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Construction Engineering, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
The Department of Construction Engineering at UPC was founded in 1987 on the basis of the new Law of Universities (LRU) of the year 1983. The Department joined academic staff from several Schools of Engineering at UPC related to construction ( School of Civil Engineering and Industrial Construction ). 
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The program responds to the needs of communication, updating and development of the available knowledge in the field of construction in its various aspects as materials, construction techniques, management and environment. 

The overall objective of the PhD program is the education and training in the field of structural and construction engineering. That is, to educate professionals capable of conceiving, designing, building, calculating and managing safe, durable, functional and aesthetic civil engineering structures by using traditional and new materials; and assess and maintain existing structures including historical heritage by appropriate repair and strengthening techniques.

The overall training objective in the research phase is to provide scientific and technological high level education in the fields of structural engineering and construction, enabling students to generate new knowledge, new methods and skills to investigate unsolved issues related to the new materials, durability and serviceability, new structural shapes, new methods of analysis and testing, new building systems and relationship with the build environment. Additionally, graduate students are trained in communication skills to transmit knowledge and research results through the writing and oral presentation of scientific documents.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Spanish
    • Partially taught in Catalan
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Structural Technology
  • Building Materials 
  • Industrial Construction

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • CV of academic, professional and research activities, and portfolio designs.
  • References to research projects completed and publications.
  • Pre-proposal of the subject of the thesis (description, aims, methodology, point of view and bibliography). Maximum of five pages.
  • Report by a lecturer backing the applicant.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    696 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    696 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Barcelona

  • 770 - 1360 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Research employment advice and support unit

To meet the growing demand for funding support, the RESEARCH EMPLOYMENT ADVICE AND SUPPORT UNIT assists in the management of predoctoral and postdoctoral grants and scholarships (official UPC grants, FPI grants from the Ministry of Science and Innovation, FPU grants from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport and FI grants from the AGAUR).

Enrolment aids

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  • General category (3 or 4 children): a 50% reduction on the amount paid for academic university services (enrolment and administrative fees).
  • Special category (5 or more children): a 100% reduction on the amount paid for academic university services (enrolment and administrative fees).

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