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CIVIL AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING

Master of Science in Engineering

About the programme
Language: English  (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September and January / February

Introduction

At the start of the study, you choose between five study lines. The choice of study line is a choice of a course package that influences the first three semesters. Currently, the study lines are

  • Infrastructures and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Innovative Structural Design
  • Building Science and Technology
  • Construction Management and Engineering

Apart from the courses that belong to the study lines, a number of elective courses can be chosen. At the third semester a 15 ECTS project course taken within a topic relating to the study line. Also, at the third semester, many students choose to study abroad at another university. The final semester is the master thesis semester, where you choose the topic. The master thesis work may be in cooperation with an external company.

The programme is taught by faculty members who are active researchers, so students benefit from a research-intensive environment and have the opportunity to work with researchers, as well as the chance to complete a project in collaboration with a private company.

Read more about the study packages under "Programme Structure"

Meet the students

Admission requirements

The following Bachelor's degrees qualify students for admission to the Master of science in Engineering degree programme in Civil and Architectural Engineering if mathematical competencies in level, extent and content equal to at least 20 ECTS on Bachelor level in Calculus, Linear Algebra, Probability Theory and Statistics can be documented. 

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Architectual Engineering from a Danish University specialised in either Construction Management, Integrated Energy Design/Technical Installations, Basic Bearing Constructions, Geotechnical Engineering or Architectual Engineering. 
  • A Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil and Architectual Engineering from a Danish University or University School of Engineering provided that the academic competencies with at least 60 ECTS in one of the specialised fields of either Construction Management, Integrated Energy Design/Technical installations, Bearing Constructions, Geotechnical Engineering or Architectual Engineering can be documented.  
  • A Bachelor of science degree with at least 60 ECTS in Civil and Architectural Engineering can qualify students for admission, provided that the academic requirements for the graduate engineer degree programme are met.
  • Other qualifications can provide admission to the graduate engineer degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above. 

In connection with possible admission, further requirements can be stipulated regarding the composition of the degree programme.

Download appendix for your application

If you apply for admission with an international Bachelor's degree, you must fill in this appendix and upload it in the application portal. The appendix serves to help the Admission Board assess your Bachelor’s degree in regard to the admission requirements.

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Language requirements

To qualify for admission to English language programmes you must document English language qualifications comparable to an "English B level" in the Danish upper secondary school (Danish upper secondary school level). See the general English language requirements.

Programme Structure


Studylines at Civil and Architectural Engineering:

Infrastructures and Geotechnical Engineering - Summer intake


Elective courses - Semester 1 (fall)

  • Structures I - Elements and Joints
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics in Civil and Architectural Engineering
  • Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics of Structures
  • Advanced Structural Dynamics
  • Bridge Design

Elective courses - Semester 2 (spring)

  • Structures II - Systems
  • Finite Element Analysis of Spatial Lightweight Structures
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Digital Crafting - Robotic Manufacturing and Construction  
  • Experimental Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Advanced Design of Concrete Structures
  • Systems Engineering (general)
  • Applied Innovation (general)

Elective courses - Semester 3 (fall)

  • Structures I - Elements and Joints
  • Tunnels and Large Underground Structures
  • Advanced Concrete Technology and Structures
  • Wave Propagation in Solids and Structures
  • Bridge Design
  • Hybrid Testing

Infrastructures and Geotechnical Engineering - Winter intake


Elective courses - Semester 1 (spring)

  • Structural Dynamics
  • Digital Crafting - Robotic Manufacturing and Construction  
  • Integrated Facade Engineering I
  • Systems Engineering (general)
  • Applied Innovation (general)
  • Physical Measurement Techniques
  • Advanced Design of Concrete Structures

Elective courses - Semester 2 (fall)

  • Structures I - Elements and Joints
  • Advanced Structural Dynamics
  • Advanced Concrete Technology and Structures
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics in Civil and Architectural Engineering
  • Hybrid Structures
  • Bridge Design

Elective courses - Semester 3 (spring)

  • Structures II - Systems
  • Experimental Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Finite Element Analysis of Spatial Lightweight Structures

Structural Engineering - Summer intake


Elective courses - Semester 1 (fall)

  • Computational Design and Constructability
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics in Civil and Architectural Engineering
  • Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics of Structures
  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Hybrid Structures
  • Bridge Design

Elective courses - Semester 2 (spring)

  • Formfinding in Building Design
  • Integrated Facade Engineering I
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Advanced Material Technology
  • Advanced Design of Concrete Structures
  • Advanced Material and Structural Mechanics
  • Systems Engineering (general)
  • Applied Innovation (general)

Elective courses - Semester 3 (fall)

  • Generative Building Design
  • Integrated Facade Engineering II
  • Advanced Concrete Technology and Structures
  • Wave Propagation in Solids and Structures
  • Bridge Design
  • Hybrid Testing

Structural Engineering - Winter intake


Elective courses - Semester 1 (spring)

  • Structural Dynamics (BSc)
  • Integrated Facade Engineering I
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Digital Crafting - Robotic Manufacturing and Construction  
  • Systems Engineering (general)
  • Applied Innovation (general)
  • The Theory of Science in Engineering

Elective courses - Semester 2 (fall)

  • Computational Design and Constructability
  • Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics of Structures
  • Advanced Concrete Technology and Structures
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics in Civil and Architectural Engineering
  • Hybrid Structures
  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Bridge Design

Elective courses - Semester 3 (spring)

  • Formfinding in Building Design
  • Structures II - Systems
  • Advanced Material and Structural Mechanics
  • Integrated Facade Engineering I

Innovative Structural Design - Summer intake


Elective courses - Semester 1 (fall)

