Online Postgraduate Course in Blockchain and other DLT Technologies

The Online Postgraduate Course in Blockchain and other DLT technologies is the only program that integrates the technological, legal, and business knowledge necessary to build new business models, and which also provides a complete vision of the different areas that make up blockchain technology and its impact on organizations.

  • blockchain
  • fintechs
  • Token economics
Next edition
Classes start
04 October, 2021
Program ends
30 January, 2022
Language
Spanish
Modality
Online
ECTS credits
15
Price
2650 €

DLT technologies are generating new forms of integration and business interrelation, where the boundaries of organizations and knowledge are blurred creating complex ecosystems. In this context, companies need multidisciplinary professionals who can work as a team to solve problems or achieve common goals that cannot be achieved individually or with just one specialization.

Aware of this need, the Online Postgraduate Course in Blockchain and other DLT Technologies will train you as a legal, technology, or business specialist, so that you can create, from the 3 approaches, innovative business models based on decentralized technologies, Smart Contracts and decentralized Apps.

The program provides you with the tools and knowledge necessary to face the challenges that technological innovation is introducing in society and in the business fabric, both at a theoretical level and with its practical implementation.

In addition thanks to its teachers and collaborating companies, the Online Postgraduate Course in Blockchain and other DLT technologies helps you create a network of contacts in one of the most cutting-edge sectors of business innovation, and participate in the Izertis awards in which the best blockchain projects presented by students compete.

Why choose this program

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Get a comprehensive view of technological, legal, and business aspects

You will be able to delve into and get to know in detail the fundamental pillars of this technology to enable you to generate new business models, thanks to a complete vision of the different areas of which it is comprised: technological, legal, and business aspects. You will be able to create business models from the three approaches with an innovative business logic based on decentralized technologies, Smart Contracts and decentralized Apps.

02

Expand your network of contacts

In an area as novel as blockchain, you will have the opportunity to create a network of contacts with members of the leading companies in Spain, whose members participate as teachers in this program (Alastria, Izertis, etc.)

03

Learn from great teachers

The teaching team consists of highly reputable academics as well as experts whose day-to-day lives are directly related to blockchain 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 getting to know the challenges and new business models that affect their companies.

Admission and enrolment

Curriculum

The Online Postgraduate Course in Blockchain and other DLT technologies is structured in 3 blocks that cover the three pillars or areas on which the program is based: Technology, Business, and Legal.

Blockchain, DLT technologies, and cryptography

Origin of Blockchain

Presentation of all the technical and human elements that have had a notable influence on the birth of blockchain.

Technical introduction to Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)

Analysis of the basic technical concepts that define blockchain. Advantages, disadvantages, and possible benefits of using blockchain.

Introduction to Cryptography

Introduction to hash functions, public or private key, digital signature and proof of zero knowledge.

Consensus and Scalability: Analysis of the concept of consensus algorithm and the objective it pursues.

Analysis of the most frequent consensus algorithms. We will explain the difficulty of making a scalable system and why this is a problem in blockchain technologies.

Game theory

Basic notions of one of the pillars on which decentralized systems work.

Other DLTs

Mention of projects that focus on decentralization with other systems.

DLT-based business ecosystems

Business introduction to Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT)

We examine the structure and social and political business scope of DLTs and in particular blockchain, 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 started with Bitcoin in 2008.

Ecosystem as a new business model

This topic examines blockchain trends and investigates market disruptions caused by this technology and the impact that blockchain has and will have on the international stage. The student will understand the new business model that is uncovered by DLT technologies, a new strategy of business ecosystems that dilutes the divisions between companies, sectors, and professional specializations.

The added value of DLT

Starting from the second topic, we delve into how blockchain is changing countless sectors. Blockchain is driving new payment methods and cryptocurrencies, property title registrations, and new trading, settlement, and clearing mechanisms. We will investigate the main strategic challenges and opportunities in these areas, and 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, crowdfunding, Intellectual property and collaborative businesses

Business Strategy

Social transformative business models. We discover how blockchain is fundamentally changing the ways of doing business and the impact it has on industries, consumer habits, and society. After acquiring the necessary technical and strategic knowledge, in this block we will learn to develop dynamic capacities for innovation and growth that drive the blockchain business strategy.

ICOs as new financing mechanisms

We go through the history and detailed operation of ICOs, their categorization (structures, discounts, duration period), and the strategic design (roadmaps). We undertake a detailed review of 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.

Blockchain Ecosystem Business plan oe White Paper

Finally, each student individually and in groups, will design their own idea for a use case in blockchain, and apply the knowledge acquired in the framework of the DLT ecosystem strategy, analysing their strengths and weaknesses as well as their potential to transform 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

Legal introduction to Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT)

Introduction to the legal implications of decentralization; blockchain as a disruptive technology in the legal field. Use cases for blockchain. Governance and regulatory challenges.

Digital Identity

Signature, identification, and certificates. Blockchain management systems are associated with an electronic transaction signature mechanism that reformulates identity management criteria. In a context in which the legal framework of 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.

