Programme Structure and Content

The SAHC programme has duration of one academic year (60 ECTS credits) and is held on a rotating basis among partners. Coursework (September - March) is concentrated at University of Minho and dissertation work (April - July) can be performed in any of the involved institutions. 

It is expected, but not mandatory, that students carry out the entire coursework in one location and the dissertation in another location. Mobility track is based on students preferences taking into account adequate balance between different institutions. The curriculum is exactly the same, no matter the student mobility track.

Changes of mobility path from the one defined by the Consortium and informed to the candidate will not be accepted, unless of exceptional reasons. Any student requesting a change in path must provide a substantiated request before the starting of the program. After the starting of the program no changes will be allowed.

The study programme is composed of eight units, with six sequential units, one unit project-based and one dissertation. The units are as follows:


Units SA1 to SA6 are arranged as a mix of theory and application, in a context of a project-led education. Lectures are held from 9:30h to 12:30h and individual/group work is carried out at University from 14:00h to 19:00h. A schematic course calendar can be found here.

The Integrated Project (SA7) is s truly project-based course, includes a mini group project to solve a real engineering problem, with site visits.

The Dissertation (SA8) aims at developing research and/or professional competences in the field of conservation and restoration of architectural heritage structures.


Degree Awarded

The degree awarded is a Master's degree, provided as a double degree from the institutions involved. The degree awarding institution and Erasmus Mundus degree awarded are as follows:

·     University of Minho, Portugal: Mestrado em Análise Estrutural de Monumentos e Construções Históricas

·     Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic: Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions

·     University of Padova, Italy: Master in Analisi Strutturale dei Monumenti e dell'Edilizia Storica

·     Technical University of Catalonia, Spain: Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions



  (Last update: November 2016)