Degree Course Details

B.Sc. Structural Engineering

Program Duration

6 Semesters (3 Years)

Credit Points


Beginning of Program

winter semester


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.

Study Plan

Structural Engineering (SE)


Schedule of the actual semester


Campus Essen


The academic year is divided into semesters.

  • winter semester: from October to March
  • summer semester: from April to September

Lecture Period

In winter term the lectures usually start in mid-October and end in mid-February. The summer term lectures start usually in mid-April and finish in July. During the winter semester will be a break of two weeks for Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Examination Period

The examination period always starts 1 week after the lecture period and lasts for approx. 5 weeks.

Social Contribution

All students are required to pay a social contribution of about 300 Euro per semester. The social contribution includes a semester ticket covering public transport in North-Rhine-Westphalia, subsidized meals in the canteen of the university and other services.

Costs of Living

We recommend budgeting around 800 to 1000 Euro per month for personal expenses.


Accommodation is available through the Student Services Office or on the private market. Rent for a single room in a student residence is approx. 300 Euro.

Student Advisory Service

Support Center for (International) Engineering Students
V13 S03 C58
Tel: +49(0)201 183-6500

Departmental Advisor

Prof. Martin Denecke

Student Council International Studies in Engineering


Additional Information



The University of Duisburg-Essen is system accredited.