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The Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC) is an innovative educational format that offers interdisciplinary skills and understanding through a series of class seminars that are put in practice through hands-on workshops.  IAAC gives students the opportunity to create individual studio agendas and develop Pilot Thesis Projects based on the knowledge acquired during the seminars and workshops divided into 3 Modules. In this way, IAAC puts together an experimental learning environment for the training of professionals with both theoretical and practical responses to the increasing complexity of the construction sector.

The master offers a flexible structure to allow both full time or part-time dedication to the master. Full time students can complete the master in 1 academic year (October to July) while part time students can complete the Master in 2 academic years. Monthly encounters with professionals and researchers are condensed in a week of seminar lectures and hands-on workshops per month, and are combined with online classes and video conference reviews to offer the possibility for students to study from abroad with part time jobs. Full time students will have the possibility to develop their own studio and thesis project during the rest of 3 weeks of the months, while part time students can extend their study over 2 years to complete the studio and thesis project and acquire the master degree.  

Students will be part of a highly international group, including faculty members, researchers and lecturers, in which they are encouraged to develop collective decision-making processes and materialise their project ideas.


The Master in Robotic and Future Constructions (MRAC) comprises the following elements:

  • Theory – TH (master classes and online seminars)
  • Technology – TE (master classes and online seminars)
  • Workshop – WS (Hands-on intensive seminars)
  • Design and research Studio – ST
  • Research Trip – RT

Designing for fabrication machines, From Physical to Digital


  • TH – Digitised Production: Automation, Advanced and Additive Manufacturing in Construction
  • TE – Computational design: Parametric models & mass customisation
  • TE – CNC and Advanced Manufacturing technologies
  • WS – Robotic Manufacturing
  • WS – Additive Manufacturing
  • ST – Robotic Craft in Construction – Design Studio

23 ECTS full time or 15 ECTS part time (studio is excluded for the part time students)

Programming for Collaborative Machines, From Digital to Physical


  • TH – Artificial Intelligence, Human-Machine Interaction and Autonomous Robots in Construction
  • TE – IIoT, I/O Protocols, Sensors and Physical computing
  • TE – Computational intelligence: Physical simulations and Optimisation
  • WS – Aerial Drones for construction site and urban analytics
  • WS – Machine Interaction: Adaptive and Collaborative Robotics
  • ST – Robotic Intelligence in Construction – Research Studio

23 ECTS full time or 15 ECTS part time (studio is excluded in the part time students)

Developing for Construction Applications, From Lab to Market


  • TH – Market opportunity: Needs and Challenges of the Construction industry
  • RT – Industry and Factory visits
  • TE – Machine Intelligence: AI and Machine learning
  • TE – Mechatronic Design & Control systems
  • WS – Start Ups and Market innovation
  • WS – Construction Site Technologies (Augmented Reality, Human-Machine Interaction)
  • ST –  Robotic Applications in Construction, Pilot Project Thesis

29 ECTS full time or 15 ECTS part time (studio is excluded in the part time students)


The Master is being developed in close collaboration with industrial partners. Detailed list of partners to be announced.


IAAC is a leading education and research centre on Robotics and Future Constructions. Some of the latest projects of IAAC following parts of the agenda of the MaRC can be found here:

  1. On Site Robotics
  2. Mataerial
  3. 3d Printed Bridge
  4. Minibuilders

Notes: This programme is subject to change according to technology updates and real case studies by industry partners.

On Site Robotics by IAAC + Tecnalia


EDITION: 1st edition

DIRECTOR: Alexandre Dubor

DEGREE: Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction



FULL TIME – 9 months – From October 2018 to June 2019.

PART TIME  9 + 9 months – From October 2018 to June 2020.


Non EU 16 000 €

EU 11.200 €


ADMISSION: Engineering, Design or Architecture degree, Bachelor or higher degree from other related professions.

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