Course Structure

One single programme of study is available, with a large number of advanced taught modules in the field of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology being provided by any of the four academic institutions included in the MEEES Consortium. Students, however, have the possibility of opting to specialise either in the Earthquake Engineering component of the programme or on its Engineering Seismology counterpart. Such specialisation is achieved by obtaining 70% credits on modules related to one option or the other, as described further below. Either option involves 18 months of study and the attaining of 90 credits.

Alternatively, and so as not to deprive graduates from the opportunity of becoming experts in both aspects of earthquake risk mitigation, the proposed programme envisages also the possibility of students following an 18-month study programme that leads to the attainment of a total of 90 credits and which comprises the acquisition, through attendance of taught modules and the carrying out of a research dissertation, of at least 42 credits on each of the two Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology components.

Different taught modules will correspond to equally varying credits, defined according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), depending on the number of work/study hours (each credit is equivalent to 25 hours of work). Masters dissertations, required for the attainment of the degree, corresponds to a number of 30 credits.

As described here, students must follow courses and/or carry out dissertation research projects in two of the following institutions; School of Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia, University of Patras, University of Grenoble Alpes or Middle East Technical University of Ankara. A Joint masters degree is awarded by all aforementioned institutions, provided that the student fulfils all degree requirements. The programme begins again in the Fall Term of 2017, that is, in September 2017.

Students may choose between two different Study Paths in order to obtain their degree:

Study Path 1: requires the student to remain in the first institution for two semesters in order to obtain 30 credits on taught modules and 30 credits from a Master's Project. Then he/she moves to the second institution and follows courses in order to obtain the final 30 credits. Please note that the EE option is possible only if Grenoble is not selected as first host institution.

Study Path 2: requires the student to remain in the first institution for a single semester, following courses worth 30 credits, and then he/she moves to the second institution in order to follow more courses (for another 30 credits) and then work on a Master's Project in the final semester.

All the above can effectively be translated into the following:

Requirements

MSc in Earthquake Engineering

MSc in Engineering Seismology

MSc in Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology

Number of institutions in which the student must study 

2 2 2
Semester during which the student may follow taught modules (Study Path 1) Fall, year "n"
Fall, year "n+1"
Fall, year "n"
Fall, year "n+1"
Fall, year "n"
Fall, year "n+1"
Semester during which the student may follow taught modules (Study Path 2) Fall, year "n"
Spring, year "n+1"
Fall, year "n"
Spring, year "n+1"
Fall, year "n"
Spring, year "n+1"

Semester during which the student may prepare the Masters Project (Study Path 1)

Spring, year "n+1" Spring, year "n+1" Spring, year "n+1"

Semester during which the student may prepare the Masters Project (Study Path 2)

Fall, year "n+1" Fall, year "n+1" Fall, year "n+1"

Number of ECTS credits that must be attained for the Masters Project

30 30 30

Minimum number of credits that must be attained in each institutions

30

30 30

Minimum number of credits that must obtained in Earthquake Engineering related modules and Projects

60

- 42
Minimum number of credits that must be obtained in Engineering Seismology related modules and Project
- 60 42
Total number of credits required
90 90 90


Fall Term 2017: 1st September 2017 - 31st January 2018
Spring Term 2018: 1st February 2018 - 31st July 2018
Fall Term 2018: 1st September 2018 - 31st January 2019