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Civil Engineering

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The master's program in Civil Engineering builds on the bachelor's program in Civil Engineering, broadening the knowledge acquired of the discipline and its methods in accordance with the individual student's priorities.

Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering

Key Data

Type of Study
  • Full Time
Required Language Proficiency Languages of Instruction
  • English
  • German
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Possible for both winter and summer semester
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 4 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

What does this program cover?

The master's program in Civil Engineering deepens knowledge of the discipline and its methods acquired during the bachelor's program in Civil Engineering or a related program. Central to the master's program is the individual's choice of specialization, which can be tailored through a range of in-depth electives. These include:

  • Construction
  • Structural mechanics
  • Structural physics
  • Construction process management
  • Construction maintenance
  • Computation in engineering
  • Energy-efficient and sustainable planning and construction
  • Foundation engineering, soil mechanics, rock mechanics und tunnel construction
  • Wooden structures
  • Real estate development
  • Concrete structures
  • Metal structures
  • Hydromechanics
  • Urban water and waste management
  • Statics
  • Transportation technologies and transportation planning
  • Transportation engineering
  • Hydraulic engineering and water management
  • Materials

Given the considerable flexibility in terms of content, students have the opportunity to showcase their interests and abilities in an individual academic profile. Furthermore, the in-depth electives are well-suited to the professional profiles of civil engineers. 

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

How is the program structured?

Students choose four of the in-depth electives offered. The fourth can be substituted for an individually-tailored course of study that draws on the subject matter of disciplines, such as architecture, mechanical engineering, or computer science. One of the chosen disciplines serves as the main subject area, so as to meaningfully structure course content around a specific professional role. Each area of specialization involves both compulsory and elective modules from the entire range of courses offered at the Technical University of Munich, including in the area of languages and communications.

The title Master of Science can be acquired after four semesters. The program concludes with a master's thesis focused on one of the chosen specializations. Various Double Degree programs, the ATHENS Program and further options enable a high degree of international mobility among students.

What is the language of instruction?

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German or 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 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 or English. Depending on the focus area you choose, you can study in German, English or both languages. To learn more about the language of instruction for each module, contact the departmental student academic advisor of this program.    

Which further expertise and skills will I acquire?

As a graduate you possess enhanced skills and competencies in the cross-disciplinary areas of civil engineering. You are able to deal independently with complex tasks relating to your specialization. In your activities you take into consideration social, economic and ecological aspects, as well as discipline-related ones.

Moreover, you have broadened your knowledge in your chosen subject areas and developed an individual set of competencies. Your interdisciplinary approach allows you to apply your specialist knowledge beyond the boundaries of your discipline.

Which professional opportunities can I take up with this qualification?

Civil engineers find employment in permanent positions, on a freelance basis and as officials in: construction companies, public administration, engineering consultancies, transportation companies, real estate markets, the building material industry, as well as in a variety of interdisciplinary fields of work. #

Civil engineers work in teams and often coordinate cooperation among different disciplines.

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

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

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

You must apply online using the TUMonline application portal. 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.

In detail:

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

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

Application period for winter semester: 01.04. - 31.05.
Application period for summer semester: 01.11. - 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 and all documents you need for admission before the application deadline

Please also submit the documents we need for your enrollmentas soon as possible. If individual documents for enrollment are not available to you yet, 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.

On what basis does TUM select applicants for admission?

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admittedrejected or invited to an admissions interview.

Where can I find the online application portal?

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline

Information about the Application Procedure

We may require additional documents depending on the type of secondary school diploma you earned and your country of origin (e.g. GRE, GATE, APS). 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.

Do I have to complete an internship?

This degree program does not encompass a compulsory internship nor is an internship a requirement for admission. However, it is recommendable, as a rule, to gain practical experience as soon as possible.

Additional Information

You have earned your master’s degree and are ready to start your career? TUM Alumni & Career can assist you with questions regarding professional orientation, job search and job application.

If you are interested in continuing your studies, you will find information of doctoral studies at TUM, here.