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About the programme

Programme Structure


  • Numerical Analysis in Civil Engineering 5 ECTS
  • Risk and Reliability in Engineering 5 ECTS
  • Experimental Mechanics Theory (For students specializing in structural engineering, tectonic design, geotechnical engineerin) 5 ECTS
  • Integrated Energy Design (For students specializing in integrated energy design) 5 ECTS
  • Advanced Planning and Scheduling of Construction Projects (For students specializing in construction management) 5 ECTS


  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship 5 ECTS
  • Research Methods in Civil and Architectural Engineering 5 ECTS
  • Structural Concepts (For students specializing in structural engineering, tectonic design, construction management, geotechnical engineering) 5 ECTS
  • Heat transfer and Mass Transport (For students specializing in integrated energy design) 5 ECTS


Construction Management

Focus is on optimizing the design and execution process of construction projects, including simulation and pre-production perspectives such as the clients brief and design. Innovation, efficiency, optimization, collaboration and change management are keywords in this specialization, allowing students to act as Client Consultants and Project Managers at Contractors, Consultants, and Clients.
​Prerequisites: BSc. Degree with introductory knowledge of construction processes.

  • Innovative Construction processes 10 ECTS
  • Lean, Lean Construction & Lean Design 5 ECTS

(Day) Lighting Design

The package aims to present a good general knowledge of the important design and technology aspects of architectural lighting design through lectures, applied research and design studies.
​Prerequisites: BSc in integrated energy design or equivalent

  • Daylighting Design and Lighting Simulation 10 ECTS
  • Electric Lighting Design 5 ECTS

Fluid Dynamics and Building Ventilation

The course package of building ventilation will provide students the knowledge and competence of designing effective and energy-efficient ventilation systems aiming at desired air distribution, effective removal of contaminant gases and building sustainability to achieve optimal indoor air quality.
​Prerequisites: It requires the Bachelor degree in Civil, Mechanical, or Architectural engineering and basic knowledge of fluid mechanics, building ventilation systems and heat transfer.

  • Air Physics in Building Ventilation 5 ECTS
  • CFD in Architectural Engineering 5 ECTS
  • Natural Ventilation 5 ECTS

Geotechnical Engineering

Focus of the package is to achieve an increased knowledge of soil behavior and soil-structure interaction through assessment of data and hands-on experience with laboratory/field testing, field monitoring and numerical analysis of geotechnical structures.
​Prerequisites: The students are required to have a bachelor degree in civil/structural engineering and basic knowledge of Geotechnical/Foundation Engineering and Soil Mechanics,

  • Experimental Geotechnics 10 ECTS
  • Numerical Analysis in Geotechnical Engineering 5 ECTS

Structural Dynamics and Monitoring

The aim of this package is to provide students with the necessary tools to make accurate calculations and informed decisions regarding the dynamic response of structures to all forms of external loading. Furthermore, students should understand the concepts of structural control and monitoring and be able to perform and decipher basic structural health monitoring.
​Prerequisites: The students are required to have a bachelor degree in civil engineering with a specialization in structural engineering.

  • Bridge Design 5 ECTS
  • Structural Dynamics 10 ECTS

Tectonic Design

Ambitious building designs require extensive multi-disciplinary engineering skills for generating novel building designs. ​
Prerequisites: It requires a Bachelor degree in Civil or Architectural engineering and basic knowledge of building or architectural design.

  • Computational Design 5 ECTS
  • Form-finding in Building Design 5 ECTS
  • Tectonics in Engineering and Archuctural design 5 ECTS


Indoor Climate and Energy

The primary reason for human kind to make buildings is to achieve a healthy, productive and comfortable environment for long term stay – a good indoor environment. A good indoor environment is functional, aesthetically pleasing and have a good indoor climate. This research group focus on research and teaching in methods, tools and technologies for energy-efficient design and operation of buildings with high quality of indoor climate (i.e. thermal comfort, high air quality and good daylighting conditions).
​Prerequisites: BSc in engineering, or equivalent, with a substantial degree of specialization related to building physics (heat transfer and moisture transport) and building services (heating, ventilation, air  conditioning and cooling).

  • Energy-efficient Building Envelope Design 5 ECTS
  • Indoor Climate 5 ECTS
  • Simulation of Building Energy Systems 5 ECTS

Structural Analysis and Concrete Structures

Students in structural engineering must know how structures can be designed using physically transparent models. Energy principles and the theory of plasticity offers such approaches, and a central part of these  course therefore regards the application of the theories and understanding of the inherent advantages as well as limitations.
​Prerequisites: The students are required to have a bachelor degree in civil engineering with a specialization in structural engineering.

