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Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS Pavia (University School for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia) and Università degli Studi di Pavia (University of Pavia) jointly offer an international Master in Civil Engineering for Mitigation of Risk from Natural Hazards (CivRisk), involving two curricula:

  • Reduction of Seismic Risk (ROSE) - focuses on the assessment and mitigation of seismic risk of new and existing structures and infrastructures. This curriculum offers compulsory and elective courses on a number of core subjects including seismic hazard assessment and engineering seismology, dynamics of structures, geotechnical earthquake engineering, seismic design of bridges, seismic analysis and design of reinforced concrete, masonry and steel constructions.

  • Hydrogeological Risk Assessment and Mitigation (HYRIS) - focuses on the assessment of risk caused by floods, avalanches and landslides to new and existing structures and infrastructures, and on the measures that can be envisaged for its mitigation. Compulsory and elective courses are offered on a number of core subjects including hydrology, fluvial hydraulics and hydromorphology, hydraulic infrastructures, snow avalanches and landslide hazards, risk and emergency legislation, earth surface and processes.

The programme has a two-year duration, starting late September and requires a full-time commitment. Courses are scheduled according to a dual system: most courses are taught as intensive, full-time courses of 4 weeks, while a few are taught over the typical semester time-frame. Courses are taught in English by highly qualified professors with an internationally recognised scientific profile. Lectures are integrated with tutorials, lab sessions and seminars illustrating well-documented case histories drawn from the personal experience of the instructors. 

The Master Programme will provide students with the proper theoretical background in fundamental disciplines including applied mathematics, solid and fluid mechanics to fully master the topics taught in advanced technical courses. As a part of their training, students will be required to spend a whole semester to work on a Master Dissertation where they will have the opportunity to participate in state-of-the art national and international projects. Students may also be involved in the use of cutting edge experimental facilities such as the EUCENTRE shake tables, the largest of which is currently the most powerful earthquake simulator in Europe.

For further Information, please visit the dedicated course page here: