Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech

Master's degree in Geotechnical Engineering

The master's degree in Geotechnical Engineering provides students with the training to pursue professional and academic careers in the fields of geotechnical engineering, hydrogeology, geophysics and earthquake engineering. Students develop specialist knowledge of geophysics and earthquake engineering and acquire the skills to predict, evaluate and reduce seismic hazards.


  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Groundwater Hydrology
  • Earthquake Engineering and Geophysics
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Duration and start date
2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits. Starting September and February
Timetable and delivery
Mornings and afternoons. Face-to-face
Fees and grants
Approximate fees for the master’s degree, excluding academic fees and degree certificate fee, €6,295 (€9,442 for non-EU residents).
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Language of instruction
Barcelona School of Civil Engineering (ETSECCPB)
Double-degree agreements
Double-degree pathways with others UPC schools
Master's degree in Geotechnical Engineering + Master's degree in Mining Engineering (EPSEM)
General requirements
Academic requirements for admission to master's degrees
Pre-enrolment period open.
How to pre-enrol
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Legalisation of foreign documents
All documents issued in non-EU countries must be legalised and bear the corresponding apostille.

First semester

  • Continuum Mechanics 5
  • Foundations and Earth Retaining Structures 5
  • Geology for Engineering 5
  • Groundwaves Generation and Propagation 5
  • Modelling in Geoengineering 5
  • Modelling of Flow and Transport in Porous Media 5
  • Modelling of Soil and Groundwater Contamination 5
  • Rock Mechanics 5
  • Sismology 5
  • Soils Mechanics 5

Second semester

Third semester

  • Advanced Seismic Resistent Design 5
  • Constitutive Equations of Materials 5
  • Environmental Isotope Techniques in Groundwater Hydrology 5
  • Geographic Information Systems 5
  • Geotechnical Design and Construction 5
  • Hydrogeochemical Modelling 5
  • Hydrometeorological Processes and Their Interactions with the Ground 5
  • Numerical Models in Geotechnical Engineering 5
  • Quaternary Geology 5
  • Ramdom Vibrations 5
  • Reactive Transport 5
  • Seismic Hazard Assessment 5
  • Seminars 5
  • Sismometry 5
  • Soil Behaviour and Advanced Modelling 5
  • Stochastic Modelling of Transport in Hete 5

Fourth semester

  • Master's Thesis 30
  • CompulsoryECTS
  • OptionalECTS
  • ProjectECTS

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