Degree Programme Structure (MSc)

Programme Structure

Master of Science:

  • Compulsory Study Package
  • Specialised Study Package
  • Elective Courses (30 ECTS)
  • Thesis (30 ECTS)

The first year consists of two Compulsory Study Packages and two Specialised Study Packages.

The Compulsory Study Package is mandatory for all students. You have to choose minimum two of the Specialised Study Package.

As the 30 ECTS of elective courses you can choose between Specialsed Study Packages and individual courses offered by the education (minor variations from year to year).

Compulsory Study Package


  • 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

Specialised Study Package

Choose minimum two of the specialised study packages:


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

As the 30 ECTS of elective courses you can choose

- Specialization packages

- Individual courses offered by the education (minor variations from year to year):

  • 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 

Find courses in  AU Course Catalogue


The master 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.

Read more about the Master Thesis

and the Course description

Course Overview

You can find the courses on your degree programme in the Study Structure:

Academic Regulations

In the academic regulations, you can find more information about the structure of the degree programme, and the requirements, – including the types of exams and the exam requirements.