Civil Engineering B. Sc.

Civil engineering consists not only of designing and executing structural works but also of all activities concerned with the procurement and development of statutorily designated space and the provision of utility services. The work of civil engineers can thus primarily be described as designing structural elements, drawing up the respective calculations, and executing plans, whereby environmental technology is a rapidly growing field of work. Due to both ecological and economic reasons, the work performed by civil engineers is the most widely diversified of all engineering professions, and course graduates find employment at public authorities, government departments, engineering firms, the building industry, construction sites, and in the human resources departments and design offices of processing industries.

What you´ll learn

During the first semesters, mathematical and natural science fundamentals are taught. They provide the basic toolkit for civil engineers in the fields of mathematics, applied mechanics, materials science, descriptive geometry, computer science and surveying. On this basis, students acquire the skills needed in the process-oriented and constructive activities of civil engineers. These include the organization of workflows, the dimensioning of construction materials, foundation mechanics and the basic principles of statics and structural engineering. Based on this knowledge, students gain in-depth insights into the fields of solid construction, timber construction, steel construction, hydraulic engineering, transportation technologies and planning, depending on their personal interests and passions. 

Study information

The bachelor’s degree program in civil engineering is organized in two blocks:

  • The first academic year focuses on the basics of natural science and mathematics, as well as on relevant theoretical principles.
  • Building on this, the second and third academic years provide fundamentals of the different fields of activity within civil engineering.

To establish a broad knowledge base of civil engineering, the majority of the modules are compulsory for all students. Out of four subject pairs of required elective modules, one module of each subject pair is obligatory. The four differing occupational profiles serve as means for orientation to prepare students for the different directions of specialization in the consecutive master’s program of civil engineering.

There are many ways to spend a shorter or longer period abroad during the Bachelor’s studies - for studying or an internship.

Apart from the well-known Erasmus + program, there are a number of other exchange opportunities available for TUM students. You can find detailed information in the TUM Wiki of your degree program under „Going on exchange - Wege ins Ausland“: Internationales / Exchanges – B.Sc. BI

A recognition of modules from a stay abroad can be achieved in two ways: 

  • Recognition as equivalent 
  • Free elective credits 

The recognition as equivalent means that a module from the TUM-study programme is replaced by an identical module from the partner university. The decision upon this equivalence is taken by the professor responsible for the course at TUM based on the module descriptions. The forms for the recognition are provided by the examination officer. 

A recognition in the free elective credits does not require a full equivalence of the modules. If they fit in the thematic scope of the study programme and they are not overlapping with already passed modules at TUM, they can be transferred directly. In this case please consult with the student advisor of the bachelor’s programme. 

You can find further information on the credit recognition process in the TUM Wiki of your degree program under „Going on exchange - Wege ins Ausland“: Internationales / Exchanges – B.Sc. BI

Students staying abroad with a leave of absence can bring in up to 20 credits per semester from the partner university without a cancellation of the leave of absence. 

An internship abroad qualifies for the bachelor’s programme if it fulfils the requirements for the required internship. Please consult with the internship office in advance to get a confirmation. 

Are you a student from a foreign university interested in a study or research stay at TUM? Please check the TUM Wiki under „Coming to TUM on exchange“: Internationales / Exchanges – B.Sc. BI

A six week practical training must be completed by all students. Proof of competion has to be submitted to the department one month before the end of the 2nd semester at the online portal of the Internship Office the very latest. Documents sent by mail or email cannot be processed.

In light of the restrictions imposed by the spread of the Corona virus, different arrangements may apply. For questions, please contact the Internship Office directly.

The application is done online on the TUMonline portal.

The bachelor’s programme has no access limitations. Applicants with a valid University Entrance Qualification receive an admission.