Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

We believe that higher education must be more than just a process that ends with an official qualification. It has to help individuals, businesses, institutions and society at large to develop. We need to provide people with skills and knowledge so they can bring value to society. We've been reinventing the university since 1995, when the UOC was created as the world's first online university.

Top reasons to study here

  • The UOC's methodology seeks to make the learning processes as easy as possible, constantly innovating for further improvement.
  • The UOC is a university that renders a public service but is organized in accordance with private management principles.
  • In our University, the student is the main player of an education process; he manages his own time, plans his pace of study and builds his own itinerary.

Master's Programmes

Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Business & Management (1)



The Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya was created on 6 October 1994 as an initiative of the Government of Catalonia to provide lifelong learning through the use of information technologies and a personalized educational model.


The educational model was conceived to adapt and evolve constantly over time, in step with the progress of the internet and the knowledge society. Within this context, it is a model that focuses on the learning activity, offering a diverse range of options to suit the requirements of each student.


  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Faculty of Economics and Business
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Information and Communication Sciences
  • Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications
  • Faculty of Law and Political Science
  • Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences


The Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) is a research centre of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) specializing in the study of the Internet and the effects of the interaction between digital technologies and human activity.

The IN3 hosts 11 renowned research groups that carry out a wide range of research of an interdisciplinary nature. Every year the centre hosts visiting professors and researchers; its researchers participate in the UOC's doctoral programmes.

Research fields

  • Care and preparedness in the network society
  • Information and network security and privacy
  • Internet computing and systems optimisation
  • Gender and ICT
  • Complex systems
  • Software engineering
  • Urban transformations
  • The internet of things

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
501 100
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.


Library services

The UOC’s Virtual Library forms part of the University’s educational model. It is a key service made available by the University to support learning, teaching, research and management. The Library is a tool designed in and for a virtual world to meet the needs of its users and those who use the web for research, training and academic documentation.

Student Life

Campus life

The Virtual Campus is the place that can be accessed without physical barriers from anywhere and at any time, where students will find the necessary tools for study and communication. It is a university campus that students can carry with them in their pocket and which they can access from anywhere in the world, enter its classrooms, consult activities or carry out administrative procedures in the Secretary's Office, etc.

Student clubs

The UOC's graduate community, Alumni, was created in 2008. UOC Alumni seeks to provide an interface between graduates and university, with the goal of becoming an effective platform to enable former students to contact other people they studied with, professional colleagues, teachers and faculties. Furthermore, the UOC's graduate community facilitates access to lifelong learning and professional upgrades.


The UOC is a fully recognized Catalan university. It is constantly assessed by AQU Catalunya (the Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency), the Catalan higher education system's leading quality assessment and advocacy body. AQU Catalunya is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).

Student Reviews

The right balance between independence and support
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Freedom and independence as well as the right amount of supervision and support. Allows you to learn independently and to fulfill your own goals

I think the programme fits perfectly to all workers that want to keep developping their skills in this super competitive world.
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

As an online education, I am really happy with the organization and the communication with the teachers but I really miss recorded classes in order to get a better understanding of the courses.

So many issues, regret doing this program
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars

I went four months without my advisor answering my emails to work with me while writing my master's thesis so I had to do it by myself and not with an advisor which is supposed to be required. The program accidentally did not enroll me in one of the courses and now a year after finishing the program and being given graduation and diploma information they're making me come...

Other programmes from this university