Master Degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Earthquake Engineering
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.
Degree in Engineering or Architecture (3 to 5 year degrees).
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).
AbilitiesOnce the students have obtained the Master Degree, they will be able to:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Mandatory Common Subjects
|34208||5||Modelling in geotechnical engineering|
|34250||30||Master Degree Thesis|
Elective Common Subjects (only for future PhD students)
Mandatory Specialty Subjects
|GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING||GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGY||SEISMIC AND GEOPHYSICAL ENGINEERING|
|34753||5||Geology applied to engineering||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
|GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING||GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGY||SEISMIC AND GEOPHYSICAL ENGINEERING|
|34750||3||Geotechnical Engineering Seminars||34751||3||Groundwater Seminars||31458||5
||Geomechanics of rock mass in civil and petroleum engineering||34194||5
||Statistical methods in hydrology||34752||3||Seminar on Earthquake Engineering and Geophysics|
||Stochastic transport modeling in heterogeneous media||34235||5
||Calculus of structures|
||Hydrometeorological processes and their interaction with the terrain||34764||3||Seismology: civil engineering applications|
||Water and heat flow in deformable porous media||34762||5||Hydrochemical and isotopic-environmental techniques||34765||3||Signal analysis and processing|
||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|
||Recent field monitoring methods in geomechanics||34776||5
||Mechanics of aquifers||34246||5
|34761||5||Constitutive Equations of Materials
||Models of contaminated soils and aquifers||34247||5
||Geographic Information Systems|
||Water resources and hydraulic infrastructures||250471||5
||Geomechanic and geotechnical engineering||250476||5
||Seismic risk assessment and reduction|
||Geotechnical design and construction||34234
||Water and environmental engineering
||Geomechanics of failure||250520||5
||Advanced vibration control systems
|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
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.
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:
- Statistical data UPC: La UPC en xifres
- Agència per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya (AQU): Indicadors docents per al l'anàlisi titulacions
- Atenea: Virtual campus of the subjects
- E-secretaria: Tool to check academic records, grades, inscription status…
- Biblioteca: Access to the resources of the UPC library
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.