Postgraduate in Blockchain and other DLT Technologies
Postgraduate in Blockchain and other DLT Technologies
The Postgraduate Course in Blockchain and other DLT technologies is the only program that integrates the technological, legal, and business aspects necessary to build new systems and fintech businesses, and provides a complete overview of the different areas that make up blockchain technology and smart contracts, and their impact on organizations.
DLT and crypto technologies are generating new forms of integration and business interrelation based on smart contracts and the cryptoeconomy, where the borders of organizations and knowledge are blurred creating complex ecosystems around blockchain and payments technology. In this context, fintech companies need multidisciplinary professionals who know blockchain technologies and who can work as a team to solve problems or achieve common goals that cannot be achieved individually or with only a specialization in programming, economics, or applications.
Aware of this need for a new blockchain technology, the Postgraduate Course in Blockchain and other DLT Technologies will train you as a specialist in legal, incentive systems, technology, cryptocurrencies, or business so that you can create systems using the three approaches, in innovative work environments based on decentralized technologies, blockchain, Smart Contracts, and decentralized Apps.
The blockchain technologies program provides you with the fintech tools and skills necessary to face the challenges that technological and programming innovation is introducing to society and the business fabric, both at a theoretical level and in its practical implementation in different systems and applications.
In addition, the Postgraduate Course in Blockchain and other DLT Technologies, thanks to its teaching team and collaborating companies linked to blockchain technologies, helps you create a network of contacts in one of the most cutting-edge financial sectors of data and business innovation, and to participate in the Izertis awards, in which the best blockchain and smart contracts projects presented by students will compete.
Why choose this program
Get a comprehensive overview: technological, legal, and business
You will be able to delve into and understand in detail the fundamentals of technology to be able to generate the new blockchain and crypto labour systems, thanks to a complete overview of the different areas that make up the fintech industry: technological, legal, and business. You will be able to create, from the three approaches, business models, systems and applications with an innovative business logic based on decentralized technologies, data, cryptoeconomics, Smart Contracts and decentralized Apps.
Expand your network of contacts
In an area as novel as blockchain, cryptoeconomics, and cybersecurity, you will have the opportunity to create a network of contacts with entrepreneurs from the most cutting-edge companies in Spain, whose members participate as teachers on this program in blockchain technology (Alastria, Izertis, etc.)
Learn from excellent teachers
The teaching team is made up of highly reputed academics in the blockchain technology sector, as well as experts whose day-to-day lives are directly related to blockchain, cryptocurrencies, p2p networks, and other DLT technologies.
Who is it for?
The program is aimed at senior and junior professionals who come from different sectors (Banking and FinTech, consultants, lawyers, engineers, etc.) with an interest in understanding the challenges and new systems of blockchain technology that affect their companies and start-ups in the field of cybersecurity.
The Postgraduate in Blockchain and other DLT Technologies is structured into 3 blocks on technology fundamentals that cover the three pillars or areas on which the program is based: Technology, Business, and Legal.
Blockchain, DLT technologies, and cryptography
Presentation of all the technical and human elements that have had a notable influence on the birth of blockchain technology, smart contracts, and cryptocurrencies.
Analysis of the basic technical concepts that define blockchain technology. Advantages, disadvantages, and possible benefits of the use of blockchain and smart contracts.
Introduction to hash functions, public or private key, online signature, and proof of zero knowledge.
Analysis of the consensus algorithms in the most frequent smart contracts. We will explain the difficulty of making a scalable system and why this is a problem in blockchain technologies.
Basic notions of one of the pillars on which decentralized blockchain systems or dapps work, their smart contracts, and cryptocurrencies.
Mention of projects that focus on the loss of a central power with other crypto systems.
DLT-based business ecosystems
We examine the structure and the social and political business scope of DLTs and in particular blockchain technology, analysing the level of investment already made in this technology, the socio-political and economic context, the main agents, and the evolution of the industry since it began with Bitcoin in 2008.
