Civil Engineering

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 16.3k / Academic year(s) Deadline: Jan 15, 2022
StudyQA ranking:1187 Duration:2 years

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Programme presentation

Civil Engineering focuses on the development, planning, design, and construction of building and engineering structures. 
The MSc programme in Civil Engineering offers a wide range of courses in mechanics, material science, energy technology, heat and mass transfer, fire safety, hydraulics, acoustics, risk assessment, computer modelling and simulation, 3D visualization, communication, and management.

The study programme alternates between theory and practice, providing you with an overview of all stages of the construction process—from calculation and computer simulation to project management and construction of buildings.


The MSc programme in Civil Engineering allows you to specialize in one of the seven study lines:

  • Building Structures 
  • Building Services 
  • Bridges, Roads, and Marine Structures 
  • Urban Planning and Construction Management
  • Marine Technology and Coastal Engineering
  • Marine Technology and Geotechnical Engineering
  • Extreme Engineering
    • Option 1 - Sustainable Buildings
    • Option 2 - Infrastructure Constructions

About programme

Mandatory courses: 

11376 Probabilistic Modeling in Civil Engineering 5 point F2B (Thurs 8-12)

For students that do not follow a study line, the following two courses are strongly recommended:

11465 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering 5 point F4A (Tues 13-17)
11563 Concrete Technology 5 point E5A (Wed 8-12)

Choose the remaining points (for a total of at least 30 ECTS points) among the following courses:

11020 Building Fire Safety 5 point E4A (Tues 13-17)
11080 Advanced Building Design 10 point E3A (Tues 8-12) and January
11122 Heat and mass transfer in buildings 5 point E1B (Thurs 13-17)
11222 Indoor Climate 10 point F5 (Wed 8-17)
11345 Computational structural modelling: plates and shells 5 point E5B (Wed 13-17)
11465 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering 5 point F4A (Tues 13-17)
11563 Concrete Technology 5 point E5A (Wed 8-12)
11857 Extreme Climate and Physical Nature 5 point Spring
11858 The Arctic Infrastructure and Society 5 point Outside schedule structure
11859 Environmental Engineering in the Arctic 5 point Outside schedule structure
31241 Building acoustics 5 point E2A (Mon 13-17)
41106 Marine Structures 1 5 point F5A (Wed 8-12)
41111 Hydrodynamics 2 5 point E3A (Tues 8-12)
41214 Dynamics of Structures: Theory and Analysis 7.5 point F3A (Tues 8-12)
42280 Smart, Connected, and Livable Cities 5 point E4A (Tues 13-17)
42286 Planning and management in construction 5 point January, June

Technological Specialization Courses

11023 Structural Fire Safety Design 5 point E4B (Fri 8-12)
11034 Advanced Building Information Modeling (BIM) 5 point E2A (Mon 13-17)
11115 Building energy and technical services - Integrated design 5 point E5A (Wed 8-12)
11116 Sustainable Buildings 10 point E2 (Mon 13-17, Thurs 8-12)
11117 Solar Heating Systems 10 point F3 (Tues 8-12, Fri 13-17)
11124 Computational Fluid Dynamics for Buildings 5 point E5B (Wed 13-17)
11127 Sustainable heating and cooling of buildings 5 point F4A (Tues 13-17)
11129 Sustainable District Heating 5 point F1A (Mon 8-12)
11221 Ventilation and Climatic Systems 10 point E1 (Mon 8-12, Thurs 13-17)
11320 Structural Analysis of buildings 5 point E1B (Thurs 13-17)
11331 Experimental Structural Mechanics 5 point January
11347 Computational structural modelling: Plasticity 5 point E2B (Thurs 8-12)
11351 Advanced Concrete Structures 5 point E4B (Fri 8-12)
11352 Advanced Steel Structures 5 point F2A (Mon 13-17)
11353 Advanced Wood Structures 5 point F5B (wed 13-17)
11374 Seismic and Wind Engineering 10 point E3 (Tues 8-12, Fri 13-17)
11375 Bridge Structures 5 point E1A (Mon 8-12)
11418 Rock Physics and Rock Mechanics 5 point E5A (Wed 8-12)
11420 Mineral resources 5 point E4B (Fri 8-12)
11430 Advanced engineering geology: soil and porous rocks 5 point E3B (Fri 13-17)
11451 Highway pavements 5 point E1B (Thurs 13-17)
11464 Advanced Soil Mechanics 5 point The course is expected to be offered again in the Fall of 2015
11569 Durability and repair of concrete structures 5 point F1A (Mon 8-12)
11853 Sustainable building in extreme environments 15 point Outside schedule structure
11854 Infrastructure Constructions in the Arctic 15 point Spring
31240 Architectural Acoustics 10 point F4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)
41113 Numerical fluid mechanics for typical marine and coastal applications 5 point January
41117 Marine Structures 2 5 point E1A (Mon 8-12)
41126 Fluvial and Marine Sediment Transport 5 point F4B (Fri 8-12)
41224 Linear Wave Dynamics 5 point E2A (Mon 13-17)
41225 Nonlinear Wave Dynamics 5 point F2A (Mon 13-17)
41653 Corrosion (theory and engineering) 10 point E5 (Wed 8-17)
42259 Facilities Management 5 point E2B (Thurs 8-12)
42273 Urban Planning and Sustainable Urban Development 10 point F2 (Mon 13-17, Thurs 8-12)
42279 Interdisciplinary Urban Planning Course of Danish Universities 15 point F4A (Tues 13-17) and F4B (Fri 8-12)
42433 Advanced Engineering Project, Program and Portfolio Management 10 point E4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)


