Prepares you for a career in building and construction
The MSc in Civil and Architectural Engineering programme provides you with sound knowledge of building and construction, with the opportunity to specialise in a related field. In the first year, students learn about structural concepts, risk and reliability engineering, and participate in group projects that allow them to work independently and combine theory with practice. The second year involves a thesis, the topic of which is decided upon consultation with professors.
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.
Choice of study packages
The first year of the MSc degree programme consists of a basic study package (30 ECTS) and two specialised study packages. All students take the basic study package, but you can choose your own specialised study packages from among the fields listed below. Each specialised study package amounts to 15 ECTS credits. The second year consists of an optional programme and a thesis.
The degree programme offers specialised study packages in the following fields:
You combine the specialised study packages with an optional programme, and conclude your studies with a written thesis. You can thus become a specialist in relevant fields of study connected with civil and architectural engineering.
AU Engineering and research
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 competences equal to the courses Applied Mathematics 1 (5 ECTS) and Applied Mathematics 2 (5 ECTS) can be documented:
In connection with possible admission, further requirements can be stipulated regarding the composition of the degree programme.
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. See the general English language requirements.
The thesis is written in collaboration with one of the research groups and requires that you have followed the three courses within the chosen specialisation
The main part of the programme is common for the two specialisations. However in order to support your academic specialisation you will be offered optional courses on either of the specialisations.
For further information on the structure of the programme please see the academic regulations for master's degree programmes.
If you have the necessary skills and interest, you have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme. In the PhD programme, you start working on a research project and are gradually trained through courses and personal guidance to become a researcher. You can read more here.
Structure, study start summer:
The Department of Engineering 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 the Tågekammeret association 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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With a Master’s degree in architectural engineering, you have the following skills:
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.