This topic examines blockchain, smart contracts, and cryptoeconomic trends and investigates the disruptions in the fintech market caused by this technology and the impact that blockchain has, and will have, on the international scene. The student will understand the new business model that is revealed by DLT technologies, a new strategy of business ecosystems that dilute the divisions between companies, sectors, and professional specializations.
Starting with topic two, we delve into the crypto economy and how blockchain is changing countless sectors. Blockchain is promoting new payment methods and cryptocurrencies, property title registrations, and new mechanisms for negotiation, settlement, and clearing through p2p networks. We will investigate the main strategic challenges and opportunities in these areas, and we will work as a group to analyse the scope, dimension, and trajectory of this technology: Decentralized Applications (DAPP), Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO), integration with IoT, Big Data, eHealth, Banking/FinTech, crowdfounding, Intellectual property, and collaborative businesses
Socially transformative FinTech business structures. We discover how blockchain is fundamentally changing ways of doing business and the impact it has on industries, consumer habits, and society. After acquiring the necessary technical and strategic competencies, in this block we will learn to develop dynamic capacities for innovation and growth that drive the blockchain business strategy.
We go through the history and detailed operation of ICOs, their categorization (structures, discounts, duration period), and the strategic design (roadmaps). We will review in detail the must have's of an ICO (the team, the project, and the token), the marketing and community instruments, and the different ICO platforms in the market.
Finally, each student individually and in a group will design their own idea for a blockchain use case, and will apply the skills acquired in the DLT ecosystem strategy framework, analysing their strengths and weaknesses as well as their transformative potential for the business landscape. This technical, legal, and business model document is commonly referred to as a White Paper.
Legal and tax impact of DLT technologies and cryptoassets
Introduction of the legal implications of the suppression of a central power, dapps, blockchain as disruptive technology in the legal field, and smart contracts. Use cases in blockchain. Governance and regulatory challenges.
Signature, identification, and certificates in smart contracts. Blockchain crypto management systems associated with an electronic transaction signature mechanism that reformulates identity management criteria. In a context in which the legal framework for electronic signatures and digital identification is regulated by EU Regulation 910/2014 (EIDAS), it is worth exploring the possible connections between both models and their potential from a legal point of view. Other initiatives related to identity management are also covered.
Definition and legal nature of blockchain and p2p networks, categories of smart contracts, and use of systems such as solidity, legal implications of self-execution, the function of Oracles. Legal implications, technical validity vs. legal validity. Jurisdiction applicable to smart contracts.
We analyse ICOs as new financing mechanisms, and their legal key points: security or no security, the rights of the investor, and the rights of the buyer. We also explore the legal aspects of asset tokenization, an essential concept in the economic viability of blockchain ecosystems.
When launching an ICO we have to take into account the fiscal and financial aspects from different perspectives: the treatment of operations with cryptocurrencies in terms of income tax, the impact of the sale and the conversion into capital gain, indirect taxation (VAT) and legal taxation on economic activities (IAE).
Postgraduate Final Project
Throughout the course, the student will acquire the necessary skills to be able to develop and implement a fintech business model based on blockchain and smart contracts. The Final Project consists of preparing a White Paper, an essential document in any blockchain project. It describes the business model, the internal team, the incentive system or token-economics, as well as the rights and obligations of the members of the ecosystem.
The work will be done in small groups, to encourage the multidisciplinary nature of the course, and will be presented at the end of the program.
The evaluation of the Postgraduate Final Project is based on the written document and the presentation. Each student will have their own individual grade.
Once you have passed the program, you will be awarded the degree of Curso de Postgrado en Blockchain y otras Tecnologías DLT, issued by Pompeu Fabra University.
Head of Accounting and Finance
Senior Lecturer BSM
Associate Professor UPF-BSM
Focused on backend development and the study of decentralization technologies.
- Fátima Antelo
PhD student in Economics and Law from Pompeu Fabra University. Doctoral thesis in Blockchain.
