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Curriculum, general information and admission

What you will study on the master's degree in Advanced Building Construction

The aim of the curriculum is to complete the training acquired on the bachelor's degrees in the field of building construction. The programme is structured in a way that broadens students' skill set and provides them with more in-depth knowledge of the most innovative aspects, such as sustainability and the environment, construction materials, fire prevention and fire retardant materials, and building management. All of this enables you to improve your professional future in the labour market or to become involved in the lines of research pursued by the professors on the master's degree.

Teaching model

This master's degree uses innovative teaching techniques that combine lectures with technical visits and laboratory practicals. During the first semester you will acquire advanced knowledge of the field of building construction, which will serve as a basis for you to delve into some of the most relevant topics for building construction in the current context in the optional subjects.

Master's thesis

Students on the master's degree can carry out their master's thesis in departments, laboratories or research groups at the School, at a company or within the framework of a mobility programme.


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; an awareness and understanding, in the field of the degree, of sexual and gender inequality in society; the ability to integrate needs and preferences by reasons of sex and gender in designing solutions and solving problems.

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.

General information and admission


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