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Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)

Dual Civil Engineering

Direct connection to practice, very good career prospects, and secure financial support – it's all possible with our dual degree program in civil engineering. Instead of either/or, engage in both a professional career and academic study at the same time. Gain practical experience in a construction industry company, engineering firm, or public administration while studying at the same times.

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 two semesters, you will study full-time during the lecture period. Starting in the 3rd semester, lectures are concentrated on three days per week, while 2 days are reserved for practical work.


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)

An employment contract with the respective cooperating partner must be submitted to register; they will conclude a parallel cooperation agreement with the TH OWL.
No preliminary internship is required for the dual degree program. 

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
  • Construction process management 1 or Planning traffic infrastructure
  • BIM (Building Information Modeling)

4. Semester

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

5. Semester

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

6. Semester

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

7. Semester

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

8. Semster

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

9. Semester

  • Bachelor’s thesis

Focus area

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

As a graduate of our dual study 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

The 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:
Dual Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)
Study model:
Dual, Cooperative
Standard period of study:
9 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.
Non-EU Countries
Winter Semester: 15.04. – 15.07.