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2nd Edition
60 ECTS (480 teaching hours)
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€7,500 €6,375(15% discount if you enrol before 30th June)
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
Classes start: 18/10/2021
Classes end: 14/07/2022
Programme ends : 14/10/2022
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
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Why this 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
6 ECTS 48h
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.
6 ECTS 48h
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.
6 ECTS 48h
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.
6 ECTS 48h
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
6 ECTS 48h
Análisis Avanzado. Dinámica y Sismo
  • Structure dynamics.
  • Seismic engineering.
  • Earthquake-resistant building projects.
  • Base isolation.
  • Energy dissipators.
  • Tuned mass dampers.
  • Vibrations.
  • Fluid mechanics.
  • Structural dynamic analysis of the course case study with ETABS.
6 ECTS 48h
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.
6 ECTS 48h
  • Foundations for calculation.
  • Materials in structures.
    • Timber.
    • Masonry.
  • Type of Structure.
  • Analysis of examples and pre-dimensioning.
  • Modelling with DLUBAL.
6 ECTS 48h
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.
12 ECTS 96h
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.
Special master's degree issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued pursuant to art. 34.1 of Organic Law 4/2007 of 12 April, amending Organic Law 6/2001 of 21 December, concerning Universities. To obtain it, is necessary to have an official university qualification. Otherwise, the student will receive a course completion certificate of the programme issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya. (Ver datos que constan en el certificado).
Range of modules
The master's degree programme is organized into the following modules. If you don't wish to take the entire master's degree you can sign on one or several modules.
Master's degree:
relation Postgraduate courses:
relation Lifelong learning courses:

Learning methodology

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

Learning tools
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.
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Streaming sessions
Synchronous online interactive open sessions will be planned. Professors attend these sessions and students pose questions and address their concerns. Synchronous sessions will be scheduled in calendar.
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 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
  • Al Farah, Bashar

    Beng. MSc. PE. PhD in earthquake engineering and structural dynamics from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. His research is on advanced numerical simulation of the dynamic structural behavior of buildings that are heavily damaged by earthquakes. Ten years of experience in analysis, design, construction, and supervision of civil engineering structures (high rise buildings, industrial facilities, residential and defense projects, etc.) located in seismic regions, mainly Arab and South American countries. Relevant experience on nonlinear seismic analysis for practical and scientific purposes. High expertise in structural analysis software: ABAQUS, ETABS, OpenSees, PLAXIS, PROKON, REVIT, RISA, ROBOT, SeismoSoft, SAFE, SAP, among others. Partner and developer at SESPID, specialized in developing engineering software for automated detailing and optimization. Wide teaching experience in teaching professional courses for civil engineers and architects. Presently working as a structural consultant in Barcelona.
  • Arnedo Pena, Alfredo

    Beng. MSc. PE. PhD. Wide teaching experience in many subjects linked to Steel Structures. Professor of the Masters Programs "Structural Engineering in Architecture" and "Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics". Wide professional experience in earthquake-resistant design (INYPSA 1984-1999), especially in nuclear power plants. Professional experience in seismic design, protection against impact and explosions (SENER 2003-2012). Spanish delegate to the committee of Eurocode 3 Part 1.3. Spanish delegate to the CEN / TC 135 Committee on Execution. Spanish delegate on the ISO/TC98/SC3/WG9, working on the revision of the ISO 3010 "Seismic actions on structures". Author of books about steel structures. Participation in the European research project "Seismic design of light-gauge steel framed buildings".
  • 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.
  • Calderón Valdiviezo, Lucrecia Janneth
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    PhD in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Professor at the Department of Architecture Technology at the UPC.
  • 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.
  • López Almansa, Francesc
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    Beng. MSc. PE. Doctor of Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Professor of the Department of Architecture Technology of the UPC. Professor of the Master Programs "Structural Engineering to Architecture", "Technology to Architecture" and "Terrain Engineering and Seismic Engineering" at the UPC. Permanent visiting professor at several Spanish universities (Girona, Granada, and Ramon Llull) and in Latin America. He has supervised 15 doctoral theses, most of them related to seismic engineering. Author of more than 200 research papers published in scientific journals and presented at national and international scientific conferences. He has participated in numerous research projects (national and international) financed with public and private funds, having been a promoter and coordinator in many of them. Experience in advanced structural consulting and technology transfer in the construction field. Extensive teaching experience in numerous topics related to structural analysis and design.
  • 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.
  • Mirambell Arrizabalaga, Enrique
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    Doctor in Civil Engineering.
  • Obiol Sánchez, Agustí
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    Doctor in Architecture.

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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