Programme description

The Master in Structures, Foundations and Materials Engineering is one year long and consists of four learning modules, a Master’s final thesis and an extra module of complementary training. In order to obtain the Master’s degree, the student must take three out of the four modules. Two of the modules are compulsory while the third one is chosen by the student out of the other two modules, which form the two learning itineraries offered by the Master: technology and research. The ECTS of the extra module are not considered as ECTS of the Master’s degree.  

The courses offered contained in the above chart, and whose detailed description is contained under the menu entry Subjects, is composed of groups of courses for each of the four thematic profiles forming this master program:

  1. Structural Engineering, in red colour within the chart;
  2. Geotechnical Engineering, in green colour within the chart;
  3. Construction Engineering, in blue colour within the chart;
  4. Materials Engineering, in yellow colour within the chart;

The description of modules follows:

    • Module of further scientific and technical core training. It is compulsory for all Master’s students and is composed of 18 ECTS divided into four core subjects (4.5 ECTS each): Analysis and design in structural steel and concrete and Pathology and lifespan of structures (first semester); Structural integrity and Special foundations (second semester).
    • R&D&I Module. It is also compulsory for all Master’s students and is composed of 12 ECTS divided into four core subjects (3 ECTS each): Finite element methods, Mechanic behaviour of materials, Rock mechanics and Special concrete. All of them are offered in the first semester.
    • Module of  further technological training. It is the module including the technological itinerary and consists of 18 ECTS divided into six subjects (3 ECTS each). These subjects can be chosen freely from a selection of fifteen subjects (45 ECTS offered) which cover the following areas: Advanced design and analysis of composite steel-concrete structures, Advanced design and analysis of concrete structures, Bridges, Dynamic analysis of structures, Underground excavations and tunnels, Bridge dynamics (first semester); Forensic civil engineering, Conservation and rehabilitation of historic structures, Composite materials for structures, Soil structures, Environmental geotechnical engineering, Quality control of structures, Risk management in construction, Prefabrication (second semester) and Seminars (in both semesters). The variety of content and its distribution in subjects allows the student to concentrate his/her choice on one field in order to acquire a considerable degree of specialization as a structural, materials, geotechnical or construction engineer. 
    • Specific module of research training. It is the module that forms the research itinerary and consists of 18 ECTS divided into six subjects (3 ECTS each). These subjects can be chosen freely from a selection of thirteen subjects (42 ECTS offered) which cover the following areas: Bridge dynamics, Computational mechanics, Constitutive equations for soil mechanics (fisrt semester), Non linear finite element models for solids and structures , Constitutive equations for structural materials, Dynamic properties of materials, Advanced mechanics of composite materials, Further Rock mechanics,  Reliability of geotechnical designs, Durability of materials and structures, Prefabrication (second semester) and Seminars (in both semesters). It will take place simultaneously with the previous module. The variety of content and its distribution in subjects allows the student to concentrate his/her choice on one field in order to acquire a considerable degree of specialization as a structural, materials, geotechnical or construction engineer. 
    • Master’s final thesis. It contains 12 ECTS and consists of writing a dissertation under the supervision of a professor of the Master. Its content must be academic-professional and must be defended publicly before a committee appointed by the Academic Committee. This Committee will authorize the preparation of the dissertation in university departments, in research centres with experience in technology transference, in technological centres or in companies.
    • Extra module of complementary training. It will not be offered in the academic year 2011/2012
    • Seminars and research conferences. The subject Seminars consists of 3 ECTS that will be obtained through attendance to the three seminars offered in the Master. They include the lectures offered in the programme Frontiers of Science Materials and also those seminars given by Spanish and foreign specialists as part of the teachers mobility actions included in the Master. Research seminars and conferences constitute a solid support for both the research training and the professional training modules.
      The figure shown below outlines the two itineraries of the Master. The circled numbers and letters in the outline represent the codes that identify the subjects in which the themes of the different modules are organised. These codes also appear in the table included. The colours indicate the thematic area of the subject: red for Structural engineering, yellow for Materials engineering, green for Geotechnical engineering and blue for Construction engineering.

Teaching method and Assessment

Teaching will take place mainly in the classroom and will include practical and theoretical classes. In these classes the teacher will use exercises and assignments in order to make a continuous assessment of the students´academic performance. Some of these exercises can be required to be done either in the classroom or outside under the supervision of a tutor during office hours or through online teaching tools. 

Assessment will be based on the student´s attendance, practical exercises and assignments and their presentation, and also on exam results, if applicable. UPM general grading system will be used (0-10). 
 
Language

Spanish will be the Master’s official language; however a group in English might be created if so required by a reasonable number of students.