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29th Edition
60 ECTS (448 teaching hours)
Language of instruction
Payment of enrolment fee options

The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
- In two instalments:

  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up to 90 days at the latest after the starting date of the programme.
- In four instalments, splitting the payment by direct debit:
  • 40% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme.
  • The remaining 60% will be divided into 3 direct debit payments, which will be distributed equidistantly between the beginning and end of classes.
  • The student must have and be the holder of a bank account with IBAN ESXX
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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Start date: February of 2025
End date: February of 2026
Monday: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Tuesday: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Wednesday: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Thursday: 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
Why this continuing education master's degree?
In technical studies, and primarily in architecture and engineering, specialization is one of the major advantages that technicians can use to succeed in the building sector. Specialization in Structural Consultancy is one of the usual positions, and is constantly evolving.

Appropriate preparation and training for technical specialists is an increasingly common demand in the requirements for the main positions available in the labour market in the sector, on both a freelance and employed basis.

The Master in Structural Engineering in Architecture is framed within the current model of professionals in structural consulting with expert technical knowledge as well as high skills in teamwork, leadership and project management and structural works.

The curriculum has been prepared based on the experiences of the teaching team on previous courses at both university level and in the professional sphere. This provides the basis of reference for the contents of this programme, which is supported by the Association of Structural Consultants (ACE) and the Institute of Structural Studies (IEE), the leading institutions in the sector.

Specific contents relating to the current requirements for experience and professional specialization have been selected for this training programme in particular, in terms of the Spanish regulations, the Eurocode, American regulations, and the current protocols and policies required by the market.

Those registering for the programme may join the ACE free of charge for one year, as an "aspiring student member".
  • To prepare high level professionals with knowledge and experience in the field of structures in architecture and building.
  • To acquire advanced knowledge in all specific areas of the profession of Structural Consultant: Geotechnics, Foundations, Steel and Concrete Structures, Restoration, New Materials, Advanced Analysis, Earthquakes, etc.
  • The ability to work in a team; preparation for project management; an introduction to project management, based on both site management and the management of execution, within the structural sphere.
Who is it for?
The recommended profile for admission is professionals related to the areas of design, calculation and management of structures in building.

  • Quantity surveyors and senior architects.
  • Industrial and Civil engineers.
  • Students on the final year of these degree courses.

Training Content

List of subjects
7.5 ECTS 56h
Análisis Estructural
  • Introduction to structural analysis and its basic types.
  • Elementary concepts related to structural analysis and the resistance of materials.
  • Actions in building and pre-dimensioning criteria in the main elements.
  • Manual and computerised resolution of porticoed structures.
  • Matrix analysis of frameworks.
  • The finite element method.
  • Structural analysis using the SAP program.
7.5 ECTS 56h
  • Foundations for calculation.
  • Materials in structures.
    • Timber.
    • Masonry.
  • Type of Structure.
  • Analysis of examples and pre-dimensioning.
  • Modelling with DLUBAL.
7.5 ECTS 56h
Hormigón Armado y Postesado
  • Fundamental principles of concrete.
  • Types of structure in concrete.
  • The cable and beam method: analysis of elements.
  • Analysis of concrete elements subjected to bending.
  • Analysis of concrete elements subjected to compression.
  • Analysis of elements subject to shear and torsion.
  • Structural analysis.
  • Analysis of concrete structures with CYPE.
  • Introduction to post-stressed concrete analysis.
  • Analysis of post-tensioned structures with CYPE.
  • Prefabricated concrete structures.
  • New concretes.
  • The concrete structures plan.
7.5 ECTS 56h
Acero y Mixtas
  • Analysis of steel structures.
  • Types of steel structures.
  • Design and calculation of metal structures.
  • Welded and bolted connections.
  • Supports.
  • Mixed structures.
  • Vibration analysis.
  • Active and passive protection against fire.
  • Modelling with Robot and Autodesk
7.5 ECTS 56h
Mecánica del Suelo, Cimentación y Contención
  • Concepts of geotechnics.
  • In situ and laboratory tests.
  • The geotechnical study.
  • Design and calculation of direct foundations.
  • Design and calculation of deep foundations.
  • Design and calculation of containment elements.
  • Study interaction between soil and cement.
  • Testing and monitoring systems.
  • Modelling with SAFE and Cype.
7.5 ECTS 56h
Proyecto Profesional en Rehabilitación
  • Analysis and interpretation of structural pathologies and their causes.
  • The regulatory framework and adapting existing structures to current regulations.
  • Restoration and reinforcement of pillars, floor structures, beams, walls, vaults and domes.
  • Reinforcement of foundations and containments.
  • Temporary supports and stabilisations during the construction process.
  • Excavations plan, technical report, opinion and structures plan.
7.5 ECTS 56h
Proyecto Profesional de Obra Nueva
  • Carrying out a real project and management of a site.
  • Interaction between the PROMOTER - PLANNER and CONSULTANT.
  • Training in Building Information Modelling (BIM) focused on structural consultancy.
  • Project and team management.
  • Site management; Project and Site Management.
  • Modelling with SAP, Robot, Autodesk, Cype, SAFE, ETABS and DLUBAL.
7.5 ECTS 56h
Proyecto Final de Máster
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
Continuing education master's degree issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued by virtue of the provisions of art. 7.1 of Organic Law 2/2023 of 22 March, concerning the University System, and art. 36 of Royal Decree 822/2021 of 28 September, which establishes the organisation of university education and the procedure for ensuring its quality. A prior official university qualification is necessary to obtain it. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the course issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya. Lifelong learning studies at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya are approved by the University's Governing Council on an annual basis. (See details appearing on the certificate).

