Civil Engineering

As a civil engineer you can help shape how Denmark—or even the world—will look in the future, as you can work anywhere in the world.

What will you learn?

During the study programme you can learn how to build towers, novelty buildings, round buildings, and green buildings, and perhaps even underground buildings. You will learn how to plan, design, draw, and perform calculations for construction projects.

You can use this knowledge to build harbours and artificial islands for wind turbines, motorways and junctions, and high-speed railways with bridges and tunnels. You can also work on designing smart traffic lights, or climate proofing using channels, pipes, and tanks. In Civil Engineering, you learn to identify, analyse, and solve complex construction issues in a sustainable way, in human, economic, resource, and environment terms. 

Study programme structure

The Civil Engineering programme covers a broad field of study. To get familiar with the field, you spend semester 1 and 2 doing umbrella courses. An umbrella course is a large, interdisciplinary course based on a real project. While you work on the project, you receive tuition that gives you the skills necessary to complete the project. You therefore learn to work together in groups to solve real engineering tasks from day one.

During semesters 3 and 4 you can choose among various ‘subject clusters’ that let you explore the disciplines you have worked on during the first year in depth. The subject clusters you can choose from are: ‘Building technology’, ‘Construction’, ‘Infrastructure’, and ‘Utilities & Energy’. You spend semester 5 doing an internship in a company, and in semesters 6 and 7 you specialize further through electives. The study programme ends with your BEng project, which you do in collaboration with a company.

Career opportunities

Your field of work spans everything from ideation and construction management, operation, and renovation to demolition. You could end up working with building structures, energy solutions, and indoor climate. Transport solutions, road construction, and harbours. Or water supplies, pollution clean-up, and climate adaptation. You might end up working for a consulting engineering firm, doing drawings and calculations, a building contractor, or local government, doing inspections.

Danish students

Please go to the Danish website to learn more about the BEng programmes at DTU.

Twin campuses

Photo: Mikal Schlosser
BEng students at DTU have courses on our twin campuses:
• DTU Lyngby Campus
• DTU Ballerup Campus