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BEng Civil Engineering

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The construction-oriented degree program civil engineering is concerned with the planning, construction and operation of structures, with a focus on those of structural and civil engineering. This includes residential, commercial and industrial buildings as well as infrastructure structures such as bridges. Their design and calculation are a major focus of the course.

Degree:
Bachelor of Engineering
Type:
Full time
Course language:
German
Standard study period:
7 semesters, incl. one internship semester
Start of study:
Winter semester
Application deadline:
25.05. – 15.07. (NC degree program)
Admission requirements:
General university entrance qualification/technical college entrance qualification/equivalently recognized prior vocational training
Credits:
210 ECTS credits
Module Manuals & Regulations
The Study

Ensure new construction and maintenance of structures

The design and calculation of structures are an essential part of the course. This is done on the basis of mathematical-technical and scientific knowledge and methods. They are the basis, for example, for the planning of load-bearing structures, the selection of building materials and dimensioning of components, the determination of the load-bearing capacity of the foundation soil or those measures that become necessary in the interim during the erection of structures.
Apart from the construction disciplines, construction management is another focus. Here you will plan and manage the implementation of construction projects. This concerns the selection of construction methods, the economic efficiency in planning and execution of construction services as well as the cooperation with all planners as well as the executors directly on the construction site in compliance with all legal regulations. In addition to new construction, the preservation of structures or building in the existing fabric takes on a great deal of importance.

Is this course of study a good fit for you?

For the full-time degree program civil engineering, you should have a high mathematical, physical as well as technical understanding. The use of subject-specific software, reports and presentations require an affinity for IT and an openness to digital solutions. When faced with problems, you take a solution-oriented approach and excel at working independently.  

The planning work and execution of the construction projects take place both in the office and on the construction site with a team of architects, specialist planners, clients and the executing companies. As a civil engineer you should therefore be able to communicate and be well organized.  

Study program flyer

Contact

The colleagues of the Student Counselling Service inform prospective students, first-year students, parents, teachers and students on all general questions about the study. For specific questions and concerns about the degree program, please contact the Student Counselling Service for Civil Engineering.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Pistol
Professor für Baustoffe
Studienfachberater Bauingenieurwesen (B. Eng.), Bauingenieurwesen Dual (B. Eng.)
Leiter Labor für Baustoffe

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Degree program Teaching language Start of study Application deadline
BEng Civil Engineering German Winter semester
25.05. – 15.07. (NC degree program)
BEng Civil Engineering | Dual Study Programme German Winter semester
15.06. – 15.07. (NC free).
BEng Infrastructure Systems German Winter semester
25.05. – 15.07. (NC course of studies)
BEng Infrastructure Systems | Dual Study Programme German Winter semester
06/15 – 07/15 (NC Free).
BEng Urban Water Management | Dual Study Programme German Winter semester
06/15 – 07/15 (NC free)
MEng Building Conservation and Construction Work on Existing Buildings German Summer semester
15.12. – 15.02. (admission restricted)
MSc Ing•Bau: Preservation and Construction Work in Structural Engineering German Summer semester, Winter semester
15.12. – 15.02. and 25.05. – 15.07 (NC degree program)
Career Prospects

Career Prospects

Civil engineers are sought-after specialists with a high level of responsibility. Therefore, career starters are offered very good – also financial - prospects upon successful completion of their studies. You can choose to become self-employed, for example with an engineering office, or you can opt for employment in a company in the construction industry, construction trade, project management or similar. After the bachelor's degree in civil engineering, a master's degree is also possible. 

Possible areas of application

  • Road construction companies 
  • Civil engineering companies 
  • Construction planning departments 
  • Construction management 
  • Developers 
  • Building materials industry 
  • Architectural office 
  • Distribution 
  • Manufacturer of building products 
  • Development departments 
  • Public administrations 
  • Consultancies and expert opinions 
  • Facility Management etc. 

Prepared for the working world

The Civil Engineering program prepares you to competently handle the following situations:

  • You will accompany the construction of a new building as well as construction measures on existing structures from the first sketch to completion, e. g. the construction of a factory building, the conversion and modernization of a residential building or the maintenance of a railroad bridge.
  • To this end, they design, construct and calculate the individual parts of the structure from the foundation to the roof. They decide on the construction method, select the construction elements and the appropriate materials such as steel, wood, masonry or concrete.
  • They ensure that the structure meets both legal and technical requirements. For example, they accompany the approval process and ensure the stability and compliance with current requirements for energy efficiency and emission control.
  • They plan and control the execution of construction projects in the office and on the construction site. In dialogue with architects, specialist planners, clients and the executing companies, they ensure the completion of the construction project with a view to time, costs and quality.
  • They work on technical problems independently and systematically in a team as well as individually on the basis of scientific working methods. In doing so, they apply their knowledge and skills, e.g. in the use of specialized software and expand their knowledge as needed. They support decision-making processes, for example, through reports and presentations.

These degree programs might also interest you

Weitere Studiengänge
Degree program Teaching language Start of study Application deadline
BEng Civil Engineering German Winter semester
25.05. – 15.07. (NC degree program)
BEng Civil Engineering | Dual Study Programme German Winter semester
15.06. – 15.07. (NC free).
BEng Infrastructure Systems German Winter semester
25.05. – 15.07. (NC course of studies)
BEng Infrastructure Systems | Dual Study Programme German Winter semester
06/15 – 07/15 (NC Free).
BEng Urban Water Management | Dual Study Programme German Winter semester
06/15 – 07/15 (NC free)
MEng Building Conservation and Construction Work on Existing Buildings German Summer semester
15.12. – 15.02. (admission restricted)
MSc Ing•Bau: Preservation and Construction Work in Structural Engineering German Summer semester, Winter semester
15.12. – 15.02. and 25.05. – 15.07 (NC degree program)
Study Contents

Course of Studies

The standard period of study for the full-time degree program Civil Engineering is seven semesters and concludes with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. 

