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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.

Academic year 2019-2020 starts 1st semester (Q1): September 2019
2nd semester (Q2): February 2020
Duration 2 years
Study load 120 ECTS (including the master's thesis)
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)
Specialisations
  • Computational Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering & Sustainability
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering & Construction
  • Transport Engineering & Urbanism
  • Water Engineering
Double degree agreements
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Academic coordinator Miquel Estrada

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 proficency 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 fulfill, 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 favorable, etc.

Career opportunities

  • Planning, project, construction and operation of maritime and port works. Regeneration of coasts, roads, freeways, motorways, airports and railways. Canalization, 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 optimization of water resources. Water policy and legislation, modeling, prevention and control of floods, water quality, irrigation systems, hydropower and associated facilities.
  • Management tasks for any type of organization and administration related to public works, construction and new technologies and any industrial and service company.
  • Teaching and research in universities and specialized centers.
  • 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 specialization 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 modeling 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.
2019-2020 Academic year

COURSES

ECTS

First year
Fall semester
Mechanics of continua 9
Numerical modelling 9
Structural analysis 7.5
Hydraulic infrastructure 4.5
Spring or Fall semesters
Structural engineering 6
Computational engineering 6
Geomechanical & geotechnical engineering 6
Water engineering 6
Planning & management of transportation 6

COURSES

ECTS

Second year
Specialization mandatory courses 20
Specialization elective courses 15
Master's thesis 25

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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 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 master's thesis currently scheduled for public presentation:

This program has been awarded the following quality labels: