Civil Engineering (Master of Science)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrolment) consist of a Bachelor of Science degree or Bachelor of Engineering degree in a similar area or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental student advisory service. Please also note the general information on Master’s Degree programmes, including information for students with degrees from universities abroad: International Admission.|
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (assessment of suitability) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester (recommended) or summer semester (programme schedule not guaranteed)|
Application Deadline: July 15 (for winter semester); January 15 (for summer semester).|
Please note: You should apply well before the deadline (~ 12 weeks) if you also need to apply for visa.
|Application: Online application|
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The degree programme Master of Science in Civil Engineering offers students to combine the broad scope of the area with a specialisation in several sub-fields of civil engineering. A mentoring system supports each student in this process. Another option is for a student to pursue a scientific sub-field as their focus instead of organising their own personalised programme.
It is also recommend that students spend a semester abroad studying or working towards the Master’s thesis.
The Master of Science in Civil Engineering is divided into four areas, as follows:
Mandatory specialised courses consist of courses from the interdisciplinary project “Building and Environment”.
Regular specialised courses may be chosen from the following areas:
- Construction Technologies and Management
- Building Construction and Building Physics
- Structural Mechanics
- Facility Management
- Real Estate Valuation
- Solid Construction
- Numerical Methods and Computer Science in Building Construction
- Steel Construction
- Theory of Structures
- Environmental, Spatial and Infrastructure Planning
- Environmental Technologies
- Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management
- Material Technology
Within the research specialisation Civil Engineering three (or four) of these research areas may be chosen, such that one of them serves as the individual specialisation for the Master’s thesis. Students also choose “Basic Research Modules”, plus another two “Advanced Research Modules” in the area of the Master’s thesis specialisation. “Additional Modules from other departments” may be chosen as alternatives or supplements to the two other types of modules.
Optional Specialised Courses supplement the regular specialised courses as module choices from the course catalogue which have not yet been attended. The various research areas and the additional module catalogue of optional specialised courses.
Another alternative in the program is to focus on a scientific specialisation in one of the following areas:
- Construction Management
- Construction Mechanics
- Construction and Maintenance of Transport Facilities
- Civil Safety Engineer
- Facility Management
- Structural Engineering
- Constructive Engineering
- Planning, Design and Management of Traffic and Transport Systems
- Water and the Environment
Suitable modules from the regular and optional specialised courses or courses from the regular course catalogue will also be recommended to students.
Optional General Courses from the TU Darmstadt course catalogue or other individually recommended courses allow students to attend other interesting courses.
The Master’s Thesis in the chosen research specialisation comprises the final stage of the degree programme. This independent research project takes an entire semester and forms an essential part of the Master’s degree programme.
Further information may be found at: www.bauing.tu-darmstadt.de
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While the Bachelor of Science focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing students with more depth and breadth scientifically and more insight into the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme the Master of Science enables and requires students to adopt their own major focus and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile. For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Science degree.
Related Degree Programmes
|Civil Engineering and Geodesy (B.Sc.) (Bauingenieurwesen und Geodäsie, B.Sc.)|
|Applied Geosciences (M.Sc.) (Angewandte Geowissenschaften, M.Sc.)|
|Architecture (M.Sc.) (Architektur, M.Sc.)|
|Chemistry (M.Sc.) (Chemie, M.Sc.)|
|Computational Engineering (M.Sc.)|
|Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (M.Sc.) (Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, M.Sc.)|
|Energy Science and Engineering (M.Sc.)|
Geodesy and Geoinformation (M.Sc.) (Geodäsie und Geoinformation, M.Sc.)|
|Mechanical and Process Engineering (M.Sc.) (Maschinenbau, M.Sc.)|
|Mechanics (M.Sc.) (Mechanik, M.Sc.)|
|Mechatronics (M.Sc.) (Mechatronik, M.Sc.)|
|Traffic and Transport (M.Sc.) (Verkehrswesen, M.Sc.)|
|Environmental Engineering (M.Sc.) (Umweltingenieurwissenschaften, M.Sc.)|
|Business Engineering – Technical Field of Studies Civil Engineering (M.Sc.) (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen – Technische Fachrichtung Bauingenieurwesen, M.Sc.)|
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
Construction, planning, structural organisation and finally implementation are the main activities of civil engineers. They not only undertake classical building planning, but are also involved in infrastructural issues, such as how traffic and transport routes and drinking water supplies affect the construction and maintenance of buildings.
Another important part of a civil engineer’s activities include the energy efficiency-related reconstruction and refurbishment of buildings. They look at how buildings and facilities can be constructed to be as energy-efficient as possible, weighing the pros and cons of using renewable resources.
Civil engineers investigate the architectural feasibility of construction projects, oversee funding, and make sure safety standards are considered. They also assume responsibility for facility management.
Civil engineers may be hired by the following employers: construction firms, engineering offices, real estate firms, IT firms, transport firms, government offices and engineering organisations, the construction vehicle industry and the building materials industry.
For this reason it is important to start early in the degree program to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. In this way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Bund Deutscher Baumeister, Architekten und Ingenieure (BDB) (Association of German Builders, Architects and Engineers)
Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie e.V. (Main Association of the German Construction Industry)
Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) (Association of German Engineers)