Degree in Construction

240 credits - Higher Polytechnic School

Implementation year of this curriculum version

In accordance with Royal Decree 1393/2007, the aim of the Degree in Construction is to provide general training in disciplines to enable students the carry out the regulated profession of Quantity Surveyor. These studies are regulated by ministerial order Order ECI/3855/2007 - 29th December 2007. They may perform the following tasks, amongst others:

  • Supervise the material performance of construction work, carry out financial control of the work, draft health and safety studies, carry out technical activities for calculations, measurements, assessments and appraisals, and financial viability studies, and draw up plans for lots and buildings.
  • Draft construction projects for new-build and renovation projects, in accordance with his/her competencies and functions.
  • Manage new construction technologies, take part in the quality management processes in construction, directing and managing their use, as well as building conservation and maintenance.
  • Provide technical advice on the manufacturing processes for materials and elements used in building construction.
  • Manage the entire real estate process.

To achieve this, nearly seventy different skills and abilities are worked on.

Credit Summary

Core Training Mandatory Elective Subjects External Practicum Final Degree Project Total
  60   138   24   -   18 240

Subject list by year and semester


First Year

First Semester

Space Representation Systems*
Construction I. History of Construction

Second Semester

Statistical Applications*
Foundations of Installations*
Graphic Expression in Building*
Materials I*
Economics and Enterprise*

Second Year

First Semester

Computer-aided Design
Structures I
Installations I
Materials II
Construction I

Second Semester

Construction III
Structures II
Reconsiderations and Topography
Materials III

Third Year

First Semester

Work Organisation and Teams
Measurements, Quotations and Valuations I
Health and Safety
Installations I

Second Semester

Measurements, Quotations and Valuations II**
Structures III
Construction IV

Fourth Year

First Semester

Quality Control
Technical Projects
Geotechnics and Foundations
Final Degree Project (annual)


* Core Training
** Students must select one of the two languages

Second Semester



Core Skills

  • Scientific Fundaments
    1. An aptitude for using applied knowledge related to numerical and infinitesimal calculus.
    2. Applied knowledge of linear algebra, analytic and differential geometry.
    3. An ability to use statistical probability and analysis techniques and methods.
    4. Applied knowledge of the principles of general mechanics, the statics of structural systems, mass point geometry, the principles and analysis methods of the elasticity of solids.
  • Graphic Expression
    1. The ability to apply spatial systems of representation.
    2. An aptitude for producing sketches, proportionality, the language and techniques of graphic representation of construction elements.
  • Chemistry and Geology
    1. Knowledge of the chemical characteristics of materials used in construction, their production processes, the testing methodology to determine characteristics, geological origin, environmental impact; waste recycling and management.
  • Facilities
    1. Knowledge of the theoretical foundations and basic principles in fluid mechanics, hydraulics, electricity and electromagnetism, calorimetry and heat and moisture transfer, and sound applied to construction.
  • Business
    1. Suitable knowledge of the concept of business, its institutional framework, models of organisation, planning, control and strategic decision-making in environments of certainty, risk and uncertainty; production systems, costs, planning, funding sources and the production of financial plans and budgets.
    2. The ability to run small businesses and be part of a multi-disciplinary team at large corporations.
  • Law
    1. Basic knowledge of the legal system in public administration, and government and private contracting procedures.

