Civil Engineering B.Sc.
- Bachelor of Science
- Start of Studies:
- Winter Semester
- Standard Period of Studies:
- 6 semesters
- ECTS Credits:
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What does that mean?
ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.
Abitur or equivalent HZB
What does that mean?
General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), subject specific university entrance qualification, or an equally recognized university entrance qualification (HZB)
Proficiency in German
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What does that mean?
You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.
Admission to First Semester
Admission to Higher Semesters
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RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.
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A four week pre-internship before the start of studies, in accordance with the guidelines found in the appendix of the exam regulations
Dates and Deadlines
Civil engineers accompany the construction process from planning to completion, maintenance, and renovation. Typical projects include all types of the buildings and their technical features, tunnels, bridges, streets, and waterways.
Civil engineers also create the foundations for an innovative, urban infrastructure – including consideration of climate change and demographic changes. This is how, for example, infrastructure solutions for the supply and waste management of cities and mobility adaptations are optimized. They focus their attention on sustainability, energy efficiency, and resource conservation.
The course of study at RWTH takes into account the broad spectrum of topics that fall under civil engineering. The curriculum contains the foundations of mathematics, physics, and engineering and civil engineering-specific sciences.
Furthermore the curriculum also takes ecological, economic, and legal framework conditions into consideration.
After this intensive and challenging core curriculum students acquire advanced knowledge in two of four concentrations:
- Civil Engineering teaches a basic understanding of load-bearing behavior, design, design and assessment of load-bearing structures, and the selection of the correct building materials taking technical and economic aspects into consideration. Possible fields of application include design, calculations, construction, execution of construction work, and research and development.
- Construction Management and Geotechnical Engineering focuses on economically optimized and energy efficient construction – for example with regards to the active control of planning and building processes for complex large projects. A further focus is elaborate construction and design methods in geotechnical engineering such as in tunnel, dam, and dam wall construction and in rock mechanics and construction.
- Water Sciences provides a foundation for the planning, construction, and operation of hydraulic structures such as levees, barrages, water supply institutions, and waste management facility plants. Functional aspects are considered as well as stability. They are supplemented with perspectives from environmental and water management sustainability.
- Transport and Spatial Planning focuses on questions related to the construction and operation of transport infrastructures, mobility, and transport. Fields of application include spatial, regional, and urban planning as well as the construction and operation of streets, rail connections, and airports.
|Semester||Mathematical- Natural Science Fundamentals||Engineering and Civil-Engineering Specific Fundamentals|
|1st to 3rd||
Mathematics I & II
Building Materials Science, Construction Physics, Civil Engineering Informatics, Statical Calculation, Project Management, Geotechnics I, Planning Methodology, Introduction to Civil Engineering and Engineering and Society
|4th to 6th||Mandatory Component:
Dynamics, Hydromechanics II, Solid Construction, Residential Water Management, Construction Process Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Building Contract Law, Preparation and Implementation of Construction Projects in the Life Cycle
Modules from two specializations of student's choosing
The detailed course of study layout is regularly published as addendum of the respective current exam regulations. You can find the link to the exam regulations at the bottom of this website.
During their studies students complete an internship in their selected specialization at a RWTH institute. During the internship they get a look into independent scientific work and research and application-oriented methods.
Engineers, who received their training in Germany, have always been in demand on the world job market. International experiences for budding civil engineers are becoming more important and often play a decisive role for one's later career path. Studies or internships abroad offer not only a deeper understanding of the subject but also of the culture and communication skills. The Faculty of Civil Engineering offers partnership programs with outstanding European and non-European universities to students even in their Bachelor's studies. Study opportunities are offered worldwide in addition to the EU mobility program ERASMUS+. The Faculty's membership in various research associations makes it possible to complete course components, final projects, and parts of the industry institute in one of many international programs.
RWTH students profit not only from the Faculty's exchange programs but also from the University's strategic partnerships with international universities. They can, for example, complete short stays at one of the IDEA League universities while completing a term paper. The UROP Abroad program, the only one of its kind in Germay, offers the possibility to participate in research projects at international universities during Bachelor studies. These stays abroad are partially funded by RWTH-specific funding.
All of RWTH's collaborative programs are listed on the webpages about studying abroad. Subject-specific details are dealt with by the International Office at the Faculty of Civil Engineering.
