Master of Science in Civil and Architectural Engineering 

Master of Science in
Civil and Architectural
Engineering

Prepares you for a career in building and construction

Introduction

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.

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.

Read more about the study packages under "Programme Structure"

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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 competences equal to the courses Applied Mathematics 1 (5 ECTS) and Applied Mathematics 2 (5 ECTS) can be documented:

  • A Bachelor of Engineering degree or a Bachelor of Technical Science degree with the Construction field of study containing subject modules amounting to at least 60 ECTS in respectively; a) basic bearing constructions, b) basic indoor climate and technical installations or c) construction management.
  • Basis for admission must be identical to the choice of specialisation for: a) structural systems and b) integrated energy design.
  • Bachelor’s degrees with at least 60 ECTS in the field of construction can provide admission, provided that the academic requirements for the Master’s degree are met.
  • Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s 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.

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. See the general English language requirements.

Programme Stucture

The study structure in Civil and Architectural Engineering consists of a basic package consisting of 30 ECTS. The basic package is common for all specialisations. Two study packages with basis specialisation. Each study package consists of three courses which together correspond to 15 ECTS. One study package must be fully complied, while the other study package must contain at least two of the three courses.

Elective courses (recommended course indicated) corresponding to at least 30 ECTS and a Master thesis (30 ECTS. 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.

Compulsory Courses


Autumn:

Numerical Analysis in Civil Engineering - 5 ECTS
Research Methods in Civil and Architectural Engineering - 5 ECTS
Experimental Mechanics Theory (For students specializing in structural engineering, tectonic design, geotechnical engineerin) - 5 ECTS
Integrated Energy Design (For students specializing in integrated energy design) - 5 ECTS
Advanced Planning and Scheduling of Construction Projects (For students specializing in construction management) - 5 ECTS


Spring:

Innovation and Entrepreneurship - 5 ECTS
Risk and Reliability in Engineering - 5 ECTS
Structural Concepts (For students specializing in structural engineering, tectonic design, construction management, geotechnical engineering) - 5 ECTS
Heat transfer and Mass Transport (For students specializing in integrated energy design) - 5 ECTS

Specialised study packages


Autumn:

Construction Management
Innovative Construction processes - 10 ECTS
Lean, Lean Construction & Lean Design - 5 ECTS


(Day) Lighting Design
Daylighting Design and Lighting Simulation - 10 ECTS
Electric Lighting Design - 5 ECTS


Fluid Dynamics and Building Ventilation
Air Physics in Building Ventilation - 5 ECTS
CFD in Architectural Engineering - 5 ECTS
Natural Ventilation - 5 ECTS


Geotechnical Engineering
Experimental Geotechnics - 10 ECTS
Numerical Analysis in Geotechnical Engineering - 5 ECTS


Structural Dynamics and Monitoring
Modal Analysis - 5 ECTS
Structural Dynamics - 10 ECTS


Tectonic Design
Computational Design - 5 ECTS
Form-finding in Building Design - 5 ECTS
Tectonics in Engineering and Archuctural design - 5 ECTS



Spring:

Indoor Climate and Energy
Energy-efficient Building Envelope Design - 5 ECTS
Indoor Climate - 5 ECTS
Simulation of Building Energy Systems - 5 ECTS


Structural Analysis and Concrete Structures
Design of Steel Structures - 5 ECTS
Limit Analysis and Design of Concrete Structures - 10 ECTS



Elective courses to be offered from AY2018 (besides project and study courses)

  • Advanced Finite Element Analysis of Structures - 5 ECTS
  • Wave Hydro Dynamics – 5 ECTS
  • Data-based modelling of building thermal dynamics – 5 ECTS
  • Architectural Acoustics - 5 ECTS
  • Integrated Engineering Project – 5 ECTS
  • Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation – 5 ECTS
  • International Construction law – 10 ECTS (14 day workshop in August, Summer course)
  • Prestressed Concrete structures – 5 ECTS
  • Random Vibration – 5 ECTS
  • Structural Mechanics and Dynamics of Windturbines – 5 ECTS
  • R&D project in engineering 5, 10, 15, or 20 ECTS


Academic regulations


Study Program diagram

Structure, study start summer:


 


PhD programme

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. 


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Student life

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 "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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Career

Competence profile

With a Master’s degree in 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 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.