Smart Contracts

Definition and legal nature, Categories of Smart contracts, Legal implications of self-execution, the function of the Oracles. Legal implications, Technical validity vs. Legal validity, Jurisdiction applicable to Smart Contracts.

ICOs from a legal perspective

We analyse ICOs as new financing mechanisms, their key legal 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.

Taxation of ICOs

When launching an ICO we have to take into account the tax aspects from different perspectives: the income tax treatment of operations with cryptocurrencies, the impact of the sale and conversion into capital gain, indirect taxation (VAT), and the legal taxation of economic activities (IAE).

Postgraduate Final Project

White Paper

Throughout the course the student will acquire the necessary knowledge to be able to develop and implement a business model based on blockchain. The final work consists of the preparation of 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 carried out 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.

Qualification obtained

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.

Faculty

Academic directors

Luz Parrondo Tort

Head of Accounting and Finance
Senior Lecturer BSM

Faculty

Luz Parrondo Tort

Head of Accounting and Finance
Senior Lecturer BSM

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

Methodology

At the UPF Barcelona School of Management we are committed to a flexible and dynamic online model, which aims to place the participant at the centre of the process so that they are the owner of their learning process.

To facilitate day-to-day management and the achievement of your academic goals, the program is structured into subjects, with which you will acquire knowledge and instrumental and aptitude skills.

All this, while having 24/7 access to the virtual environment so that you can organize your study without schedules and at your own pace. In this way, you can combine it with your work and personal life, making the most of the time you have for it.

01.

Interactive teaching materials

Various materials and formats will make your experience more motivating: videos, case studies, content maps, and downloadable resources. Designed and updated periodically by professionals and experts in the field, they provide you with the latest knowledge, skills, and tools to take your career to the next level.

02.

Active and collaborative learning

Participation and discussion with your classmates and teachers are essential for the collaborative learning process. We will provide you with various tools such as the Discussion Forum, where you can propose new topics for debate, comment on and answer questions presented by the teacher or give feedback to interesting comments.

03.

Streaming sessions with experts

We offer videoconference sessions with the expert teacher or special guests, so that you can ask questions, discuss your learning and connect in real time as if you were all in the same place. In order to be flexible with our courses, we record the sessions so that you can consult them later if you have not been able to connect.

04.

Personalized support

You will have the support of the expert tutor, who will guide you through each didactic unit; the help of the co-ordinator and the program manager for the delivery of activities, qualifications, management of procedures, or access to services, and the guidance of the career advisor in the improvement of your personal brand and the search for professional opportunities.

Tools

The learning process is characterized by its flexibility, since, in the virtual learning environment, the structure of the school calendar and the diversity of multimedia resources which are made available to the student allows them to acquire knowledge in a self-regulated manner.

The support of the teaching staff and interaction with classmates is carried out by making use of a wide variety of communication channels that facilitate proximity and didactic dialogue. 

 

Professional Future

The Online Postgraduate Course in Blockchain and other DLT Technologies helps and guides you from the first moment to understand new business models and the implication of blockchain technology, training you as a multidisciplinary professional capable of participating in cutting-edge projects.

Student profile

The postgraduate program brings together students who come mainly from the three areas that make up the postgraduate content. For this reason, both Law and Finance professionals meet in the virtual classroom, as well as participants whose profile and professional experience is linked to the business and technological fields.

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Average age

Career opportunities

The postgraduate program prepares students to understand the challenges and new business models that affect their companies and the environment, so that they are able to manage projects with the application of these new DLT technologies. The program allows for extracurricular internships.


Any position that participates in a project to implement this technology in your company, business, or organization. Due to the complexity and novelty of this area, it is expected that blockchain experts participate in multidisciplinary working groups.

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 by virtue of their academic or professional merits 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:

RoundApplication deadlineAdmission resolution
111/11/202026/11/2020
203/12/202018/12/2020
317/12/202031/12/2020
412/01/202128/01/2021
502/02/202117/02/2021
623/02/202110/03/2021
716/03/202131/03/2021
808/04/202123/04/2021
927/04/202112/05/2021
1013/05/202128/05/2021
1127/05/202111/06/2021
1208/06/202123/06/2021
1322/06/202107/07/2021
1406/07/202121/07/2021
1520/07/202130/07/2021
1602/09/202117/09/2021
1716/09/202101/10/2021
1805/10/202120/10/2021
1921/10/202105/11/2021

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
    • CV
    • 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.

Admission

  • 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.

Enrolment

  • 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 3338.
  • The remaining tuition fees must be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course.

Grants, scholarships and financing

Scholarships

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.

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.

Beca UPF-BSM

Apply for one of our UPF-BSM Scholarships, awarded specifically to Pompeu Fabra University students with a good academic record.

Grants and discounts

Alumni 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 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.

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).

*Discount not compatible with other scholarships, discounts and reductions.

Funding

Financing simulator

You can choose how to finance your studies by consulting our simulator and receive an answer in less than 24 hours.

Go to the simulator

Collaborating entities

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.

The Agency for Management of University and Research Grants of Catalonia (AGAUR, in Spanish) also offers loans to university students with legal residence in Catalonia through the PREPOST program.

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