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Welcome to the School of Computer Engineering at UNED. The School offers a range of educational services to students, tutors, lecturers, and anyone interested studying subjects related to the field of Computer Science.

The School is located in the Northern UNED Campus, in what was the first building used by the university, which is clearly visible from the A6 road, when approaching/leaving Madrid from the north west. The School provides academic and administrative services to more than 8,000 students, of which over 4,300 are enrolled in European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Degrees. More than 120 professionals, including lecturers and administrative service staff are located in the School.

Academic Courses

Undergraduate Courses

Lecturers at the School have been teaching Technical Engineering in Computer Science for more than 20 years, and a few years ago, started to teach the new Degree courses, adapted to the structure and methodology of the Bologna plan and the European Higher Education Area; which are arguably better adapted to the demands of the professional computing marketplace today.

Within this professional field, competitive degrees are offered that correspond, in terms of structure and the skills acquired by the students, to the indications provided by the Spanish Ministry of Education (contained in the Resolution of June 8th, 2009, published in the State Bulletin, BOE, August 4th, 2009). These requirements for computing degrees are expressed in terms of structure and skills and follow the five professional profiles defined by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Information Technology and Software Engineering.

Based on the previous teaching and research experience of staff in the school, two Degree programmes were proposed and approved by the Ministry, and have been taught since the start of the 2010/11 academic year. The first degree, in Computer Engineering, follows the Computer Science profile of the ACM, with some supplements on computing fundamentals and general related skills. The second degree, in Information Technology, focuses on the Information Technology profile of the ACM.

The structure of both degrees is very similar to begin with. They have two almost entirely common years where basic skills are acquired. The differentiation appears in third and fourth years. In the second semester of the third year and the entire fourth year, the students are able to select the optional courses within a range of subjects consistent with the objectives of the degree.

Due to the importance of the English language in all technical fields, it is essential to ensure that our graduates finish their studies with an adequate level of this language. Therefore, for both degrees, it is necessary for students to obtain a B1 level (following the Common European Framework of Reference) qualification for English, which greatly facilitates the task of reading technical texts in English, a fundamental skill for modern technical professionals. The certification of this skill comes from the European Diploma Supplement, which students can acquire in one of the following ways:

  • By passing a language test undertaken at UNED.
  • By studying for an English Proficiency Diploma at the University Language Centre (CUID) at UNED, an Official Language School or any other recognized language centre that can provide the adequate certification.

The final step for students before finishing their degree is the end of degree project, where they are able to apply what they have learnt to a practical design and development assignment, just the sort of thing that they will encounter in their professional career in the future.


The School also provides five official taught Master programmes, all of them within the EHEA framework:

Also, the School collaborates in the Master of Secondary Education Teacher Training, providing taught courses on subjects related to Information Technology.

Doctoral Programmes

Students are also able to undertake a Ph.D. on one of two different programmes: "Intelligent Systems" and "Industrial Computing". Either of which enables students to research on and apply state of the art knowledge in the respective areas.

UNED certified courses

The School also has a long history offering university certified qualifications that cover a wide range of current technology: open learning courses, for which no entry qualifications are required, and courses oriented to professional development and postgraduate studies, with specialization in technical fields that are in great demand within the professional community.

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