Master Civil Engineering

The master's programme in Civil Engineering lasts four semesters and comprises 120 ECTS credits. The course leads to the academic qualification of 'Diplom-Ingenieur', broadly equivalent to Master of Engineering. A bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or a similar qualification is a condition of entry.

In the master's programme Civil Engineering, students select two out of six specialisations, each consisting of two modules M1 - master's-specific studies and M2 - specialised studies:

  • Structural Engineering – Supporting Structures
  • Structural Engineering – Theory and Simulation
  • Geotechnics
  • Construction Process Management
  • Traffic and Mobility
  • Water and Resources

For module M3 - additional studies, courses from any of the specialist areas may be selected.

The master's programme in Civil Engineering provides a specialised education that is of a high quality in scientific and methodological terms and geared towards lasting knowledge, as a result of which graduates will be prepared and able to compete internationally either for a higher qualification, usually a relevant doctoral programme, or for employment, for example in one of the following areas of activity:

  • design, planning and independent preparation of static, dynamic and structural calculations for the construction, operation and demolition of structural facilities in demanding areas such as high-rise, underground, bridge and water construction and infrastructure
  • independent performance of planning, testing, monitoring, consultative, coordination, mediation and trust-related services, specifically for the purposes of taking measurements, conducting surveys, professionally representing public authorities and bodies, implementing projects from an organisational and commercial point of view, and undertaking overall planning projects
  • management, monitoring and cost quotation of construction projects
  • conduct of analytic, conceptional and planning tasks in the field of infrastructure, particularly of joint natural/technical systems in traffic management, water exploitation and resource management
  • management tasks and senior management.

In accordance with the principles of a university education, a high degree of independence and self-reliance is expected of students, which will also prepare them for future professional life. Students also have the opportunity to complete a semester abroad.

Admission / enrollment

Admission to the master’s programme “Civil Engineering Science” is possible with the following requirements:

Students from other domestic or foreign universities have to submit an application for admission to the master’s programme at the Admissions Office.

You can find information and admission forms on the website of the Admissions Office.

The application is then examined by the Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The applicant will receive a notification of admission with which he/she can enroll.

Please notice, that the study programme is in German. Therefore, you have to prove sufficient knowledge of German at Level C1 of the Common European Framework Reference for Languages (GERS) for admission.


The Master’s programme lasts 4 semesters and comprises 120 credits. With the degree you will receive the academic title “Master of Science" ("Diplom-Ingenieur/ Diplom-Ingenieurin").

In the master’s programme “Civil Engineering Science" there are 6 specialisations, of which two specialisations have to be chosen:

  • Structural Engineering – Structures
  • Structural engineering – Theory and Simulation
  • Geotechnics
  • Construction Process Management
  • Transport & Mobility
  • Water and Resources

The modules M1 - Master specific Education and M2 - Advanced Education have be completed for each specialisation.

The Master's programme is therefore structured as follows:

Interdisziplinäre Ausbildung 10 ECTS
Vertiefungsrichtung 1M1-Masterspezifische Ausbildung12 ECTS
 M2-Vertiefende Ausbildung16 ECTS
Vertiefungsrichtung 2M1-Masterspezifische Ausbildung12 ECTS
 M2-Vertiefende Ausbildung16 ECTS
M3 - Ergänzende Ausbildung 15 ECTS
Freie Wahlfächer 9 ECTS
Diplomarbeit 30 ECTS

You can find an overview of the structure of the master’s programme and the courses in the brief summary.

In addition to the master's degree programme in “Civil Engineering Science”, students with a bachelor's degree in “Civil Engineering” of the TU Vienna can enrol for the interfaculty studies " Materials Sciences" and "Biomedical Engineering".


Master Thesis (Diplomarbeit)

The topic of the thesis can be chosen freely by the student and has to be in line with the qualification profile. The master thesis has to be assignable to a course of the chosen specialisations of the master’s programme.

The examination subject (“Prüfungsfach”) „Diplomarbeit” comprises 30 credits and consists of the master thesis, which is evaluated with 27 credits, and final board examination to the extent of 3 credits. The overall grade is calculated by weighted averaging of the grades of the master thesis and the final examination.

The final board examination is conducted orally before an examination senate and serves to present and defend the master thesis and to demonstrate mastery of the scientific environment.