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Master Degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Earthquake Engineering

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Objectives

The objective of this Master Degree is to prepare professionals and researchers to the highest degree in civil engineering, groundwater hydrology, earthquake engineering and geophysics. From a professional point of view, this Master Degree responds to the increasing demand for experts in construction of infrastructures closely related to soil, and the greater interest in the understanding and management of water resources and their environment and in the geological implications. The aim of this Master Degree is also to prepare experts in the geophysics and earthquake engineering fields and enable them to evaluate, predict and diminish seismic risk.



Characteristics

Type of Master Degree


Official University Master Degree within the European Higher Education Area published by the Spanish Education Ministry (BOE 157-3.7.2006) and instilled by the Generalitat de Catalunya (DOGC 4623-28.4.2006). Master Degree certified by the Catalan Agency for University Quality and verified by the Spanish National Association for Evaluation, Quality and Certification (ANECA).

Promotion/management


Master Degree promoted by the Department of Geotechnical Engineering and Geosciences of the UPC and the School of Civil Engineering of Barcelona (ETSECCPB), and managed by the Department of Geotechnical Engineering and Geosciences of the UPC.

Type of teaching In-classroom setting
Delivery language
Spanish
ECTS credits/duration


120 credits / two academic years.
An ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit is an evaluation unit (standard for all European universities) of the academic activity that includes not only the practical and theoretical teaching, but also the directed activities and work load that the student has to carry out to pass the subjects of the program. A full-time student can obtain 60 ECTS per academic year.

Specialties
Geotechnical engineering
Groundwater hydrology
Earthquake engineering and geophysics
Vacancies
There are 30 new-access vacancies every academic year.
Program/time schedule


The academic year starts at the beginning of September and lasts till the end of June. The time schedule and starting dates for each of the classes can be consulted at

Fees


The fees corresponding to the Master Degree will be those fixed by the Generalitat de Catalunya for the academic services provided to the public universities in Catalonia. The fee per ECTS credit for the 2012-13 academic year are 51.46 € for Spanish and EU citizens and 77.19 € for the rest.

Coordinator of the M.Sc. program JEAN VAUNAT
E-mail: jean.vaunatarrobaG.gifupc.edu
Administrator of the M.Sc. program ÓSCAR RUBIO
Phone: +34 93.401.17.84
E-mail: oscar.rubio-penasarrobaG.gifupc.edu
More information

C/Jordi Girona, 1-3
Edificio D2, Campus Norte UPC
08034 Barcelona

Phone:+34 93.401.68.66
E-mail: master.etcgarrobaupc.edu
Twitter: arrobaetcg_upc

Access

General requirements

Degree in Engineering or Architecture (3 to 5 year degrees).


Specific requirements

In order to obtain the Master Degree, a basic and solid formation on physics and mathematics is required. With regards to the professional field, the Master Degree is addressed to graduates in Civil Engineering, Geology, Geological Engineering, Physics, Architecture, and those studying or having studied the International Course on Groundwater Hydrology - CIHS (www.fcihs.org).

 

Abilities

Once the students have obtained the Master Degree, they will be able to:

Scientific orientation

  • Know in depth their field of study.
  • Research, review works by other authors, identify the research needs of case studies, participate in international research forums, etc.
  • Apply the knowledge to problems related to civil engineering.
  • Innovate.
  • Experiment at the laboratory and on field.
  • Observe, interpret, quantify and model mathematically phenomena related to civil engineering.
  • Initiate the research to elaborate a PhD Thesis.

Professional orientation

  • Act as a solid professional in this field.
  • Carry out projects and works related to civil engineering.
  • Plan and interpret on field tests.
  • Plan and interpret laboratory tests.
  • Calculate and apply numerical models in professional fields.
  • Compatibilise the practice of engineering with taking care of the environment.
  • Critically use the current legislation.

Transversal abilities

  • Become part of interdisciplinary groups.
  • Analyse and synthesise problems.
  • Become creative and adapt to change.
  • Benefit from new technologies.
  • Communicate efficiently (speaking and writing).
  • Practise civil engineering taking into account the security and well-being of the citizen.
  • Establish national and international bonds.
  • Manage scarce resources.

