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Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

The bachelor's program in Civil Engineering provides a sound understanding of the fundamentals required to construct buildings and structures, as well as to acquire, develop and maintain viable sites.

Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • German
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 6 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

The program covers how to design and plan the construction of buildings, roads, dams, rail networks, and building pits. All such undertakings significantly alter the environment. In this respect, civil engineering categorically distinguishes itself from architecture. For the civil engineer is primarily concerned with structural safety and functionality, on the basis of which the planning and designing of structures first becomes possible.

The bachelor's program in Civil Engineering conveys the fundamental disciplines required for modern construction work. Central to the program is the conception, planning, production and operation of construction sites and associated infrastructure. These skills are taught in thorough theoretical as well as practical courses in advanced mathematics, applied mechanics, materials science, construction processes, civil engineering informatics, statics, and structural physics. In addition to the principles of engineering and natural sciences, students have the chance to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of hydraulic engineering, material-specific issues and transportation technologies. Special attention is paid throughout to the interrelated areas of safety, economics and ecology. 

For a comprehensive description of the program, please refer to the degree program documentation:

How is the program structured?

Students familiarize themselves in the first and second semesters with the principles of mathematics and the natural sciences:

mathematics, applied mechanics, materials science, descriptive geometry, computer science, surveying

Building on these acquired fundamentals, the aim of the subsequent four semesters is to introduce students to the diverse subject matter of civil engineering. They have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the full breadth of civil engineering and tailor their interests and talents to different professional profiles.

Students complete a bachelor's thesis in their chosen subject during the sixth semester. This facilitates entry into a master's program at the Technical University of Munich or into a master's program in another, related discipline.

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.   

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is German.

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

Graduates possess sound foundational skills in and knowledge of engineering and the natural sciences. You understand the most important structural-physical phenomena, can make associated calculations, and have grasped how these phenomena interact with construction processes. Your skills enable you to plan all major types of construction and present the appropriate certificates for various building materials. Further, you are able to make basic structural calculations. You can use current programs, or programs you have written yourself, to support your work, and visualize your work with the help of CAD drawings.

Independent of your elective modules, you also possess deepened knowledge of individual disciplines. These include, for example, hydraulic engineering, urban water management, transportation technologies and engineering, and geotechnics; or specialized disciplines devoted to foundation engineering, or to structures built in concrete, metal or wood.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the program, you can also call upon further transferable competencies. You have knowledge of construction planning, structural and civil engineering, construction logistics and production planning. You are conscious, too, of the underlying legal and economic conditions of your field of activity. You work in a solution-oriented manner in teams and can also enter independently into any cross-disciplinary area of civil engineering.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient English language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your English language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.  

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is English.

If you decide to embark on a career after graduating from the bachelor's program, various options become available to you. In addition to construction firms, engineering consultancies and the building materials industry, further fields of activity include real estate markets and transportation companies. You can also take up a position in public administration.

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

How do I apply? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.

You must apply through the application portal at TUMonline. After completing the online application process, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hard copy by the application deadline.

Applicants with an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist

In detail:

How do I apply? (start of program in summer semester 2020)

Admission requirements and the application procedure vary depending on the type of higher education entrance qualification you hold.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with an international higher education entrance qualification must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

Which documents do I need to submit? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Which documents do I need to submit? (start of program in summer semester 2020)

What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in winter semester 2019/20)

Application period for winter semester: 15.05. - 15.07.

An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher upper-division semesters. Application deadline: 15.01. 

Our online application portal TUMonline will create an application form and a checklist with the documents you have to hand in. The checklist shows which documents you need for admission and which for enrollment.

You must submit the signed application form before the application deadline

When applying with an international higher education entrance qualification, please be sure to complete the application for your VPD Certificate before 15.07. (winter semester) or 15.01. (summer semester) and submit proof of your German language proficiency before the application deadline.

Should you wish to apply as a qualified professional, please submit proof of successfully completing at least 2 years of vocational training and of at least 3 years of subsequent full-time work experience before the application deadline.

Please also submit the other required documents by the end of the application deadline so we can process your application.

If individual documents (except the above listed) are not available to you in time, you can hand them in up to five weeks after the start of the lecture period. However, we recommend that you submit all required documents well before the semester begins, as you will not be enrolled until all documents have been received.

Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

What application deadlines do I need to meet? (start of program in summer semester 2020)

Application period for the winter semester: 15.05. – 15.07.

An application for the summer semester is only possible for higher subject semesters. Application deadline: 15.01.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarizedhardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

This is a program with unrestricted access.

There is no selection procedure. You will receive confirmation of your application after submission of the online application and all documents in a formally correct manner by the deadline. 

In detail:

Where can I find the online application portal?

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.

Do I have to complete an internship?

A six week practical training must be completed by all students. Proof of competion has to be submitted to the department one month before the end of the 2nd semester at the very latest.

What are my options after earning this degree?

After successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, you are able to enter a profession. The team at Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

After earning their bachelor’s degree, many students go on to pursue a master’s degree. These programs allow you to deepen your disciplinary knowledge or to expand it with a new field of study. The Student Academic Advising Office can assist you in selecting an appropriate master’s program.

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