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Master’s degree in Advanced Building Construction

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech

Master's degree in Advanced Building Construction

General details

Duration and start date
1.5 academic years, 90 ECTS credits. Starting September
Timetable and delivery
Afternoons. Face-to-face
During the 2020-2021 academic year, students who are unable to attend in person at the beginning of the academic year will be given the opportunity to stream classes.
Fees and grants
Approximate fees for the master’s degree, excluding other costs, €2,490 (€3,735 for non-EU residents).
More information about fees and payment options
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Language of instruction
Spanish

Information on language use in the classroom and students’ language rights.

Location

Barcelona School of Building Construction (EPSEB)

Official degree
Recorded in the Ministry of Education's degree register

Admission

General requirements
Academic requirements for admission to master's degrees
Specific requirements
Applicants must have one of the following qualifications:
  • A pre-EHEA degree or bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline 
  • A diploma in technical architecture or a bachelor's degree in building engineering
  • A diploma in topography or a bachelor's degree in topography or geomatics
  • A diploma in public works
  • Another degree (depending on prior learning) 
Required documents: university degree certificate, academic record and employment record
Admission criteria
  • Academic record
  • Employment record
  • Knowledge of English, Level B1 (optional)
  • Candidates who are not native speakers of Spanish must provide proof of having attained Level B2.
Places
30
Pre-enrolment
Pre-enrolment closed (consult the new pre-enrolment periods in the academic calendar).
How to pre-enrol
Enrolment
How to enrol
Legalisation of foreign documents
All documents issued in non-EU countries must be legalised and bear the corresponding apostille.

Professional opportunities

Professional opportunities

Graduates of the master's degree are generally employed as managers or as experts working in the following areas:

  • Management of conservation and maintenance of the built heritage
  • Project management and supervision
  • Energy efficiency and bioclimatic architecture
  • Consulting, advisory services and technical auditing
  • Drafting and development of technical projects
  • Technical management of buildings in the use and maintenance stages
  • Building construction production management
  • New building construction technologies
  • Rehabilitation of existing buildings
  • Environmental impact studies and energy auditing
  • Public administration
  • Teaching and research
Competencies

Generic competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

Specific competencies
  • Capacity for innovation: understanding the reasons for and mechanisms of technological and technical change.
  • Awareness of the construction materials and techniques in each historical period and ability to appraise their influence in architectural design.
  • Knowledge of the principles of thermal, optic and acoustic physics.
  • Capacity for modelling physical processes and using numerical methods to solve the resulting models.
  • Capacity for describing heat exchange phenomena, thermal perception, air quality in interiors, ventilation, lighting conditions, and noise propagation and Control.
  • Capacity for designing HVAC installations, lifts, security and surveillance systems, home automation installations, and information and communication networks.
  • Capacity for managing installations and their cost and maintenance.
  • Capacity for carrying out and managing installation projects.
  • Capacity for modelling building structures and evaluating their load-carrying capacity.
  • Capacity for evaluating the behaviour of the ground as a function of its characteristics and type of foundation.
  • Capacity for designing and dimensioning the reinforcement of structural elements.
  • Knowledge of the characteristics of seismic action and the application of prevailing regulations to seismic calculations of building structures.
  • Knowledge and application of basic concepts of pre-stressing with post-tensioned reinforcement.
  • Capacity for determining the thermal behaviour and energy efficiency of existing buildings.
  • Capacity for designing a methodological guide to the assessment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of a building.
  • Understanding of the keys to the historical documentation of buildings.
  • Capacity for designing rehabilitation interventions with a sufficient historical basis to preserve a building's functional, technical, artistic and historical values.
  • Capacity for applying advanced graphic surveying techniques in the assessment of existing buildings.
  • Knowledge of material characterisation techniques and ways of solving concrete problems in this area.
  • Capacity for analysing and applying the analytical processes studied to solve concrete problems in existing buildings until a final diagnosis is reached.
  • Familiarity with evaluation methods based on observed or measured data and the results of numerically supported analytical processes.
  • Knowledge of specific techniques for correcting damage to existing buildings and improving them.
  • Capacity for applying the knowledge acquired to drafting the corresponding rehabilitation projects.
  • Capacity for modelling numerical problems.
  • Capacity for implementing models.
  • Capacity for making decisions based on results analysis.
     

Curriculum

Subjects ECTS credits Type
First semester

Advanced Facilities Obre PDF

Advanced Facilities

5 Compulsory

Building Structures Obre PDF

Building Structures

5 Compulsory

Engineering in the Architecture of the 20th and 21st Century Obre PDF

Engineering in the Architecture of the 20th and 21st Century

5 Compulsory

Introduction to Renovations of Existing Building Obre PDF

Introduction to Renovations of Existing Building

5 Compulsory

Physical Phenomena in Building Construction Obre PDF

Physical Phenomena in Building Construction

5 Compulsory

Prediction Models in Building Construction Obre PDF

Prediction Models in Building Construction

5 Compulsory
Second semester

Added Value Facilities in Smart Cities and Smart Buildings Obre PDF

Added Value Facilities in Smart Cities and Smart Buildings

5 Optional

Building Management Through Building Information Modelling (Bim) Obre PDF

Building Management Through Building Information Modelling (Bim)

5 Optional

Control and Evolution of Building Fires Obre PDF

Control and Evolution of Building Fires

5 Optional

Environmental and Architectural Acoustics Obre PDF

Environmental and Architectural Acoustics

5 Optional

New Industrialized Techniques Applied to Building Construction Obre PDF

New Industrialized Techniques Applied to Building Construction

5 Optional

Reduction, Reutilization and Recycling in Construction Obre PDF

Reduction, Reutilization and Recycling in Construction

5 Optional

Timber Construction in the 21st Century Obre PDF

Timber Construction in the 21st Century

5 Optional
Third semester

Advanced 3D Modeling for Construction Processes Obre PDF

Advanced 3D Modeling for Construction Processes

5 Optional

Advanced Materials in Building Construction Obre PDF

Advanced Materials in Building Construction

5 Optional

Building and Material Technologies of Low Environmental Impact Obre PDF

Building and Material Technologies of Low Environmental Impact

5 Optional

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies Obre PDF

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies

5 Optional

Management and Alternatives to Building Heritage Obre PDF

Management and Alternatives to Building Heritage

5 Optional

Urbanism, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Obre PDF

Urbanism, Sustainable Development and Climate Change

5 Optional

Master's Thesis

Master's Thesis

20 Project