- Mireia Artigot
Lecturer Private Law at Pompeu Fabra University.
- Miguel Benavent de Barberá i Puig
Entrepreneur. Co-Founder B-Ecosystem, gamified & collaborative Blockchain platform for business based in Trust.
- Álvaro Bourkaib
Lawyer (IP-IT-Technology Transactions).
- Santi Casas
CEO at Validated ID.
- Andy Coles
Adjunct professor at ESCI-UPF
Bachelor in Spanish and French Philosophy from the Liverpool John Moores University
- Carlos Gómez Ligüerre
Professor of Civil Law at Pompeu Fabra University
PhD in Law from Pompeu Fabra University
- Montse Guardia
CEO at Alastria Blockchain Ecosystem.
Former director of digital services delivery, digital transformation and innovation at Banc Sabadell.
- Manuel Hurtado
Founder of The Common Good Chain (ComGo).
Executive president at GTK.
- Carlos Kuchkovsky
CTO of New Digital Business at BBVA.
Board Member at Hyperledger.
- Felipe López
General Manager at Izertis Digital Transformation.
Expert in Blockchain, Machine Learning e Innovation.
- Juan Alonso Margareto
Specialist in monitoring and performance systems with more than 10 years of experience in companies such as IBM, HP or Telefónica.
Founder and president of The Walking Bit, a non-profit association dedicated to the dissemination of technical knowledge, especially focused on emerging technologies such as AI, Blockchain or Machine Learning, whose fundamental pillars are free software and free knowledge.
Focused on backend development and the study of decentralization technologies.
- Jose Luis Martí Marmol
Professor at Pompeu Fabra University. Innovation project management.
- Manuel Machado
Entrepreneur & Investor.
Expert in Blockchain, digital transformation, IoT, Mobile & Omni-Channel Customer Experience.
- Ferrán Martínez
Co-founder of Globatalent and entrepreneur in crypto financing.
Former player of Barça basketball team.
- Juan Pablo Mejia
He works at the Bit2me cryptocurrency exchange and is the director of the Government Blockchain Association (GBA) in Madrid.
Industrial Engineer, MBA from London Business School.
- José Ramón Morales
Partner of the commercial law department in Garrigues.
Head of Technology & Outsourcing as well as part of the Garrigues Smart Cities group.
- Francisco Otazo
CEO and founder of Gotaki, the Blockchain to travel. Manage the growth and development of the company, fundraising, strategy, etc.
- José María Rebollo
International partner at Andersen Tax & Legal. Managing Director of Procedural Law.
- Toni de Weest Prat
International partner of Andersen Tax & Legal and managing partner of the tax department in Barcelona.
Collaborator at the Master in International Business of ESCI-UPF
Teaching modality with students in face-to-face classes. The program of our university includes professional theoretical training on the blockchain ecosystem with masterclasses and also the possibility of tutoring sessions with professors specialized in blockchain technologies.
In addition to the Postgraduate Final Project, group and individual work, presentations, and practice will be carried out to deepen the concepts explained in class with their application to real cases.
The credits offer the integration of technological, legal, financial, and business knowledge necessary for the application of this technology in new systems and businesses.
Development of a real business project where you can apply the methodology and skills acquired throughout the course.
Work and presentations
Both in groups and individually, which allows you to enrich yourself with the financial knowledge of other students and create, together with the teachers, a network of contacts within the blockchain area.
The evaluation will be based on the weighted average of the final exam, group work, class participation, and the Postgraduate Final Project.
To pass the program, you must attend 80% of the classes.
Project-oriented learning and the combination of lectures and active methodologies such as case studies, flipped learning, solving real problems and professional simulations allow the student to connect theory and practice, acquire advanced skills and achieve learning which is transferable to work.
