Prerequisites for Civil Engineering

Academic requirements for this programme

National Applicants (holding a Bachelor from Denmark)

Bachelors of Science in Engineering from DTU

The following Bachelor of Science (BSc) in engineering programmes at DTU give students legal right of admission to the MSc Eng programme in Civil Engineering: 

Bachelors of Engineering (diplomingeniør) from DTU

Applicants who have completed the following Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) programmes from DTU:

have access to be admitted subject to having completed the following four courses:

01035 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 2 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12), Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)
02402 Statistics (Polytechnical Foundation) 5 point Autumn E3A (Tues 8-12), Spring F4A (Tues 13-17)
02405 Probability theory 5 point Autumn E4B (Fri 8-12)
02403 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics 5 point June
02323 Introduction to Statistics 5 point Autumn E4B (Fri 8-12), Spring F4B (Fri 8-12)
02601 Introduction to Numerical Algorithms 5 point Spring F1B (Thurs 13-17), Autumn E4B (Fri 8-12)
11562 Materials Science for Civil Engineers 5 point Spring F5A (Wed 8-12)
12603 Materials Science for Civil Engineers 5 point Spring F5A (Wed 8-12)


Also it is strongly recommended that applicants possess qualifications corresponding to:

02633 Introduction to programming and data processing 5 point January, June
11031 Building Information Modeling (BIM) 5 point Spring F3A (Tues 8-12)
41927 Open Building Information Modeling (OpenBIM) 5 point Spring F3A (Tues 8-12)
11311 Concrete Structures 5 point Spring F4A (Tues 13-17)
41956 Concrete Structures 5 point Spring F4A (Tues 13-17)
11318 Steel Structures 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)
41957 Steel Structures 5 point Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)

Other National and International (holding a Bachelor from outside Denmark) Applicants

May be admitted after an individual evaluation of their academic qualifications, provided they fulfil the requirements, as outlined below. 

The required bachelor-level background for admission into the program includes: (i) mathematics; (ii) statistics; (iii) physics; (iv) chemistry; (v) computer programming; (vi) computational mechanics techniques, e.g., the finite element method; (vii) mechanics of materials, e.g., stress, strain, elasticity, plasticity, strength; (viii) mechanics of structures, e.g., beam theory, plate theory, forces and moments in frames, support types and reactions; (ix) soil mechanics and geotechnics; and (x) construction materials, e.g., Portland cement concrete (essential), steel (essential), asphalt concrete, wood, aluminium, and glass.

Thus, strong working knowledge of mathematics, structural design, and programming are prerequisites. A year's full-time study at DTU amounts to 60 ECTS points. The MSc programme builds on a bachelor of science curriculum with at least the following content of mathematics and engineering sciences:

  • Mathematics (25-30 ECTS) - e.g. 01005, 01035, 02405
  • University Physics and Chemistry (10-15 ECTS) - e.g. 10022, 26028
  • Programming & the Finite Element Method (5-10 ECTS) - e.g. 02601, 41958
  • Statics, continuum mechanics etc. (10-15 ECTS) - e.g. 41953, 41954,41955
  • Structural design & geotechnics (10-15 ECTS) - e.g. 41956, 41957, 12411, 12412
  • Material science for Civil Engineers (5-10 ECTS) - e.g. 12603, 12604

Applicants are assumed to have the necessary prerequisites for the MSc programme courses when entering the programme. The description of the DTU-courses may be used to assess the required level of knowledge and skills. In the MSc programme, students should be willing to acquire any prerequisites that they may be missing by themselves.

General admission requirements

Only applicants holding a relevant Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor in Engineering (diplomingeniøruddannelse) or a Bachelor of Natural Science degree can be admitted to a Master of Science in Engineering programme. The bachelor's degree must be less than ten years old.

The individual MSc Eng programme states in detail which bachelor programmes qualify and whether applicants must complete supplementary educational activities.

Requirements for supplementary educational activities can equate to up to 30 ECTS credits and are specified as a list of courses under the individual MSc Eng programmes.

The specific requirements must be met before graduating from the bachelor's programme or in connection with conditional admission to a particular MSc Eng programme. The courses must be passed prior to the commencement of studies within one year from the conditional admission.

Supplementary educational activities in connection with conditional admission to an MSc Eng programme do not form part of the MSc Eng programme, and tuition fees are charged. If the supplementary courses have not been passed within the specified deadlines, the conditional admission to the programme is withdrawn.

The Master of Science in Engineering programmes are offered in English. Therefore applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English (B-level, IELTS, TOEFL, CAE)

DTU offers an Honours Programme as part of all MSc  Eng. programmes. The admission requirements are described at

Specific prerequisites for the Industry MSc Eng Programmes

The prerequisites are similar to the specific ones that apply to the 2-year-programmes, but in addition, the applicant must have a job relevant to the studies with a workload of at least 25 hours a week, or the applicant may be self-employed in a start-up company. Read more about the rules on