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Masters in Risk Assessment and Management of Civil Infrastructures

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The International Masters in Risk Assessment and Management of Civil Infrastructures – NORISK is a one-year 60 ECTS MSc that will be delivered by a consortium composed of four HEIs, University of Minho (PT), Polytechnic University of Catalonia (ES), University of La Rochelle (FR) and the University of Padova (ÎT), and supported by a committed group of 43 associated HEIs, industrial companies, NGO’s, R&D Institutions and Associations which will provide worldwide effective links with the industrial sector and international relevance to the EMJM.

The NORISK EMJM is a prestigious Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Course designed to address the critical need for professionals with a solid foundation in risk assessment and management within the context of civil infrastructures. This program stands out for its highly specialized curriculum and multidisciplinary approach.

Academic year starts in September
Duration 1 year
Study load 60 ECTS (including the master's thesis)
Delivery On-campus
Language English
Places 20
Official degree
Participating universities

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
University of Minho
La Rochelle Université
Università di Padova

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UPC academic coordinator José Turmo
Program coordinator's website https://msc-norisk.org/

Admission to NORISK will be decided on a competitive basis; the students are assessed on the basis of their previous academic record. To be admitted, applicants must:

  • Have completed at least 240 ECTS education in Civil Engineering, Industrial and/or Systems Engineering, Materials Engineering, Environmental Engineering or related fields or equivalent, having been awarded a recognised degree in any of such fields. For students having a study period in UNIPD (either coursework or dissertation) a minimum of 300 ECTS education in Civil Engineering, Industrial and/or Systems Engineering, Materials Engineering, Environmental Engineering or related fields or equivalent, having been awarded a recognised degree in any of such fields is required. The Consortium considers this wide spectrum of previous education to be an asset of the Master, which will provide students with opportunities for inter-specialty collaboration.
  • Be proficient in English. Students from non-English speaking countries are required to have passed one of the following tests: TOEFL (score 525 – paper based / 72 – internet based or higher) or IELTS (score 6.5 or higher) or equivalent qualifications.
  • Students who have not completed their degree but expect to graduate before September 21st, can apply to the Master’s course and receive a grant. If selected, their admission will be conditional on the receipt of the degree certificate by the MSc Secretariat before July 31st (EM scholarships) and September 21st (other applicants).

Upon application, students must provide:

  • Letter of motivation between 1500 and 5000 characters (spaces included)
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae in European format (https://europa.eu/europass/pt/create-europass-cv)
  • Certificates and diplomas from previous universities studies
  • Transcripts of records including grades and course syllabus from previous university studies
  • English proficiency certificates
  • Certificates of relevant work experience and other professional certificates, if any
  • Two recommendation letters (sent by the applicant directly through the application portal)
  • Proof of residence (issued within 12 months before the submission deadline) – only for the first call
  • Special educational needs evidenced by a report from a specialist doctor and/or, in specific cases, describing the type of special educational need and its impact for the demands of the NORISK involved Partners setting.

Admission is subjected to the approval of the NORISK Managing Board and is based upon the applicant’s ability and motivation, recommendation letters and language skills.

Further information at https://msc-norisk.org/applications/

The NORISK EMJM will provide students with advanced knowledge and skills to work and develop a professional career in the assessment, management, reliability and risk analysis, monitoring, digitalization and intervention on civil infrastructures, particularly, those that support human activities and/or are considered as critical, such as the ones connected to the energy, transport, communications, water, health, defence and national security, banking and financial sectors, among others. In fact, risk assessment combined with concepts such as reliability, robustness, resilience, and sustainability, is a keystone to an optimized asset management, being transversal to all these infrastructures/sectors.

The NORISK will exploit the common denominators that exists in all these sectors by addressing risk assessment towards a better management. Therefore, the EMJM addresses the following key areas on the management of civil infrastructure, which are not being conveniently addressed in the general curricula of classic Bachelor and Master programs:

  • Risk assessment and management
  • Reliability and resilience
  • Management and decision-making tools
  • Monitoring and digitalization
  • Assessment and intervention