Smart Study Start
Created as a two-semester-long orientation study program, Smart Study Start offers new students of natural sciences, engineering, and business and economics the option of finding out which subject best suits them before deciding on a course of study.
Those who wish to work in construction, infrastructure, and process management have alternatives aside from civil engineering studies. Building and urban planning are also components of architecture studies for example. The difference is that civil engineering focuses on the more technical and functional side of building, while architecture focuses on the design and artistic side. Infrastructure and process and resource management are also handled in geosciences – however from a natural scientific perspective. In geography, things are looked at from an economic and social science perspective. Transportation concepts are also a topic in the Transport Engineering and Mobility course of study. There the focus is on the interdependence of the vehicle and road way, for example rails and rail vehicle, street and car. Those particularly interested in the economic aspects of building and tranportation measures should also consder the course of study Industrial Engineering: Civil Engineering Specialization. Environmental sustainability and ecological issues are topics in environmental engineering. Engineering subjects are also more intensively combined with basic natural science subjects in this program. Attending lectures before beginning studies may be helpful. You can also gather your own insight at the Schüleruni, during the Orientation Experience, or in the Sample Studies for Girls.
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Civil engineering studies requires interest in mathematics and physical relationships. Mechanics, statics, and statistics work with mathematical formulas and develop the relationships and legitimacy of computing methods. You can refresh and expand your existing math skills in a bridge course.
Enthusiasm for technical thinking is desired, as well as general interest in the building process. Prospective students may also want to already have experience in one of the diverse fields of civil engineers. The mandatory pre-internship also helps prospective students get to know building operations.
The pre-internship consists of a four week building practice activity in a building firm. Interns should play an active hands on roll and learn to understand building processes. We recommend looking into the building practices, beyond the required duration, in order to also evaluate your choice of a course of study. Legal guidelines for the pre-internship can be found in the appendix of the exam regulations. The Faculty's Internship Office can answer any questions.
Pre-study internship 2021/22
Due to the current situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic it is not necessary to submit a pre-internship certification as a precondition for enrollment for the winter semester 2021/2022.
2. Self Assessment
Proof of participation in a RWTH "Civil Engineering" Self Assessment must be submitted at the time of enrollment but not when applying.
Civil engineers are involved in planning, calculations, assessments, the conduction of projects, and coordination. With their skills profile they are hired in various fields of application such as structural engineering, industrial construction and bridge construction; planning, construction, and operation of traffic routes; state, regional, and urban planning; water engineering, water management, and urban water management; foundation engineering, rock operations, and underground construction; environmental protection; and building construction and construction management
Engineers trained in Germany are sought after all over the world – skills often sought in the areas of transportation, water, tunnel, and bridge construction. Due to the multiperspectivity engineers educated at RWTH possess, they are not only experts for the classical disciplines of civil engineering but also for interdisciplinary work in the context of economic, legal, infrastructural, and environmentally-relevant problems.
You can find detailed numbers in the current publication from the Federal Employment Agency: Job Market for Academics -Engineering Sciences (de)
Master's Degree Prospects
In the civil engineering Master's program students choose from among eight concentrations: construction production systems and construction process management, constructive structural engineering, constructive engineering, constructive hydraulic engineering, tunnel engineering and geotechnics, transport, and water management.
Each concentration offers diverse possibilities to create one's own profile. An extraordinarily comprehensive spectrum of elective modules allows students to combine subjects that correspond to their personal interests and career prospects.
Furthermore graduates – when necessary with adjustments during Bachelor's studies and extra requirements in Master's studies – can also be admitted to the Faculty's other Master's courses of study: Environmental Engineering, Transport Engineering and Mobility, and Industrial Engineering: Civil Engineering.
Regulations that apply for all Bachelor and Master courses of study as well as detailed information about the necessary documentation of required language skills can be found in RWTH’s Comprehensive Examination Regulation. Examination regulations are only published in German as they are legally binding.
Subject Specific Exam Regulations regulate academic goals, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.
The Bachelor course of study in Civil Engineering is offered by the Faculty of Civil Engineering.
The Faculty represents outstanding diversity in research focuses and scientific collaborations. It offers not only classic civil engineering courses of study but also interdisciplinary study programs such as Environmental Engineering and Transport Engineering and Mobility.