You will have:
- Master's or postgraduate work to learn by doing
- A personal mentor to monitor your Master's Final Project (TFM) or Postgraduate Final Project (TFP)
- Digital resources to achieve transversal skills
- Interdisciplinary activities and workshops
The methodology and contents of the Postgraduate Course in Blockchain and other DLT Technologies helps and guides you from the first moment right up to the professional level to understand new business paradigms, cryptocurrencies, and the implication of blockchain technology, training you in a wide variety of credits as a multidisciplinary professional capable of participating in cutting-edge projects.
The postgraduate program brings together students, start-ups and entrepreneurs who come mainly from the three areas of new technologies that make up the postgraduate content and credits. For this reason, both Law and Finance professionals meet in the classroom, as participants whose profile and professional experience is linked to the field of information technology, business, and technology.
The postgraduate methodology prepares students to understand the challenges and new business models that affect their companies and start-ups and the financial environment at a professional level, so that they are able to manage projects with experience and with the application of these new DLT technologies. The program allows for extracurricular internships.
Any position that participates in a project to implement new technologies, smart contracts, and blockchain solutions in your company, business, organization, and other entrepreneurial and payment projects. Due to the complexity and novelty of this area, blockchain experts are expected to participate in multidisciplinary working groups linked to the information technology sector.
Admission and enrolment
Our admission process consists of a rigorous evaluation of each application to preserve the quality of the group as well as the training, experience, and work capacity of all students.
Who can apply?
You need to be a university graduate.
Other candidates without the required university degree may take part in the selection process for the courses by virtue of their academic merits, professional experience, and the place of work they occupy.
Those participants who do not have Spanish as one of their mother tongues or who did not have it as a teaching language in their training studies, must prove that they have at least a B2 level of Spanish (Common European Framework of Reference), as well as fluently take part in a personal interview with the academic director, if necessary.
A level of English that allows for oral and written comprehension is required, since materials in English will be used.
How to apply?
To apply for admission to this program, students must read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Contract once they start the application for admission through the following form.
Application for admission
Complete your application within the next admission rounds:
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Applications for admission will be evaluated when you complete the following steps:
- Complete the online admission form.
- Pay the €120 admission fee. This amount will be returned if you are not admitted.
- Send the following documents through the online platform e-registrar:
- Presentation letter or video
- Scanned copy of university degree (if you are in the last year of your degree, you can provide your academic records)
- Scanned copy of Transcript of Records. Make sure that it includes your GPA (Grade Point Average)
- Scanned copy of ID Card or Passport
- Passport-size photo (jpg format)
Additional documents may be requested in certain cases.
Application rounds are subject to the number of places available on the program.
- The Admissions Committee will select the candidates on the basis of a personal or CV-based interview.
- You will be notified of the admission decision in writing.
- Registration must be paid within a 15 days after the admission.
- Once the letter of acceptance to the program has been received, you will need to submit the following original documents before the course begins:
- Stamped and/or authenticated photocopy of your university degree.
- If you have a foreign degree you may need to submit additional documents.
- Paying the reservation fee (25% of the program's tuition fees) is essential in order to reserve your place
- If you pay the tuition fees by bank transfer you will be required to introduce the program code. The program code for this course is 3330.
- The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.
Grants, scholarships and financing
The UPF Barcelona School of Management offers you different means of financing so that you can take any of our programs without worry. We offer you the opportunity to finance part of your program, either by rewarding your talent through scholarships, through grants from entities dedicated to promoting education or through collaboration agreements with financial entities.
Apply for one of our UPF-BSM Scholarships, awarded specifically to Pompeu Fabra University students with a good academic record.
If you are studying your last undergraduate course (4th year) at UPF or at a UPF Group centre and you have a good record, you can apply for a UPF-BSM scholarship. Remember that you must be a graduate and be in possession of your degree (or failing that, the certificate of receipt) when you start the program in which you have enrolled.
- Be in the last undergraduate year at UPF.
- Have a good academic record.
- Have been admitted or are in the process of admission to a Master or Postgraduate course for which you are applying for this Scholarship.
