M.Sc. Civil Engineering

Study period

Full time: 3 semesters (1,5 years)
Part time: 6 semesters (3 years)



Study begin

Winter and summer semester

Study place

Campus Essen




For an immediate continuation of the Bachelor's program, the consecutive Master's program is offered with a corresponding three semesters. It offers a research-oriented education, which is also attractive for graduates of other universities, especially from abroad. In three main areas of study, in-depth knowledge is basically imparted exemplarily in two to four modules with their theoretical foundations, scientific methods and their areas of application. Students should systematically expand existing specialist knowledge, analyze processes, design them holistically and critically question them in a well-founded manner. At the same time, they should learn to work independently in a scientific manner as well as to organize, process and manage more complex projects. In principle, graduates of the master's program are qualified for a scientifically oriented professional activity in civil engineering due to the strong research orientation. Thus, the master's degree, if passed satisfactorily, provides the qualification for a subsequent doctorate. Likewise, graduates can take on management tasks in industry, reaching up to senior positions. They are qualified to hold the position of department head or even branch manager in construction companies, group leader or office manager in engineering firms, and to work in the "higher" civil service. However, they can also establish themselves as independent consulting engineers.

Study at UDEStudy plan

Study plan

Study plan

You can find the examination regulations for your study program here: Examination regulations according to study programs

Study plans as well as information about the modules in the study program can be found in the module database VDB

M.Sc. Civil Engineering (Construction Engineering) Graphic illustration
M.Sc. Civil Engineering (Construction Management and Economic Sciences) Graphic illustration
M.Sc. Civil Engineering (Infrastructure and Environment) Graphic illustration
M.Sc. Civil Engineering (Materials Sience and Applied Mechanics) Graphic illustration

Information material

Prospective students will find an overview of the study program, as well as current information on exams, practical and research project selection and other relevant topics here.

Study plan as well as information about the modules in the study program can be found in the module database VDB


Admission requirements

The prerequisite for admission to the master's degree program is proof of a first degree qualifying for a profession with a scope of at least 210 ECTS credits in the bachelor's degree program in civil engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen or an equivalent degree from another German or foreign university in accordance with § 63a para. 1 HG.
The determination of equivalence is made by the examination board. A corresponding certificate of equivalence is issued by the examination board. Further information can be found here.
The overall grade of the degree must be 3.0 or better.
If the qualification is not given, especially if a first professional degree with less than 210 credits is available, the examination board can combine the admission with the condition to prove certain competences until the registration of the master thesis. The scope of the conditions is up to 30 ECTS credits.


Unrestricted admission (study places are not limited)

Enrollment takes place during the enrollment period at the student register's office on the Essen campus.

Inquiries regarding the equivalence of comparable courses of study in the field of civil engineering or in relevant fields of study as well as regarding the provision of additional study and examination credits should be addressed to the examination board (see below).

Prospective students from non-EU countries should apply to the International Office of the Essen Campus.

Language Skills

The language of instruction at the University of Duisburg-Essen is German (except in the English-language programs). Therefore, you must have good German language skills if you want to study successfully. The majority of foreign applicants must pass the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang" (DSH 2 level; with some exceptions) before beginning their studies.​

General Information

Living & Studying at the University of Duisburg-Essen


The academic year is divided into semesters.

  • Winter semester: from October to March
  • Summer semester: from April to September

Lecture period

The winter lecture period usually starts in mid-October and ends in mid-February. In summer, the lecture period usually starts in mid-April and ends in July. During the winter semester there is a break of about two weeks during the Christmas holidays.

Examination phase

The examination phase begins about one week after the end of the lecture period and lasts about seven weeks.

Semester fee

All students have to pay a semester fee (social contribution) of about 320,- Euro per semester. You can find the current amount here. The social contribution includes, among other things, a semester ticket for public transportation in North Rhine-Westphalia and discounts on meals in the university's canteen and cafeteria.

Living expenses

We recommend to consider approximately 800 to 1000 Euro of personal expenses per month. 


Accommodation is possible in dormitories of the Studierendenwerk and in premises of the free housing market. The rent in a room in a student dormitory is about 300,- Euro per month. You can find more information about housing options here.


You have questions? We have answers!

Universitätsstr. 15 45141 Essen

Support Center for (International) Engineering Students Student advisory service

V15 R04 H40
Universitätsstr. 15
45141 Essen
Phone: +49 (0)201 183 6500
E-mail: scies-essen@uni-due.de


Student council Civil Engineering

We are your point of contact! If you have questions about your studies or general concerns about us or our lecturers, you can contact us. We will solve your problems and answer your questions directly if possible or forward you to the right people. Just write us an email (fs-bau-uni-essen@gmx.de).

Website of the student council

For prospective students and enrolled students General student counseling

ABZ offers counseling to prospective students, enrolled students and graduates on all questions concerning the choice of study program, studies and the transition into working career.

ABZ student counseling

Support in the Faculty

Dr.-Ing. Jörg Uhlemann
Room: V15 R01 K20
Tel.: 0201/183-2702
Sprechzeiten: nach Vereinbarung

Board of examiners

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Schröder

Vice Chairman
Prof. Dirk Wittowsky