The Master of Science in “Mechanics of Materials and Structures” (MMS) of the Universitat de Girona – UdG (Spain) is an official Master’s degree of the European Higher Education Area. The master MMS is aimed at students who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in the field of the mechanical behavior of materials and structures. The objective of MMS is to link the current knowledge of theories of the behavior of materials with the most innovative techniques in structural engineering.
Phases of the Master
The Master MMS may be taken full-time in one year (October to September). However, physical presence is only required for 6 months (October to March); then the master’s thesis can be performed elsewhere (company, university abroad). The Master may also be taken part-time over two years for those students that have a job at the same time.
The Master MMS is of 60 ECTS (European Credit) and it is organized in three phases:
Phase 1. From the beginning of October to the end of January: 6 mandatory subjects, 4 quarterly plus 2 annual. Each subject has 6 ECTS. These subjects give a common background on Solid Mechanics and Computational Methods to all MMS students. They are:
The finite element method in structural mechanics
Pre and post-process tools for structural finite element analyses
Applied Mechanics of materials and structures
Seminars on mechanics of materials and structures
Phase 2. From the beginning of February to the end of March: optional subjects plus the 2 annual subjects. Each optional subject has 3 ECTS. The Master MMS programs eight optional subjects and the student has to select, at least, four optional subjects. They are:
Design and analysis of composites with finite elements
Manufacturing and experimental techniques for composites
Advanced structural analysis
Optimization in engineering mechanics
Mechanical design with finite elements
Advanced constitutive modeling
Composites for construction
As you can see, the classes are done intensively and in only 6 months all are done.
Phase 3. Master Thesis: 12 ECTS. It can be started at any time during the academic course, but typically it is started once the teaching classes are finished (end March). The Master Thesis must be finished before mid-September.
With the intention of helping in the selection of the optional subjects (Phase 2), the master is organized in four different Modules. However, it is worth mentioning that the student is free of selecting any desired optional subject and at the end of the master, no additional specialization diploma is awarded. These Modules are:
Computation Mechanical Design
The syllabus of each Module of the Master in Mechanics of Materials and Structures (Composites, Structures, Solid Mechanics, Computation Mechanical Design) places special emphasis on computational techniques, mechanics of materials, advanced structural design, experimental techniques, and mechanical optimization.
The MMS holds an AQU accreditation of Excellence 2015!
The Catalan University Quality Assurance Agency, AQU Catalunya, awarded the MMS master with the AQUaccreditation of Excellence (November 2015). The accreditation of Excellence is awarded to less than 5% of all Bachelor and Master Degrees in Catalunya.
This accreditation follows a quality assessment process that all official university qualifications must pass in line with the standards and guidelines set by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA). This accreditation analyzes the training program, the effectiveness of the systems for learning, the professional insertion of the graduates, the interaction between teaching and research and the internationalization of the degree.
Composites: The contents of the Module in Composites provide the student with the capabilities to design and process advanced composites for structural applications, preparing him/her for an engineering career in a related industry.
Solid Mechanics: The contents of this Solid Mechanics Module provide the student with the capabilities to solve and analyze non-linear solid mechanics problems by using advanced analysis and modeling techniques.
Structures: The contents of the Structures Module provide the student with the capabilities to develop and improve structural designs and applications by using advanced materials, analysis, and modeling techniques.
Computational Mechanical Design: The contents of the Computational Mechanical Design Module provide the student with the capabilities to develop and improve mechanical designs and applications by using advanced computational analysis and modeling techniques.
“The MMS course is designed such that the students taking up this Master’s course will definitely move on to an industrial or will embark on a research career. The academic staffs who teach us are all well-renowned researchers with great publications. The level of sharing and support from academic staff is exceptional, they are not only friendly but are also encouraging by involving each student into the research environment. There are a huge number of opportunities for further training, both within and outside the university. The master’s course helped me to develop a lot of practical skills and recognize the direction of my future career". Mr. Bharath Ravindran, Master Student 2014-2015
"Teachers and students form a very good organization to grow and survive together. I mean the study environment does not exist only in the form of teaching but also in a manner that students and teachers can exchange ideas and opinions, and the professors are very supportive". Mr. Yi Liv, MMS Master Student 2012-2013
"I decided to do the Master of Science in Mechanics of Materials and Structures to improve my knowledge in this area and the use of software and tools for the development of the Ph.D. This Master has led me to get my first publication and recently to be selected to present the work in the SAMPE-Europe Student Conference". Ms. Lorena Marín, MMS Master Student 2010-2011
"The master provided me a deep understanding of the mechanical phenomena involved in composite materials, including Classical Laminate Theory, Finite Element Analysis, fracture mechanics and constitutive laws. The learning environment was very pleasant and motivating. An important knowledge sharing and collaboration between both professors and colleagues was produced". Mr. Marc Crescenti, MMS Master Student 2009-2011
Boost your career
The MMS Master provides the student with the necessary skills to take up leading roles in analysis, design, research, and development of structures with applicability in a variety of sectors (aerospace, race sport, marine, sports goods, building, civil, mechanical or wind turbine engineering).
The organizer of the MMS Master, the research group AMADE – “Analysis and Advanced Materials for Structural Design” from the University of Girona, keeps collaborations with many different companies and centers, such: COMPOXI, EURECAT, LEITAT, BELLAPART, AERNNOVA, AIRBUS, APPLUS, GAMESA, GESTAMP, among others. Most of the MMS teachers are researchers of the AMADE research group, with a solid background in structural engineering and with internationally recognized careers in research related to developing tools for the analysis of advanced structures.
