Master of Science
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.
|Degree||Master of Science|
|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. Information for students with degrees from universities abroad: International Admission.|
|Procedure||As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) 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||International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Special Features||TU Darmstadt offers a Double Degree Programme at a partner university for this course.|
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.
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: Ph.D. at TU Darmstadt
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.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie e.V. (Main Association of the German Construction Industry)
Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) (Association of German Engineers)
Guidelines and Study Regulations
Previous degree programme guidelines can be found in the Satzungsbeilagen of TU Darmstadt or on the Webpages of your Studienbüro.
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