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CIVIL ENGINEERING, Laurea Magistrale (Master of science-level of the Bologna process)
Academic Year 2019/20
DEPARTMENT OF STRUCTURAL, GEOTECHNICAL AND BUILDING ENGINEERING
Collegio di Ingegneria Civile
Campus: TORINO
Program duration: 2 years
Class LM-23 Degree: CIVIL ENGINEERING
Reference Faculty
BAGLIERI ORAZIO   coord.civile@polito.it
Program held in English
The course can be partially offered in Italian Language
The first year is common to other graduate programs and is also offered in English Language
 Educational objectives

The programme is structured over two years. The first year is devoted to civil engineering, with particular reference to the design of structures and infrastructure, taking into account their interactions with the territory. The second year completes this preparation, and courses are offered in four different areas of specialization (geotechnical, hydraulic, infrastructure and transport systems, structures) with an additional area (structures an... More...

The programme is structured over two years.
The first year is devoted to civil engineering, with particular reference to the design of structures and infrastructure, taking into account their interactions with the territory. The second year completes this preparation, and courses are offered in four different areas of specialization (geotechnical, hydraulic, infrastructure and transport systems, structures) with an additional area (structures and Infrastructures), with the possibility to further enhance training through optional subjects to be selected from among those offered in the Civil Engineering area and in the entire Faculty of Engineering.
Training concludes with preparation of the thesis. Students are expected to deal independently and using a multidisciplinary approach with research or design themes characterised by originality and innovativeness. All students are given core instruction in civil engineering topics: construction science, with particular reference to the resolution of two-dimensional and three-dimensional structures, materials science and technology, including both ordinary and innovative construction materials, and geomatics, with the opportunity to develop expertise in the acquisition, modeling and analysis of geo-referenced geospatial data using technologically advanced instrumentation.
Core preparation in advanced design of structures and infrastructure covers a wide spectrum of design themes. Students will study structures in reinforced concrete and prestressed concrete, foundation engineering, hydrology, earthquake engineering and construction of roads, railways and airports, from both a theoretical and applicative viewpoint.
The specialised courses offered in the thematic areas indicated above define very specific professional profiles, and are linked in part to the particular skills developed over the years by teachers at the Politecnico di Torino during advanced consulting and applied research activities. The geotechnical engineering sector addresses topics such as modeling the mechanical behaviour of rock masses, performing numerical modeling of rocks and soils, studying the dynamic behaviour of soils, and assessing stability of natural and artificial slopes. In the field of hydraulic engineering, students explore the design of water distribution and sewage systems, modeling of natural watercourses, surface water, groundwater and sediment transport, and the design and implementation of water projects to protect the territory. In the area of infrastructure and transport systems, the topics analysed include the technology and economy of transport, the functional and structural behaviour of superstructures of roads, railways and airports, transport planning, final design of road infrastructures, techniques of traffic control and road safety. In the structural engineering sector, students receive theoretical and applicative instruction in bridge design, automatic calculation for structures, the design of steel and composite structures, problems of static and dynamic structural instability, and assessment of plasticity and fracture. In the structural and infrastructure engineering sector, students receive theoretical and applicative instruction covering the field of strutcures and infrastructures.

 Career opportunities

The MSc programme in Civil Engineering is designed to train a professional figure with a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills in the design, implementation, management, surveying, testing and maintenance of buildings (civil and industrial), major public works ( bridges, dams, tunnels) and infrastructure (roads and transport, systems for water collection, distribution, and treatment).
The two-year curriculum is structured to give students... More...