There is the possibility for the MMS Master students to develop their Master’s Final Projects in an industrial context. AMADE receives many requests from companies and research centers looking for candidates to job vacancies with a solid background on the Mechanics of Materials and Structures. AMADE informs about these vacancies to the MMS students of the corresponding academic course.
The MMS master course also prepares you to indicate your Ph.D. studies in the areas of specialization of the AMADE research group.
The organizer of the MMS Master, the research group AMADE – “Analysis and Advanced Materials for Structural Design” from the University of Girona, is an interdisciplinary group involved in national and international research and transfer projects in collaboration with institutions like University of Porto – FEUP, NASA Langley Research Center, University of Sheffield, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, among others.
The nature of the research ranges from fundamental, exploratory research to very focused research targeted at the immediate needs of society/industry.
The research conducted starts with a deep knowledge of the experimental behavior of the new materials/structures combined with the development of robust and reliable computational tools to simulate the mechanical/structural behavior.
The research programs conducted are funded by a wide variety of sources such as the European Commission, the Spanish and/or Catalan Government, and by independent institutions or private companies like AIRBUS, the European Space Agency, EADS, and APPLUS, for example.
The research activity of the group has obtained a wide international recognition as illustrated by the impact of the publications of the group (the most cited articles in the last five years of the journal Engineering Fracture Mechanics and of the journal Mechanics of Materials).
The main lines of research of the AMADE group, that are also studied in MMS master, are summarized below:
Composite materials. Unlike the case of traditional materials, design and mechanical behavior prediction in these materials is highly peculiar and requires specific expertise.
Simulation using numerical methods of the mechanical behavior of advanced materials. We develop behavior models that are implemented in numerical methods (finite elements) to obtain efficient design tools.
Experimental determination of the mechanical properties of materials and structures and their degradation (standardized tests or tests adapted to particular components).
Analysis, using conventional and advanced techniques, of the response of buildings and structural elements subjected to static and dynamic loads. Development and application of passive control elements in seismic-resistant buildings.
Structural integrity analysis of buildings. Design of rehabilitation, repair and change-of-use strategies of a building.
Thermal analysis and thermal treatments of materials. Study of the transformation undergone by materials (polymers, metals, and ceramics) using calorimetric methods.
Students that obtain a master's degree in Mechanics of Materials and Structures (MMS) can apply for admission to the Doctoral Programme in Technology at the University of Girona provided they have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS in their undergraduate and postgraduate studies at a university or other center of higher education. The applications will be reviewed by the Doctoral Council of the program.
The research group AMADE has been developing an intense research activity in the field of Composites since the late ’90s, balancing the fundamental investigations with the research on industrial applications of composites. AMADE is an excellent framework for the development of a Ph.D. due to the excellent network of relations with international centers, to the interaction with major companies in the field and to the complete experimental facilities available in the group (mechanical and physical characterization of materials, processing, inspection).
The knowledge provided by the MMS Master is an excellent background to perform a Ph.D.
Currently, there are more than 20 Ph.D. students in the group from different continents, which gives rise to excellent and open student life.
How to apply
To be admitted to a master’s degree, you must have a university diploma that allows you to access postgraduate studies in the country in which it was awarded. The MMS Master students come from technical studies, such as Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Engineering, and Physics Bachelor of Science. Typical degrees: Mechanical, Aeronautics, Civil, Architecture.
The application involves the following steps:
The pre-registration is the first mandatory step to apply for the MMS master.
It must be performed on-line, through the website of UdG’s Masters (see Section: “Pre-enrollment”). In this website, the student has to select the desired master to apply and load the different requested documents (some of them, must be legalized).
For the pre-registration, these documents must be loaded only as a pdf file type. In the case of being accepted, the original documents must be shown once you are in Girona.
For each new academic course, the pre-registration application is open starting around January-February until the first month of teaching classes (October).
The pre-registration has an administrative tax. It is important to pay it, so the administrative staff will start reviewing the documentation of your pre-registration. Otherwise, your pre-registration will be on hold.
A succeed pre-registration allows the following:
To be accepted in the master MMS.
Reservation of a place for the next new course (the master MMS is limited to 25 students by year). The deadline for the pre-registration is around mid-September. However, if you are not a European citizen, after the pre-registration you will need the student Visa, and it takes some administrative time (depending on the Embassy, it may need 2 months of management).
If needed, you will obtain an invitation letter for requesting the student Visa.
Each pre-registered student will receive an email notification with a link to view his Admission Decision. The resolutions of each pre-registration period are performed at the corresponding administrative deadlines defined by the Universitat de Girona (UdG).
3. Selection of subjects
Once you are Accepted in master MMS, the next step is to schedule a meeting with the Coordinator of the master MMS to define which subjects would be done (including Mandatory and Optional subjects).
The English level requested in MMS is B1. If you do not have an official certificate, an English meeting with the coordinator will be requested to assess a suitable level for performing the master MMS.
Next, accepted students will have to register for the corresponding pre-selected subjects. This step is fully done on-line, using the username and the password notified by the UdG.
The enrolment period starts around July and finishes at the end of October.
Failing to register within the prescribed administrative periods results in the loss of the right to enroll in the master.
5. Original documents and student card
For those students that did their university degree outside the Universitat de Girona (UdG), must show the original documents loaded in the pre-registration to the Academic Secretariat once they arrive at Girona. In addition, they can ask for a student card from the Universitat de Girona.