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Civil Engineering

Course Description

About the programme

The programme is co-organised by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), offering students the possibility to obtain a double master's degree at the end of the programme. The first year of courses is taught at the ULB Engineering Campus in Brussels, while the second year is taught at VUB.

This Master offers

- An in-depth understanding of the main aspects of analysis and design of all kinds of advanced load-bearing constructions, as well as of material technology.
- Strong links with a wide range of industrial organisations in all branches of engineering, including civil engineering consultants, contractors, public service organisations and materials suppliers.
These help to provide an exciting and industrially relevant environment for study and project work throughout the degree courses.

Focus on design and analysis of advanced structures

The main objectives of this master programme are to develop an in-depth understanding of the main aspects of analysis and design of all kinds of advanced load-bearing constructions, as well as of material technology. Important issues are the optimization of the form of the structure, the selection of the materials and the construction method in terms of mechanical properties, environmental impact, life cycle cost and sustainability. Both conventional reinforced and pre-stressed concrete or steel structures and systems in novel materials (fibre reinforced, cellular, hybrids...) are considered.

A competent civil engineer within broad range of technical skills

In addition, the objective is to provide civil engineers within a broad range of technical skills which will enable them to take a professional approach to civil engineering problems, to gather and assimilate the required information in an efficient manner, to formulate and implement a solution method and to execute and administer the projects they are involved in.

Conduct scientific research in critical and self-reliant manner

This balanced training is closely linked to scientific research in related fields. This will serve as a basis for 'lifelong learning'. In particular, the education shall provide the necessary knowledge and competences to conduct scientific research in a critical and self-reliant manner or as a member of a team. This Master provides a profound scientific background to the design and construction of all kinds of advanced load-bearing systems, as well as the required competences and attitudes to become a responsible staff member.

Generic skills

Practicing the profession of Civil Engineer involves a number of generic skills, including:
- reasoning skills: logical thinking and spatial vision
- communication skills: the ability to compile reports and hold presentations
- managerial skills: planning, organizing and leading activities, efficient time management
- interpersonal and social skills: a sense of responsibility and teamwork
- creativity and entrepreneurial spirit
- awareness of the necessity of ongoing training in recent technological, industrial and scientific developments

Student profile

You are interested in becoming a competent civil engineer with a broad range of technical skills
You are someone with good reasoning skills, logical thinking and spatial vision and would like to study in an international environment
You are someone who enjoys working in close contact with professors and wants to study in the capital of Europe


Available on http://www.vub.ac.be/en/study/civil-engineering/programme

The standard track in Master of Science in Civil Engineering (120 ECTS) is made up of 4 modules:
1) compulsory common courses (60 ECTS)
2) option blocks (1 option to choose out of 3 that are provided, 16 ECTS each)
3) electives (thematic lists) (20 ECTS to choose)
4) the Master Thesis (24 ECTS)

Each of the modules should be succesfully completed to obtain the master degree. The student must respect the specified registration requirements. The Curriculum Board strongly suggests the student to follow the standard learning track. Only this model track can guarantee a timeschedule without overlaps of the compulsory course units.

Visit the Civil Engineering page on the Vrije Universiteit Brussel website for more details!

Student Profiles

Master Mind Scholarships (from the Flemish Government of Belgium) - 20+ Awards

The Government of Flanders has launched a new scholarship programme in 2015, Master Mind Scholarships. For the academic year 2017-2018, it awards up to 45 scholarships to outstanding Master students from all countries. The programme aims to promote the internationalization of the Flemish Higher Education, as stated in the Action Plan for Student Mobility, Brains on the Move (September 2013).

Value of Scholarship(s)

7,500 Euros/year


The applicant applies to take up a Master degree programme at a higher education institution in Flanders (hereafter ‘Flemish host institution’).
- The applicant should have a high standard of academic performance and/or potential.
- He/she meets all academic entrance criteria, including relevant language requirements, for entering the Master programme in question offered by the Flemish host institution.
- All nationalities can apply. The previous degree obtained should be from a higher education institution located outside Flanders.
- Students who are already enrolled in a Flemish higher education institution cannot apply.

Application Procedure

Students cannot apply directly. Applications need to be submitted by the Flemish host institution. For more details please contact International Relations - [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Admission decisions for students from other institutions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file. Students with a bachelor in the same field of study have direct access after the evaluation of their application file. The admission for holders of another engineering degree is based upon evaluation and approval by the curriculum council.Non-EU students should present a proof of proficiency in English.

Last Updated

26 June 2017

Course Fees

EEA students: 890 EUR/year____Non EEA students 2500 EUR/year

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