  • Design of Steel Structures 5 ECTS
  • Limit Analysis and Design of Concrete Structures 10 ECTS

Computational Methods in Civil Engineering

  • Finite-element Analysis of Solids and Structures 10 ECTS
  • Numerical Analysis of Vibrations and Wave Propagation in Solids and Structures 5 ECTS

Elective courses to be offered (besides project and study courses)

  • Wave Hydro Dynamics 5 ECTS
  • Data-based modelling of building thermal dynamics 5 ECTS
  • Architectural Acoustics 5 ECTS
  • Integrated Engineering Project 5 ECTS
  • Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation 5 ECTS
  • International Construction law 10 ECTS (14 day workshop in August, Summer course)
  • Prestressed Concrete structures 5 ECTS
  • Random Vibration 5 ECTS
  • Structural Mechanics and Dynamics of Windturbines 5 ECTS
  • Bridge Design 5 ECTS
  • Human-centered design 5 ECTS
  • R&D project in engineering 5, 10, 15, or 20 ECTS 

Master thesis:

The thesis is written in collaboration with one of the research groups and requires that you have followed the three courses within the chosen specialisation

  • Start Date: Fall: First day of Q1. Spring: First day of Q3.
  • Delivery Date: Fall: Last day of Q2. Spring: Last day of Q4.

Rules for Master thesis are described in the academic regulations for master's degree programmes.

For further information on the structure of the programme please see the academic regulations for master's degree programmes.

PhD programme

If you have the necessary skills and interest, you have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme. In the PhD programme, you start working on a research project and are gradually trained through courses and personal guidance to become a researcher. You can read more here.

Elective courses (credit module)

Course registration regarding compulsory courses and courses that are a part of specialised study packages must take place via the self-service facility at during the registration periods.

Registration for elective courses at Science and Technology:

  1. Please make sure that the courses in question are included in your study contract.
  2. The following elective courses are preapproved by the Study Board – course registration must be directly via the self-service facility at

Preapproved course (credit module)


BTEBP2-01 Law and Construction Management ASE
BTFBP3-01 Management in Building ProductionASE

All other elective courses from e.g. Computer Science, Bioscience, Chemistry, Geoscience, Sport Science, BSS, Summer school and ASE diploma courses requires prior approval and credit module enrollment. Please apply for prior approval in enrollment periods prior to the semester where you want to take courses.

  1. The course in question must be evident from your Study Contract.
  2. When your study contract has been approved by your  Head of Degree Programme, you must send an application via The Self-service Facility at (Please choose the form “Prior approval for courses within AU.") 

Please notice that the deadline regarding application for a prior approval is the same as the course registration period. You find the course registration deadlines here.

Please notice that course registration is binding after the registration period. And please notice that the courses may chance with respect to content, course name etc. Check the courses at the AU Course Catalogue.

Unusual circumstances - when you need to change your course registration:

A. Cancellation of a course or when courses are coinciding: Please contact your Degree Programme Coordinator as soon as possible/before the beginning of the semester.

B. Other instances: Send a reasoned application for an exemption to the Study Board via as soon as possible/before the beginning of the semester.


Competence profile

With a Master’s degree in architectural engineering, you have the following skills: 

  • You have general knowledge of architectural engineering and detailed knowledge of key disciplines, methodologies, theories and concepts within architectural engineering.
  • You can independently plan, manage and implement projects and apply the results in scientifically relevant decision processes.
  • You can assess the applicability and appropriateness of theoretical, experimental and practical methodologies for the analysis and solution of scientific questions and issues.
  • You can structure your own competence development independently and critically.
  • You are able to systematically and critically familiarise yourself with new subject areas.
  • You can relay and communicate academic questions and issues to both a scientific and a general audience.
  • You can collaborate constructively on a scientific basis to solve subject-related issues.

Job opportunities

The varied forms of teaching, collaboration in groups and the opportunity for close scientific dialogue with the researchers, as well as the strong relationship with the industrial sector, provide graduates with competencies that are in great demand in the global job market. These competencies include abstract, critical and independent thinking, analytical skills, and strategic planning. You can use these skills in many contexts – even in jobs you didn’t know you were qualified for.

Previous graduates of the MSc Civil and Architectural Engineering programme are employed by consulting engineering firms, entrepreneurial firms, property companies, architecture firms, or in the building component industry. Graduates typically work in roles that involve developing and designing advanced building constructions, advanced energy technology solutions and industrialised building components – frequently in interdisciplinary collaboration with architects and designers.

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