SAMHC - Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Masters Erasmus Mundus
In Barcelona (Spain)

€ 16,000 - (Rs 11,62,191)
VAT incl.
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Important information

  • Master
  • Barcelona (Spain)
  • Duration:
    2 Years
  • When:
  • Credits: 120

The Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions (SAHC) is a Joint European Master Programme on the conservation of architectural heritage structures, aiming at producing an international platform of competence. The higher education institutions involved in SAHC (consortium institutions) are: University of Minho (Guimarães, Portugal), Czech Technical University in Prague (Prague, Czech Republic), Technical University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain), University of Padova (Padova, Italy).
The Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic is also involved as Satellite participant.

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Where and when

Starts Location
Barcelona, Spain
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Frequent Asked Questions

· Requirements

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. Exceptionally, a higher education degree with three years will be accepted. Students holding a higher education degree with less than five years cannot enroll in the University of Padova, Italy. Students from non-English speaking countries are required to have one of the following certificates: TOEFL, IELTS or other recognized language proficiency certificate.



What I would highlight When I graduated (one year ago), I felt I still had a lot of things to learn and see, and that if I could find a way to go abroad and continue my studies, it was the right moment to do it. The chance given to me by this master is priceless: I'm living in an incredible city, Barcelona, learning so many new things from very professional teachers and from my classmates coming from all around the world. The topic of the master has always attracted me and finally I feel I am building for myself a solid technical base that I was still lacking as an architect. At the same time, the encounter with people from other countries that have so different ways of life and ideas is opening up my mind and allowing me to see things in a different and new way.

What could be improved I liked everything

Would you recommend this course? Yes.

What you'll learn on the course

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

Course programme

The SAHC programme has duration of one academic year (60 ECTS credits) and is held on a rotating basis among partners. Coursework (September - March) is concentrated in two countries each year and dissertation work (April - July) is divided by all involved institutions. For 2007/2008 and odd years, the coursework will be held in Portugal and Czech Republic. For 2008/2009 and even years, the coursework will be held in Italy and Spain. Dissertation can be performed in any of the involved institutions.

It is expected that students carry out the entire coursework in one location and the dissertation in another location. Mobility track is based on students preferences taking into account adequate balance between different institutions. The curriculum is exactly the same, no matter the student mobility track.

Changes of mobility path from the one defined by the Consortium and informed to the candidate will not be accepted, unless of exceptional reasons. Any student requesting a change in path must provide a substantiated request before the starting of the program. After the starting of the program no changes will be allowed.

The study programme is composed of eight units, with six sequential units, one unit project-based and one dissertation. The units are as follows:

  • SA1: History of Construction and of Conservation
  • SA2: Structural Analysis Techniques
  • SA3: Seismic Behaviour and Structural Dynamics
  • SA4: Inspection and Diagnosis
  • SA5: Repairing and Strengthening Techniques
  • SA6: Restoration and Conservation of Materials
  • SA7: Integrated Project
  • SA8: Dissertation

Additional information

Application for Category A Scholarships: January 15
Application for Category B Scholarships: January 15
Selection meeting: January
Notification of the pre-selection lists: February 15
Final decision from EACEA: April 30
Application without Scholarship: April 30
Courses will start on: October

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