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Civil Engineering

Master's Degree in Civil Engineering

The Master's Degree in Civil Engineering provides advanced multidisciplinary and technological training that will enable you to work in research, design and analysis of infrastructure and civil engineering projects and will qualify you to practise as a civil engineer.

The curriculum reinforces prior learning in mathematics, physics, science and technology on the bachelor's degree course by teaching students the most advanced and experimental techniques for modelling in engineering. The master's degree includes study abroad at some of the most prestigious engineering schools in the world in the framework of mobility programmes and agreements.

It provides future professionals with a solid technical grounding in designing infrastructure and supervising its development, and in planning and managing environmental services and resources for spatial planning.

This master's degree allows for a Double Degree between the Master's Degree in Civil Engineering (MsDCE) and the Master's Degree in Supply Chain, Transport & Mobility Management (MsDSCTMM).

Academic year starts in Fall semester (Q1): September
Spring semester (Q2): February
Duration 2 years
Study load 120 ECTS (including the Master's Final Thesis)
Minimum academic progress The minimum academic progress for first year students is 45 ECTS. Students must complete the master's program in up to 3 years.
Delivery On-campus
Language Catalan, Spanish & English
Places 120
Official degree Master's Degree in Civil Engineering by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (recorded in the Spanish Ministry of Education's degree register)
  • Computational Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering & Sustainability
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering & Construction
  • Transport Engineering & Urbanism
  • Water Engineering
Double degree agreements

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Academic coordinator Francesc Soriguera Martí

Specific admission requirements

In order to gain admission to the Master's Degree in Civil Engineering, that qualify the holder to practise the regulated profession of Civil Engineer, the following requirements must be met.

  • University degree
    • Holders of an official bachelor's degree that qualifies them to practise the regulated profession of technical public works engineer
    • Holders of an official bachelor's degree that provides the competencies outlined in Ministerial Order CIN/307/2009, dated February 9th, in accordance with the provisions of Section 4.2.2 of Order CIN/309/2009, dated February 9th.
    • Students on double-degree programmes that include the Master's Degree in Civil Engineering (Professional track) under the continuity system.
    • Holders of other qualifications, in accordance with the provisions of Section 4.2.3 of Order CIN/309/2009, dated February 9th
  • B2.2 proficiency level in English

    The Consell Interunivesitari de Catalunya establishes the official certificates for meeting the B2 requirement on gaining admission to all UPC master's degrees.

Students pending obtaining the degree that gives access to the master's degree

Students who are currently pursuing their undergraduate studies and have registered all the credits to complete their studies may apply for access to the master's degree as long as they fulfil, during the registration period of the master's degree, the requirements above-established.

You will find all the information about the general requirements for admission to UPC master's degree programs here.

Admission criteria

The following factors or parameters are considered for admission to the Master's Degree in Civil Engineering (Professional track):

  • Weighted average mark factor or parameter (F1)
  • Efficiency factor or parameter (F2)
  • Probability factor or parameter of success in studies (F3)
  • University cutoff mark factor or parameter (F4)
  • University degree and English proficiency level factor or parameter (G)

You can check the details and evaluation of these factors or parameters here, as well as the results of the evaluation and selection of the applications for admission resolutions for the current academic year.

Pre-enrolment and enrolment

Check here the general admission requirements for UPC masters and information on pre-registration: calendar, how to apply for admission, how to reserve a place if the resolution is favourable, etc.

Career opportunities

  • Planning, project, construction and operation of maritime and port works. Regeneration of coasts, roads, freeways, motorways, airports and railways. Canalisation, collection, supply, water treatment, sanitation, bridge construction, tunnels, aqueducts, foundations and building structures.
  • Studies and projects of rehabilitation, repair or demolition of works and structures, manufacture of building materials, preparation and management of land and urban planning plans.
  • Environmental impact studies, studies and environmental actions on ecosystems, marine, river and wetlands.
  • Planning, management, exploitation and optimisation of water resources. Water policy and legislation, modelling, prevention and control of floods, water quality, irrigation systems, hydropower and associated facilities.
  • Management tasks for any type of organisation and administration related to public works, construction and new technologies and any industrial and service company.
  • Teaching and research in universities and specialised centres.
  • Management of people who occupy intermediate positions and are involved in the implementation of public works.

