Erasmus Mundus Masters Course

The MEEES programme is an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course, that aims to provide higher-level education in the field of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology. Graduate students involved in this Erasmus Mundus Masters course have the possibility of following a 18-month MSc programmes on Earthquake Engineering, Engineering Seismology or Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology.

If following the Engineering Seismology option, students will acquire the ability to design, execute and evaluate assessments of seismic hazard for site-specific engineering projects, for earthquake loss assessments, and for emergency planning scenarios. Students following the Earthquake Engineering option will acquire the ability to undertake seismic design of new structures and the assessment and strengthening of existing structures. The combined option of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology will enable students to acquire technical competence in both areas.

The MEEES consortium comprises four academic institutions, namely (i) the Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia (IUSS), (ii) the University of Patras, (iii) the University of Grenoble Joseph Fourier and (iv) Middle East Technical University, Ankara. It is noted that in Pavia the postgraduate earthquake engineering programme (ROSE Programme) is run through the Graduate School in Understanding and Managing Extremes (UME School). Hence in subsequent sections of this website, the terms UME School or ROSE Programme are employed to refer to the activites of IUSS within the scope of the MEEES consortium.

Students must follow courses and/or carry out dissertation research projects in two of the four following institutions: UME School (Pavia, Italy), University of Patras, University of Grenoble Joseph Fourier, Middle East Technical University. Different taught modules will correspond to equally varying credits, defined according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), depending on the number of work/study hours (each credit is equivalent to 25 hours of work). A whole semester will be dedicated to the Master's Project, required for the attainment of the degree and corresponding to a number of 30 credits, which might be period of research (leading to a traditional Masters dissertation) or a placement in industry (such as a design office, or a risk consultancy).

MEEES graduates will be awarded a Joint Masters degree by the Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori, the University of Patras, the University of Grenoble 1 "Joseph Fourier" and the Middle East Technical University of Ankara. The official language is English. Admission to the course depends mainly on academic qualifications, past professional experience, reference letters and English proficiency. The 2013/2014 edition of the programme begins in the Fall Term of 2013, that is, in September 2013.

Further information on the MEEES programme and the submission procedure can be found here.

Application Procedure