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Structural & Construction Engineering

Master's Degree in Structural & Construction Engineering

The Master's Degree in Structural & Construction Engineering provides a solid education in the field of structural and construction engineering. Students learn about topics such as the resistance mechanisms of structures; construction materials and processes; materials-related durability and technology; construction processes and organisational methods; effective management of construction projects; the environmental and socioeconomic impact of construction work; safety; quality; and sustainability.

Academic year starts in Fall semester (Q1): September
Spring semester (Q2): February
Duration 1.5 years
Study load 120 ECTS (including the master's thesis)
Minimum academic progress The minimum academic progress for first year students is 15 ECTS.
Delivery On-campus
  • Part-time
    At least 45 ECTS (and up to 60 ETCS) enrolled on the first year, and up to 72 ECTS the rest of the years
  • Full-time
    At least 30 ECTS and up to 40 ECTS
Language Spanish & English
Places 45
Official degree Master's Degree in Structural & Construction Engineering by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (recorded in the Spanish Ministry of Education's degree register)

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Academic coordinator Jose Turmo

Specific requirements

In order to gain admission to the Master's Degree in Structural & Construction Engineering applicants must have studied one of the following studies:

  • Civil Engineering studies:
  • Industrial Engineering studies:
  • Architecture studies:
  • Other studies:

    If the diploma or degree is different from the ones listed above, the Academic Committee in charge of the master's degree will assess the applicant's curriculum in order to grant them access and establish the necessary bridging courses.

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.

Undergraduate students who have failed to complete their degree because they are awaiting the defence of their final year project will be conditionally admitted. They will be admitted definitively if they have obtained the title of degree:

  • By October 31st, students applying for admission in the 1st semester.
  • By February 28th, students applying for admission in the 2nd semester.

Admission criteria

The following factors or parameters are considered for admission to the Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering:

  • Academic record (F1 = 40%)
    Weighting as established by the Academic regulations for Master's Programs at UPC-BarcelonaTech.
  • Efficiency (F2 = 30%)

    If this parameter or factor is not available, it will be calculated from data extracted from the academic record, such as the quotient between the credits passed and the credits enrolled by the student (credits of the courses multiplied by the number of times those same courses have been enrolled) multiplied by 10. If this factor cannot be calculated, the same value as in F1 will be applied.

  • Similarity of the content of the student's former education and the curriculum of the current master's degree (F3 = 20%)
  • Professional experience and other CV factors (F4 = 10%)

You can check the results of the evaluation and selection of the applications for the current academic year here.

Pre-enrolment and enrolment

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

Career opportunities

Graduates of this master’s degree course have various professional options within the framework of structural analysis, the design and technology of structures and construction engineering, mainly in the sphere of civil and buildings engineering.

They will also be able to work in project and process development engineering; project and works management companies; direction of works; construction companies; companies involved in the management and exploitation of infrastructures; government agencies and public companies with activities related to the planning, design, execution and exploitation of civil and building works; technological research centres; and universities.


Generic competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

Specific skills

On completing this master's degree, students will be able to:

  • Conceive and design structures for buildings and public works that are durable, functional and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Calculate and construct the structures outlined above, using classical materials (reinforced and prestressed concrete, structural steel, masonry, wood) and new materials (compounds, fibreglass, carbon fibre, stainless steel, aluminium, glass).
  • Evaluate, repair or reinforce and maintain existing structures, including those that are historical and form part of the artistic heritage.
  • Manage and carry out designs and works effectively, paying particular attention to technological and innovative aspects and to sustainability.
  • Function as project managers, construction managers and work superintendents.
  • Apply scientific methodology.
  • Use their critical capacities.
  • Create and innovate.
  • Be rigorous in their approach in a way that is balanced with the socioeconomic reality of the field of construction.
  • Produce mathematical models of engineering problems.
2020-2021 Academic year
For more information on course groups, coordinators and codes check the printer version of the curriculum.

Students must enrol and pass 27,5 ECTS from elective courses within the same track (Structures or Construction) and 10 ECTS from elective courses within any of the two tracks.



First & second years
Fall semester
250731 - Construction Methods & Management 5
Structures track elective courses
250403 - Structural analysis 7,5
250952 - Continuum mechanics 5
250703 - Composite materials structures 5
250950 - Numerical methods for PDEs 5
250704 - Structural dynamics 5
250710 - Inspection, analysis & restoration of historical constructions 5
250474 - Structural management 5
250475 - Mixed & composite structures 5
250728 - Foundation structures 5
Construction track elective courses
250715 - Economical & financial aspects of construction 5
250720 - Management skills 5
250722 - Advanced technics in construction 5
250723 - Using construction waste 5
Spring semester
250725 - Structural engineering 6
Structures track elective courses
250439 - Numerical models in civil & structural engineering 5
250958 - Computational structural mechanics & dynamics 5
250706 - Structural analysis seminars 2,5
250707 - Non-linear analysis & behaviour of concrete structures 5
250708 - Non-linear analysis of steel structures 5
250711 - Advanced course of bridges 5
250471 - Bridges 5
250713 - Experimental techniques for the characterization of structural materials 5
250714 - Structural technology seminars 2,5
250727 - Performance based seismic design & assessment of structures 5
250730 - Structural optimization 5
Construction track elective courses
250716 - Durability of structures 5
250717 - Environmental management 5
250718 - Quality management 5
250721 - Advanced materials in construction 5
250724 - Construction seminars 2,5
250729 - Safety & health in construction 5
Fall or spring semesters
250700 - Fundamentals of structural projects 6
250702 - Workshops & research seminars 5,5
Structures track elective courses
250470 - Building structures 5
250472 - Analysis & design of steel structures 5
250473 - Advanced design of concrete structures 5
250726 - Master's thesis 30
Untaught courses
250705 - Functional analysis in continuum mechanics 5
250709 - Nanotechnology in construction 5

Students enrolled at UPC for the Master's Degree in Structural & Construction Engineering 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 label: