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Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)

Civil Engineering

If you are interested in building and construction, as well as in the environment, the natural sciences, and new technologies, then this practical degree program is for you. As a civil engineer, you are a creative team player who enjoys taking on responsibility. The building sector offers you a modern, diverse work environment with excellent prospects.

Your heart beats for...

Plan, build and manage, Mathematics, physics and computer science, 3D imagination, Design competence, Environment and sustainability, Practical part, Foreign language: English

A Degree Program with a Future

Type of Study

During the first four semesters, you will learn the fundamentals of civil engineering. Starting in the 5th semester, you will choose one of four focus areas:

  • Construction process management
  • Structural engineering
  • Traffic engineering
  • Water management

The bachelor’s thesis is completed in the 7th semester following a practical phase.


You will bring one of the following educational backgrounds:

  • General university entrance qualification (Abitur)
  • Specialized university entrance qualification
  • Advanced technical college certificate (Fachhochschulreife)
  • Professional qualification (Case-by-case examination)

16-Week basic internship, of which at least 8 weeks must be completed by the start of the degree program in the winter semester, with verification. The missing internship weeks must be completed by the beginning of the third semester at the latest.
The internship should teach the student basic skills and knowledge in construction engineering. It can be completed either on a construction site or in a technical firm, including technical offices.

Structure and Contents of the Degree Program

1. Semester

  • Engineering mathematics 1
  • Structural mechanics 1
  • Building materials science 1
  • Structural design
  • Geotechnical engineering 1
  • Building informatics

2. Semester

  • Engineering mathematics 2
  • Structural mechanics 2
  • Building materials science 2
  • CAD
  • Geotechnical engineering 2
  • Surveying

3. Semester

  • Statics 1
  • Construction process management 1
  • Fundamentals of structural engineering
  • Planning traffic infrastructure
  • Hydraulics (hydrostatics, hydrodynamics)
  • BIM (Building Information Modeling)

4. Semester

  • Solid construction 1
  • Construction process management 2
  • Building physics 1
  • Road construction
  • Fundamentals of water management
  • Construction law

5. Semester

  • Technical fundamentals and advanced modules in the areas of construction process management, structural engineering, traffic engineering, and water management

6. Semester

  • Technical fundamentals and advanced modules in the form of mandatory and elective modules

7. Semester

  • Practical phase
  • Bachelor’s thesis

Focus area

  • Construction process management 
  • Structural engineering
  • Traffic engineering
  • Water management
Acquired Knowledge and Skills

As a graduate of our degree program, you will be able to

  • develop engineering models, solutions, and concepts,
  • dimension buildings and components as well as traffic and water infrastructure based on calculations and verifications
  • design associated structures and support and monitor their construction in practice
  • develop the necessary quality management systems and support their implementation
  • prepare for and coordinate building processes, then plan and manage them in line with schedules and budgets
Job Profiles
  • Civil engineers 
  • design and change
  • research, create, plan, calculate,
  • construct and monitor
  • organize and manage
  • are responsible for safety and economic efficiency
  • work as employees, freelancers, or officials
  • work in construction companies, engineering firms, in academics or construction and environmental management for municipalities, states, and on the federal level
Cooperation With Companies

Our department cooperates with numerous regional construction companies, as well as with municipalities and state offices.

Research in the Department

Our civil engineering department is engaged in intensive application-specific research and development cooperations, particularly with regional companies and institutions, as well as on a national basis. Most theses are completed as part of such cooperations, either directly with a cooperating partner or in a departmental lab.
Research in the department focuses on the areas of geotechnics, solid construction, and municipal water management, as well as digital building.

Our fields of research

As Graduate You Contribute to...

... the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

  • directly to good health and well-being
  • directly to quality education
  • directly to clean water and sanitation
  • directly to industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • directly to sustainable cities and communities
  • directly to responsible consumption and production
  • directly to climate action
  • directly to life on land

Studying at Creative Campus Detmold

Our Creative Campus in Detmold

Planning and building in one place. This concept can be found on our Creative Campus. Through both topics, a very special teaching and research location has been created. The internationally renowned Detmold School of Design is located here, as well as the Civil Engineering Department and the Center for Sustainable, Digital Construction, which is currently under construction. Architectural ideas thus cross paths with new thinking in civil engineering, such as sustainable 3D printing. The campus is complemented by media production, which together with the Detmold Academy of Music and the University of Paderborn have created a completely new stage for the transfer between creative science and business in the KreativInstitut.OWL. The campus is also adjacent to the city center, which can thus be reached by foot.

Campus Life


Degree Course:
Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)
Study model:
Standard period of study:
7 semester
Winter semester
Course language:
Creative Campus Detmold
Tuition Fees:
Preparatory courses:
Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics
Application periods:

Germany and EU Countries
Winter Semester: 02.05. – 15.10.
Winter Semester: 02.05. – 15.10.
Non-EU Countries
Winter Semester: 15.04. – 15.07.
Currently no application possible