 

1st – 2nd semester

Compulsory modules, basic studies: structural engineering, infrastructure systems 

3rd – 4th semester Compulsory modules, basic studies: Structural engineering
5th semester Practical semester
6th – 7th semester

Compulsory modules in-depth studies, Elective modules,
. Bachelor thesis and colloquium 

Study Contents

During the first four semesters, students learn primarily the technical and scientific fundamentals of civil engineering. In the sixth and seventh semesters, the specialized knowledge is deepened and an individual focus is set through elective modules.

Teaching Formats

The theory semesters in the Civil Engineering program guarantee a theoretically sound and, due to the choice of teaching formats, an equally practical study. 

  • Lectures 
  • Seminars 
  • (Laboratory) exercises 
  • Projects 
  • Excursions 
  • Tutorials 

 

Modules

The contents of the bachelor's degree program in civil engineering consist of general fundamentals, fundamentals of construction, contents of structural engineering, construction management and law, and infrastructure: 

  • Mathematics, technical drawing, surveying, communication and scientific work, reflection on theory-practice transfer and course of study 
  • Static, structural design, building materials science, building physics 
  • Basic engineering, solid construction, steel construction, timber construction, building in existing structures, construction history 
  • Project management, construction operations, construction planning, construction law, construction management, environmental protection 
  • City construction 

Practical semester

To support the transfer between theory and practice, a practical semester is integrated into the study program, which is supervised by the university of applied sciences. It can also be used for a stay abroad or participation in a research project. 

Contact

Student Counselling Service for Civil Engineering

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Pistol

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Pistol

Professor für Baustoffe
Studienfachberater Bauingenieurwesen (B. Eng.), Bauingenieurwesen Dual (B. Eng.)
Leiter Labor für Baustoffe
Application & Enrollment

Application & Enrollment

The degree program participates in the central study place allocation, the Dialogue-oriented service procedure (DoSV) via hochschulstart.de. To do so, you must register with hochschulstart.de by the application deadline and then create and submit your application in FH Potsdam's MyCampus university portal. Let us guide you through the process step by step and use our DoSV-Guide.
Enrollment is only possible from 25.05. to 15.07. to the next winter semester. Applications to a higher semester are possible from 15.05 to 15.07.

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Access Requirements

For enrollment in the restricted-admission bachelor's degree program in Civil Engineering, you need a university entrance qualification according to Brandenburg Higher Education Act.
This higher education entrance qualification comprises the general higher education entrance qualification or the advanced technical college entrance qualification or previous vocational training recognized as equivalent.

Documents to be submitted

In addition to the online application, the following documents must be submitted in paper form:

  • University entrance qualification
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form with photo
  • if applicable, proof of previous professional or other field-relevant experience
  • If applicable, university degree certificate and justification for taking up a second degree
  • If applicable, proof of service rendered
  • Possibly proof/s of hardship application or application for disadvantage compensation

For submission, please use the supplementary sheet "application documents to be submitted" on the last or penultimate page of your personal checklist, which is available at the end of the online application in the MyCampus university portal. This lists all the supporting documents that you must submit in paper form based on the information you provided in the online application. In addition, the checklist contains information on the rest of the procedure.

The day of the application deadline (receipt of mail at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam) applies for the submission of the documents.

Selection Procedure

Applicants who meet the admission requirements take part in the procedure for the allocation of study places.
In the allocation procedure for the first semester of study, the following are deducted in advance from the number of study places to be allocated:

  • All applicants who could not accept an earlier admission due to service and all applicants* with a membership in the national squad of a national sports federation of the German Olympic Sports Confederation
  • 11 % for applicants with a foreign university entrance qualification
  • 3 % for applicants for a second degree
  • 3 % for applicants to be considered according to hardship

The remaining study places are allocated 80 % according to the result of a university selection procedure and 20 % according to waiting time.

The result of the university selection procedure is determined on the basis of the following criteria (weighting in brackets):

  • Average grade of the university entrance qualification (60 %)
  • Score in the subject mathematics (20 %)
  • Score in the subject physics (20 %)

Approval

Following the university selection process, study places are awarded in the Dialog-Oriented Service Procedure via hochschulstart.de. Applicants with a correspondingly high ranking receive a time-limited offer of admission on hochschulstart.de, which you can actively accept. You can find more information on the Hochschulstart coordination phase on our DoSV-Guide.

After accepting the offer of admission, you will receive your notification of admission from Hochschulstart. If you do not accept the offer of admission by the deadline, the ranking list will continue to be processed and the study place will be reallocated.

Enrollment

The enrollment application is submitted online at MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and must then be submitted in paper form together with the following documents:

  • University entrance qualification

If you need to submit any additional documents, please refer to the enrollment application. The day of the enrollment deadline (receipt of mail at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam) applies to the submission of documents.

General information on application and enrollment procedures

There are various application procedures at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. General information on application and enrollment procedures as well as information on part-time studies, guest auditors, and second degree studies can be found on the general application pages.

General information about the application

International applicants

You would like to apply for studies from the first or a apply for a higher semester and have obtained your high school diploma and/or university degree abroad? Then you can have degrees and achievements acquired abroad recognized and study with us.

To the application information for internationals

Contact

Student Counselling Service

Student Counselling Service for Civil Engineering

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Pistol

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Pistol

Professor für Baustoffe
Studienfachberater Bauingenieurwesen (B. Eng.), Bauingenieurwesen Dual (B. Eng.)
Leiter Labor für Baustoffe