Course content

The master's program in Civil Engineering is focused on the study and design of buildings and structures (roads, bridges, hydraulic structures, high-rise and industrial buildings) and aims for the formation of civil engineers who can perform at a high level in an international industrial and social environment. The program concentrates on the thorough development of the conception and design capability, with the added objective of a job in research and development.

Thus lies in the core curriculum of training a pronounced emphasis on the computational aspects of buildings and infrastructure. By means of elective courses, students can select additional aspects of the field corresponding to the personal aptitude and interests. These elective courses also aim to broaden the training program.

The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (FEA) offers most of the Master’s programs in Engineering in English. This underlines the international ambition of the faculty, as well as the importance of international education and multiple language skills for students.


Course structure

During the master’s program students can opt for a deepening or broadening training, by either choosing a Major (depth) or Minor (broadening), or through a comprehensive package of elective courses.

Construction Design

In the Major Construction Design, some specific engineering disciplines are refined. This gives the graduate the baggage to work in the construction industry, having at the same time a broader and a more specialized technological knowledge. In particular, this course pays attention to the conceptual design of complex engineering structures. This Major also includes the computer-aided design of structures, structural reliability and risk analysis, seismic design, instability and spatial structures.

Dredging and Offshore Engineering

In the Major Dredging and Offshore Engineering, profound knowledge in the field of coastal and offshore engineering is pursued through a coherent set of courses that meet the requirements of the industry in this field. Given the enduring pressure on coastal regions worldwide, there is a sustained growth of coastal and offshore engineering constructional activities (e.g., sea defense, platform, wind farm, island, etc..), associated with the required dredging activities. During the course the basic knowledge of maritime technology (ship construction, stability and motions in harbours and approach channels) is addressed. The principles of dredging techniques are treated, with regard to dredging processes and soil mechanical aspects. A deeper understanding and modeling of hydrodynamic loads by waves and currents on coastal and offshore structures, and coastal zone processes, are taught. The Major centers on the design and construction of offshore structures, including ocean energy conversion (wind, waves, tide), geotechnical aspects of offshore foundations, structural reliability and risk analysis.



Career perspectives

Due to the rate of technical developments, highly skilled workers are required in the construction industry now more than ever. A Master of Civil Engineering designs and leads the construction and management of roads, bridges, hydraulic and coastal structures, high-rise and industrial buildings. Major employers of the graduates are construction companies, engineering and consultancy companies, manufacturers of building components, dredging contractors, the administration of the Flemish Region Infrastructure department, provincial and municipal technical services and associations. Civil engineers are also employed in architectural offices and monitoring agencies, insurance companies, banks, real estate companies, etc..


Admission (for international degree students)

Students who wish to enrol for the Master of Science in Civil Engineering can enter the program without any prerequisites if they hold the following degree: an academic diploma of Bachelor (or Master) of Science in Engineering (university level, minimum three years), with the main subject in Civil Engineering or an equivalent to this.

Admission can only be granted after an individual application procedure. The Study Program Committee will make the final decision on whether to accept the application or not. The Study Program Committee can decide that students need to follow a preparatory course or an individual master’s program, for instance for students who hold another diploma of Bachelor or Master.

Why choose UGent?


Education by world-class researchers
The education is given by professors who not only excel in teaching but also excel in research on a European and even worldwide scale. A fair number of professors have received a prestigious European Research Council Grant.


All of our master programmes, courses and curriculum were audited by CTI (Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur), as part of the EUR-ACE® quality audit carried out by ENAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education).


Strong student chapters
The students chapters make you feel welcome in our community, they organize courses, games, sports-activities and lots of parties as well. many of them have a buddy program.


Vibrant city life
Enjoy the city of Ghent, a student city with plenty of leisure possibilities, cinemas, museums, exhibitions, bars & clubs, restaurants, sports facilities, ...


Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 5, 2019
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