Master study programme Civil Engineering
Branch of study Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions


Study plans:

Study plans of branch

Courses of acad. year 2022/23:

1. - 2. semester


About branch:

Study programme: CIVIL ENGINEERING
Type of programme: follow-up Master´s
Branch profile: academically focused
Type of study: full-time
Standard length of study: 1 year (2 semesters)
Language of instruction: English
Awarded degree: double degree: Ing., MSc.
Branch coordinator: prof. Ing. Jiří Máca, CSc.
Field of study: Civil Engineering

Study objectives in the branch of study

The main objective of the international Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions branch of study (SAHC) is to train and educate civil engineers with advanced knowledge in the interdisciplinary approach to solving engineering problems related to the maintenance and conservation of architectural monuments and historical constructions. The main focus is on applying scientific principles to the analysis of structures and materials, development of innovations and practical solutions.
Our ambition is to offer world´s top-level education with the participation of Europe´s most renowned experts in the branch. On that account, the branch is implemented by a Consortium of four Institutes of Higher Education (University of Minho – coordinator, Faculty of Civil Engineering CTU in Prague, University of Padova, Technical University of Catalonia) and an Associated Member, the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (ITAM CAS). From its establishment in 2007 to 2017, SAHC was supported by the European Commission within the Erasmus-Mundus or Erasmus+ programme. In 2017, the SAHC branch won the prestigious Europa Nostra international heritage award.

Study principles

The SAHC branch of study in taught in English. The total length of study is 40 instruction weeks, which corresponds to a student´s workload of 60 credits according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The study plan common for all Consortium members comprises 8 units: 6 courses (total of 30 ECTS), 1 integrated project (9 ECTS) and the Diploma Thesis (21 ECTS). The courses are taught in the form of block courses during the first 26 weeks, the integrated project runs on selected days during the first 26 weeks, and the last 14 instruction weeks are devoted to the Diploma Thesis. The students complete the courses and the integrated project at the University of Minho, while the Diploma Thesis is elaborated and defended at FCE CTU or another Consortium Member University.
Instruction is provided not only by the teachers of the respective university, but also by visiting professors from Partner Universities and the Consortium Associated Member (ITAM CAS). The study is completed by the final graduation examination, which includes the defence of the Diploma Thesis. Successful graduates are awarded the so-called double degree by the Universities where they have obtained credits for the courses/project and defended the Diploma Thesis.
Study in the SAHC branch is subjected to a tuition fee. Nevertheless, the SAHC Consortium offers a number of scholarships to the best applicants. The admission proceedings run under specific conditions and are organized by the Consortium Secretariat at the University of Minho. For details, see

Graduates´ profile

The study objectives and the graduates´ general, professional and special knowledge include:

  • abilities to identify, formulate and implement solutions related to the issues of heritage buildings and historical structures,
  • ability to solve problems in a structured and rigorous way using advanced theoretical and analytical methods,
  • ability to synthesize and integrate information in solving engineering problems,
  • ability to use modern tools for calculations, simulations, analyses and design,
  • ability to tackle engineering problems with a multidisciplinary approach considering not only technical and scientific aspects, but also social, economic, ecological and cultural aspects.

Successful graduates are ready to embark on a career of experts in solving engineering problems related to the maintenance and conservation of architectural monuments and historical constructions. According to the latest survey conducted in 2011, 75% of the graduates work in the field of their study, of them 31% in consulting firms, 20% pursue Ph.D. study, 15% are employed with institutes of higher education, 13% with construction contractors, 9% start their own practice, 6% work for state administration bodies and 6% elsewhere.

Structured study

The precondition for admission to the SAHC branch of study is successful completion of study in the branch of Civil Engineering at minimally the Bachelor´s level. The applicants among the graduates of architectural branches must have sound knowledge in the technical fields specializing in building constructions.

Potential follow-up study programmes

The completion of Master´s degree study is the condition for potential study in follow-up doctoral degree programmes. At the Faculty of Civil Engineering CTU, for example, study programmes in Building Engineering, Physical and Materials Engineering, Architecture and Sustainable Development.