In order to obtain the Official Master Degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Earthquake Engineering, the students should pass 120 ECTS credits from the following subject groups:

Mandatory common subjects: Students should pass 10 ECTS credits from the obligatory common subjects.

 

Mandatory specialties subjects: Students should pass 26 ECTS credits from the obligatory Specialties subjects.

Elective subjects: Students should pass 54 credits from elective subjects  These subjects will be given only if there is a minimum number of students enrolled.

Master Degree Thesis: Students should pass 30 ECTS credits from the Master Degree Thesis.



Program

Mandatory Common Subjects

CODE

ECTS

SUBJECT

34200 5 Continuum mechanics
34208 5 Modelling in geotechnical engineering
34250 30 Master Degree Thesis
Elective Common Subjects (only for future PhD students)

CODE

ECTS

SUBJECT

34994 15 Research tutored

Mandatory Specialty Subjects
GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGY SEISMIC AND GEOPHYSICAL ENGINEERING
CODE ECTS SUBJECT CODE ECTS SUBJECT CODE ECTS SUBJECT
34753 5 Geology applied to engineering 34753 5 Geology applied to engineering 34754 10 Soil mechanics
34754 10 Soil mechanics 34758 10 Basic groundwater hydrology 34756 10 Seismology and earthquake engineering
34755 5 Foundations 34225 5 Modelling of flow and transportation in saturated 34757 5 Soil dynamics and foundations
34757 5 Soil dynamics and foundations 250422 5 Interaction of groundwater and civil works xxxx 5 Seismic risk assessment

Elective Subjects
GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGY SEISMIC AND GEOPHYSICAL ENGINEERING
CODE ECTS SUBJECT CODE ECTS SUBJECT CODE ECTS SUBJECT
34750 3 Geotechnical Engineering Seminars 34751 3 Groundwater Seminars 31458 5
Composite structures
34193 5
Geomechanics of rock mass in civil and petroleum engineering 34194 5
Statistical methods in hydrology 34752 3 Seminar on Earthquake Engineering and Geophysics
34210 5
Quaternary Geology 34195 5
Stochastic transport modeling in heterogeneous media 34235 5
Calculus of structures
34759 5
Tunnels 34196 5
Hydrometeorological processes and their interaction with the terrain 34764 3 Seismology: civil engineering applications
34216 5
Water and heat flow in deformable porous media 34762 5 Hydrochemical and isotopic-environmental techniques 34765 3 Signal analysis and processing
34217 5
Unsaturated soil mechanics 34763 5 Aquifer recharge and groundwater balance 34766 3 Seismometry
34760 5 Numerical models in geotechnical engineering 34232 5
Hydrogeochemical modelling 34767 3 Random vibrations
34219 5
Recent field monitoring methods in geomechanics 34776 5
Mechanics of aquifers 34246 5
Geophysical prospecting
34761 5 Constitutive Equations of Materials
250531 5
Models of contaminated soils and aquifers 34247 5
Geographic Information Systems
34768 3 Code_Bright 480603 5
Water resources and hydraulic infrastructures 250471 5
Bridges
250407 6
Geomechanic and geotechnical engineering


250476 5
Seismic risk assessment and reduction
250420 5
Geotechnical design and construction


