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As part of the UME doctoral programme requirements, candidates are required to obtain credits through coursework and other research and training activities. In tandem with the Master (MSc) degree in Civil Engineering for Mitigation of Risk from Natural Hazards jointly offered by Scuola Universitaria Superiore IUSS Pavia (University School for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia) and Università degli Studi di Pavia (University of Pavia), PhD candidates have the option to follow a variety of courses as part of their studies. Upon deciding on suitable courses with their advisor(s), students can formally enrol in available courses by contacting the Post-Graduate Office Secretariat.

Courses are taught entirely through English and are typically offered in series on a monthly basis. This allows students to dedicate the majority of their study time to the coursework and have full engagement with the course professors and teaching assistants. The teaching faculty comprises local academics based in Pavia along with renowned individuals from other universities and organisations around the world as part of the diverse, multi-cultural and international environment the UME school strives to foster and maintain. In addition to its MSc courses, there is also the possibility to attend isolated short courses, which are held twice or three times a year, featuring a concise focus on relatively specific topics (ranging from basic to advanced issues). These short courses serve the purpose of complementing the graduate education of all UME school students. 

The UME school’s courses are also open to external industry professionals and PhD or MSc students. Fees to attend individual courses may vary but are approximately €1000 per course, with a discount of 50% for students currently enrolled in another university. Further information about course schedules, availability and fees may be obtained by contacting the Post-Graduate Office Secretariat.

The courses currently offered in addition to past courses are listed here to give an idea to prospective students and visiting researchers of the UME school’s teaching activities. For students wishing to attend these courses as part of a complete MSc degree, please see this page for further information.

New! Course offer for the academic year 2020/2021 is now available below.

Course Title Instructor(s) Dates
Dynamics of Structures Haluk Sucuoglu October 2020
Seismic Risk Paolo Bazzurro, Dimitrios Vamvatsikos, Mario Ordaz October 2020
Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures Boyan Myhailov November 2020
Option 1a: Steel Structures Gaetano Della Corte November 2020
Option 1b: Geomatics and GIS (Part I) Andrea Taramelli November 2020
Applied Mathematics Lorenzo Tamellini December 2020
Bridge Structures Gian Michele Calvi December 2020
Computational Mechanics Alessandro Reali, Giulia Scalet January 2021
Masonry Structures Guido Magenes January 2021
Probability and Statistics for Engineering Applications Paolo Bazzurro, Paolo Venini February 2021
Option 2a: Seismic Isolation and Damping Andre Filiatrault February 2021
Option 2b: Risk Emergency Management and Legislation Alberto Monti, Stefano Moratti, Lydia Velliscig February 2021
Foundation Engineering and Earth Retaining Structures Sebastiano Foti March 2021
Seismic Hazard and Engineering Seismology Valerio Poggi April 2021
Nonlinear Response Analysis   May 2021
Fundamentals of Seismic Design Ricardo Monteiro, Gerard J. O'Reilly June 2021
Geomatics and GIS (Part II) Andrea Taramelli June 2021
Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Carlo G. Lai March - June (Semestral)
Course Title Instructor(s) Dates
Continuum Mechanics Sauro Manenti October & November 2020
Hydrological Risk Mario Martina October 2020
Geomatics and GIS (Part I) Andrea Taramelli November 2020
Applied Mathematics Lorenzo Tamellini December 2020
Engineering Geology Claudia Meisina January 2020
Probability and Statistics for Engineering Applications Paolo Bazzurro, Paolo Venini February 2020
Fluvial Hydraulics Paolo Ghilardi, Andrea Fenocchi October - February (Semestral)
Flood Propogation Gabriella Petaccia October - February (Semestral)
Option 1a: Hydraulic Infrastructures Enrico Creaco January & February 2021
Option 1b: Landslide modeling and mitigation strategies Domenico Gioffrè January & February 2021
Option 1c: Earth Surface and Processes Michael Maerker January & February 2021
Hydromorphology   March 2021
Computational Fluid Dynamics Stefano Sibilla, Andrea Fenocchi April 2021
Snow Avalanches and Related Mountain Natural Hazards Massimiliano Barbolini, Marco Pasian May 2021
Geomatics and GIS (Part II) Andrea Taramelli June 2021
Landslides Hazard and Risk Claudia Meisina, Massimiliano Bordoni March-June (Semestral)