artificial vision.
  • Communication infrastructures: functional requirements of ITS.
  • Sensors and the Internet of Things.
  • Vehicle networks.


  • Transmission of images and data.
  • Transmission technologies: comparative analysis.
  • Global wireless means of transmission.
  • Communication systems.
  • Technologies for user information.
  • Applications.
10 ECTS 92h
Technologies Applied to Mobility and Transport


  • Integrated management of urban and metropolitan mobility.
  • Systems and control centres, traffic regulation and information.
  • Adaptive traffic control.
  • Variable signage: information on routes and incidents.
  • Regulation of access to restricted and low-emissions areas (LEZ).
  • Control and regulation of and information on parking.
  • Mobility fares: road pricing.
  • Systems to help the operation of collective transport.
  • Car and bike sharing.


  • Systems to manage and oversee motorway transport.
  • Control, management and safety in road tunnels and critical infrastructures.
  • Management systems: variable speeds.
  • Alert and intervention systems for weather and environmental incidents.
  • Coordinated management of entrances to urban nuclei and metropolitan areas.
  • Bus-HOV platforms.


  • Influence of the economy and productive systems in distribution networks and systems.
  • The value chain in logistics: e-logistics.
  • Planning distribution networks: influence of electronic commerce.
  • International transport of goods: multimodal transport.
  • Management systems of transport terminals.
  • Fleet control and management.
  • Management and control of transport of dangerous goods (ADR).
  • Urban distribution of goods (last mile).


  • Basic characteristics and elements of railway transport.
  • Organisation and regulation of the railway system: high speed, metropolitan systems, light rail.
  • Railway infrastructures and mobile materials.
  • Systems of control, protection and signage.
  • Railway automation and safety.
  • Operation, management and maintenance of railway services.
  • Surveillance and remote management of stations and exchanges.


  • Payment per use of infrastructures.
  • Open and closed toll systems.
  • Free Flow and Shadow Toll.
  • Collective transport: setting rates, organisation and management of integrated services. Forms of compensation.
  • Specificities of payment in public transport: interoperability.
  • RFID and NFC technologies in the payment of transport.
6 ECTS 56h
Smart Communities


  • Technological evolution in vehicles: safety and low emissions.
  • Electric and hybrid vehicles.
  • Services on board the vehicle: driving assistance.
  • Connected and autonomous vehicles: technological, legal and social factors.
  • Technologies applied to collective transport and the transport of goods.
  • Advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) and interaction with the infrastructure.


  • Smart buildings and installations.
  • Networks of infrastructures and services: smart cities platforms.
  • Apps for smart cities and transport platforms.
  • Security and data management: big data and open data.
  • Mobility as a Service (Maas): paradigm shift and new governance models.


  • Integrated information systems on mobility.
  • Information circuits: generic and personalised.
  • Dissemination by massive channels: social media and routers.
  • Information in public transport: incidents.
  • Communication strategy in incidents and special events.
  • Perception and social innovation in transport and mobility.
  • Smart mobility and the human factor.
4 ECTS 3h
Final Project

The final project in the programme must be based on one of the following options:

  • A real project within the sphere of private enterprise which fosters technological innovation and business efficiency.
  • A real project that increases the efficiency of the management of public services.
  • A project that allows a start-up or spin-off to be created within the sphere of ITS.

This project should be done by teams and will be led and advised by a project director who is an expert in the topic.

The brochure of this post-graduate programme contains several examples of real projects undertaken in recent editions.

Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion. (Ver datos que constan en el certificado).

Learning methodology

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

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.
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.
These visits are to specialist centres, companies in the sector or outstanding and important locations in the sector, in order to obtain knowledge in situ of development, production and demonstration environments within the programme.
Problem-based learning (PBL)
An active learning methodology that enables the student to be involved from the beginning, and to acquire knowledge and skills by considering and resolving complex problems and situations.
Flipped classroom
The contents are prepared prior to the face-to-face lessons. Practical sessions take place in the classroom, which enable understanding and application of concepts to real cases and the expansion of knowledge with more technical and specialised details.
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Students are supported when undertaking group work, including theoretical sessions which provide the tools and knowledge needed to achieve a result. Ideas and results are exchanged between all the participating groups.
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.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
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

Teaching staff
  • Acha Ledesma, Carlos
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    Engineer of Camins, Canals and Ports from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and a Master's degree in Business Administration from IE Business School. He has developed his professional activity at ALSA since 1999, working in various management areas of the organization's passenger transport companies. In 2001 he was appointed Managing Director of ALSA Chile. Between 2004 and 2014 he served as Director of Organization and Corporate Services of ALSA. Between 2014 and 2020 he has served as Director of Operations. In January 2021 he is appointed Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at ALSA.
  • Fàbregas i Casas, Carme
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    Computer Engineer from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and master's degree in Geographic Information Systems from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). She currently heads the Systems and Innovation area of the Barcelona Metropolitan Transport Authority. She has extensive experience in ICT applied to integrated public transport systems: organization, management, pricing, ticketing, multimodal information in real time and digital transformation. She is a member of the BoD of the international institutions Smart Ticketing Alliance and MaaS Alliance.
  • López Benasat, Jordi

    Telecommunications Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). He has been ICT director in Barcelona Regional, general director in Localret, manager of the Public Road Sector of the Barcelona City Council, International director of Special Projects in Alcatel and director of the Telecommunications and Electronics division of the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Organizing Committee (COOB ' 92), head of the New Services Department at Telefónica. He was director of the Department of Electronic Engineering at UPC. Director of the Master of Telecommunications and Information Systems in Business at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF).
  • Martín Alonso, José Manuel
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    Senior engineer in Computer Science. He is currently working as an international consultant in technologies applied to large transport infrastructures in SENER. He previously worked at IECISA as director of transport projects and at Indra, both in the group of intelligent transport systems and command and control. Specialist in remote control and telecontrol, integration of systems in operations centers and consultant for the improvement of operation and maintenance in large infrastructures, his expertise includes high speed, heavy metro, light rail transit system, bus rapid transit system, ports and airports.
  • Rodés Gubern, Eduard
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    Diploma in Business Sciences, degree in Political Economy and Sociology, master in Business Administration (MBA) from the IESE Business School, Executive Development Program (PDD) in Port Management from the IESE Business School, Diploma of Advanced Studies and Research Proficiency by the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). Chartered accountant by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Spain. Professor of port and maritime business at the University of Oviedo, the University of Barcelona and the UPC. Currently, director of the European School - Intermodal Transport and coordinator of the Sectorial Board of Training and Employment of the Port of Barcelona.

Associates entities

Career opportunities

  • Experts in mobility in consultancies or engineering fields, or in RDI.
  • Directors and heads of mobility in the public administration.
  • Planners, designers or managers of mobile service platforms.
  • Heads of business and directors of mobility 4.0 strategy.
  • Entrepreneurs who want to launch start-ups related to mobility.
  • Experts in mobility services for vehicle manufacturers.
  • Directors and heads managing the transformation in traditional mobility companies.

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