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Master of Science in
Civil and Architectural

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


In the first year, half the study work is compulsory courses related to Civil and Architectural Engineering in general, e.g. Risk and Reliability, Numerical analysis, etc. The other half is an individual selection of two specialised study packages, e.g. Structural dynamics and Monitoring, Construction management etc. 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 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. 

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 with a minimum GPA of 3.0). See the general English language requirements.

Programme Structure

The study structure in Civil and Architectural Engineering consists of a mandatory package consisting of 30 ECTS. Two specialised study packages. Each consists of three courses which together correspond to 15 ECTS.

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



Numerical Analysis in Civil Engineering - 5 ECTS
Risk and Reliability in 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*

* Autrumn 2020: Replaced by mandatory courses for Architectural Engineering og for Civilengineering


Applied Innovation in Engineering  - 5 ECTS
Research Methods in Civil and Architectural 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



Optimization of Construction Systems
Lean Construction - 5 ECTS
Clients, Users and Innovation - 5 ECTS
Advanced Planning and Scheduling of Projects - 5 ECTS

Indoor Environmental Engineering
Energy-efficient Building Envelope Design - 5 ECTS
Natural Ventilation - 5 ECTS
Daylighting - 5 ECTS

Concrete structures and Geotechnics 
Limit Analysis of Concrete Structures - 5 ECTS
Advanced Soil Mechanics - 10 ECTS

Structural Dynamics
Bridge Design - 5 ECTS
Structural Dynamics - 5 ECTS
Dynamics of Wind Turbines and Wave Hydro Dynamics - 5 ECTS

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


Indoor Environmental Engineering
Simulation of Building Energy Systems - 5 ECTS
Air Physics and Building Ventilation - 5 ECTS
Electric Lighting - 5 ECTS

IT in Construction
Integrated Engineering Project - 5 ECTS
Digital Construction - 5 ECTS
Advanced Construction Technologies - 5 ECTS

Structural Mechanics and Steel Design

Design of Steel Structures - 5 ECTS
Finite Element Analysis of Structures - 10 ECTS


Elective Courses - Autumn 2020 (besides project and study courses)

  • International Construction Law - 10 ECTS (14 day workshop in August, Summer course)
  • Prestressed Conctete Structures - 5 ECTS (dormant)
  • R&D project in Engineering 5, 10, 15, or 20 ECTS


Elective Courses - Spring 2021 (besides project and study courses)

  • International Construction law – 10 ECTS (14 day workshop in August, Summer course)
  • Random Vibration – 5 ECTS (dormant)
  • R&D project in Engineering 5, 10, 15, or 20 ECTS
  • Timber Structures - 5 ECTS
  • CFD in Architechtural Engineering - 5 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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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.