Personnel placement, material costs, time investment, transport costs, sustainability, and energy efficiency - the interest in economic questions in the last decades has grown for the classic civil engineering specialization fields.

Plans, implementations, and interactions in not only construction management, but also in structural areas, in structural and underground engineering, hydraulic engineering and transport management must be economical. Here, the industrial engineers with a specialization in civil engineering can provide their skills in this cross-section.

The course of study Business Administration and Engineering with a Specialization in Civil Engineering at RWTH has a strong technical component in contrast to the programs at other universities and equips its students not only with economic expertise but also engineering expertise.

Students first acquire fundamental, theoretical knowledge: challenging studies in mathematics and mechanics provide the necessary understanding for technical principles, structuring concepts, and complex processes. The engineering units are supplemented with comprehensive units in business administration.

Starting in the third semester, students select a specialization from four options:

  • Civil Engineering teaches a basic understanding of load-bearing behavior, design, design and assessment of load-bearing structures, and the selection of the correct building materials taking technical and economic aspects into consideration. Possible fields of application include design, calculations, construction, execution of construction work, and research and development.
  • Construction Management and Geotechnical Engineering creates solutions for economically optimized and energy efficient construction – for example for the control of relevant planning and building processes for complex large projects. A further focus is elaborate construction and design methods in geotechnical engineering such as in tunnel, dam, and dam wall construction and in rock mechanics and construction.
  • Water Sciences focuses on the planning, construction, and operation of hydraulic structures such as levees, barrages, water supply institutions, and waster management facility plants. Important aspects are functionality, stability, environmental sustainability, and water management sustainability.
  • Transport and Spatial Planning focuses on the construction and operation of transport infrastructures, mobiilty, and transport. Typical fields of application include spatial, regional, and urban planning as well as the construction and operation of streets, rail connections, and airports.

Programme Structure

In order to enroll students must submit documentatin of a four-week preinternship, during which prospective students get a first look at different shareholders involved in construction.

An institute internship during the studies offers students the possibility to get a look at independent scientific work in one of RWTH's own institutes and to learn research and application-oriented methods.


Semester Engineering Foundation Mathematics and Natural Science Foundation Business and Economics Foundation
1 to 3 Mechanics I and II, Construction Materials Science, Fundamentals of Support Structures, Physics of Construction, Building Construction

Mathematics I and II, Applied Statistics, Construction Computer Science

Introduction to Business Administration, Decision Making, Microeconomics, Sales and Purchasing, Production and Logistics, Internal Accounting and Bookkeeping
Modules from the selected specialization
4 to 6 Planning Methodology, Preparation and Implementation of Construction Projects in the Life Cycle Geodesy Quantitative Methods of Economics, , Macroeconomics, Investment and Financing, Elective Module, Human Resources and Management, Empirical Economic Research
Modules from the selected specialization
Institute internship, Bachelor's thesis

The detailed course of study layout is regularly published as addendum of the respective current exam regulations. You can find the link to the exam regulations at the bottom of this website.

Entry Requirement

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects


Industrial engineers take on work that requires interdisciplinary skills. They work, for example, in construction management, marketing, controlling, purchasing, logistics, and facility and project management. They collaborate not only with different specialists but also ensure that this collaboration works efficiently.

Based on their individual specialization they may manage large construction sites, infrastructure projects – such as the expansion of rail or road networks or airports – and national and international logistical networks or municipal and national water supply systems.

As interdisciplinary experts with an economics background they always have an eye on the global market, company balances, relevant legal framework conditions, and economic prognoses.


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