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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.

Course Title Instructor(s) Dates
Dynamics of Structures Polat Gülkan October 2019
Seismic Risk Paolo Bazzurro, Dimitrios Vamvatsikos, Vitor Silva October 2019
Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures Güney Özcebe November 2019
Option 1a: Steel Structures Gaetano Della Corte November 2019
Option 1b: Geomatics and GIS (Part I) Andrea Taramelli November 2019
Applied Mathematics Lorenzo Tamellini December 2019
Bridge Structures Gian Michele Calvi December 2019
Computational Mechanics Alessandro Reali January 2020
Masonry Structures Guido Magenes, Michael Griffith January 2020
Probability and Statistics for Engineering Applications Paolo Bazzurro, Paolo Venini February 2020
Option 2a: Seismic Design of Non-Structural Elements Andre Filiatrault February 2020
Option 2b: Seismic Isolation and Damping Andre Filiatrault February 2020
Option 2c: Risk Emergency Management and Legislation Alberto Monti, Stefano Moratti, Lydia Velliscig February 2020
Foundation Engineering and Earth Retaining Structures Vlatko Sheshov March 2020
Seismic Hazard and Engineering Seismology Valerio Poggi April 2020
Nonlinear Response Analysis João Pacheco de Almeida, Antonio Araujo Correia May 2020
Fundamentals of Seismic Design Ricardo Monteiro, Gerard J. O'Reilly June 2020
Geomatics and GIS (Part II) Andrea Taramelli June 2020
Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Carlo G. Lai March - June  2020 (Semestral)
Course Title Instructor(s) Dates
Continuum Mechanics Sauro Manenti October & November 2019
Hydrological Risk Mario Martina October 2019
Geomatics and GIS (Part I) Andrea Taramelli November 2019
Applied Mathematics Lorenzo Tamellini December 2019
Fluvial Hydraulics Paolo Ghilardi October - February 2020 (Semestral)
Engineering Geology Claudia Meisina January 2020
Probability and Statistics for Engineering Applications Paolo Bazzurro, Paolo Venini February 2020
Option 1a: Hydraulic Infrastructures Enrico Creaco February 2020
Option 1b: Risk Emergency Management and Legislation Alberto Monti, Stefano Moratti, Lydia Velliscig February 2020
Option 1c: Earth Surface and Processes Michael Maerker February 2020
Option 1d: Foundation Engineering and Earth Retaining Structures Vlatko Sheshov March 2020
Hydromorphology Vittoria Scorpio March 2020
Computational Fluid Dynamics Stefano Sibilla, Andrea Fenocchi April 2020
Snow Avalanches and Related Mountain Natural Hazards TBD May 2020
Geomatics and GIS (Part II) Andrea Taramelli June 2020
Landslides Hazard and Risk Caludia Meisina, Massimiliano Bordoni March-June 2020 (Semestral)