Earthquake Engineering and Seismic Resistant Structures (SMA)

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The PSP aims to provide students with specialized knowledge in the field of ‘Seismic Engineering, Seismic Analysis of Structures, Seismic Design and Retrofit of Structures’.


To achieve the objective of the PSP, postgraduate students must successfully attend and understand its four thematic units:

SMA50 – Dynamic Analysis of Structures

SMA51 – Geotechnical Seismic Engineering and Seismic Design of Geotechnical Structures

SMA62 – Seismic Design and Retrofit of Buildings

SMA63 – Special Topics in Analysis and Design of Structures in Earthquakes

Students who successfully complete all four T.U. will be able to:

  • Break down a structural dynamics problem into sub-problems, synthesize suitable sub-problems, evaluate system simulations and methods for calculating structural responses and evaluate analysis and synthesis results as they relate to practice.
  • Evaluate the seismic risk of civil engineering projects and provide seismic design for natural slopes, dams, embankments, retaining walls and surface and deep foundations.
  • Plan or evaluate the seismic design of reinforced concrete, steel, or composite structures.
  • recognize structures characterized by increased seismic vulnerability and retrofit them by repairing or strengthening critical structural elements. Students will also have acquired the basic necessary knowledge to approach and analyze the process restoration of a monument, or any other necessary intervention to ensure its conservation and the preservation of the architectural heritage in general.

Curriculum Academic Credits (ECTS): 120

The minimum duration of studies is two (2) academic terms.

UNESCO ISCED-2011 Classification

– according to field of education: 58 Architecture and building

– according to education level: 7

UNESCO ISCED-2013 Classification

– according to field of education: 0732 Building and civil engineering

The Post-graduate programme accepts graduates or higher institution diplomas of related disciplines. The programme is offered in Greek. 

The knowledge of a foreign language and good computer-Internet skills would be useful for the successful participation in the programme.


Holders of a degree or diploma of higher education means graduates of Greek Universities or Polytechnics or Higher School of Fine Arts or Higher School of Pedagogical and Technological Education or Higher Technological Educational Institutions (ATEI) or those who hold academically equivalent first cycle degrees from recognized foreign educational institutions with the degrees awarded by the Greek Higher Educational Institutions, in accordance with the provisions of article 304 of Law No. 4957/2022 (Government Gazette 141/21.07.2022, vol.)


For the evaluation of the application to the Postgraduate Studies Programme, it will be examined whether the candidate’s institution of study is or may be included in the National Register of Recognised Higher Education Institutions of Foreign Countries and whether the candidate’s degree is or may be included in the National Register of Types of Degrees of Recognised Institutions of Foreign Countries.

The Hellenic Open University, if the degree is included in the list of article 307 of Law No. 4957/2022, must request a “Certificate of Place of Study”, which is issued and sent by the foreign university. If the place of study or part of the studies is confirmed as the Greek territory, the degree is not recognized, unless the part of the studies that took place in the Greek territory is in a public higher education institution or in a recognized foreign educational institution within the meaning of paragraph b) of article 299 of Law No. 4957/2022.

1st Year


SMA50 Dynamic Analysis of Structures

(C¹, 20 ECTS)

SMA51 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Seismic Design of Geotechnical Structures

(C, 20 ECTS)

SMA62 Seismic design and redesign of buildings

(C, 20 ECTS)

2nd Year


SMA63 Special topics in seismic analysis and design of structures

(C, 20 ECTS)

MSc Thesis

(C, 40 ECTS)



C¹: Compulsory


Fast-Track Foundation Course

The PSP offers a fast-track foundation course. This course is of a supportive nature, and attendance is optional. Tuition fees are 25% of the cost of a single T.U. The program is meant for students who do not possess a Diploma in Civil Engineering, and possess diplomas in other fields of Engineering. Under no circumstances can the course replace any of the other four T.U. of the PSP. The course has a duration of three (3) four-hour (4) meetings. The meetings will discuss elements of static structural analysis, elements of numerical structural analysis, elements of material strength, elements of soil mechanics and elements of design and reinforced concrete and steel members. Students will be provided with a syllabus comprised of brief notes (with numerical examples) roughly 80-100 pages in length, and not with a book.


Module Selection Instructions

Students in the first (1st) academic term may select all three of the following T.U.: SMA50, SMA51, and SMA62. Students who do not possess the necessary time to select all three must first select either SMA50, or SMA50 and SMA51.

Students who wish to complete the PSP in two academic terms must successfully pass the three 1st-term T.U. in their first academic term, and prepare their postgraduate diploma thesis concurrently with attendance and completion of the final T.U., SMA63.

When selecting T.U.s, students must first select all the available T.U.s that belong to the previous term and then select T.U.s belonging to the next term.

Students may only present their Postgraduate Diploma Thesis after successfully completing all the T.U. of the PSP.

To obtain the postgraduate specialization diploma, students must successfully attend all four Thematic Units, and successfully prepare and present their Postgraduate Diploma Thesis.


Georgios Papagiannopoulos, Associate Professor
Field of Specialization: Dynamic Analysis of Structures with emphasis on Natural Disaster Management

e-mail: papagiannopoulos@eap.gr

Tuition fees for each Thematic Unit are 650€, and the total tuition fees for the Postgraduate Study Program are 3.250€.

For more information regarding the program, please contact:
Student Registration Department from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 13:00:

Telephone Number: 2610367332

Ε-mail: sma@eap.gr

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