- Apply for the Scholarship at the time of application for admission.
- Submit a motivation letter with the reasons why you have opted for the Scholarship and a list of verifiable merits.
- Upload the required documentation through the eRegistrar platform
- The dates of awarding or denying of the Scholarship will be published on the website.
- The scholarship candidate will personally receive a communication with the procedures to follow in order to formalize it.
- The Scholarship Committee assesses academic talent (average grade of the report) and personal talent (the motivation of the candidate and their merits).
- The UPF-BSM Scholarships are not compatible with specific aid for the programs, scholarships granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, and other UPF-BSM scholarships.
- They are compatible with other scholarships from organizations outside the UPF-BSM and with discounts for large families.
They are applied for and granted in accordance with the dates stipulated below:
Academic year programs 2020–21 and 2021–22
- Scholarship application deadline: 03/12/2020, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 14/12/2020
- Scholarship application deadline: 12/01/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 25/01/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 23/02/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 08/03/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 08/04/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 19/04/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 13/05/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 24/05/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 08/06/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 21/06/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 06/07/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 27/07/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 20/07/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 27/07/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 02/09/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 13/09/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 05/10/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 18/10/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 21/10/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: week of 01/11/2021
Remember that you must apply for the scholarship when you complete the application for admission to the program that interests you and always before classes start. The Scholarship cannot be processed for a program that is already being studied.
If you have any questions about how to apply for the UPF-BSM Scholarships, you can contact our scholarship secretariat via email.
Social Value Scholarships
UPF Barcelona School of Management, for this next academic year, and aiming at the commitment for social welfare, offers the Social Value Scholarships with the objective of supporting and favoring the groups that the School considers a priority. Enter and consult the details.
These scholarships are intended to favor specific groups, to help them in their professional and personal development or people who are in a situation of economic difficulty.
The Social Value Scholarship program covers from 25% to 70% of the total tuition fee for the master's degree and from 25% to 50% of the total tuition fee for the diploma or postgraduate course for all the programs offered by the Institute of Continuing Education Foundation.
The University Master's Degree in Law and any other master’s degree carried out in conjunction with an institution outside the UPF-BSM are excluded. Also excluded are programs for which the interested party wishes to carry out any recognition. Repeating students will also not be eligible for the scholarship.
- "Impulsa MUJER" (“Promote Woman”)
Aimed at all professional women, from any environment, who wish to study a management program in any area of the company, to occupy leadership positions or to lead a professional project.
Sporty woman: Specifically addressed at professional sportswomen interested in studying the master’s degree in Sports Management in any of its modalities.
- "Post COVID boost"
Aimed at people over 40 who are unemployed or in ERTE. ERTE is a term used in Spain to refer to the suspension for a specific time of the labor contract of part or all the workers of a company due to force majeure. This temporary suspension of the contract has been applied in Spain during the COVID-19 pandemic and remains in effect until the Government and the Employer decide.
- "Entrepreneur Scholarship for local economy"
Aimed at entrepreneurs and small businesses with a direct impact on the local economy and regions that need specific training to boost business.
- You must have applied for admission into one of the master's offered by the UPF Barcelona School of Management (except the Official Master's Program in Advocacy or those master's) and have been admitted to the program for which the grant is being requested.
- Present a letter of motivation with the reasons why you are applying for the scholarship with a list of merits or outstanding aspects that can be contrasted.
Consult the specific criteria for each of the modalities in the rules.
Submit your application for the Social Value Scholarship via the "Application form" of the program that you are interested in.
Submit the documentation via the "Scholarships and Funding" section of the eRegistar platform, to which you will be given access when applying
Please note that your application must meet all the requirements for both documentation and deadlines. Otherwise, it cannot be evaluated.
All documents except for the academic transcript must be in either Catalan, Spanish or English. The academic transcript can be presented in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian or Portuguese. If it is another language it must be accompanied by a sworn official translation into Catalan or Spanish.
