Aarhus University Seal / Aarhus Universitets segl

Civil and Structural Engineering

About the programme
Quota 1 2018 (Summer): 7.5 (Standby: -)   |   Quota 1 2018 (Winter): All admitted 
: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September and January / February


This programme is only offered in Danish.
Read more about our International Programmes at Aarhus University School of Engineering

The civil and structural engineering programme provides you with an all-round understanding of civil engineering, construction methods and IT tools. During the first three semesters you learn about geology, structural systems, materials, house building, technical installations, environmental conditions and building law.

Studying on the civil and structural engineering programme

Teaching primarily takes place at Aarhus University School of Engineering with around 20 hours of scheduled lessons a week. You will have lectures, classroom teaching and laboratory exercises, where you can make use of mathematics and physics to assess and construct buildings. You will have project work, visit construction sites and businesses and participate in excursions and field trips.

Specialisation and paid internship

During the fourth, sixth and seventh semesters you can specialise in the following areas: Structural Systems, Energy and Indoor Climate, Construction Management, Infrastructure Design or Environmental Engineering. During the fifth semester you will take a paid internship in a company in Denmark or abroad, where you will get an insight into practical engineering. Here you will work in areas such as the calculation of structures and installations, inspection of building and construction work and estimations and tenders.

Career opportunities

With a Bachelor's degree in civil and structural engineering you can work at construction sites with tasks such as construction management, inspection, quality assurance and budgets. You can work with the planning and design of structural systems or with technical installations in areas such as building projects, traffic and environmental conditions, overall planning and the construction of new town and harbour areas, as well as preparing local development plans.

Admission requirements

Admission area number

22820 Summer Start

22825 Winter Start

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

1. A qualifying examination 

2. Grade requirements: You will need both an average grade of at least 7.0 on your overall qualifying examination (incl. any bonus for extra A-level subjects) and an average grade of at least 7.0 in Mathematics A specifically (on the Danish 7-point grading scale).

3. The following specific admission requirements:

  • Mathematics A
  • Physics B or Geoscience A
  • Chemistry C or Biotechnology A

If there are one or more subjects which you have not completed, you can take them as supplementary courses at upper secondary school level or a summer supplementary courses (conditional admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July of the year of application, unless you are applying for conditional admission.

If you don’t meet the grade requirements

If you don’t meet, or don’t expect to meet, the grade requirements of an average grade of at least 7.0 io your qualifying examination and an average grade of at least 7.0 in Mathematics A, you can apply for admission through an entrance examination. Completing the entrance examination is equivalent to fulfilling the grade requirements, but does not guarantee admission.

Applicants who wish to take part in the entrance examination must apply before the deadline on 15 March at 12:00 (quota 2)

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above. All quota 2 applicants will be invited to take an entrance examination.

Read more about quota 2 and the entrance examination

If there are more qualified applicants than quota 2 places, the applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. Your score from the entrance examination
  2. Your average grade in Mathematics A
  3. A concrete assessment of your academic qualifications for admission (for example average grade from your qualifying examination, special permission or similar relevant selection criteria)

Regarding admission 2020

If there are more qualified applicants, that is more applicants who pass the entrance examination, than there are study places, the following criteria will be included in the assessment of applications:

  1. Score from admission test
  2. A relevant vocational education or part of it
  3. Maximum one year of relevant work or military service
  4. Maximum one year of work or study abroad (there is no requirement of a particularly country)
  5. Average grades in the following subjects:
    • Mathematics A
    • Physics B or Geoscience A
    • Chemistry C or Biotechnology A

Regarding admission 2021

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of:

  1. Average of particularly relevant subjects (quota 2 subjects, see below)
  2. Other particularly relevant documented qualifications
  3. Score from the admission test

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Mathematics A
  • Physics B or Geoscience A
  • Chemistry C or Biotechnology A

Programme Structure

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor of Engineering programme in civil and structural engineering, you can read more about the content of the individual subjects, the structure of the degree programme and the demands that will be made of you as a student. You can also find information about types of exams and exam requirements. 

