MSc in Civil and Architectural Engineering


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Program Description

n the first year, half the study work is compulsory courses related to Civil and Architectural Engineering in general, e.g. Risk and Reliability, Numerical analysis, etc. The other half is an individual selection of two specialised study packages, e.g. Structural dynamics and Monitoring, Construction management etc. The second year involves a thesis, the topic of which is decided upon consultation with professors.

The programme is taught by faculty members who are active researchers, so students benefit from a research-intensive environment and have the opportunity to work with researchers, as well as the chance to complete a project in collaboration with a private company.

Choice of study packages

The first year of the MSc degree programme consists of a basic study package (30 ECTS) and two specialised study packages. All students take the basic study package, but you can choose your own specialised study packages from among the fields listed below. Each specialised study package amounts to 15 ECTS credits. The second year consists of an optional programme and a thesis.

You combine the specialised study packages with an optional programme and conclude your studies with a written thesis. You can thus become a specialist in relevant fields of study connected with civil and architectural engineering.

Student life

The Department of Engineering has many social spaces where you can meet other students outside lessons and this is an excellent basis for social activities. There is an engineering club for staff and students through which students can network with like-minded people. Like all departments, there is a popular Friday bar, and "De Studerendes Råd - RIA") organises celebrations and social events for all students.


The varied forms of teaching, collaboration in groups and the opportunity for close scientific dialogue with the researchers, as well as the strong relationship with the industrial sector, provide graduates with competencies that are in great demand in the global job market. These competencies include abstract, critical and independent thinking, analytical skills, and strategic planning. You can use these skills in many contexts – even in jobs, you didn’t know you were qualified for.

Previous graduates of the MSc Civil and Architectural Engineering programme are employed by consulting engineering firms, entrepreneurial firms, property companies, architecture firms, or in the building component industry. Graduates typically work in roles that involve developing and designing advanced building constructions, advanced energy technology solutions and industrialised building components – frequently in interdisciplinary collaboration with architects and designers.

For students from the United States

Study at a world-leading institution in Denmark. We offer more than 50 programmes taught in English. Join us in Scandinavia in one of the happiest countries on Earth.

Funding and scholarships

Aarhus University offers a limited number of scholarships to the most talented applicants from outside Europe.

Tuition fees for our Master’s programmes are between €8,000-14,500 per year.

Loan programme

Aarhus University also participates in the William D. Ford Direct Loan Programme.

Connect with our students!

Are you considering applying for a programme at Aarhus University but still have tons of questions? Then why not talk to one of our current American students to get their view on student life in Denmark.

Living costs

Denmark is often considered expensive to international students, but student housing is often very affordable compared to other countries and services such as medical treatment is free of charge. See an example budget for one month in Aarhus. Please note that expenses often vary from person to person.

Estimated Student Budget For One Month in Aarhus
Rent: $500*
Food and utilities: $330
Phone and internet: $50
Local transport: $30
Books and study supplies: $30
Other expenses - like a gym membership, streaming etc: $110
Total: $1050

*Rent in student housing varies between $360-600 per month. Some have internet included.

For me, Denmark hasn’t turned out to be more expensive than what I was used to. Most things here cost about the same as they would in a city in the US. Some things, like rents, are actually cheaper. Things that seem expensive at first, like restaurant meals or haircuts, end up costing the same because you don’t have to tip here. And a lot of my classmates like to cook, so we often get together for potluck meals, or we all bring wine and snacks and have a cosy night in. I strongly recommend anyone on a budget to make a point of asking their Danish classmates what they do to keep their spending down. I got lots of great tips that way, like which grocery stores are cheaper or which stores and restaurants give student discounts.

Elisabeth Lauer
, Student, MA in Intercultural Studies programme, from the United States

Student life

Being a student at Aarhus University might differ from the U.S. First of all many non-academic activities such as sports and music are not organized by the university. Still, there is a ton of activities for students in Aarhus, so you will be sure to have an amazing time here.

A place to start is Studenterhus Aarhus which offers activities for all students in Aarhus. These include a weekly International Night, trips around Denmark and much more. It is also possible to get involved as a volunteer and thereby grow your network in Denmark.

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and strongly research-oriented institution that creates and shares knowledge. The university was founded in 1928 and today it has several world-class resea ... Read More

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