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The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) Spain, is a public research and higher education institution that specialises in engineering, architecture and science, and one of the leading technical universities in Europe. It has almost 30,000 undergraduate students. Every year, 5,000 students graduate with bachelor’s or master’s degrees, and 270 with doctoral degrees. It is one of the top European universities for technology transfer and the top university in Spain for registered patents and the creation of spin-offs. It has collaboration agreements with more than 2,000 companies.


In 2011, the UPC’s income for R&D activities and technology transfer was 78 million euros.

It has 8 campuses in Catalonia and premises in 130 countries on five continents. It has been recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education as an International Campus of Excellence for its projects Barcelona Knowledge Campus and Energy Campus.

The general scope of nuclear engineering is to use the knowledge and scientific methodology to get the profit that for the man can supply the uses of fission and fusion nuclear energy and of the ionizing radiation.


Since 1963 to 1977 UPC-School Engineering of Barcelona develop his education and research activities in nuclear engineering with the support of a research and training reactor called ARGOS, (Argonaut Reactor), currently is decommissioned. Currently these activities are developed with several research laboratories, and education laboratories, like the Conceptual Simulator or Nuclear Power Plant.




Pictures: Argos Nuclear research and training reactor in Barcelona UPC-ETSEIB In operation since 1963 to 1977. Currently decommissioned.


The Nuclear Engineering Research Group (NERG) of UPC focus his research activities on the fision and fusion nuclear energy, with special goals in the topics related to safety and instrumentation.

The professor of NERG develop educational activities in the Master of Nuclear Engineering UPC-ENDESA, and in the European Master in Nuclear Energy (EMINE).