The MSc programme in Civil Engineering is designed to train a professional figure with a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills in the design, implementation, management, surveying, testing and maintenance of buildings (civil and industrial), major public works ( bridges, dams, tunnels) and infrastructure (roads and transport, systems for water collection, distribution, and treatment).
The two-year curriculum is structured to give students an autonomous capacity for analysis of complex engineering problems in all of these areas, preparing them for both domestic and international contexts, whether in the working world or in research and development.
The formation is based on courses that reinforce the engineering background gained during the three-year BSc degree, but that also introduce new elements that will allow graduates to fill positions of responsibility in the planning and management of civil works, also with a view to their interactions with the local territory. Students are offered groups of both theoretical and practical teaching units in five main specialist areas (geotechnical, hydraulic, infrastructure and transport systems, structures, structures and infrastructures) so that they can address engineering problems characterised by a high level of complexity. The contents of these units are strongly correlated, not only with shared engineering practice, but with innovation and results achieved in the research field.

Graduates in Civil Engineering can undertake professional activities, which entail liability to third parties, after passing the state exam and enrolling in the Order of Engineers (Section A). These are autonomous activities with a high degree of responsibility, in activities relating to the design, implementation, management, surveying, testing and maintenance of buildings, major public works and infrastructure. Graduates are sought by public and private technical offices, building contractors and engineering firms; their expertise is also needed in public and private research programmes in both national and international contexts.
Depending on the curriculum chosen, MSc students in Civil Engineering acquire specific skills that correspond to distinct professional profiles. However, the core training received by all students, aimed at providing analytical skills that cut across all specialist areas, is characterised by a depth and breadth which will give graduates a certain degree of versatility.

The Study program qualifies the following professional profile/s: Roles and skills:
Civil engineer   JOB ROLES:

The MSc program in Civil Engineering is designed to train an engineer with a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills in the design, implementation, management, surveying, testing and maintenance of buildings (civil and industrial), major public works (bridges, dams, tunnels) and infrastructure (roads and transport, systems for water collection, distribution, and treatment).
The two-year curriculum is structured to give students the capability to independently analyse complex engineering problems in all of these areas, preparing them for both domestic and international contexts, whether in the construction industry or in research and development.
The student training is based on courses that further develop the engineering background gained during the three-year BSc degree program, but that also introduce new elements, thus allowing graduates to fill positions of responsibility in the planning and management of civil works, also considering their interactions with the local territory. Students are offered groups of both theoretical and practical teaching units in several specialist areas so that they can address engineering problems characterised by a high level of complexity. The contents of these units are strongly correlated, not only with shared engineering practice, but with the innovations and results coming from research.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

Graduates from the Master's degree program must:
- have a thorough knowledge of the theoretical and scientific aspects of mathematics and other basic sciences and be able to use this knowledge to interpret and describe complex engineering problems or those requiring an interdisciplinary approach;
- have thorough knowledge of the theoretical and scientific aspects of engineering, both in general and more specifically in relation to those of civil engineering, in which they are able to identify, formulate and solve, even in an innovative manner, complex problems that require an interdisciplinary approach;
- be able to conceive, plan, design and manage systems, complex and/or innovative processes and services;
- be able to design and manage highly complex experiments;
- show context knowledge and transversal capabilities;
- demonstrate expertise in business organization (corporate culture) and professional ethics;
- be fluent, in written and oral form, in at least one European language besides Italian, with reference to the field's lexicon.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

MSc graduates in Civil Engineering can undertake professional activities, which entail third party liability, after passing the State exam and enrolling in the Association of Engineers (Section A). These are independent activities with a high degree of responsibility, relating to the design, implementation, management, surveying, testing and maintenance of buildings, major public works and infrastructure. Graduates are sought by public and private technical offices, building contractors and engineering firms; their expertise is also needed in public and private research programs in both national and international contexts.
Depending on the chosen curriculum, MSc students in Civil Engineering acquire specific skills that correspond to distinct professional profiles. However, the core training received by all students, aimed at providing analytical skills that cut across all specialist areas, is characterised by a depth and breadth which will give graduates a certain degree of versatility.
 