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.

Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Solving exercises
Solutions are worked on by practising routines, applying formulas and algorithms, and procedures are followed for transforming the available information and interpreting the results.
Case studies
Real or hypothetical situations are presented in which the students, in a completely participatory and practical way, examine the situation, consider the various hypotheses and share their own conclusions.
These visits are to specialist centres, companies in the sector or outstanding and important locations in the sector, in order to obtain knowledge in situ of development, production and demonstration environments within the programme.
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Assessment criteria
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Work out projects
Studies on a specific topic, by individuals or groups, in which the quality and depth of the work is assessed, among other factors.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this continuing education master's degree will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Maristany Carreras, Jordi
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    Doctor Architect by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Professor of the Department of Technology of Architecture of the UPC. He was director of the Department of Architectural Structures and is a member of the research group LITA (Laboratory of Innovation and Technology in Architecture). He is a professor of several postgraduate and master's courses. He has participated in outstanding projects such as the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) in the Science and Technology Park of Girona or the integral rehabilitation of the "Estación del Norte" in Barcelona.
Teaching staff
  • Blasco Miguel, Jorge
    View profile in futur.upc / View profile in Linkedin
    Architect from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (ETSAB-UPC). Associate Professor of the Department of Architectural Technology at the UPC. Diploma in Legal and Forensic Architecture and Advanced Fire Investigation. Vice-president of the Association of Structural Consultants (ACE), member of the Association of Expert Architects, Forensics, and Mediators (AAEPFMC), member of RehabiMed; former president of the PROFUSTA Association. He is a structural consultant in Studio M103, SLP. Professor in several master's degrees and courses in wood and fire structures and collaborating professor at the Public Security Institute of Catalonia (ISPC).
  • Calatayud Souweine, Daniel
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    Architect. Research Professor. Department of Urbanism and Regional Planning (UPC). Author of eleven articles in scientific journals, nine book chapters and twelve papers in national and international conferences on issues of sustainable urban design, sustainable building, urban metabolism and climate change. Faculty member's participation in the Solar Decathlon ETSAV 2010.
  • Ledesma Villalba, Alberto
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    BEng. MSc. PE. PhD. Full Professor of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Thirty years of teaching and research experience on that field, including numerical models in Geomechanics, back-analysis, unsaturated soils, landslides and soil dynamics. Over 150 publications, most of them papers published in international peer reviewed journals. Geotechnical advisor of several companies and administrations, in Spain and other European and American countries, involving large excavations, urban tunnels and embankment dams. Active member of the International Committee of high-speed train tunnel crossing Barcelona next to World's Heritage buildings.
  • Maristany Carreras, Jordi
    View profile in futur.upc
    Doctor Architect by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Professor of the Department of Technology of Architecture of the UPC. He was director of the Department of Architectural Structures and is a member of the research group LITA (Laboratory of Innovation and Technology in Architecture). He is a professor of several postgraduate and master's courses. He has participated in outstanding projects such as the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA) in the Science and Technology Park of Girona or the integral rehabilitation of the "Estación del Norte" in Barcelona.
  • Mirambell Arrizabalaga, Enrique
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    Doctor in Civil Engineering.

Associates entities

Strategic partners
  • Associació de Consultors d'Estructures
    • Participates in the design of the contents of the programme, and ensures they are appropriate to the needs of the professional sphere.
  • Institut d'Estudis Estructurals
    • Participates in the design of the contents of the programme, and ensures they are appropriate to the needs of the professional sphere.

Career opportunities

  • Structures Consultant to produce executive studies in construction companies.
  • Project Manager for design and calculation projects for steel, concrete and foundation structures and containment elements.
  • Structural consultant with advanced knowledge of structural materials.
  • Project Manager for Rehabilitation and New Construction structural projects.
  • Specialist in the design, calculation and construction of wooden structures.



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