MSc in Civil Engineering
This master is jointly organised in collaboration with Université Libre de Bruxelles.
The main objective of this program is an in-depth understanding of the main aspects of analysis and design of all kinds of advanced load-bearing constructions, as well as of material technology. Important issues hereby are the optimalisation of the shape of the structure, the selection of the materials and the construction method in terms of mechanical properties, environmental impact, life cycle cost and sustainability. Both conventional reinforced and pre-stressed concrete or steel structures and systems in new materials (fibre reinforced, cellular, hybrids,...) are hereby considered.
In addition, the objective of the programme is to provide competent civil engineers with a broad range of technical skills which will enable them to take a professional approach to civil engineering problems, to gather and assimilate the required information in an efficient manner, to formulate and implement a solution method and to execute and administer the projects effectively.
Obviously, this balanced training in both analytical and numerical methods and experimental work is closely linked to scientific research in related fields and will serve as a basis for 'lifelong learning'. In particular, the education shall provide the necessary knowledge and competences to conduct scientific research in a critical and self-reliant manner or as a member of a team. In conclusion, the Master of Science in Civil Engineering provides a profound scientific background to the design and construction of all kinds of advanced load-bearing systems as well as the required competences and attitudes to become a responsible staff member with attention to and the understanding of the role of technology and the engineer in society.
Practicing the profession of Civil Engineer involves a number of generic skills, including:
- Reasoning skills: logical thinking and spatial vision.
- Communication skills: the ability to compile reports and hold presentations.
- Managerial skills: planning, organizing and leading activities, efficient time management.
- Interpersonal and social skills: a sense of responsibility and teamwork.
- Creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.
- Awareness of the necessity of ongoing training in recent technological, industrial and scientific developments.