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Have you always been fascinated by designing intricate structures or arranging Lego blocks into towering skyscrapers? Were you the child always engaged with puzzles and keen on figuring out how things work? If you find joy in numbers and have a talent for spatial thinking, then a future in the exciting fields of construction and environmental science is calling your name.

Set forth on a path to a rewarding career with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from DIT. Here, innovation blends with practical expertise, empowering you to bring visionary projects from blueprint to reality—from the initial design to the final stages of construction management.

Our in-depth curriculum covers essential areas like structural engineering, civil engineering, road, and bridge construction. You’ll become proficient in modern computer-aided design technologies and specialized software, crucial for addressing today's engineering challenges. Our courses also focus on digital construction and efficient project management, equipping you to manage both the technical and cost aspects of construction projects effectively.

Combining theoretical learning with practical application, field trips, and guest lectures, you’ll gain firsthand industry knowledge. Collaborative projects enhance your technical skills and foster teamwork. At DIT, you’re not just learning to build structures; you’re building the foundation for a successful future in civil engineering.

 



fact sheet civil and construction engineering

Degree: Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)

Duration: 7 semesters (3.5 years)

ECTS points: 210

Start: October (winter semester)

Location: Deggendorf

Taught in: German

Application period: 15 April - 15 September

Admission requirements:

  • General German university entrance qualification, or please check your eligibilty at the DAAD if you own an international qualification
  • Language requirements

Prerequisites:

  • Knowledge of basic scientific subjects is desirable
  • Six-week pre-study internship (construction site internship) - see pre-study internship info sheet for more information

Fees:

Dual study programme: The degree programme in Civil and Construction Engineering can also be studied in cooperation with companies. You can find all information about this on the cooperative studies page.

Postgraduate oportunities:

CHE ranking 2019/20:

  • Leading position in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Fees:

Enquiries:

 

 

Start of studies before October 2022: Information on the course of studies and the contents can be found under Module Handbook and Study and Exam Regulations.


career prospects

As a civil engineer, you will accompany a construction project from planning, project planning and execution through to acceptance and invoicing of the construction work. This requires extensive knowledge of the relevant legal and safety regulations, building physics and statics, as well as business management knowledge, since the efficiency of the construction project must always be taken into account during planning and execution.

In addition to pure office work, the activity also includes on-site work on the construction site to monitor the implementation and completion of the construction project.

You will find areas of application as a civil engineer e.g. in construction offices of cities and communities, in building and civil engineering companies, in engineering and architecture offices or as a self-employed worker.

Related professions include the profession of architect, draughtsman or construction technician.

  •     Sewage and environmental technology
  •     Baufirmen, construction industry
  •     Building services engineering
  •     Engineering offices
  •     Water management
  •     Road construction
  •     Municipal building administration
  •     Noise protection structure
  •     Civil engineering, tunnel construction
  •     Water management and administration
  •     Housing

 

Alumni Review

Alfred Watzl

1999 | Civil and Construction Engineering

Career Development

In the 2nd practical semester, I was employed by STRABAG International GmbH in Poland as a construction phase manager (March-July 1998 in Bytom near Katowice, construction of a shopping centre for the German Metro Group) and already during the practical semester, I received a job offer as a construction manager from the then STRABAG boss in Poland, under the condition that I would be able to present a completed civil engineering degree by October 1999 at the latest. This was my motivation and pressure at the same time to complete my studies at DIT in eight semesters, including my diploma thesis (among other things, this is one of the reasons why I was probably the very first civil engineering graduate).

My first job was as a construction manager at STRABAG for the Real construction project (Metro Group) in Lublin. Then I became the project manager of the Metro Shopping Centre in Krakow, a prestigious project with a contract value of €26 million. Very independent work was necessary here. Building up a team, cooperating with the customer (including the Metro management) and, last but not least, intercultural cooperation (German, Austrian, Polish) provided me with important management skills in the technical, but also in the commercial and personnel areas at an early stage. During the team management, e.g. of an ECE shopping centre project with a contract value of €50 million, the STRABAG Management Board in Vienna "took notice" of me and I became divisional manager for large and special projects throughout Poland.

In January 2004 he was appointed to the national board. As technical director, I was responsible for STRABAG's structural and civil engineering in Poland, the development of a sustainable and nationwide organisation from project business to area business, the establishment of branch offices, etc. From January 2013 I was responsible as technical division manager for all operative business areas in Poland (traffic route construction, structural and civil engineering, bridge construction, railway construction, etc.) with an annual output volume of approx. € 900 million and approx. 5,000 employees.

Since January 2019, I have been a member of the Executive Board of the Group holding company STRABAG SE, responsible for the North + West segment (Germany, Poland, Scandinavia, Benelux) with an annual output volume of approx. € 8.0 billion and approx. 25,000 employees. 75,000 employees of the STRABAG SE Group generate an output of approximately €16.3 billion, making STRABAG the fifth largest construction company in Europe and the fourteenth largest construction company in the world.

Reminiscing allowed: remember your student days

As the first year of the civil engineering course, we had to work hard on lots of things ourselves together with the professors - there was no "blueprint" for either the professors or the students. This certainly entailed a lot of extra work, but the big advantage was that we had to get very involved and take responsibility. As a result, many students have also built up a close relationship with each other and with the professors - there was a kind of pioneering atmosphere overall. During this time, I also founded the "Verein der Deggendorfer Bauingenieure e.V.- VD-Bau" with fellow students (with formal support from Prof. Scherer) and was the first founding chairman.

