From traditional garden and park management to an integral management of green infrastructure

Level 7 in the European Qualification Framework (EQF)

ECTS Theoric-Practice
ECTS internships
ECTS End of master project

UPM´s (Polytechnic University of Madrid) own Study Programme

Historic and unique gardens, as well as green infrastructures, are part of our cultural and natural heritage.


They play a decisive social role, as they are intimately linked to people´s health and well-being, and to social and economic development.


Their sustainable management, maintenance, preservation and restoration are vital in shaping an urban environment which prioritizes our cities´ renaturation.

This approach -which guarantees multiple social benefits regarding health and enjoyment, as well as meeting other challenges such as the protection of biodiversity, ecosystems and their services, or climate change resilience- needs trained professionals who are up to date with new outlooks, trends and innovations in these fields.


There is a high demand, both in public and private sectors, for profiles familiar with the specificities of historic and natural monuments´ management, as well as of the ecosystem services provided by green infrastructure.


The study programme´s main objective is to train specialists in the preservation, management, maintenance and restoration of unique and historic gardens and green infrastructures´ landscape and tree heritage, in urban and peri-urban areas.


This Master´s is the University´s own highest postgraduate educational degree within its field, and its objective is to provide students with a specialized and multi-disciplinary advanced training, and an academic or professional specialization equivalent to Level 7 European Qualification Framework (EQF). Once the Master´s is successfully completed, students will be awarded the Polytechnic University of Madrid Master´s Degree in Historic Gardens and Ecosystem Services provided by Green Infrastructure, signed by the University´s (UPM) Rector.

UPM´s own Master´s Degree

— A graduate or equivalent degree is required
— Theory-Practice: 55 ECTS credits
— Internships: 20 ECTS credits
— Final Master´s Project: 15 ECTS credits

Total: 90 ECTS credits

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Módulos del máster


Coordinator: Antonio Prieto, ETSIMFMN​ – UPM Professor


Coordinator: Luis Hieraux, Vice-Rector o Gardening and Trees at the Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid-CSIC


Corrdinators: Ángel Muñoz, Head of Gardens and Mountains at Patrimonio Nacional, and Santiago Soria, Head of Biodiversity and Inventory at Madrid City Council


Coordinator: Ramón Morales, Vice-Director of Gardening and Trees at the Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid- CSIC


Coordinator: José Luis Rodríguez Gamo, Head of Climate Change and Biodiversity at Ferrovial Servicios 

In addition to classes, students will also participate in scheduled visits, and national and international experts will hold conferences and seminars

The master is for

Professionals who wish to acquire further knowledge in green heritage management, preservation and maintenance, as well as for graduates from related studies, such as forest and natural environment engineering; environmental, agronomic and agro-environmental technology; architecture; landscaping; biology; heritage conservation and restoration, among others


As specialists in the academic, business and public sectors, our teachers are devoted to the preservation, maintenance, management and restoration of heritage elements, green infrastructure and the species which inhabit them, within urban and peri-urban environments. All of them have participated in developing the study programme and will conduct classes in their field of expertise


Putting studies into practice is the best way to consolidate knowledge and test hands-on the level of skills and training acquired. Aware of this, this programme offers students internships in different partner companies, so they can efficiently undertake professional responsibilities in a work environment and complete their studies with a necessary practical training.

Ongoing Training Degrees

Ongoing training course will efficient and quickly meet the demands of professionals in the field who wish to broaden, specialize, improve or update their knowledge in specific areas. These courses do not require a graduate or equivalent degree.

University Extension Diploma

— University degree´s is not required to be admitted
— 6 EQF
— 33 ECTS Theory-Practice credits
— No internships


— Green urban infrastructures verdes, natural capital and urban trees management
— Green urban infrastructures verdes, natural capital and unique and historic gardens
— Green urban infrastructures verdes, natural capital and botanic gardens
— Urban trees management, green infrastructure and botanic gardens
— Urban trees management, green infrastructure and botanics gardens
— Urban trees management, ecosystem services and unique and historic gardens
— Natural capital, botanic and historic gardens
— Green infrastructure and botanic, unique and historic gardens

Level 6 n the European Qualification Framework (EQF) - equivalent to a degree

The University Extension Diploma will professionally prepare its participants by taking an in-depth look into specific areas from an eminently practical approach. Upon successful completion, students will receive the

respective University Extension Diploma from the Polytechnic University of Madrid signed by the UPM´s rector

Expert Course

— University degree´s is not required to be admitted

— 22 ECTS credits

— No internships



— Green infrastructure and unique and historic gardens
— Green infraestructure and natural capital
— Green infrastructure and botanic gardens
— Green infrastructure and urban trees

— Urban trees management and natural capital
— Hisctoric gardens and natural capital
— Urban trees management and unique and historic gardens
— Urban trees management and botanic gardens
— Botanic, unique and historic gardens

