Master of Science in Civil Engineering


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MSc in Civil Engineering

This master is jointly organised by Vrije Universiteit Brussel in collaboration with Université Libre de Bruxelles, leading to a joint master's degree.

A major objective of our programme is to develop an in-depth understanding of the main aspects of analysis and design of all kinds of constructions and to provide a solid knowledge of material technology. An important issue is the optimisation of the form of structures and the material selection, with due consideration of their environmental impact, sustainability and life-cycle cost. Several systems are considered: conventionally reinforced or pre-stressed, either in steel or concrete, as well as those composed of novel materials like fibre-reinforced material systems. You can also wish to specialise in water resources. Courses on different aspects of water resources management (rivers, urban water, groundwater, water quality) are offered in close collaboration with our Master of Water Resources Engineering programme.

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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 programme 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 programme 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.

Elective courses The courses in the first year provide the student with the basics that are essential for someone with the title of civil engineer (concrete, steel, geotechnics, numerical modelling, experimental techniques and project work). With these basics acquired, the students can tailor their second year according to their interests.

Internship Among the optional courses, students can choose an internship of 40 or 60 days, which takes place during the second year. This allows students to gain a first working experience in a company or a research centre of their choice, as they choose and contact the company themselves.


Academic requirements Students with a bachelor in the same field of study (civil engineering) have direct access to the evaluation of their application file. Holders of another engineering degree must be approved/admitted by the curriculum council.

Language requirements Prospective students can provide proof of sufficient knowledge of English as language of instruction


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Last updated May 2020

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Ranked as one of Europe's top universities, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) combines award-winning research and a range of study programmes with a supportive open-door policy in Brussels, one of the ... Read More

Ranked as one of Europe's top universities, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) combines award-winning research and a range of study programmes with a supportive open-door policy in Brussels, one of the most interesting cities in Europe. Almost 200 years of experience and history await you at its green, urban campuses. A young university with a well-established tradition The single word ‘vrije’ in ‘Vrije Universiteit Brussel’ means ‘free’ and really tells you everything you need to know about the ambition of our university: the promotion of research and thought without dogmas and prejudices. Because studying at VUB, in an open atmosphere of tolerance and diversity, means growing into an independent and critically- thinking individual who can cope with our fast-changing world. Read less