B.Sc. Structural Engineering (B-SE)



Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering (B-SE)

Programme Commencement

winter semester

Standard Duration

6 semesters (3 years)

Place of Studies

Campus Duisburg and Essen


Accredited by ASIIN


Structural engineers are concerned with the planning, design, manufacture and operation of buildings and other structures in civil, structural, traffic and hydraulic engineering projects. The Structural Engineering B.Sc. provides a general education in engineering, mathematics and natural sciences.

The core area covers classic construction disciplines such as statics and concrete and steel construction, allowing students to address basic construction-related problems. Other areas of construction such as substructure and soil mechanics are covered by the geo-engineering component of the course. Students will also learn about international construction regulations as well as national regulatory frameworks and statutory norms.

Another part of the course, construction management, covers the implementation of major building projects, including quality assurance and financial aspects such as cost control.

Environmental considerations and the natural sciences are covered in the urban water management and hydraulic engineering modules. Hydraulics is a specialist area for the University of Duisburg-Essen and is the subject of many of our lectures at both Bachelor's and Master's level. The interdisciplinary, ecologically-oriented approach of our lectures has its roots in Germany's industrial Ruhr region, where the university is based. However, our outlook is also international, thereby equipping students to address environmental issues in their own countries.

Engineering in general is becoming increasingly international in character, and many German firms are today involved in international construction projects. For students from outside Germany, the international outlook of the course will make studying considerably easier, and graduates of the course typically find employment at both national and international levels. The flourishing structural engineering sector, which is particularly active in large international cities, offers long-term international employment opportunities, as does the growing area of environmental technology.

Graduates will:

  • Master basic engineering and natural science principles and methods and the thinking behind them;
  • Master basic specialist principles from the core construction disciplines of statics, solid construction and steel and wood construction;
  • Master basic specialist principles of substructure;
  • Master basic specialist principles for assessing the physical and chemical properties of building materials;
  • Master basic specialist principles for managing major construction projects;
  • Master basic specialist principles of environmental technology, especially hydraulics;
  • Be able to pursue their preference for a commercial or academic career via their choice of electives;
  • Have an enhanced general education with advanced language skills in German or English as well as increased employability from learning teamworking, presentation and communication skills;
  • Gain initial construction industry experience and will be in a position to apply technical knowledge, norms and regulations to the planning, design and operation of facilities;
  • Gain experience of applying scientific methods to deal independently with problems from the areas of construction and environmental technology within a specific timeframe, and be able to present the issue clearly.


ECTS Credits

The B.Sc. programme has been completed when 180 ECTS credits have been acquired.

  • 127 ECTS credits in the technical compulsory course units
  • 6 ECTS credits in the technical elective module
  • 6 ECTS credits for a practical project
  • 13 ECTS credits in the non-technical module
  • 13 ECTS credits for the internship
  • 12 ECTS credits for the bachelor thesis
  • 3 ECTS credits for the bachelor thesis colloquium

Study Plan

Study Plan Bachelor Structural Engineering


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