34234
5
Water and environmental engineering
250421 5
Geomechanics of failure


250520 5
Earthquake engineering
250521 5
Slope stability


34244
3,5
Advanced vibration control systems

Teaching Staff


Eduardo ALONSO PÉREZ DE AGREDA (1) Alberto LEDESMA VILLALBA
Angel C. APARICIO BENGOECHEA Antonio LLORET MORANCHO
Carlos AYORA IBÁÑEZ Francesc LÓPEZ ALMANSA
Cristina BAEZA ADELL Carlos LÓPEZ CARRERAS
Alex BARBAT BARBAT Carlos M. LÓPEZ GARELLO
Jose Antonio CANAS TORRES Juan MIQUEL CANET
Lucila CANDELA LLEDÓ José MOYA SÁNCHEZ
Ferhun Cem CANER Sebastià OLIVELLA PASTALLÉ
Ignacio CAROL VILARASAU Agustí PÉREZ FOGUET
Jesús CARRERA RAMÍREZ Pere PRAT CATALÁN
Josep Oriol CASELLES MAGALLÓN Lluís PUJADES BENEIT (3)
Jordi COROMINAS DULCET José J. RODELLAR BENEDE
Emilio CUSTODIO GIMENA Maarten W. SAALTINK
Daniel FERNÁNDEZ GARCÍA Josep M. SALVANY DURAN
Antonio GENS SOLÉ Xavier SÁNCHEZ VILA (4)
Josep Antoni GILI RIPOLL Benjamín SUÁREZ ARROYO
Marcel HÜRLIMANN ZIEGLER Josep SURIOL CASTELLEVÍ
Alejandro JOSA GARCÍA-TORNEL Jean VAUNAT (2)
Nieves LANTADA ZARZOSA

(1) In charge of the Specialty in GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING
(2) Head of the MASTER DEGREE PROGRAM
(3) In charge of the Specialty in SEISMIC AND GEOPHYSICAL ENGINEERING
(4) In charge of the Specialty in GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGY

Admission

Given that the number of vacancies is limited, pre-admission is mandatory. Thus, students should enter the site to request the access to UPC studies and fill in the form required. By the end of July, applicants should receive a letter stating whether they have been admitted or not to the program.



Registration

In order to register, students will have to undergo an interview with the person academically in charge of the Master Degree. Thus, the students' program can be individually established, as well as the academic curriculum, regarding the previous certified formation of each student.



Specialty and tutor

At the beginning of the Master Degree, alumni will choose a specialty to follow. The person in charge of academic matters will designate a tutor to each alumna for individual follow-ups during their Master Degree.


Permanence in the M.Sc. program

The M.Sc. program should be finalized within 3 years for full-time students and 6 years for part-time students. Students should decide on their status (part-time or full-time) at the time of registration.


Documentation to formalize the registration

  • Photocopy of your passport
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Original and photocopy (or certified copy) of the degree that gives you access to the Master Degree, or a receipt stating that you have paid the fees for the expedition of the degree, together with the program of the studies.
  • Original and photocopy (or certified copy) of a student record reflecting the subjects studied and the grades and number of credits/hour for each of them. It should also include a total mean of the grades.
  • Should the student have any formation regarding the areas of knowledge of the Master Degree that is different from the one that gave them access to the Master Degree, they should present the certified documentation (original and photocopy or certified copy).

Important: All documents issued in non EU countries should be authenticated through diplomatic channels or by the corresponding apostille.

 

Resources, equipment and services

  • Teaching rooms equipped with a videoprojector, PC and Internet.
  • Computer equipment and rooms from the department and the School of Civil Engineering of Barcelona (ETSECCPB).
  • General computer programs and specific calculation programs.
  • Services and utilities from the University's Rector Gabriel Ferrater Library (http://bibliotecnica.upc.es).
  • 4x4 vehicle, property of the department, for field trips.
  • Depending on the space available, students will be given a place to work within the department with Internet access.
  • Free wi-fi throughout the UPC campus for all students.
  • Laboratory of Soil and Rock Mechanics for teaching and research purposes.

System to guarantee the quality of the program

The academic comission of the program is responsible of guaranteeing the quality of all activities related to the program, both administrative and academic. The system of guarantee of the quality of the program is based on the following systems or mechanisms:

Student poll system

Satisfaction surveys are handed periodically to the students, the results of which are used by the academic commission of the program to make the necessary improvements.
The results of these surveys can be consulted here.

Evaluation and student tutoring system

All the information of the M.Sc. degree is published in the present web site, which also includes links to the different tools the UPC has to offer information and advice to the students.
Among them are:

 


Analysis and decision making system

The academic commission of the program watches over the monitoring and analysis of the documentation and information produced by the UPC quality systems. It also monitors the mechanisms used to control these quality systems, so as to offer advice to the unit responsible of the program on how to improve it.

darrera modificació: Febrer 2016
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