The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is a medium institution well-known for the quality of its teaching and academic research, its international orientation and its higher than average study workload. Established in 1989, its mission is to contribute to the improvement of society through teaching of the highest quality and cutting-edge research in line with stringent international guidelines.
  • #637 Ranking
  • 123 Masters
  • 19827 Students

Top 3 reasons to study here

  • UC3M is known for focusing on high-quality internationalized education. 22 of its bachelor Degrees are fully or partially taught in English.
  • Studying in UC3M allows students to participate in its mobility programs for periods of 6 months to 2 years.
  • UC3M holds a noteworthy place in 8 of the 28 academic subjects of the QS World University Ranking by Subject and appears in the Times Higher Education (THE).



The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid was founded in 1989 with the objective of providing an efficient, high quality public undergraduate and graduate education. Its name refers to the King Charles III of Spain. The philosophy that has guided the university since its origins is one of creating responsible free-thinking people with a sensitivity to social problems.


The UC3M adapts every new academic year to the most recent advances in methodology, and implements as much as possible the technological advances that make learning easier for students, like the online platforms available to students that allow to study and research apart from communicating permanently and in a two-way communication with professors. In 2016, the UC3M moves up 41 positions in the QS ranking, is in the top 50 World University Ranking by subject.

The UC3M also was one of the first universities to apply the new high education plan designed by the Europeann Union: Plan Bolonia. It is known by teaching in small groups and introducing courses in English and Bilingual studies.


In terms of research, in 2016, holds a third most productive University according U-Ranking, a ranking that presents the results of universities in function of their performance in three areas: teaching, research and innovation, and technological development.

The UC3M currently has 124 research groups, 26 research institutes, 24 Chairs for research, 18 Research Laboratories and more than 18.630€ funding in R&D projects


The UC3M gives special support to the incorporation of its students to the job market, promoting the contact between the business world and the students through professional internships in private corporations or public institutions, even within the services of UC3M University, during their last year of studies. The department responsible for doing so is the Servicio de Orientación y Planificación Profesional (Service of Orientation and Professional Planification). This unity, managed by the UC3M Foundation, gives the students services of information, orientation, job searching, and others.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (35)
Social Sciences (26)
Engineering & Technology (24)
Law (23)
Arts, Design & Architecture (12)
Computer Science & IT (10)
Journalism & Media (7)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (6)
Applied Sciences & Professions (5)
Education & Training (3)
Medicine & Health (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Humanities (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Carlos III University of Madrid!


Student services

Studying in Madrid offers you a wide range of cultural, sports and leisure activities. In addition to getting a quality education at a prestigious university, Madrid is a welcoming city which makes it possible to turn your university stay into an unforgettable experience. It is one of the most dynamic cities in Europe and it holds a great attraction for students from all over the world. For all these reasons, 27% of the students admitted each year come from other Autonomous Regions and they choose our University.

Housing services

There are a total of 982 places available in our three residence halls: Fernando de los Ríos in Getafe, Fernando Abril Martorell in Leganés and Antonio Machado in Colmenarejo. They all aim to provide a true home away from home for students and faculty during their university stay. For this reason, as well as covering the basic needs of food and rest, the residence halls also offer cultural activities, forums and get-togethers which contribute to the personal development of the residents.

Library services

The library of the UC3M is a central facility of the University with 5 points of attention distributed in the different campuses. Only the library of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law which holds 710 reading sits, and has more than 400.000 volumes.

Student Life

Campus life

The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid has three campuses located in the municipalities of Leganés, Colmenarejo and Getafe.

The university has laboratories and practical workshops in the School of Engineering. These laboratories have the innovative equipment and technology to enable students and researchers to carry out their practical trials and experiments as thoroughly as possible.

A total of 48 computer rooms with 980 terminals distributed throughout the three campuses guarantee immediate access to computer equipment for students to carry out their academic studies. As well as Internet access, students have printing facilities.

Sports facilities

The university has two sports center where with outdoor sports pitches, tennis and squash courts, indoor pool, fitness center, saunas, beach-volleyball, climbing wall, bouldering, multi-purpose rooms. Every year the sports center organize competitions for the universities various sports teams as well as other events.

Its newer sports center, has a fitness room, two swimming pools, 3 activity rooms (for any kind of exercise, from pilates, to dual-bike, squash room, Synergy room, a football field, beach-volley field, padel and tennis fields, etc. It also offers services of physiotherapy and beauty and health treatments.

Student clubs

There is an institutional and financial support of student associations, the university wants to promote this important component of the student life. They are also encouraged to organize events, exhibitions, conferences, that are recognized with credits by the university.

The Global Study Awards

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS, StudyPortals offers you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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