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Master of Science in Civil Engineering

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
14 September 2020
Application deadline: Application Deadline for EEA is 2020-09-01 and for Non-EEA is 2020-04-01.
2,500 EUR

Program description

Master of Science in Civil Engineering

Are you interested in shaping a sustainable world, in planning, designing or constructing the built and natural environment, and changing the lives of millions of people for the better? Are you interested in becoming a master innovator, creating breakthroughs in scientific and technological research, or a leader in the decision-making process? Are you interested in acquiring the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be able to do this? If the answer is ‘yes’, then the Master of Science in Civil Engineering at VUB, in the multicultural capital of Europe, is perfect for you.

The civil engineering curriculum will provide you with the fundamental knowledge related to mathematics, physics and mechanics. It will train you to become skilful in applying engineering tools, in communication and in functioning in a multidisciplinary environment, with a respectful, tolerant and critical attitude and commitment to ethics. Our Program will allow you to become a competent engineer, with a broad range of technical and scientific knowledge, while also developing the right skills and attitudes. Focusing on the design and analysis of advanced structures, on building materials and on water resources management, the Program provides you with a broad common knowledge that can be refined according to your preferences. Whatever you choose, you’ll be sure to receive a high-end education, tailored to your preferences and adapted to the latest evolutions in the scientific world.

Admission requirements

Language requirements

Prospective students can provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English as language of instruction by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • Having successfully completed one of the following language proficiency tests:
    • TOEFL iBT with minimum level: 79;
    • IELTS with minimum level: academic module 6.5;
    • ITACE with minimum level: B2;
    • Cambridge English Qualification Scale with the following minimal level: 170;
  • Certificates and other proof of language tests may not pre-date the first enrolment by more than five years.
  • Having successfully completed at least one year of secondary education with English as language of instruction, or having successfully completed secondary school in a Belgian institution;
  • Having successfully completed Program units in higher education with a minimum of 54 ECTS-credits where English was the language of instruction.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Compulsory Common Courses

  • Design of Concrete Structures
  • Experimental Techniques for Testing, Non Destructive Techniques and Structural Health Monitoring
  • Design of Steel Structures
  • Multidisciplinary Project in Civil Engineering
  • Prestressed Concrete
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Non-linear Modeling of Materials and Structures
  • Structural Analysis and Finite Elements
  • Dynamics of Structures
  • Surface water hydrology

Project MA Civil Engineering

  • Team Leader Project
  • Development Cooperation Project
  • Research Methods in Civil Engineering

Options MA Civil Engineering

Option Structures

  • Form-finding and Structural Optimisation
  • Advanced Computational Structural Mechanics
  • Robustness of structures and reliability of materials
  • Structural design

Option Construction and Geomaterials

  • Innovation in Construction Materials
  • Geology and engineering geology
  • Mechanics of Geomaterials
  • Rock mechanics and underground constructions

Option Water Resources

  • Groundwater modelling
  • Surface water modelling
  • Urban hydrology and hydraulics

Elective Courses MA Civil Engineering

Electives: Structures

  • Timber and masonry structures - Renovation techniques and construction pathologies
  • Steel Bridge Construction
  • Parametric Design of Transformable Structures

Electives: Construction and Geomaterials

  • Mechanics of Composite Materials

Electives: Water Resources

  • Social, Political, Institutional, Economical and Environmental Aspects of Water Engineering
  • Industrial Techniques for Water Management
  • System Approach to Water Management
  • Land-Climate Dynamics

Electives: Building Physics and Architecture

  • Design Project Competition
  • Energy Performance of Buildings
  • Room Acoustics

Electives: Management, Economics and Law

  • Human Resources Management
  • Business Aspects of Innovation in Materials
  • Architectural Engineering and Construction Project Management
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introduction to Business

Electives: Miscellanea

  • Infrastructure and mobility

Electives: Internships

  • Internship (60 days)
  • Internship (40 days)

Electives: Courses from other options (Structures,Construction,Water Resources)

  • Form-finding and Structural Optimisation
  • Structural design
  • Rock mechanics and underground constructions
  • Advanced Computational Structural Mechanics
  • Robustness of structures and reliability of materials
  • Innovation in Construction Materials
  • Geology and engineering geology
  • Mechanics of Geomaterials
  • Groundwater modelling
  • Surface water modelling
  • Urban hydrology and hydraulics

Master Thesis

  • Master Thesis Civil Engineering

Tuition fees

The full tuition price for EEA students is 835 €. The price for Non-EEA students is 2.500 €

Continuing studies

After graduation continue their academic career as a PhD researchers.

Career opportunities

A master degree opens doors in many different branches and sectors. You will be able to work in the private sector, (non-) governmental organisations. Not sure what your next step should be? The VUB helps you with your first steps on the job market.

First step in the job market

The diversity within the civil engineering fields creates a wide choice of careers.

Civil graduates work at all levels of the economy. Some work in small consulting firms, including those specializing in structural, environmental, municipal and geotechnical
engineering, and some work in larger firms which encompass several branches of civil

Others work for the government or have started their own businesses. Graduates in civil engineering can work all over the world, either as consultants with their own companies, as employees of large international companies, or as volunteers in developing countries.

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VUB is a public and modern university located in Brussels, the heart of Europe. Ranked as one of world’s top universities, it offers a full range of bachelor’s and master’s programmes taught in English. The University counts 16.000 students, 21%...

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels

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