Civil engineer, specializing in Geotechnical Engineering   JOB ROLES:

A technical expert who, independently and with a management role, is capable of developing detailed analyses of the design, implementation, management, survey, control and maintenance of civil works, with particular reference to those having specific implications from the behaviour of rocks and soils. This profile finds employment mainly in the technical departments of public and private companies, in engineering companies and research facilities.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

Beyond the skills generally required of a Civil Engineer, a specialist in Geotechnical Engineering must have more specific competencies demonstrated by the ability to:
- apply the principles, theories and analytical, computational and experimental methods to the physical-mechanical modelling of soils and rocks and to the evaluation of their static and dynamic behaviour;
- develop procedures for the geotechnical characterization of the territory, before constructing civil works, to evaluate the consequent natural hazards;
- analyse and design foundations, underground constructions, earth retaining systems, tunnels, embankments and earth dams;
- design and oversee the implementation of measures to stabilize slopes and for ground improvement.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

MSc graduates in Civil Engineering can undertake professional activities, which entail third party liability, after passing the State exam and enrolling in the Association of Engineers (Section A). These are independent activities with a high degree of responsibility, relating to the design, implementation, management, surveying, testing and maintenance of buildings, major public works and infrastructure. Graduates are sought by public and private technical offices, building contractors and engineering firms; their expertise is also needed in public and private research programs in both national and international contexts.
Depending on the chosen curriculum, MSc students in Civil Engineering acquire specific skills that correspond to distinct professional profiles. However, the core training received by all students, aimed at providing analytical skills that cut across all specialist areas, is characterised by a depth and breadth which will give graduates a certain degree of versatility.
 
Civil engineer, specializing in Hydraulic Engineering   JOB ROLES:

The Civil Engineer specialised in Hydraulic Engineering has job roles that generally coincide with those of the more general Civil Engineer. However, because of their specific training, specialists in Hydraulic Engineering can have a role of excellence with respect to planning and management of civil works, particularly with matters concerning the behaviour of waterways and waterworks for the safeguard of land and as a service to the public.


SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

Beyond the skills generally required of a Civil Engineer, a specialist in Hydraulic Engineering must have more specific competencies demonstrated by the ability to:
- apply the principles and theories of hydraulics to complex problems related to the movement of water in natural (sea, lakes, rivers, groundwater) and artificial (pipes, plants, machines, devices) systems;
- analyse the interaction of the water flow with the boundary conditions arising from territorial constraints (inland waterway and coastal engineering);
- apply the analytical, computational and experimental methods for the physical and mathematical modelling of hydraulic systems;
- plan the design, construction and operation interventions of works and structures for the protection of land against rain, rivers and sea, as well as the use and development of hydraulic resources;
- define methodologies and strategies for the management of water resources, as well as for the collection, distribution and drainage in urban, agricultural and industrial environments.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

MSc graduates in Civil Engineering can undertake professional activities, which entail third party liability, after passing the State exam and enrolling in the Association of Engineers (Section A). These are independent activities with a high degree of responsibility, relating to the design, implementation, management, surveying, testing and maintenance of buildings, major public works and infrastructure. Graduates are sought by public and private technical offices, building contractors and engineering firms; their expertise is also needed in public and private research programs in both national and international contexts.
Depending on the chosen curriculum, MSc students in Civil Engineering acquire specific skills that correspond to distinct professional profiles. However, the core training received by all students, aimed at providing analytical skills that cut across all specialist areas, is characterised by a depth and breadth which will give graduates a certain degree of versatility.  
Civil engineer, specializing in Infrastructure and Transport Engineering   JOB ROLES:

The Civil Engineer specialised in Infrastructure and Transport Engineering has job roles that generally coincide with those of the more general Civil Engineer. However, because of their specific training, specialists in Infrastructure and Transport Engineering can have a role of excellence with respect to planning and management of civil works, particularly with matters concerning infrastructures, transport systems and traffic flows.