Specific Skills

  • Graphic Expression
    1. The ability to interpret and produce graphic documentation for a project.
    2. An aptitude for collecting data, producing plans and geometric control of building units.
    3. Knowledge of infographic procedures and methods applied to construction.
    4. An aptitude for using cartographic procedures and methods applied to construction.
    5. An aptitude for working with topographic instruments and produce the graphic representation of lots and buildings, as well as rejigging them on the ground.
  • Construction Techniques and Technology
    1. Knowledge of traditional or prefabricated building materials and systems used in construction, their variations and defining physical and mechanical features.
    2. The ability to adapt construction materials to building type and use, manage and supervise material reception and quality control, installation, performance control for building units and carrying out trials and final tests.
    3. Knowledge of the historical evolution in building techniques and elements, and the structural systems that have given rise to different styles.
    4. An aptitude for identifying building elements and systems, defining their function and compatibility, installation in the construction process as per specific regulations, and setting out and resolving construction details.
    5. Knowledge of specific implementation control procedures for building work.
    6. The ability to judge the causes and proof of faults in buildings, propose solutions to avoid or repair damage, and analyse the useful life of construction elements and systems.
    7. An aptitude for taking part in renovating buildings, and restoring and conserving construction heritage.
    8. The ability to produce manuals and maintenance plans, and manage their implementation in the building.
    9. Knowledge of environmental impact assessments for building and demolition processes, and sustainability in construction.
    10. Knowledge of the basic principle behind environmental, economic and social sustainability.
    11. An aptitude for applying procedures and techniques to assess energy efficiency in buildings.
  • Construction Structures and Facilities
    1. The ability to apply technical regulations to the construction process and produce technical specification documents on building construction procedures and methods.
    2. An aptitude for applying specific regulations to facilities in the construction process.
    3. An aptitude for pre-dimensioning, design, calculation and verification of structures to manage implementation and apply specific regulations: steel and timber. 
    4. An aptitude for pre-dimensioning, design, calculation and verification of structures to manage implementation and apply specific regulations: concrete.
    5. Knowledge about soil mechanics and soil-structure interaction, structural types of foundation and design, calculation and verification as per regulations.
    6. An aptitude for applying the methods for determining forces on structural elements in construction.
    7. The ability to constructively implement building facilities, control and plan their implementation, and verify the service and reception tests, as well as their maintenance.
    8. Knowledge of the specificities in civil engineering, existing types, as well as an aptitude for pre-dimensioning civil engineering structures.
  • Process Management
    1. The ability to schedule and organise building processes, work teams, and the technical and human resources to carry them out and maintain them.
    2. Knowledge of construction law and its contractual relations that occur at different stages in the building process, as well as specific legislation, regulations and standards on prevention and coordination in occupational health and safety in construction.
    3. An aptitude for producing reports, basic studies and plans for occupational health and safety, and coordinating safety during the building design project or implementation stage.
    4. The ability to manage site quality control; draft, apply, introduce and update quality manuals and plans; perform quality management audits at businesses, as well as produce the building registry.
    5. An aptitude for analysing, designing and implementing solutions that facilitate universal access to buildings and their surroundings.
    6. Knowledge of how professional and study work is organised, professional offices and association, regulations and legislation linked to the duties performed by Engineers in Construction, and the liability framework associated with the activity.
  • Urban Management
    1. The ability to produce and calculate basic, ancillary, unit and discount prices for work units; analyse and control costs during the building process; produce budgets.
    2. An aptitude for producing market studies, valuations and appraisals, real estate viability studies, surveys and economic appraisals of risks and damage in construction.
    3. The ability to analyse and produce building evacuation projects.
    4. Knowledge of the regulatory framework for urban management and discipline.
  • Technical Projects
    1. The ability to apply the required advanced tools to solve those parts included in the technical project and its management.
    2. An aptitude for drafting technical work and construction projects that do not require an architectural brief, as well as demolition and decoration projects.
    3. An aptitude for drafting documents that are part of implementation projects produced in a multi-disciplinary manner.
    4. The ability to analyse construction implementation briefs and their transition to actual construction.
    5. Knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of those who take part in the construction process, their professional or business organisation, and the administrative, management and processing tasks.
    6. Knowledge of the professional organisation and basic processes in the field of building and development.
  • Final Degree Project
    1. The ability to present and defend before a university panel a final degree project comprising an integration exercise of the course content taken and the skills acquired.

Key Skills

  1. Problem-solving.
  2. IT knowledge linked to the area of study.
  3. An aptitude for taking decisions.
  4. The ability to analyse and summarise.
  5. An aptitude for information management.
  6. Knowledge of a foreign language.

Personal Skills

  1. Ethical commitment.
  2. Critical reasoning.
  3. An aptitude for teamwork.
  4. Effective time management skills.
  5. Efficient negotiation skills.
  6. Acknowledging diversity and multiculturalism.
  7. A sensibility towards environmental issues.
  8. Motivation for quality.
  9. Independent learning.
  10. Sensibility and respect towards historical heritage.