Social Value Scholarship applications have to be made at the same time as completing your application for the program and always before classes begin. Social Value Scholarships cannot be processed for a master's program that has already begun.
Equally, applications presented after the deadlines of the established rounds will not be accepted, even if classes have not yet begun.
Social Value Scholarship are applied for and awarded according to the dates outlined below.:
Programmes for the academic year 2021-2022
- Scholarship application deadline: 12/01/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 25/01/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 23/02/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 08/03/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 08/04/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 19/04/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 13/05/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 24/05/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 08/06/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 21/06/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 20/07/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 27/07/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 02/09/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 13/09/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 05/10/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 18/10/2021
- Scholarship application deadline: 21/10/2021, Awarding of the scholarship: during the week of 01/11/2021
The Scholarship Committee will only award Social Value Scholarships to those applicants who, having completed the corresponding documentation and been finally admitted to the program for which they are applying, have passed the various tests that may be requested and meet the criteria established in each established typology in which they wish to enter.
The Scholarship Committee will inform each applicant of the decision individually by e-mail, following the dates published on the website.
Grants and discounts
If you are a member of our alumni associations or of one of our partner universities, we offer you a series of applicable discounts on the amount of tuition for your program.
- UPF Barcelona School of Management or UPF-IDEC Alumni: If you have previously studied at UPF Barcelona School of Management or UPF-IDEC a 15 credits (or more) program and you decide to take on a new program with us, you are entitled to a discount of 20% on your program tuition fees. It is required to be registered in the Alumni network of the UPF Barcelona School of Management upon your application. This discount is not applicable to short courses and postgraduate courses which are part of the same itinerary.
- UPF Alumni: If you have previously studied a degree, a master program or a doctoral program at Pompeu Fabra University, you are entitled to a discount of 15% on the UPF Barcelona School of Management Masters and postgraduated program tuition fees (those programs with more than 15 credits) beginning on or after 01/01/2019.
- ESCI-UPF and Tecnocampus Alumni: If you have previously studied a degree or a master at ESCI-UPF or Tecnocampus, you are entitled to a discount of 15% on the UPF Barcelona School of Management Masters and postgraduated program tuition fees (those programs with more than 15 credits).
UPF Employee Discounts
If you are a member or family member of an employee of the UPF group or belonged to the collaborating institutions of the UPF Barcelona School of Management, you can enjoy a series of applicable discounts on the tuition fees for your program.
- Administrative and Service Staff (PAS) of Pompeu Fabra University. You are entitled to a 35% discount on tuition fees for open programs subject to prior communication from the rector's office and/or the UPF general manager's office.
- Administrative and Service Staff (PAS) and Teaching and Research Staff (PDI) of the UPF Group. Discount of 20% on tuition fees for open programs.
- Relatives (up to second degree) of UPF and the UPF's Institute of Continuing Education's Foundation teaching and research staff (PAS and PDI, in Spanish). Discount of 20% on tuition fees for open programs.
- If you work at a company member of the Institute of Continuing Education Foundation's Board of Trustees or at any of our councils' companies. Discount of 20% on the tuition fees of our master's and postgraduate courses.
UPF Partner Latinoamerican Universities Discount
If you are alumni of one of our Partner Universities, you are entitled to a discount of 10% on the UPF Barcelona School of Management Masters and postgraduate program tuition fees (those programs with more than 15 credits).
You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator and receive an answer in less than 24 hours.
In addition, UPF Barcelona School of Management collaborates with various banks and financial entities which provide study loans on favorable terms. For more information you can contact any of the following links (in Spanish).
Note, however, that in order to benefit from these special conditions you must have a NIE if you are not a European Citizen. Therefore, UPF Barcelona School of Management strongly recommends international students to seek first for students loans at bank entities of their country of origin, or to search for funding opportunities through international entities.
Postgraduate in Blockchain and other DLT Technologies