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Public Works Engineering

The specialised training provided by the Bachelor’s Degree in Public Works Engineering (formerly the Bachelor's Degree in Construction Engineering) offers an specialised training in managing and implementing projects in the areas of civil constructions, hydrology and urban transport and services, the development of which is in much demand from society.

The fisrt two years of this bachelor's degree include formation in basic and applied sciences, followed by courses on engineering tools and an introduction to engineering technologies. During the third and fourth years, notions on structures, and foundations, the technology of water, transport infrastructures and urbanism are introduced. This established the basis for the development of the bachelor's degree thesis during their last year.

It is mandatory for students to enrol in an internship program in a company or public admisnitration to complete their training.

Academic year 2019-2020 starts September 2019
Duration 4 years
Study load 240 ECTS (including the bachelor's thesis)
Delivery On-campus
Language Spanish & Catalan
Places 70 (new students) & 5 (transfer students)
Official degree Bachelor's Degree in Public Works Engineering by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (recorded in the Spanish Ministry of Education's degree register)
Double degree agreements


We recommend for applicants to have completed high-school courses in science and technology and have the following characteristics:

  • Advanced knowledge of basic physics and mathematics studies.
  • Analytic skills
  • Abstraction and attention to detail skills.
  • Observation skills.

Means of admission

Find all the information on the different means of admission to the bachelor's degree.


To access the degree studies of Barcelona School of Civil Engineering, you must obtain a place through the university pre-enrollment procedure of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

You can check all the information regarding university pre-registration through the University Admission site.

Cut-off mark and grade improvement

The cut-off mark for the 2019-2020 years is 5.000.

Please check the Generalitat de Catalunya's Department of Universities and Research site for more information on the cut-off marks for former years.

You can also check the courses that will improve your admission grades.

Career opportunities

  • Planning, management and organisation of civil engineering projects.
  • Construction, maintenance and management of public works and buildings.
  • Supervision and management of infrastructure construction processes.
  • Execution and management of consulting, environmental and services projects in engineering, industrial and service companies.
  • Technical and management positions with government agencies.
  • Self-employment.

Learning objectives

  • Provide engineers with specialized training to manage and execute construction works within the speciality of Civil Works Engineering.
  • To license graduates to exert the regulated profession of Public Work Engineer. This bachelor's degree grants graduate students access to the Master's Degree in Civil Engineering.
  • Students can specialize in civil works, hydrology or urban services.
2019-2020 academic year



First year
Mechanics 9
Fall semester
Linear algebra 6
Graphic expression 7,5
Mathematic fundamentals 6
Applied geology 6
Spring semester
Calculus 6
Business and construction legislation 6
Applied physics 6
Chemistry of materials 7,5



Second year
Hydraulics 9
Fall semester
Differential equations 4,5
Construction materials 6
Geomatics and surveying 7,5
Descriptive statistics 7,5
Spring semester
Strength of materials 6
Numerical methods and informatics 7,5
Representation techniques 6
Construction methods and electrical engineering 6



Third year
Geotechnics 9
Fall semester
Structures 6
Surface and groundwater hydrology 4,5
Transport infrastructures 7,5
Organisation, measurement and budget for public works 7,5
Spring semester
Reinforced concrete 6
Metallic Constructions 6
Environmental technology 4,5
Urbanism and regional systems 4,5
Project and construction of public works 4,5



Fourt year
Fall semester
Geotechnical engineering 4,5
Maritime constructions 4,5
Fall/Spring semester
Bachelor's thesis 12

Common elective courses



Fall semester
Geographical information systems and teledetection 4,5
Social impacts of the public constructions 4,5
Spring semester
History of public constructions 4,5
Fall/Spring semester
Graphic design and numerical analysis 4,5

Specialty itineraries



Civil constructions
Fall semester
Construction of bridges and other structures 6
Structural design 6
Prestressed concrete 4,5
Spring semester
Building construction and prefabrication 7,5
Introduction to structural management 4,5
Construction management 4,5
Transportation & urban services
Fall semester
Construction of transport infrastructures 6
Transportation management 6
Urbanization and management of urban environment 4,5
Spring semester
Administration, urban plannig and public services 7,5
Maintenance of infrastructures 4,5
Urban logistics and transport terminals 4,5
Fall semester
Hydraulic constructions 6
Sanitary engineering 4,5
Environmental impact in maritime works 4,5
Spring semester
Surface and groundwater hydrology II 4,5
Port engineering 4,5
Instrumentation and testing in hydraulic works 4,5
Water supply 4,5

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Students enrolled at UPC for the Bachelor's Degree in Public Works Engineering can access the following information:


The Bachelor's Thesis is an original exercise to be done individually and presented and defended before a university pannel consisting in a project in the sphere of the specific civil engineering technologies synthesising and integrating the competences acquired on the course.

List of bachelor's thesis currently scheduled for public presentation:

Please find below the list of documents students must present at the Academic secretariat depending on the type of internship.

Internship within an Educational Cooperation Agreement
  • Student's report
  • Report from the advisor at the internship's company or institution
Other insternships
  • Evaluation form
  • Student's report
  • Report from the advisor at the internship's company or institution
  • Certificate from the company or institution (contract, FARO grant, etc.)

This program has been awarded the following quality labels:

*Further to the initiation of the accreditation procedure by AQU Catalunya, the title of the degree "Grau en Enginyeria de la Construcció" (Bachelor's Degree in Construction Engineering) was modified to "Grau en Enginyeria d'Obres Públiques" (Bachelor's Degree in Public Works Engineering), as stated in the Supreme Court decision dated 03/03/2015 (Appeal num. 144/2013).