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Master in ICT Leadership and Governance


Credits: 60 ECTS
Tuition: Semi-online

Start date: 14 February 2011
End date: 21 December 2011

Tuition schedule: Two or three evenings a week, Mondays to Fridays from 18.30 to 20.30, to be defined by instructor.

Director: Alfonso Rodríguez-Patón. Contact person: arpaton@fi.upm.es

Instructional objectives: Our students will acquire the knowledge and skills required to successfully undertake the leadership, governance and strategic management of ICT in modern organizations. Additionally, they will develop efficient technological project and ICT service management skills governed by widely accepted standards and best practices, such as the balanced scoreboard, the ITIL and COBIT frameworks, the CMMi model and the PMBOK project management guide.

Prospective Students

This course targets information and communications technologies (ICT) professionals interested in acquiring the training and expertise that they require to take up positions of more responsibility in the areas of ICT, knowledge and innovation management, governance and leadership.

Tailored training: the subject matter of the different modules is customized and tailored (as far as possible) to each student's interests, background and training expectations.


The master's course tackles ICT governance, management and leadership from three perspectives: the strategic viewpoint (modules 1 and 2), the operational viewpoint (modules 3 and 4) and the tactical viewpoint (module 4). The fifth module (master thesis) involves putting into practice and synthesizing the knowledge and views covered in the earlier modules.

Module 1: Strategic ICT leadership and management 15 February 2011 - 11 March (11 ECTS)
Module 2: Knowledge and innovation management 14 March - 15 April (6 ECTS)
Module 3: ICT project management 26 April - 31 May (8 ECTS)
Module 4: ICT processes, quality and services management 1 June - 28 July (16 ECTS)
Module 5: Master thesis 5 September - 21 December 2011 (19 ECTS)

The methodologies and best practices covered in the different modules include: the balanced scorecard (BSC), the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) best practices framework, the Control Objectives for Information and related Technology (COBIT) ICT governance framework, the Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMi) process improvement model and the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) project management standard/guide. Working on and studying these best practices and management tools (BSC, ITIL, COBIT, CMMi, PMBOK) the students of this master's course acquire skills and knowledge that are in high demand within the technological business sector.

Master thesis: the master final project or thesis will be a process of synthesis in which students (supervised and tutored by expert master faculty) will develop, write a report on and defend a feasibility study (business case) of a project in their branch of work or a field agreed with the master instructor /tutor.

Teaching methodology: The modules (and the course units of which they are composed) follow the case method, the strategy of learning by doing, self study and reflection and group work. Students will have to deal with situations/cases in which they will have to put into practice the theoretical knowledge that they have acquired.

Contact person

Master director: Alfonso Rodríguez-Patón Aradas
Phone: + 34 91 336 66 04
E-mail: arpaton@fi.upm.es
More information at www.lia.upm.es and in this document
Venue: Facultad de Informática, UPM.

When is this master's degree taught?

Start date: 14 February 2011
End date: 21 December 2011
Tuition schedule: two or three evenings a week, Mondays to Fridays from 18.30 to 20.00, to be defined by the instructor
Holidays: Easter and from 29/07/2011 to 2/09/2011.

How much does this master's degree cost?

7,500 € (as single payment) or 8,000 € (by instalments)


Of all non-UPM students admitted to the master's degree, one in every five students will receive a grant (will pay only 60% of the full enrolment fee). UPM students admitted to the master's degree will only pay 70% of the full enrolment fee. Institutions and/or companies that send more than one student will be eligible for special rates. At the end of the master's course, the best master student will be entitled to a three-month UPM internship with any of the UPM research groups associated with the master's degree.


To gain admission to the Master in ICT Leadership and Governance students must first register online.

The online registration period runs from 19 July 2010 to 7 February 2011.

Maximum number of places: 15