Frequently Asked Questions

General questions about the degree

Questions about access and admission

Questions about the structure of the degree

Questions by students from outside Madrid

1. Is the MDS degree an Official Master's Degree?

Yes, it is. The MDS degree was approved by Madri+d on the 7th of May 2019.


2. What is the length of the MDS degree?

The MDS is taught in two semesters, that is, one academic year. The first semester is devoted to mandatory courses, while the second semester is devoted to optional courses and to the development of the Master’s Final Project.


3. In which language is the MDS degree taught?

The languages throughout the whole degree is English.


4. How much does it cost to complete the full MDS degree?

The total cost of the MDS degree (reference price for the academic year 2018/19) is 2.877,47€, which includes the 60 ECTS (45,02€ per ECTS). The degree certificate cost is 176,27€.

The price per ECTS for non-EU students is 84,07€, as established by the UPM from the academic year 2018/19.


5. What kind of studentships are there to support studying the MDS degree?

The link contains information about postgraduate studentships announced by the ETSIInf  the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM grants for Latin American students), the Comunidad de Madrid (Madrid Community), and other national and international grants.


6. How many years has the MDS degree been taught?

The academic year 2019-2020 will be the first in which the MDS degree is taught.


7. Is the MDS a presence master?

Yes, the MDS is a presence master.


8. What is the pre-registration period for the MDS degree?
The pre-registration period for the MDS degree, for the academic year 2019-20 will end on May 31st 2019.

9. Is it possible to join the degree in February (in the second semester)?

It is not possible to join the degree in the second semester (February).


10. What previous degrees must I hold in order to be able to register for the UMAI degree?

The recommended admission profile for prospective Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence students is as follows. Students are required to hold a bachelor’s degree in informatics:
  • Bachelor of Science in Informatics Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computing and Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Computing and Business Administration and Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Or similar:
  • Any bachelor’s degree within the field of engineering with a predominantly technological profile (telecommunications engineering, industrial engineering, aeronautical engineering, biotechnology, agricultural engineering)
  • Bachelor’s degrees in mathematics or physics specializing in computation
Students holding degrees awarded before the deployment of the EHEA shall be required to hold the equivalent academic qualifications to the above degree programmes (licentiate, engineer or technical engineer).


11. What criteria are used for selecting and admitting students onto the MDS degree?

The reference elements which will be considered by the Academic Board of the MSc (CAMDS) in the students’ selection process are: the University where the student comes from, the studied degree and the student's resume/CV and/or academic record. The documentation that will be requested from the student will be: a photocopy of the national identity card, the academic certification and the resume/CV.


12. In case I need a pre-admission letter in order to apply for a studentship associated with the MDS degree, who should I ask?

To request a pre-admission letter for the MDS degree, the student shall contact the Administrative Secretariat of the MDS (Dª. Victoria Centeno, master.cd@fi.upm.es). Once it has been verified that the student fullfils the access requirements and that the documentation provided at pre-registration is correct and complete, the pre-admission letter will be sent to the student via post and e-mail. The aforementioned letter does not guarantee the student's admission. The student must go through a selection process in case the demand is greater than the number of available vacancies for the new academic year.


13. What are the “bridge complements” and who must attend them?

The students whose degree is not in computer science but similar (Technical Engineering in Telecommunications, Superior Industrial Technical Engineering, Industrial Technical Engineering, BSc degree in Mathematics, Physics or any other speciality in computers) and wish to register for the MDS degree must attend up to 30 ECTS on “bridge complements”. CAMDS will determine which modules the student must be taught as his/her training complements, selected from the degree in Ingeniería Informática (Informatics Engineering) or the degree in mathematics and informatics taught by the ETSIInf of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).


14. Is there a limited number of vacancies for new admissions?

The number of available vacancies for new admissions will be 40 for the academic year 2019/20.


15. Is it possible to have more than one supervisor for the Masters’ Final Project (MFP)?

Co-supervision of a Masters’ Final Project (MFP) (by two professors) is allowed, but only after a request, sufficiently justified, is made to CAMDS. It is mandatory that at least one of the professors belongs to the teaching staff of the MDS degree.


16. When may one carry out the defence of Master’s Final Project?

Even though the student may register for the MFP without having completed the MDS courses, in order to carry out the defence of the MFP before the appropriate panel it is necessary that the student has obtained the 48 ECTS corresponding to the courses.


17. What does the defence of the Master’s Final Project involve?

The defence of the MFP will consist of an oral presentation about the work by the student, lasting a mininmum and maximum period of 20 and 40 minutes, respectively, followed by a period of questions from the members of the panel lasting a maximum of 20 minutes.


18. When is the registration and defence of the MFP carried out?

The MFP can be enrolled in the regular or extended enrollment periods, and can be defended at any time during the corresponding year or semester. Students have at their disposal in the web the relevant application forms. In order to defend the MFP, the student must have surpassed the mandatory and optional courses. The student must take into account the need to provide certain documentation (see the master website) prior to the date of the defense of the MFP.


19. How much is the cost of living in Madrid?

As a rule of thumb, it is possible to find shared rooms in flats from around 150 Euros per month. The cost of renting an appartment (a flat with only one room) starts from 400 Euros per month. These prices depend, naturally, on the area, and utility costs (water, electricity, telephone, community, etc.) are not included. Note to foreign students: the Spanish Government requires proof that the living costs can be met before a visa to reside in Spanish territory is granted. This can be done by having a given amount of money in a bank account, or by proving that a studentship was granted. We suggest that you contact, sufficiently in advance, your nearest embassy or consulate.


20. Where can I find accomodation in Madrid?

The UPM does not own student dormitories, but for those students who are interested to request it, the University offers the possibility to help students in finding accommodation in shared flats for students through the Students International Assistance Service SIAS:  sias@fi.upm.es.


Madrid is an expensive city for housing, so the student should calculate an approximate price of 350€ per month, per room in shared apartments, plus a certain amount as a deposit. This Price varies depending on the city area.


21. How can I get to the ETSIInf?

The ETSIInf is situated on the outskirts of the city, in the municipality of Boadilla del Monte and, more specifically, in the Montegancedo campus. The campus can be reached by car, tram and bus. The location map and information about the several public bus lines that serve the School are available on the Web: http://www.fi.upm.es/?pagina=166.


22.  What documentation do I need to get a student visa in Spain?
It depends on the country of origin but, in general, the documentation required is:
Letter of admission in the master and Medical insurance. It can be issued by any company (not necessary to be a Spanish one), but it must have the permission to operate in Spain and meet the Schengen requirements. A document certifying accommodation in Spain. If the student will reside in the home of a relative, it shall notify it in a police station and send the document to the student candidate. The ETSIInf has an office for international students (SIAS, sias@fi.upm.es) that guides the search for acommodation for foreign students. Certificate of the structure of the master (request it on master.cd@fi.upm.es)

For any additional questions you may have, you can contact the International Office of the FI (Paloma Vivas, International-office@fi.upm.es).