Upon successful completion, students will receive the Polytechnic University of Madrid´ Expert Diploma in the specific field, signed by the UPM´s rector

Specific Training Courses

— University degree´s is not required to be admitted
— Theory-Practice: 11 ECTS credits
— No internships

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— Urban and periurban green infrastructure
— Urban trees management

— Unique and historic gardens
— Botanic gardens
— Ecosystem services and urban forests

Following the Specific Training Courses, students will obtain the corresponding Specific Training Certification in the appropriate field. The Certification will be issued by the respective vice rector, or by a delegated person

University graduates who complete all five specific training courses, 20 internship ECTS credits and obtain 15 Final Master´s Project ECTS credits, will be awarded the Master´s Degree in Historic Gardens and Ecosystem Services provided by Green Infrastructure

Postgraduate Training

5 Specific training courses + internships + TFM

1 Master Degree


Continuous Training

Specific Training Course

1 Specific Training Certificate

2 Specific Training Courses

1 Expert Diploma

3 Specific Training Courses

1 University Extension Diploma


September 2019 - June 2020

The Historic Gardens and Ecosystem Services provided by Green Infrastructure own Training Programme was created to meet the demand for specific and technological training in the fields of green infrastructures´ maintenance, management and restoration, which constitute our cultural and natural heritage, as well as of the species which live in them

The programme offers UPM´s own training at different levels -Master´s, Expert Courses, University Extension and Specific Training- which were lacking in this field. The training they offer is in high demand among services businesses which manage and maintain heritage green areas, as they need professionals who have been specifically trained; by learning updated and innovative technologies and concepts, they will be able to preserve the cultural and green infrastructure heritage of our urban and peri-urban environments

Unique and historic gardens must be regarded as monuments and many of them have been declared as Heritage of Cultural Interest, requiring specific and controlled maintenance, preservation and restoration by technicians. These technicians must be specialized in the management and conservation of heritage elements and tree, shrub and grass species in urban and peri-urban environments, as they are also frequently regulated by specific heritage conservation legislation

A city´s “green infrastructures” can be defined as the strategically planned set of networks or systems which include all its trees, as a group or individually, in urban and peri-urban areas, designed and managed to offer a wide range of ecosystem services and protect biodiversity in urban and peri-urban environments. Urban forests are the green infrastructure´s backbone, connecting urban and rural areas and contributing to the improvement of cities´ environmental print. Caring for them is caring for everyone´s well-being

The programme is perfectly aligned with the training required by businesses and public administrations for an appropriate management, conservation and restoration of urban green infrastructures by profiles with appropriate skills

Why this programme is for you

If you wish to complement your studies in classic gardening history (Renaissance, Baroque and landscaping) and learn the old and new management techniques of classical and modern gardens

Antonio Prieto


Because it´s the only comprehensive training available in Spain which addresses green infrastructure management from an integrated point of view

José Luis Rodríguez Gamo

Ferrovial Servicios

You will learn from the best accredited professionals who work in the most relevant Administrations in budgeting management and in the largest service companies

Ángel Muñoz

Patrimonio Nacional

Learning which tools and approaches work in the transition towards sustainability within urban´s green infrastructure framework is crucial to guaranteeing an efficient use of natural assets and ecosystem services such as water, trees, recreational areas or habitats for species. The programme´s modules are complementary, offering an updated overview of the methodologies and solutions which have been successfully implemented in this field, and which contribute to improving people´s well-being and the renaturation of our cities

David Álvarez


What skills will you learn?

With this programme you will acquire the skills and knowledge to advance within your company or the public sector you work in. And, if you have an entrepreneurial disposition, you can create your own business project thanks to your studies and internship and offer more demanding clients a professional and solid business proposition

Antonio Prieto


With this Master´s you will learn how to innovate and manage natural capital from an integrated approach, versus traditional management of green areas. The programme focuses on ecosystem services and how the implementation of innovative green infrastructure management can affect people´s health, air and water quality, well-being, leisure time, sports and mobility. Biodiversity conservation and the new strategic planning concepts, both in high demand within the urban green infrastructure management sector, have a protagonist role in our Master´s

José Luis Rodríguez Gamo

Ferrovial Servicios

With this Master´s you will learn how to manage large cities´ green areas and unique gardens, as well as acquiring a consistent comprehension of how a city manages its wooded areas and singular trees

Luis Hiernaux


The new environmental and financial framework requires professionals with the skills which will help both the private and public sector adapt to the rapidly changing times, on the path toward a more sustainable future. Our training programme will enable you with the technical knowledge, tools and skills to meet this need

David Álvarez


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Master address

Gabriel Dorado Martín

Tel. 910 671 584/ Móvil: 686 201 110


Juan Manuel Martínez

Tel. 910 671 584