About the Programme

The members of STRUCTECH group are actively involved in teaching in the Master Programme in Structural and Construction Engineering at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC-BarcelonaTech).

This challenging Master programme provides a solid education to students, addressing all the most recent challenges in Structural and Construction Engineering. The programme covers important topics, including mechanics of structures and advanced computational methods, advanced design, durability and technology of construction materials, construction processes and management of construction projects, environmental and socioeconomic impact of construction, safety, quality in construction, smart structures and sustainability in construction.

The learning environment is strongly influenced by the research and innovation activity of STRUCTECH group. The Master programme can also allow integration in PhD studies programmes with STRUCTECH.

The Master programme has received the International Master’s Programme distinction (2013 call) awarded by the Government of Catalonia’s Agency for the Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR).

The prospective student will also have the chance to live an extraordinary experience in one of the most vibrant and multicultural city in the world, Barcelona.

Specific Skills

  • Design structures, buildings and infrastructures that are durable, functional and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Design structures using classical materials (e.g. reinforced and prestressed concrete, steel, masonry, timber) and new materials (e.g. compound materials, fibreglass, carbon fibre, stainless steel, aluminium, glass).
  • Repair, restore or retrofit existing structures, including those of the historical and artistic built heritage.
  • Produce mathematical models of engineering problems.
  • Effectively manage design and construction, paying particular attention to technological and innovative aspects, such as sustainability.
  • Apply scientific methodology.
  • Create and innovate.
  • Rigorous and critical work approach in a way that it is balanced with the socioeconomic reality of the field of construction.

Generic Skills

The soft skills established by the Master Programme are capacity for innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of English language, teamwork, communication, time management, capacity to develop independent work, proper use of information resources, among others.

General Information

Starting: September and February

Duration: 1,5 academic year

ECTS credits: 90

Delivery: Face-to-face

Official Languages: English, Spanish, Catalan (depending on the student’s level of comprehension)

Academic coordinator: Eva Oller

Required background of prospective students: previous studies in Civil Engineering, Geological Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Architecture, Construction Engineering, Architectural Engineering, similar European and International studies.

Location: School of Civil Engineering of Barcelona. North Campus. UPC-BarcelonaTech

Fees and grants: 51.46€ per ECTS credit. For non-residents who are not EU nationals, the cost is 1.5 times the ordinary cost of one credit.

More information about fees, grants and loans and payment options (http://www.upc.edu/learning/courses/masters-degrees/access-and-admission/fees-grants-and-payment-options)

Website: http://www.camins.upc.edu/estudis/masters/master-enginyeria-estructural-i-construccio

Contact e-mails: area.academica.camins@upc.edueva.oller@upc.edu


Professional and carrier opportunities after the master

After the Master Programme, the students will have several professional opportunities within the framework of structural analysis, design and technology of structures and construction engineering. In particular, they will be able to work in the development of engineering projects and processes.

Possible job opportunities after the Master are: positions into construction and project companies, positions into companies involved in the management and exploitation of infrastructures, positions into government agencies and public companies with activities related to planning, design, execution and exploitation of civil works, freelance, direction of works, project manager, construction manager, superintendent, researcher in technological centres or universities.


General requirements: academic requirements for admission http://www.upc.edu/learning/courses/masters-degrees/access-and-admission/access-requeriments
Specific requirements: applicants must have previous academic training in basic sciences (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Drawing) and in subjects directly related to civil engineering, structural engineering and the construction of public works or buildings. These subject areas include: Continuum and Structural Mechanics, Structural Design, theory of Reinforced Concrete and Steel Structures, Construction Materials, Construction Processes.
Admission criteria:

  • Accredited academic degree or course of study in the field of Structural and Construction Engineering: university and date of completion
  • Other studies or courses followed
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Academic and/or professional experience
  • Personal interview, where applicable

Places: 25
Pre-enrolment: http://www.camins.upc.edu/estudis/masters/master-enginyeria-estructural-i-construccio
consult the new pre-enrolment periods in the academic calendar: http://www.upc.edu/learning/courses/academic-calendar#master
How to pre-enrol: http://www.upc.edu/learning/courses/masters-degrees/access-and-admission/pre-enrolment


The programme combines a common core of compulsory courses with applied optional courses and research related to the specialization track selected. The Dissertation Work for the Master thesis provides finally a robust consolidation of the knowledge acquired during the programme.

Subjects ECTS credits Type
First semester Advanced Construction Procedures 5 Optional
Advanced Course on Bridge Engineering OJO 5 Optional
Advanced Design of Concrete Structures 5 Optional
Advanced Materials in Construction 5 Optional
Analysis and Design of Steel Structures 5 Optional
Bridges 5 Optional
Building Structures 5 Optional
Composite Structures 5 Optional
Numerical Models in Civil and Structural Engineering 5 Optional
Construction Management 5 Compulsory
Continuum Mechanics 5 Optional
Economics and Financing in Construction 5 Optional
Environmental Management 5 Optional
Experimental Characterisation Techniques of Structurals Materials 5 Optional
Fundamentals of Structural Design 5 Compulsory
Health and Safety Management 5 Optional
Inspection, Analysis and Restoration of Historical Buildings 5 Optional
Management Skills 5 Optional
Composites 5 Optional
Nanotechnology of Construction 5 Optional
Non-Linear Analysis and Behaviour of Concrete Structures 5 Optional
Non-Linear Analysis of Steel Structures 5 Optional
Numerical Methods for Pdes 5 Optional
Quality Management 5 Optional
Seismic Design and Assessment of Structure 5 Optional
Seismic Risk Assessment and Reduction 5 Optional
Seminars (Structural Analysis) 6 Optional
Seminars (Structural Technology) 5 Optional
Seminars (Construction) 5 Optional
Structural Analysis 5 Compulsory
Structural Dynamics 5 Optional
Structural Engineering 6 Compulsory
Infrastructures Management 5 Optional
Durability 5 Optional
Use of Waste Products in Construction 5 Optional
Workshops 5 Optional
Second semester Master’s Thesis 1 – Tutoring 15 Project
Master’s Thesis 2 – Defense 15 Project