SKILLS RELATED TO THE ROLE:

Beyond the skills generally required of a Civil Engineer, a specialist in Infrastructure and Transport Engineering must have more specific competencies demonstrated by the ability to:
- coordinate the design, planning, construction, adjustment, management, maintenance and control of infrastructure (road and rail including underground infrastructures, airports and special systems);
- define the characteristics of the infrastructure considering the public's demand for transport, traffic safety, its impact on the environment and the economic effectiveness of the interventions;
- analyse the advanced issues related to: materials used for the construction of infrastructure, stability and computational static and dynamic analysis of road structure and superstructure;
- model the functional and structural behaviour of road, airport and railway paving considering the characteristics of the vehicles and aircraft that use them in the course of their life-cycle;
- design the components, the equipment and the complementary devices of road infrastructure;
- coordinate, as a manager, procedures aimed at ensuring the quality of the works and the organization and safety of building sites;
- understand and model the phenomena related to the mobility of people and goods, with appropriate analytical and numerical tools;
- define the configuration of the best transport system in technological, functional, economic, financial, territorial, environmental and safety terms, and also taking into account the logistics, management and operation of the systems;
- ensure, through appropriate methods and techniques, the simulation of the demand for mobility, the supply of transport, the interaction between supply and demand, and the impacts on the economy, the territory, the environment and the rate of road accidents ;
- coordinate and develop tactical and strategic planning of transports;
- define the specific technologies of the different transport systems, their regulation and their control.


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

MSc graduates in Civil Engineering can undertake professional activities, which entail third party liability, after passing the State exam and enrolling in the Association of Engineers (Section A). These are independent activities with a high degree of responsibility, relating to the design, implementation, management, surveying, testing and maintenance of buildings, major public works and infrastructure. Graduates are sought by public and private technical offices, building contractors and engineering firms; their expertise is also needed in public and private research programs in both national and international contexts.
Depending on the chosen curriculum, MSc students in Civil Engineering acquire specific skills that correspond to four distinct professional profiles. However, the core training received by all students, aimed at providing analytical skills that cut across all specialist areas, is characterised by a depth and breadth which will give graduates a certain degree of versatility.
 
Civil engineer, specializing in Structural Engineering   JOB ROLES:
The Civil Engineer specialised in Structural Engineering has job roles that generally coincide with those of the more general Civil Engineer. However, because of their specific training, specialists in Structural Engineering can have a role of excellence with respect to planning and management of civil works, particularly with matters concerning the structures.

SKILLS:
Beyond the skills generally required of a Civil Engineer, a specialist in Structural Engineering must have more specific competencies demonstrated by the ability to:
- apply the principles, theories and analytical, computational and experimental methods to the physical-mechanical modelling of structural response to stress actions;
- assess the vulnerability, reliability, comfort, safety and durability of structures;
- develop procedures for the optimisation of structures in terms of statics, dynamics, instability, fracture and collapse;
- use of elements of computational mechanics, of experimental analysis and of structural identification for an effective design of complex structures;
- understand and model the interactions between structures and the surrounding physical environment;
- develop methods for the analysis of the mechanical behaviour of non-traditional materials and structures;
- use the most recent theories and techniques for the structural design and planning of new buildings, as well as for the structural rehabilitation of existing ones;
- evaluate the problems, from a quantitative point of view, related to actions on structures and the consequent behaviours, depending on the types and morphologies, on the materials and technology, on the interaction with the soil and the environment, on the operation and control procedures and strategies;
- critically use the methods and tools of structural design and construction, as well as those for experimentation, testing and monitoring of buildings.


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:

MSc graduates in Civil Engineering can undertake professional activities, which entail third party liability, after passing the State exam and enrolling in the Association of Engineers (Section A). These are independent activities with a high degree of responsibility, relating to the design, implementation, management, surveying, testing and maintenance of buildings, major public works and infrastructure. Graduates are sought by public and private technical offices, building contractors and engineering firms; their expertise is also needed in public and private research programs in both national and international contexts.
Depending on the chosen curriculum, MSc students in Civil Engineering acquire specific skills that correspond to distinct professional profiles. However, the core training received by all students, aimed at providing analytical skills that cut across all specialist areas, is characterised by a depth and breadth which will give graduates a certain degree of versatility.
 
   


Qualifications for further studies Knowledge required to continue studies

Expected learning outcomes

The subjects contained in the study program are divided in learning areas and defined by the "Dublin descriptors" shown in the chart on panel A4b - expected learning outcomes.



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