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Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
The program has been fundamental to carry out research and technological studies in seismic engineering and structural dynamics matters. The students, many of them latin-americans, receive a high level formation in these areas. Actually, several of them occupy important work places in different countries in universities, thechnological enterprises, and governmental departments.
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General objectives: The objectives of the programme consist in providing specialized high-level doctoral training in the current contents, technological developments and research in the fields of seismology, earthquake seismic engineering and structural dynamics. 

It is addressed to the obtainment of doctoral theses of quality related with the research lines of the different collaborating research groups, including research on generation, propagation and attenuation of seismic waves and on their effects on structures and the way to reduce them.

Specific objectives: The development and evolution of the program versus the priorities of the national, european and international research plans and the aim of service to the society have directed the program to the prediction, evaluation and management of seismic risk in regions presenting high and moderate seismic hazard.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in Spanish
    • Partially taught in Catalan
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geophysics and Earthquake Engineering
  • Inelastic attenuation
  • Climatology 
  • Dissipadors of energy 
  • Land physics
  • Numerical modeling of buildings and constructions
  • Electromagnetic prospector (GPR)
  • Geophysical prospection
  • Seismic protection
  • Tomography seismic

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

    516 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    516 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2082 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 48 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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