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Master in Composite Materials

Teaching period: October 2021-December 2022 (1 year)

Credits: 90 ECTS

Attendance conditions: On-campus education 

Languages: Spanish

Collaborating entities: AIRBUS


Required qualification

University Degree (Spanish University Degrees: Bachelor, 4-5 years; Engineer, 5-6 years; Architect, 5 years; Technical Engineer, 3 years; Technical Architect, 3 years; Diplomado, graduate under a three-year course programme).

Programme objectives

The Master in Composite Materials arises as a result of the need, formally expressed by leading companies within the aeronautical sector, to train graduates from engineering fields related to the sector in order to acquire different knowledge required for design, manufacture and certification of structures build using composite materials. Within the aeronautical sector, AIRBUS has taken the lead in the definition of training needs which has resulted in an UPM academic programme according to which, in our opinion, it is possible to acquire the required skills to develop structures made from composite material. One of the objectives of this programme is to compress professionals' training time and provide both a global and detailed view of design, analysis, manufacture and certification process of a composite materials structure. Through this approach, we believe it makes easier for a new graduate to have access into employment and it provides professionals within the sector the ability to integrate the knowledge from different areas related to composite materials, facilitating the necessary concurrent engineering. Therefore, the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid has elaborated a 90 ECTS Academic Programme (whose structure is detailed below) to be delivered not only by professors and lecturers with extensive teaching and research experience, but also by renowned industry experts, in the areas of interest to the Master. This programme includes theoretical content, supported by lab sessions and a Final Master Project.



Denomination course: Master
ECTS Duration: 90
Dates (start/end): 4 October 2021 / 20 June 2022
Registration Dates: 14 Jun 2021 / 20 September 2021
Requirement: Graduate degree in Engineering or Sciences

Timetable: Monday to Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Interested student must be registered for all Master’s subjects. Under exceptional justified circumstance (work trips, etc.) people that cannot attend some of the teaching modules, they will be allowed to do them in the following years, reenrolling or paying any additional amount.

Certificate awarded: Master in Composite Materials

Available position: 40
Registration fee: 9.900,00 euros
Campus: E.T.S.I. Aeronáutica y del Espacio
In collaboration with: AIRBUS

Master Coordinator and Director
Alfredo Güemes
Dr. in Aeronautical Engineering
Associate Professor (Department of Material Science)
E.T.S.I.A.E - U.P.M

Yolanda Hernández Hernández
Secretary of the master / Due to the pandemic there is no telephone assistance


Course Outline

  1. 1ST TERM Constituents Materials and Characterization. Manufacturing processes for polymer matrix composites structures. Design of advanced composites structures.
  2. 2ND TERM Numerical simulation techniques. Analysis of advanced composites structures. Production management: Lean manufacturing. Certification of aircraft composites structures.
  3. 3RD TERM In service behaviour and repairs. Project management and Quality control. Metal matrix composites (MMC), Ceramic matrix composites (CMC). Smart composites. Applications for Space structures. Concurrent engineering. Environmental regulations. Nanocomposites and biocomposites. Recycling. Health and safety.
  4. Final Master Project Individual assignment equivalent to 27 ECTS (June-December 2016).


Pre-register in this programme.