The study is composed of a general part, engineering training and a specialization part:

The general part offers five compulsory courses and one semester project each semester. For students with no practical experience a 5-week workshop course is an integral part. The engineering training in the 5th semester is undertaken as on-the job-training in an engineering company. The specialization part (last year of study) is formed as a series of elected courses and a bachelor project (thesis work).

Compulsory courses

The compulsory courses during the first two years of study constitute the mathematical, physical and technical basis for the specialization part. The theories of the compulsory courses are applied on examples from the construction sector.

Semester 1
Mathematics, Mechanics, Construction Management, Environmental Theory, Constructions, Physics and Materials Science

Semester 2 
Mathematics, Mechanics, Geology, Construction Management, Fluid Dynamics

Semester 3
Mathematics, Foundation, Structural Systems, Technical, Services

Semester 4
Foundation, Road Constructions, Ressources and Environmental Theory, Construction Management Economy and Law, Structural Systems, Technical Services

Semester Projects

In each semester the theory from courses are combined to execute a more comprehensive project from building industry (called a semester project). The project is conducted as group work with 5 to 6 students participating, each group with its own equipped group room. In the later parts of the study group sizes are reduced to 2 or 3 students.

Elective courses

During the last year of study the students can select between the range of courses offered, most of them altering from spring to autumn semester.

Bachelor Project

The bachelor project is an independent project intended to show the students' ability to apply the theories learned, and to study new theories. The topic is chosen by the students (normally in groups of two). A supervisor is attached to the group, sometimes from a company supplying the group with technical material.

Student life

At AU Engineering, you will be part of an inspiring academic environment with many different engineering degree programmes. You have around 20 hours of scheduled lessons a week, and you should expect to spend at least as long on exercises, project work and independent study.

Project work and excursions

You will come to use the theoretical knowledge you acquire through the teaching to solve specific issues in collaboration with other students. Each semester you will be involved in group work on an engineering project or case. This will challenge your professionalism, creativity and your ability to design. During the degree programme you will also visit a number of construction sites and take part in academically relevant excursions and field trips in Denmark or abroad.

Fourth semester specialisation

The fourth semester is where you must specialise. You can specialise in the following: structural systems (e.g. concrete and steel structures); environmental technology (e.g. water purification and water catchment), geotechnics (e.g. the load-bearing capacity and stability of soil); infrastructure (e.g. dimensioning transport systems and planning); building production (e.g. implementing construction projects and project management); energy and indoor climate (e.g. energy supply and installations) – the choice is yours.

Fifth semester internship

During the fifth semester you will take an engineering internship in a company involved in construction. This could be a firm of architects, a manufacturing company or at a construction site. The internship is introduced during the fourth semester and you are responsible for applying for the internship. If you are thinking of starting your own business, then it is also possible to take an entrepreneurship course instead of an internship, where you work on developing your business idea.

Social and academic student associations

At Aarhus University you will be part of an extensive engineering environment with more than 3,000 engineering students. So you will have ample opportunities to get involved in both academic and social student associations with your fellow students. Maybe you would like to join the student section of the organisation Engineers Without Borders, which makes an active contribution to humanitarian projects abroad.

Follow the student life at Aarhus University -experienced, photographed and filmed by the students themselves. With thousands of pictures #yourniversity gives insight into the everyday life as a student at AU; the parties, procrastination, exams and all the other ways you’ll spend your time at university.

Follow the student life at Aarhus University

-experienced, photographed and filmed by the students themselves.

With thousands of pictures #yourniversity gives insight into the everyday life as a student at AU; the parties, procrastination, exams and all the other ways you’ll spend your time at university.


The photos belong to the users, shared with #Yourniversity, #AarhusUni and course-specific AU-hashtags.


Many different job opportunities

Most civil and structural engineers work at engineering consulting firms, in technical administration at municipalities, or at contracting firms. The degree programme is also a good springboard into management. If you work for a contracting firm, you will be closely involved with construction sites and work with construction management, inspection, quality assurance and finances. In technical administration, tasks are often related to the review of building projects, traffic and environmental conditions, planning new urban areas and local development. At an engineering consulting firm, you typically work with the planning and design of structural systems, technical installations such as heating and ventilation, foundations and infrastructure facilities.

You can also continue your studies to MSc in Engineering (+ 2 years), if you have taken specific courses during your BEng.