In the middle/end of the 1990s Deggendorf was a very popular meeting place for young people within a radius of 100 km, i.e. the range of pubs, parties etc. could easily fill a 7-day week - which sometimes posed great challenges with regard to the compulsory attendance of some courses - but the development of soft skills during the studies was also important. So this time was not wasted.

Especially at that time, we also met with professors after the lectures, e.g. at the Christmas market - as I said, we had to "work" a lot together.

What advice would you give to today's students?

... do not to rely solely and exclusively on pure expertise!

In the age of digitalisation and increasing anonymity, social skills are becoming even more important. A technically sound education was and remains a basic requirement, but: As our processes on construction sites and processes close to construction sites become more and more complicated, the ability to work in a team is essential. The personal communication skills of all those involved play a major role here. Unfortunately, in the age of digitalisation, these skills are withering away because electronic communication dominates. Personal contact and discourse is avoided because it is perhaps more "strenuous"?!

Despite progressive digitalisation, people are still at the centre of the building industry, i.e. we deal with people every day: colleagues, superiors, customers, subcontractors, etc. Commitment, assumption of responsibility, respect, innovativeness, empathy, etc. are necessary values to enable a company and our society to operate successfully in the long term. But these values must be lived by all people in an organisation.

By the way, values cannot be replaced by machines or artificial intelligence!

For this reason, I can only encourage students to become more involved and take on responsibility during their studies, such as in student associations. The famous "thinking outside the box" is more topical than ever before. Please find out more about the challenges that digital transformation poses for employees and managers. The carousel of change is spinning faster and faster.

But this allows you to look to the future with great optimism: Civil engineers with a sound education, a "decent" portion of the above-mentioned values and social competence are and will continue to be in above-average demand on the job market.

But first of all: Enjoy your studies - especially the socialising!

Good luck with it!

Yours,

Alfred Watzl

 

structure of the study programme

The Bachelor's degree programme in Civil Engineering is designed as a full-time course and comprises seven semesters.

Basic mathematical and scientific subjects such as building physics, materials and technical mechanics form the foundation. For extra stability, you can choose additional probation in the form of guided learning groups with students from higher semesters, support courses or tutorials. After an internship, you choose a project study programme for the 6th and 7th semesters from one of the specialisations Construction Management, Environment and Infrastructure and Structural Engineering - the foundations for your future career as a civil engineer are laid. By choosing further subjects such as Masonry Construction, Integral Planning and Building Information Modelling (BIM), Pollutants or Contaminated Sites and Disposal, you will give your building the basic equipment for your professional future.

The Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering places particular emphasis on practice-based teaching. In addition to laboratory practicals and practice-based group work, excursions to companies and construction sites as well as guest lectures by renowned civil engineers are part of the programme. Get an insight into the degree programme here:  Projects & excursions from the Civil Engineering degree programme

Want even more practical relevance? You also have the option of completing a dual study programme in Civil Engineering.


subject overview

The basic subjects in the first two semesters are mainly taken together with students on the Construction Management and Environmental Engineering degree programmes. The specialisation in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or Construction Management takes place in the higher semesters. This also means that students who are considering changing their degree programme within the faculty after two or three semesters can have many of the subjects they have already completed credited to them and therefore lose hardly any time.

Below you will find an overview of the courses, SWS (semester hours per week) and ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) on the Bachelor's degree programme in Civil Engineering.

The new semester overview will start in the WS 2022/2023

1. Semester SWS ECTS
Chemistry 4 5
Basics in Engineering Mechanics 4 4
Basics in Hydromechanics 2 3
Structural Drawing and CAD 1 2 2,5
Desc. Geometry and Freehand Drawing 2 2,5
Construction Operations 1 4 5
Mathematics 1.1 4 4
Materials 1.1 2 2
Building Construction 1 2 2
     
2. Semester SWS ECTS
Mathematics 1.2 2 3
Materials 1.2 5 5
Building Construction 1 2 2
Urban Land Use Planning 2 2
Building Physics 1 5 5
Structural Analysis 1 4 5
Computer Science 1.1 2 3
     
3. Semester SWS ECTS
Computer Science 1.2 2 2
Mathematics 2 4 5
Structural Analysis 2 4 5
CAD 2 2 3
Chemistry Internship 1 1
Geotechnics Internship 1 1
Traffic Engineering 4 5
Geotechnics 1.1 4 4
Mapping 1 2 2
     
4. Semester SWS ECTS
Geotechnics 1.2 4 4
Mapping 2 3 3
Structural Analysis 3 6 6
Solid Construction 1 6 6
Timber Construction 1 4 5
Law 4 5
     
5. Semester SWS ECTS
Internship (20 Wochen) - 25
PLV 4 5
     
6. Semester SWS ECTS
Metal Construction 1 4 5
Materials 2 2 2
Bridge Construction 2 2
Prestressed Concrete Construction 2 2
Water Management 1 6 6
Traffic Route Construction 1.1 2 3
     
Possible specialisations (project studies at choice)    
Construction Management 1 5 7
Environment and Infrastructure 1 5 7
Structural Engineering Project Studies 4 7
Selected Chapters from Structural Engineering 2 5
     
FWP Civil Engineering 4 5
     
7. Semester SWS ECTS
Traffic Route Engineering 1.2 4 3
     
Chosen specialisations    
Construction Management 2 5 5
Environment and Infrastructure 2 5 5
Structural Engineering Project Studies 4 7
Selected Chapters from Structural Engineering 2 5
     
Preventive Structural Fire Protection 4 5
Construction Management 2 4 5
     
Bachelorarbeit (BA) - 10