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Master’s degree in Civil Engineering for Mitigation of Risk from Natural Hazards


The Master degree program in Civil Engineering for Mitigation of Risk from Natural Hazards is jointly offered by the University of Pavia and the School of Advanced Studies of Pavia (IUSS). The program is structured in two curricula:

  • Reduction of Seismic Risk (ROSE), Hydrogeological Risk Assessment and Mitigation (HYRIS).

The first curriculum Reduction of Seismic Risk (ROSE) focuses on assessment and mitigation of risk caused by earthquakes to new and existing structures and infrastructures.

The second curriculum Hydrogeological Risk Assessment and Mitigation focuses on the assessment of risk caused by floods, avalanches and landslides to new and existing structures and infrastructures, and on the structural and non-structural measures which can be envisaged for its mitigation. In both cases, the study of specific topics is preceded by a number of propaedeutic courses, which include numerical analysis, probability and statistics, computational solid mechanics.

Graduates may find job opportunities in engineering design and consulting offices, construction companies, civil protection agencies, governmental institutions, regional authorities, management offices, international organizations, insurance and re-insurance companies, research institutions in Italy and abroad.
The program is taught in English.

Quick Facts

Duration 2 years
Start Date September
Tuition Fee For Eu students fees are based on students’ family income. They range from about €156 to €4,000 per year.
For Non-EU students a flat rate is determined according to country of origin and range from €400 to €4,500.
Location Pavia, Italy


Students are going to study the following subjects and much more:

Reduction of Seismic Risk (ROSE): advanced methods of structural analysis, seismic design and verification of the structures, geotechnics applied to seismic engineering, land foundations and retaining structures, seismic risk and hazard Hydrogeological Risk Assessment and Mitigation (HYRIS): fluvial hydraulics, landslides, flood propagation and structural interventions for the reduction of flood risk, hydrological risk, applied geology and hydromorphology.

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Entry Requirements

  • 3-year Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in Engineering or similar background
  • B2 level English proficiency

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“What you expect when you plan a visit to an Italian town is to see ancient buildings, to experience grand medieval architecture, and to enjoy being part of a unique and lively environment. Pavia is this kind of town. The old University, its perfect location, the good public services around town, and the availability of study facilities offer the necessary conditions to facilitate the learning process. Thanks to the work of the many students’ organizations, entertainment is guaranteed: you will never be bored here!”

Ruslan Minich, Ukraine, graduate in World Politics and International Relations

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