  • Passport or national ID card
  • Supporting documents uploaded as one document
    • copy of passport or national ID card
    • statement of purpose (A 400 - 600 Word statement of goals, research interests and experiences, including the subject of your bachelor thesis)
    • CV
    • two recommendation letters (should be on the university or company letterhead and signed by the concerned)
    • diploma supplement (optional) (can be submitted later - please refer to the deadlines)
  • Description of the grade scale used at your home university (optional). In many cases this is stated on your academic transcript, or on the university website.
  • Description of how the grade scale is applied at your university (optional). It can e.g. be what percentage of students who get the top marks per year, or information similar to this.
  • Documentation of completed academic degrees or in-progress academic degrees: (All academic documents should be certified) 
    • Transcript of records (in original language and translated into English)
    • Diploma (in original language and translated into English) - (can be submitted later - please refer to the deadlines) 

      When applying for admission, you must provide evidence of your academic attainments and proficiency in English. Certificates and academic transcripts in languages other than Danish, English, Norwegian or Swedish must be accompanied by a certified translation into one of those four languages. DTU will only accept IELTS, TOEFL and Pearson certificates that we can verify online.

Applicants from other universities are qualified if they have completed a similar BSc in Civil Engineering with basics of:

  • Physics and mathematics incl. differential equations

  • CAD, programming (Matlab)  and the Finite Element Method

  • Building materials, properties, and micro structures

  • Building technology

  • Structural design in steel, concrete, and wood

  • Building physics including heat and moisture transport

  • Planning and production of building projects

  • Students with a Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent), in natural science or technology, obtained at an internationally recognized university, are eligible for enrolment

  • English B-level: 

    IELTS 6.5 
    TOEFL internet-based 88 
    TOEFL paper-based 573 
    TOEFL computer-based 230 
    Pearson  59

Financial support and scholarships

DTU has a very limited number of tuition fee waivers to award foreign, new non-EU/EEA MSc students at DTU. The tuition fee waivers are allocated to a few students with excellent academic performance. The tuition fee waiver is usually granted to cover part of the tuition fee, or in exceptional cases, the total tuition fee. The tuition fee waivers will be awarded in March/April.   

All non-EU/EEA students who apply before the 15 January deadline and who wish to apply for a tuition fee waiver must submit a separate personal statement with the application, clearly specifying that you are applying for the tuition fee waiver. The personal statement must include graduate goals, research interests, and experiences. Please target your personal statement to the admission requirements and curriculum for the MSc program in question. If you do not include a separate statement for the waiver, your application will not be considered for the same.

Global Study Awards:

Study Portals are offering the Global Study Awards to 9 students, starting their studies in 2016.

To be eligible for The Global Study Awards applicants must:

  • Be 18 years or over on the study programme start date
  • Have taken an IELTS test at a British Council centre, and receive an official Test Report Form (TRF) issued by the British Council in the last 2 years and before the application deadline
  • Have a valid International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and/or International Youth Travel Card (IYTC) at the time of application: if there’s no local issuing office for the ISIC identity card in your country, contact
  • Plan to enrol on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate programme abroad between  1 August 2016 and 31 October 2016
  • Provide an acceptance letter from the relevant institution by the relevant cut-off date
  • Write a short review of your study experience at the review for should be about your past experience as a student in your country of origin. It is not about your study abroad experience.

You can choose any university, as long as it is abroad from your country of origin.

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