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Master's Degree in Civil Engineering for Mitigation of Risk from Natural Hazards

University of Pavia
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program

Master's Degree in Civil Engineering for Mitigation of Risk from Natural Hazards

The University of Pavia and the University for Advanced Studies IUSS Pavia present a new international Master's degree program in Civil Engineering for Mitigation of Risk from Natural Hazards. The program is structured in two curricula:

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

Courses are taught in English by highly qualified professors with an internationally recognized scientific activity.

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Admission requirements

  • 3-year undergraduate degree, a 3-year diploma or a foreign qualification degree that is recognized as eligible according to current regulations.

The admission Committee will make sure that the applicant has successfully taken a sufficient number of courses in basic and specific disciplines related to the field of civil engineering. A strong technical background in the basic and specific engineering subjects by the applicant is required and will be assessed through the documentation provided (degree certificate and transcript/diploma supplement) and, if necessary, an oral interview in English.

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Scholarships & funding

  • Fee Waiver: exemption from the payment of the University tuition fee (only the payment of the Regional Tax is required). 
  • EDiSU Pavia scholarship: Edisu scholarship benefits for all level applicants include: accommodation in a Residence; one meal per day at the canteens; a sum of money, according to the student’s  economic situation.
  • SUBJECT-SPECIFIC SCHOLARSHIP: Master’s Degree program Civil engineering for mitigation of risk from natural hazards awards scholarships to the most deserving International applicants, according to a merit-based evaluation. The scholarship provides a monthly grant.
  • “STUDY IN ITALY” : The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs also assigns scholarships to applicants from specific countries, fulfilling some merit requirements and enrolling in Master’s Degree and PhD programsThe scholarship provides a Tuition Fee exemption (Regional Tax excluded) and a monthly grant.


  • Fees for EU and non-EU students regularly residing in Italy are based on students’ family income and on the field of study. They range from about 156 EUR to 4000 EUR per year.
  • Non-Eu students with a valid study VISA can benefit from a flat rate, set on the basis of the Country of citizenship and the field of study. The flat rate ranges from 400 EUR to 4500 EUR per year.


Upon completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering for Mitigation of Risk from Natural Hazards. 

Career paths

This Master Course is designed to shape civil engineers with outstanding scientific and professional skills that are fully aware of the multi-faceted aspects of seismic and hydrogeological risk. Graduates may find employment in engineering design and consulting offices, construction companies, agencies of civil protection, governmental institutions, regional authorities, management offices, international organizations, insurance and reinsurance companies, research institutions.

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University of Pavia

The University of Pavia is one of the world’s oldest Academic Institutions. It was founded in 825 as a “School of law, rhetoric and liberal arts” by King Lothair I, and in 1361 it was officially established as a “Universitas...

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Why study at University of Pavia

Pavia: a city campus

Located in Lombardy Region, only 30 KM south of Milan, the City of Pavia offers a lively, genuine, cooperative and safe environment with a high quality of life. Pavia is the Capital of the fertile Province of Pavia, which is known for a variety of agricultural products -including wine, rice, cereals and dairy products- and is situated at the heart of Italy’s manufacturing district. Tts fascination remains intact with the center’s maze of narrow streets, ancient churches and elegant buildings, all bordered by the Ticino river. The countless events, festivals, exhibitions, concerts, meeting places and sports competitions combine to offer students a unique University experience.


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I would have to say that through this master program I have learned many computer aided programs for analyzing, modelling and simulating engineering projects. That is exactly what an engineering student needs for his future job prospects. In fact, professors in every lesson besides teaching theoretical subjects, showed us how we can use the appl...

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Complete program on hydrological and geological risks with focus both on theory and practice. The structure of the master is also very stimulating and clear

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University of Pavia

Strada Nuova 65
27100 Pavia

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