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Master's degree in Diagnosis and Intervention Techniques in Building Construction

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech

Master's degree in Diagnosis and Intervention Techniques in Building Construction

General details

Duration and start date
1 academic year, 60 ECTS credits. Starting September
Timetable and delivery
Afternoons. Face-to-face
Fees and grants
Approximate fees for the master’s degree, excluding other costs, €1,660 (€4,150 for non-EU residents).
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Language of instruction

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


General requirements
Academic requirements for admission to master's degrees
Specific requirements
Direct admission
Applicants who have completed an official bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the field of architecture, building construction or civil engineering may be admitted directly and do not need to take any bridging courses.

In the case of applicants with other backgrounds, the academic committee for the master's degree will review their academic and professional curriculum, and those who receive a positive assessment may be admitted to the programme. If there is any doubt, the committee may request further details or a personal interview with the applicant.
Admission criteria
  • Academic record of the applicant (45%)
  • Correspondence between the competencies of the entrance qualification and the competencies of this master’s degree (15%)
  • Curriculum vitae (10%)
  • Letter of motivation (5%) • Other merits (5%)
  • English-language level (B2) (5%)
Pre-enrolment period open.
Expected deadline:  04/06/2023.
How to pre-enrol
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
  • Professional practice in rehabilitation, restoration and construction management projects, either as self-employed professionals or in the employ of companies specialising in technical engineering or architectural firms.
  • Employment with construction companies as site managers or group or area managers. The training that the master's degree provides is highly relevant to key positions in companies of this kind, particularly when complemented by training in business management.
  • Positions with public administrations, including city, county and provincial councils and the administrations of autonomous communities and the central government.
  • Other positions in the rehabilitation and architectural restoration sector (specialist consultants, specifiers of materials or building systems, quality managers in this field, trainers, administrators, etc.).

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 competences

  • To recognise the materials and construction techniques of each historical period and evaluate their influence in architectural terms.
  • To identify key aspects of the process of historical documentation of buildings.
  • To design a rehabilitation intervention based on a building’s history.
  • To apply advanced graphic surveying techniques in the examination of existing buildings.
  • To describe the phenomena of heat exchange, thermal perception, indoor air quality, ventilation, lighting conditions and noise propagation and control.
  • To gain knowledge of the thermal performance and energy efficiency of existing buildings.
  • To model building structures and evaluate their capacity.
  • To gain knowledge of material characterisation techniques and solve specific problems related to these techniques.
  • To learn about methods of assessment based on observed or measured data and the results of processes of analysis with numerical support.
  • To analyse and apply the analysis processes studied to solve specific problems related to existing buildings in order to complete a diagnosis.
  • To make decisions based on the analysis of results.
  • To gain knowledge of specific techniques for damage repair and the improvement of existing buildings.
  • To apply the knowledge gained to prepare rehabilitation plans.
  • To carry out and present and defend before an examination committee an original, individual piece of work consisting of a project of a professional nature, related to diagnosis and intervention techniques in building construction, that synthesises and integrates the competencies acquired on the master’s degree.


Subjects ECTS credits Type
First semester

Comprehensive Evaluation of the Existing Building. Structural Analysis Obre PDF

Comprehensive Evaluation of the Existing Building. Structural Analysis

5 Compulsory

Diagnosis Techniques and Materials Characterization Obre PDF

Diagnosis Techniques and Materials Characterization

5 Compulsory

Energy Efficiency in Rehabilitation Obre PDF

Energy Efficiency in Rehabilitation

5 Compulsory

Graphic Survey of the Existing Building Obre PDF

Graphic Survey of the Existing Building

5 Compulsory

Historical-Arquitectonical-Constructive Analysis in Existing Buildings Obre PDF

Historical-Arquitectonical-Constructive Analysis in Existing Buildings

5 Compulsory

Pathological Processes and Diagnosis Methodology Obre PDF

Pathological Processes and Diagnosis Methodology

5 Compulsory
Second semester

Existing Building Intervention Techniques (1) Obre PDF

Existing Building Intervention Techniques (1)

6 Compulsory

Existing Building Intervention Techniques (2) Obre PDF

Existing Building Intervention Techniques (2)

3 Compulsory

Intervention Project Obre PDF

Intervention Project

6 Compulsory

Master's Thesis Obre PDF

Master's Thesis

15 Project