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Master's Degree in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2023

September 2023

September 2024

About this program

Master's Degree in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions

Master's degree in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions (SAHC), coordinated by the Universidade do Minho and with the UPC as a participant, provides advanced engineering training in the conservation of historical architectural structures. The course is taught by experts in the fields of architecture, engineering, geophysics, chemistry and history and aims to provide a multidisciplinary understanding of the field of structural conservation.

Admission requirements

The admission requirements for students wishing to enroll in the Master Course are a good quality degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent qualifications. Architects wishing to apply should have a solid background in structures. Typically, students are expected to have a higher education degree with four or five years.

Students not holding a previous MSc degree cannot enroll in the University of Padova, Italy.

  • An official Spanish university qualification or an official university qualification issued by a university in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that qualifies the holder for admission to a master's degree.
  • A qualification issued by a university in a country that is not in the EHEA. If the qualification has not been homologated, the UPC will verify that the course of study corresponds to a level of education equivalent to an official Spanish university degree and that the qualification obtained would provide admission to a master’s degree in the country in which it was awarded. This access route in no way implies the homologation of the qualification or its recognition for any purpose other than admission to the master's degree. The master's degree will, however, be fully and legally valid.

In addition to these general access requirements, which apply to all master's degree courses, specific admission requirements may be set for each programme.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • History of Construction and of Conservation
  • Structural Analysis Techniques
  • Seismic Behaviour and Structural Dynamics
  • Inspection and Diagnosis
  • Repairing and Strengthening Techniques
  • Restoration and Conservation of Materials
  • Integrated Project
  • Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Please visit the university website for more information about tuition fees.


60 ECTS credits

On completing this master's degree, students will be able to:

  • Show knowledge of current criteria and methodologies for the restoration of monuments (PT, RT).
  • Design, plan and execute studies of architectural heritage, including the phases of preliminary research, inspection, diagnosis and intervention (RT).
  • Come up with, design and implement solutions for the conservation and restoration of monuments and historical structures (PT).
  • Use the technologies and procedures available at the current level of knowledge for the inspection and the material, constructional, morphological, mechanical and structural characterisation of historical structures. Specifically, graduates will have knowledge of advanced experimental and computational analysis techniques (RT).
  • Research the historical and cultural aspects and contexts of monuments and solve problems relating to different historical construction phases or in new or unfamiliar social, cultural or economic contexts (PT).
  • Solve problems and cope with technical and scientific challenges in a structured and rigorous fashion through the application of advanced theoretical and analytical tools (RT).

For more information, please visit the university website.

Career paths

Europe is a world leader in knowledge generation, methodology and technology applicable to the conservation and restoration of architectural heritage. Substantial investment in recent years has led to significant advances in experimental and numerical techniques applied to the conservation of architectural heritage structures. The course will provide education and new prospects to engineers and architects who are seeking to acquire experience and develop their careers in the study, conservation and restoration of existing constructions, with a focus on architectural heritage and monuments.

This master’s degree is of interest to graduates with Engineering and Architecture degrees who wish to work as consultants, designers or contractors in the conservation and restoration of structures that constitute architectural heritage, or who wish to supervise the conservation of local, international or global architectural heritage within the framework of private or public institutions, including governments.

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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech is a public institution of Higher Education and Research, specialised in the areas of Architecture, Engineering, Science and Technology. The UPC offers 66 bachelor’s degrees, 81 master’s programs (34 of them fully in...

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Why study at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya is a prestigious and well-known institution of Higher Education, nationally and internationally.

In order to develop its international policy, the UPC is member to 16 networks of universities of excellence, each of which has different objectives. These networks dedicate their efforts to work jointly with prestigious institutions to obtain results, provide visibility and lead our interests and strategies to position us at the highest level.

UPC has 2.717 students in international mobility programs, 1.541 exchange agreements with 708 HEIs and 50 DD agreements with 32 universities. Every year, more than 6,000 bachelor’s and master’s students and more than 500 doctoral students graduate. The UPC has a high graduate employment rate: 93% of its graduates are in work and 76% find a job in under three months.

The UPC has different top facilities and labs where to develop research projects, which have helped UPC become a benchmark university in Europe in innovation and technology transfer. In collaboration with other public and private institutions, UPC has created research centers with its own legal entity, internationally recognized, such as the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), the Institute of Spatial Studies of Catalunya (IEEC) or the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).

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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Campus Nord, Calle Jordi Girona, 1-3
08034 Barcelona Catalonia

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