Learning objectives

  • The main aim of the master's degree is to train multidisciplinary professionals with extensive technological training in areas of engineering such as research, design and analysis. It brings high qualification and competences in advanced technology, as well as a great professional specialisation and researcher in civil engineering.
  • The academic curriculum strengthens the physical-mathematical and scientific-technical training acquired through the use of the most advanced and experimental techniques of modelling in engineering. It provides future professionals with a solid technical base for designing and managing the construction of civilian infrastructure, planning and managing environmental services and resources, and for affecting land use planning.
  • The master's degree is the first step towards accessing doctoral programs in civil engineering. This master's degree enables you to practice the profession of engineer of roads, canals and ports in accordance with Ministerial Order CIN / 309/2009 dated February 9th.
2020-2021 Academic year
For more information on course groups, coordinators and codes check the printer version of the curriculum.



First year
Fall semester
250401 - Mechanics of continua 9
250402 - Numerical modelling 9
250403 - Structural analysis 7.5
250404 - Hydraulic infrastructure 4.5
Fall or spring semesters
250405 - Structural engineering 6
250406 - Computational engineering 6
250407 - Geomechanical & geotechnical engineering 6
250408 - Water engineering 6
250409 - Planning & management of transportation 6
Second year
Specialty mandatory courses 20
Specialty elective courses 15
250499 - Master's thesis 25

Specialty courses

Students must take 4 mandatory courses from the specialty of their choice and 3 courses from their own specialty or from any of the other specialties.



Specialty in structural & construction engineering
Fall & spring semesters
Mandatory courses
250470 - Building structures 5
250472 - Analysis & design of steel structures 5
250473 - Advanced design of concrete structures 5
Fall semester
Elective courses
250474 - Structural management 5
250475 - Mixed & composite structures 5
Spring semester
Mandatory courses
250471 - Bridges 5
Elective courses
250476 - Seismic risk assessment & reduction 5
Specialty in geotechnical engineering
Fall semester
Mandatory courses
250420 - Geotechnical design & construction 5
250423 - Tunnels & rock mechanics 5
Spring semester
Mandatory courses
250421 - Geomechanics of breakage 5
250422 - Interaction between groundwater & civil works 5
Specialty in water engineering
Fall semester
Mandatory courses
250430 - Urban hydrology 5
250433 - Port & offshore engineering 5
Spring semester
Mandatory courses
250431 - River dynamics 5
250432 - Coastal engineering & management 5
Specialty in computational engineering
Fall semester
Mandatory courses
250440 - Computational engineering for design & operation 5
250441 - Models & tools for project & financial management 5
Spring semester
Mandatory courses
250439 - Numerical models in civil & structural engineering 5
250443 - Machine learning & models for decision making 5
Specialty in transportation engineering & urban planning
Fall semester
Mandatory courses
250450 - Urban mobility 5
250453 - Urban planning & urban service infrastructure 5
Spring semester
Mandatory courses
250451 - Road network planning & operation 5
250452 - High-speed rail line management 5
Specialty in environmental engineering & sustainability
Fall semester
Mandatory courses
250460 - Water treatment 5
250463 - Sustainability & development engineering 5
Spring semester
Mandatory courses
250461 - Environmental modelling 5
250462 - Life-cycle analysis & sustainability assessment 5

Academic itinerary for former UPC's Civil Engineering graduate students (2010 program)

Students accessing the Master's Degree in Civil Engineering (Professional track) from the Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering (2010 program), must follow the academic itinerary specified in the following document.

Students enrolled at UPC for the Master's Degree in Civil Engineering (Professional track) can access the following information:

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

List of master's theses currently scheduled for public presentation:

This program has been awarded the following quality labels: