BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING IN Civil and Structural Engineering

FROM SKETCH TO REALITY

The Bachelor of Engineering programme in civil and structural engineering combines engineering disciplines with knowledge of the implementation of structural and civil engineering projects. With a Bachelor of Engineering degree in civil and structural engineering, you will be qualified to continue studying and take an MSc in Engineering in architectural engineering or a MSc in Engineering in technical geology at Aarhus University.

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.
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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.

At Aarhus University you can study civil and structural engineering or architectural engineering  
both principal fields of study make you eligible for a MSc in Engineering in architectural engineering or 
technical geology

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 and the MSc in Engineering

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. You will also be eligible to take a MSc in Engineering at Aarhus University. You are eligible for

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:

A qualifying examination or an admission course for the engineering degree programmes or senior machinist or ship's officer's programme and the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

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

Applicants with a foreign qualifying examination must also provide evidence of proficiency in Danish, such as the study examination in Danish as a second language or similar documentation.

If you are applying for admission on the basis of admission courses for the engineering degree programmes you can only apply for admission via quota 2. You must remember to apply no later than 15 March.

If there are some subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them assupplementary courses. Read more about supplementary courses.

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

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.  The following requirements must also be fulfilled:

Quota 2 applicants are admitted on the basis of an overall assessment of a number of objective criteria. All objective criteria must be documented in order to be included in the assessment.

However, only activities (including work experience) from a total period of 12 months may be included. Marks and levels from your qualifying exams or supplementary subjects are not included in the 12 months.

Motivated application

From 2017 applicants applying in quota 2 must submit a motivation letter, which has previously been optional. Please note that without a motivation letter, your application will not be assessed in quota 2.

Criteria which are included in the overall assessment:

  • All or parts of a relevant vocational education and training programme
  • A maximum of 12 months of relevant work experience or military service.
  • A maximum of 12 months of documented work abroad or study abroad (For periods spent abroad, there are no requirements regarding specific areas of the world.)
  • Marks in relevant natural science subjects:
    • Mathematics A
    • Physics B or Geoscience A
    • Chemistry C or Biotechnology A
  • Motivation letter: Emphasis is placed on the applicant being able to explain that the choice of degree programme is the result of a particularly strong interest in precisely this degree programme and the subsequent profession, and that this strong interest is based on knowledge of the degree programme and profession in question.

Admission 2019

In 2019 a new entry requirement is introduced. To apply for admission in 2019 you must have a grade point average of 7.0 in your qualifying examination and at least 7.0 grade in average in Mathematics A.

Entrance examination

Applicants who do not meet or do not expect to meet the grade requirement of minimum 7.0 in Mathematics and an average of 7.0 in the qualifying examination, may apply for admission via an entrance examination. A passed entrance examination is equated with both grade requirements.

For applicants who wish to participate in an entrance examination, the application deadline is 15 March 12.00 (midday)

Quota 2 criteria

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:

  • Score from admission test
  • Average in Mathematics
  • Average in the qualifying examination.

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 semesterproject 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 Aarhus University School of 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.

Students: Direct connection between theory and practice

"I’ve always been fascinated by buildings, both architecturally but especially technically. I always liked physics and mathematics and the good thing about the engineering degree programme is that you can really see what you can use it for. Having a direct connection between what we learn and what we will be using that knowledge for as engineers is daily source of motivation.” 
Line Hansen, student, Civil and Structural Engineering

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.

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Career

Study for two more years and earn a MSc in Engineering

With a Bachelor’s degree in civil and structural engineering, you will be qualified for a MSc in engineering. You can choose between two Master’s degree programmes in Engineering offered by Aarhus University School of Engineering: One is architectural engineering, which combines the traditional professional areas of the structural engineer with aesthetics, architecture and natural science disciplines. The other is technical geology, which is more environmentally-oriented, where you will raise your professional level within the geological disciplines.

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.