Computer Engineering is a booming profession thanks to the presence of computer systems not only in scientific and business circles, but also in everyday environments. Computer engineers are, therefore, highly employable graduates, particularly in fields related to new technological developments. Computer engineers are in charge of thinking up, designing, developing and maintaining computer applications and installations.
Professionals qualified in this field are highly skilled and widely recognised, both socially and economically, and have outstanding career prospects. The sound, comprehensive training which Computer Engineering graduates receive puts them in good stead to address problems in all fields of information technology and solve them using scientific and engineering methods and techniques. Such professionals are able to construct, implement, verify, evaluate and maintain complex computer systems which respond to user requirements.
Their training means these graduates are versatile enough to learn and effectively use techniques and tools which may appear in the future. Such versatility makes them particularly valuable in organisations in which permanent innovation is a necessity or ones with a significant emphasis on research, development and innovation.
At a technical level, Computer Engineering graduates are people with a wide knowledge of programming and algorithms, computer structure and architecture, operating systems, the Internet and computer networks, software engineering, data bases, artificial intelligence, human-computer interactions and computer technology, amongst other things.
Students may choose to take some of the modules in Basque or English, depending on availability.
The official report on the qualification approved by ANECA is also available.
The Undergraduate Degree in Computer Engineering is designed for students to pursue further studies in the form of the Master’s in Computer Engineering. The overall education which students receive is a reflection of the old Computer Engineering degree.
These engineers receive cross-disciplinary training which equips them with the knowledge, capacities and skills required to work, above all, in the fields of Software Engineering, Computing and Intelligent Systems, and Information Technology.
The career prospects of Computer Engineering graduates cover a wide range of fields, embracing practically every sector: data centres, research centres, banks, hardware and software companies, technology firms, security firms, computer consultancy firms, industry, building, education, culture, health, government, etc.
The competences acquired by all graduates of this Degree are available here.
Students are recommended to continue their studies by taking a Master’s in Computer Engineering, approved by ANECA and taught at the UPNA since the academic year 2014-2015. This Master’s degree provides graduates who wish to specialise, learn more and improve their job prospects in a sector with an increasing demand for professionals with top-quality, academically thorough educational backgrounds.
Although others exist, the recommended pathways to study this degree are the High School Diploma (Bachillerato) in Technology or Natural and Health Sciences, and Upper Grade Vocational Training in the field of Information and Communication Technology.
As for the personal characteristics of students, they should be well grounded in mathematics and possess a capacity for analysis, reasoning and concentration.
The University also offers what it calls "Zero Courses" (Foundation courses), which allow students to adapt to university-level education and are highly recommended in order to make up for possible deficiencies at entry level. These courses serve as introductions to some of the courses leading to qualifications awarded by the Public University of Navarre. They are designed to provide new undergraduates with a complementary grounding which focuses on two aims: to update, consolidate and complete certain basic concepts which they have already studied as part of Vocational Training or at High School (Bachillerato), and to furnish them with basic methodologies which will make life easier when they take the undergraduate degree course.
Find out about registering for this undergraduate degree here: http://www1.unavarra.es/estudios/acceso-y-matricula
The UPNA provides students with excellent student-support services. The most important of these are:
The Tutoring Plan provides each undergraduate with a personal tutor to monitor his/her progress. These tutors teach the course the student is taking and advise him/her on academic options, specialisms, career prospects, and how the university works, providing an initial contact point from which students are redirected to specific university services or units.
Finally, the Secretary’s Office and the School Management are also at the disposal of current, future and old students, and can be contacted electronically or via the offices on the Arrosadía Campus.
This Degree involves a variety of educational activities (lectures, participatory classes, practical classes, cooperative learning activities, group projects, self-reliant studying and work) which focus on developing general and specific competences based on a range of teaching methods (lectures, exercises and problem solving, learning based on case studies and problems, cooperative learning in small groups and project-based learning).
The approach is geared towards continuous assessment to evaluate the competences defined for the degree based on learning outcomes which demonstrate acquisition, applying different assessment criteria depending on the type of activity performed.
In order to be awarded the Degree, students must demonstrate level B1 competence in a foreign language (English, French, German or Italian) by means, at minimum, of one of the following:
The Degree has foreign student exchange agreements with universities in: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Portugal, the UK, Australia, Canada, China, South Korea, the USA and Japan.
Students may also take part in national and international virtual mobility programmes.
The status of reduced-timetable student is granted in exceptional circumstance by the Rector or competent Vice-rector. Applications must be presented on a general request form at the Office of the University Registrar, together with supporting documentation.