Civil Engineering M. Sc.

Civil engineers are present in all aspects of a construction project from its conception to realization, such as the design and evaluation of individual building elements and entire constructions, the planning process as well as its implementation. Furthermore, environmental engineering represents another rapidly growing field for civil engineers. In general, due to ecological as well as economic reasons, civil engineering disciplines are the most diverse among all engineering professions.

The master's program in Civil Engineering deepens knowledge of the discipline and its methods acquired during the bachelor's program in Civil Engineering or a related program. 

What you'll learn for your future?

Civil engineers deal with the design, planning, construction and the operation of building structures and infrastructure (roads, water and sewage systems) from an engineering science perspective. Conceptualizing, planning, calculating, designing, and organizing are important job characteristics for a civil engineer. Typical work fields are:

  • Concrete, steel, timber, and glass constructions (e.g. buildings, dams, bridges and tunnels)
  • Infrastructure (e.g. water and sewage systems, roads)
  • Environmental protection and renewable energies (e.g. energetic refurbishment, geothermal technology and hydropower)
  • Protection from environmental dangers (e.g. protection from floods, earthquakes and fire)
  • Managing complex processes (e.g. approval procedures, construction site management, building in existing context, construction during ongoing traffic flow)
  • Optimization concerning safety, comfort, energy consumption, sustainability, cost 

Study Information

Type of Study: Full Time
Standard Duration of Studies: 4 Semester
Credits: 120 ECTS
Main Locations: Munich
Admission Category: Aptitude Assessment for Master
Start of Degree Program: Summer and Winter Semester
Application Period: Winter semester: 01.04. – 31.05. & Summer semester: 01.11. – 15.01.
Required Language Proficiency: English and German
​​​​​​​Tuition Fees: for Students from Non-EU Countries

The master's degree program in civil engineering consists of four semesters, in the course of which 120 ECTS credits have to be earned. The master's thesis accounts for 30 of these credits.

The program offers both German and English modules. The language of the course depends on the module. Students are free in their choice of modules and usually choose based on their interests and goals rather than the language of the module. Students do not have to choose one language for all of their courses. Depending on which modules they choose, students can, however, study in only German or English or combine the languages. 

Civil engineering is a very broad field, which is reflected in the range of courses offered. In order to do this justice, 22 fields of specialization are offered. Students create their individual course profile by choosing four fields of specialization. The fourth field of specialization can be replaced with an individual specialization. 

The specialization can, for example, be in architecture, mechanical engineering or even IT. It can also be used to complement the other three fields of specialization with further useful civil engineering modules.

In order to provide students with the best possible support during their studies, one of the fields of specialization is chosen as their major subject. The supervisor for this field takes on a mentor role, supporting and advising the students in particular when it comes to choosing the right fields of specialization. However, this mentor not only makes sure that the course contents match the occupational profile but also, for example, that the selected courses and modules are suitable for a stay abroad and that they match the students' professional visions. This is particularly important when choosing a specialization as in this case compulsory and elective modules have to be approved by the mentor.

Every field of specialization is made up of compulsory and elective modules. Compulsory modules are reflected in the compulsory module catalog, which accounts for 12 credits. This catalog guarantees that the basic knowledge in the field of specialization is acquired. This basic knowledge can be expanded upon with elective modules in the field. The elective modules chosen in each field of specialization have to add up to at least 6 credits in order to ensure that in-depth expertise is gained in addition to basic knowledge. For specialization, compulsory modules have to account for 12 ECTS credits and elective modules for 9 credits.

In addition to the ECTS credits obtained in the elective modules in the fields of specialization, students need to acquire 12 credits from the entire catalog of civil engineering elective modules. Students who have chosen an interdisciplinary specialization only need to acquire 9 credits. This gives students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in other fields of civil engineering that are not part of the fields of specialization and to acquire skills that go beyond the field of civil engineering. In order to guarantee the general education component in civil engineering, 6 credits are to be selected from the overall TUM course offer. Students often choose language courses that contribute to their ability to communicate, especially in an international context.

The master's program is completed with the master's thesis, which students write in one of their fields of specialization.

There are many ways to spend a shorter or longer period abroad during the Master’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. Detailed information can be found on the website of the Department for Study- Wiki.

A recognition of modules from a stay abroad can be achieved in four ways: recognition as equivalent and 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 as a partner university modul, in the personalized specialication or in the supplementary subjects 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 master’s programme. In the master’s programme students can bring in up to 30 credits from the partner university as electives (this applies also to the cross cutting methods ) through this procedure. 
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.

Please apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. 

For information about the general application procedure at TUM, please visit the following website: Applying for a Master's Program at TUM.

The Master’s Programme in Civil Engineering offers admissions every semester. Application deadlines for the respective semester:

  • 31st of May for the next winter term
  • 15th of January for the next summer term

We advise International applicants to submit their applications at least six weeks before the deadline, in order to get an early evaluation. However every complete application that reaches the enrolment office on time will get evaluated.