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics in Civil and Architectural Engineering
  • Generative Building Design (Cancelled in fall 2022)
  • Hybrid Structures
  • Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics of Structures
  • Architectural Acoustics

Elective courses - Semester 2 (spring)

  • Adaptable and Kinetic Structures
  • Digital Crafting - Robotic Manufacturing and Construction  
  • Integrated Facade Engineering I
  • Experimental Mechanics and Dynamics

Elective courses - Semester 3 (fall)

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics in Civil and Architectural Engineering
  • Generative Building Design (Cancelled in fall 2022)
  • Hybrid Structures
  • Integrated Facade Engineering II
  • Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics of Structures
  • Architectural Acoustics

Innovative Structural Design- Winter intake


Elective courses - Semester 1 (spring)

  • Adaptable and Kinetic Structures
  • Digital Crafting - Robotic Manufacturing and Construction  
  • Integrated Facade Engineering I
  • Experimental Mechanics and Dynamics
  • The Theory of Science in Engineering

Elective courses - Semester 2 (fall)

  • Generative Building Design (Cancelled in fall 2022)
  • Hybrid Structures
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics in Civil and Architectural Engineering
  • Integrated Facade Engineering II
  • Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics of Structures
  • Architectural Acoustics

Elective courses - Semester 3 (spring)

  • Adaptable and Kinetic Structures
  • Digital Crafting - Robotic Manufacturing and Construction  
  • Integrated Facade Engineering I
  • Experimental Mechanics and Dynamics

Building Science and Technology - Summer intake


Elective courses - Semester 3 (fall)

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics in Civil and Architectural Engineering
  • Grid-interactive Buildings
  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Integrated Engineering Project

Building Science and Technology - Winter intake


Elective courses - Semester 1 (spring)

  • Advanced Building Control and Automation
  • Data-driven Building Energy Modelling
  • Systems Engineering (general)
  • Applied Innovation (general)
  • Formfinding in Building Design
  • Integrated Facade Engineering I

Elective courses - Semester 3 (spring)

  • Advanced Building Control and Automation
  • Data-driven Building Energy Modelling
  • Systems Engineering (general)
  • Applied Innovation (general)
  • Formfinding in Building Design
  • Integrated Facade Engineering I

Construction Management and Engineering - Summer intake


Elective courses - Semester 2 (spring)

  • Systems Engineering (general)
  • Applied Innovation (general)
  • Digital Crafting - Robotic Manufacturing and Construction

Elective courses - Semester 3 (fall)

  • International Construction Law (summer course).
  • Tech. Management and Organization (general)
  • Integrated Engineering Project

Construction Management and Engineering - Winter intake


Elective courses - Semester 1 (spring)

  • Systems Engineering (general)
  • Applied Innovation (general)

Elective courses - Semester 3 (spring)

  • International Construction Law (summer course).
  • Systems Engineering (general)
  • Applied Innovation (general)
  • Digital Crafting - Robotic Manufacturing and Construction  

Career

Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2016 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

Competence profile

With a Master’s degree in Civil- and architectural engineering, you have the following skills: 

  • You have general knowledge of architectural engineering and detailed knowledge of key disciplines, methodologies, theories and concepts within Civil- and architectural engineering.
  • You can independently plan, manage and implement projects and apply the results in scientifically relevant decision processes.
  • You can assess the applicability and appropriateness of theoretical, experimental and practical methodologies for the analysis and solution of scientific questions and issues.
  • You can structure your own competence development independently and critically.
  • You are able to systematically and critically familiarise yourself with new subject areas.
  • You can relay and communicate academic questions and issues to both a scientific and a general audience.
  • You can collaborate constructively on a scientific basis to solve subject-related issues.

Job opportunities

The varied forms of teaching, collaboration in groups and the opportunity for close scientific dialogue with the researchers, as well as the strong relationship with the industrial sector, provide graduates with competencies that are in great demand in the global job market. These competencies include abstract, critical and independent thinking, analytical skills, and strategic planning. You can use these skills in many contexts – even in jobs you didn’t know you were qualified for.

Previous graduates of the MSc Civil and Architectural Engineering programme are employed by consulting engineering firms, entrepreneurial firms, property companies, architecture firms, or in the building component industry. Graduates typically work in roles that involve developing and designing advanced building constructions, advanced energy technology solutions and industrialised building components – frequently in interdisciplinary collaboration with architects and designers.


We have a range of career services available here at AU, including job-hunting tips, networking events, and CV workshops, to give you a helping hand onto the Danish labour market. Take a look at our careers page to see how we can support you both before and after graduation.

Student life

Aarhus University has many social spaces where you can meet other students outside lessons and this is an excellent basis for social activities. There is an engineering club for staff and students through which students can network with like-minded people. Like all departments, there is a popular Friday bar, and "De Studerendes Råd - RIA" organises celebrations and social events for all students.

Campus – a unique place

Aarhus University campus is unique, with buildings closely grouped together and surrounded by nature. The campus is conveniently situated close to the city centre, and student accommodation is readily available as long as you apply on time. There are a range of activities, ranging from running to regatta on the lake, as well as guest lectures, film screenings, and university events taking place throughout the year. To ensure student well-being, counselling services are available for students, to offer support and guidance during their time at Aarhus.

Aarhus as a city

As the second-largest city in Denmark, Aarhus is a young and dynamic place with plenty of opportunities. The 40,000 students at the university make up 17.5% of the city’s population, which leaves its mark on city life. An attractive feature of Aarhus is that there are beaches and woods a short bike-ride away, as well as cultural events taking place throughout the year, including the Aarhus Festival in September. The theatres in the city and the ARoS international art museum offer many events that enable you to experience the Danish culture.

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