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Structural Analysis, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #314 (QS) Barcelona, Spain
The doctoral program in Structural Analysis was created in 1988 when the Department of Strength of Materials and Structural Engineering were consolidated under the Law of University Reform (LRU) and the UPC Statutes were introduced.The program trains PhD students in continuous media mechanics and structural theory.
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The doctoral program in Structural Analysis aims to train highly qualified researchers in the field of structural analysis understood in the broadest possible sense as part of continuous media mechanics by teaching finite element numerical techniques. This program presents two main aspects:

MethodologyThe methodology objectives are:
  • To understand the various numerical treatments and to know which one to apply to the most common types of structures: continuous two- and three-dimensional structures, sheet metal, beams and plates.
  • To understand the constitutive equations for the strain and deformation of materials in order to analyze their behavior.
  • To take a numerical approach to the differential equations that describe the structural behavior of materials.
  • To analyze various numerical techniques for solving discretized equations, such as those which refer to problems of coupling and interaction.
ApplicationsOnce the students have acquired the methodological basics outlined above, they choose an area of specialization that is in line with the objectives of their doctoral thesis. The following specializations are offered:
  • Numerical simulation of processes: rolling, forging, solidifying, pressing metal, etc.
  • Structural engineering: numerical analysis of compound materials, seismic analysis, structural defects, etc.
  • Parallelization.

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

Areas of Research:

  • Advanced Structural Analysis using Numerical and Experimental Methods
  • Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Finite Element Method
  • Manufacturing Processes using simulation and experimental techniques
  • Analysis of Composite Structures
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction
  • Structural and Risk Assessment
  • Constitutive modelling of new materials

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.
  • National

    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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