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Master in Innovation and Research in Informatics (MIRI)

The Department of Computer Architecture offers two specialization tracks in the MIRI master program:"Computer Networks and Distributed Systems" and "High Performance Computing". MIRI is a 120 ECTS or a two-year master program, supported by world class research at UPC and collaboration with our many research partners from industry and public research labs from all over the world with active research projects (such as Intel Research, the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, the European Commission, the Cluster network of universities, ERCIM, Telefonica Research, Yahoo Research, and several industrial research labs). 

These two specialised tracks are designed to provide a solid background in different aspects of research in informatics, while preparing its graduates to become experts in either the field of Computer Networks and Distributed Systems, or in High Performance Computing.

Course overview

The master is structured in a common part with 5 common courses (30 ECTS), 8 courses for each speciality (48 ECTS), 2 elective courses (12 ECTS) and a master thesis (30 ECTS). See below for details about each specialization.

Master thesis

The objective is for students to demonstrate the individual skills acquired during the programme and apply them to solve a realistic problem in industrial or academic research. The student should write a thesis report and present, demonstrate and defend the results. The thesis project may be proposed by the student, a researcher, a company, a research lab or any other external organization.

Computer Networks and Distributed Systems

The aim of the specialization is to give the best foundations to design and research in computer networks and distributed systems. The degree will give a solid background in the techniques to analyse and model networks and distributed systems and at the same time will survey the new challenges and technologies to the related topics. 

The students that graduate this specialization will also achieve research skills in optimization, game theory, stochastic processes and network and distributed systems modeling. Moreover, the students will achieve capacities related to the design and modeling of descentralized and scalable systems, cloud computing, fault tolerant systems, future internet networks, mobile internet, Internet of things, security and applications. More details here about the courses in this speciality.

High Performance Computing

The aim of this specialization is to train researchers in the fields of computer architecture and/or supercomputing. Graduates will have in-depth knowledge of: digital systems and microprocessor design, supercomputer systems and parallel programming.

Professionals who have taken this area of specialization possess all the knowledge and skills required in companies/institutions with R&D centers who want to incorporate emerging technologies. This specialization fulfills the requirements for joining the PhD program on Computer Architecture and Technology.

This specialization is taught by highly qualified professors, such as leading researchers from Intel and BSC (Barcelona Supercomputing Center), and professors with past research experience at companies like IBM, HP, Compaq or Oracle. More details here about the courses in this speciality.

Contact: Josep Llosa


To qualify for the MIRI master applicants need to fulfill the admission requirements based on previous studies, English proficiency and documentation. The application is open for applicants for the course starting in September 2013.



Check the offer of 4 fellowships for the MIRI-HPC speciality by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center.