Civil engineers accompany the construction process from planning to completion, maintenance, and renovation. Typical projects include all types of the buildings and their technical features, tunnels, bridges, streets, and waterways.

Civil engineers also create the foundations for an innovative, urban infrastructure – including consideration of climate change and demographic changes. This is how, for example, infrastructure solutions for the supply and waste management of cities and mobility adaptations are optimized. They focus their attention on sustainability, energy efficiency, and resource conservation.

The course of study at RWTH takes into account the broad spectrum of topics that fall under civil engineering. The curriculum contains the foundations of mathematics, physics, and engineering and civil engineering-specific sciences.

Furthermore the curriculum also takes ecological, economic, and legal framework conditions into consideration.

After this intensive and challenging core curriculum students acquire advanced knowledge in two of four concentrations:

  • 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 focuses on economically optimized and energy efficient construction – for example with regards to the active control of 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 provides a foundation for the planning, construction, and operation of hydraulic structures such as levees, barrages, water supply institutions, and waste management facility plants. Functional aspects are considered as well as stability. They are supplemented with perspectives from environmental and water management sustainability.
  • Transport and Spatial Planning focuses on questions related to the construction and operation of transport infrastructures, mobility, and transport. Fields of application include spatial, regional, and urban planning as well as the construction and operation of streets, rail connections, and airports.

Programme Structure

Semester Mathematical- Natural Science Fundamentals Engineering and Civil-Engineering Specific Fundamentals
1st to 3rd

Mathematics I & II
Mechanics I & II
Hydromechanics I
Applied Statistics


Building Materials Science, Construction Physics, Civil Engineering Informatics, Statical Calculation, Project Management, Geotechnics I, Planning Methodology, Introduction to Civil Engineering and Engineering and Society

4th to 6th Mandatory Component:
Dynamics, Hydromechanics II, Solid Construction, Residential Water Management, Construction Process Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Building Contract Law, Preparation and Implementation of Construction Projects in the Life Cycle
Modules from two specializations of student's choosing
Institute internship
Bachelor's Thesis

Entry Requirement

Civil engineers are involved in planning, calculations, assessments, the conduction of projects, and coordination. With their skills profile they are hired in various fields of application such as structural engineering, industrial construction and bridge construction; planning, construction, and operation of traffic routes; state, regional, and urban planning; water engineering, water management, and urban water management; foundation engineering, rock operations, and underground construction; environmental protection; and building construction and construction management

Engineers trained in Germany are sought after all over the world – skills often sought in the areas of transportation, water, tunnel, and bridge construction. Due to the multiperspectivity engineers educated at RWTH possess, they are not only experts for the classical disciplines of civil engineering but also for interdisciplinary work in the context of economic, legal, infrastructural, and environmentally-relevant problems.


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