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Diploma Programme in Civil Engineering

Goal of the programme

Motorway bridge

Constructing a bridge over a motorway

The civil engineering programme features classic engineering courses that focus on planning, construction, and maintenance of civil engineering structures, from traffic routes to water supply networks and so on. Graduates receive the requirements for successful employment as representatives of construction firms in public, commercial, and private sectors as building planners, structural engineers, and construction contractors, as well as with supervisory, approving, and testing agencies.

The knowledge acquired during the programme may be applied within the scope of structural and supporting structure planning, bidding documents, offers and the award of building services, as well as construction preparations and the execution of construction tasks. In this way, civil engineers play an important role in shaping our environment.

Admission requirements

Requirements for admission to the civil engineering programme include the general or technical university matriculation standard according to § 17 SächsHSG, technical school matriculation standard, master craftsman's examination, or successful completion of a special admission test.

Course schedule

Written exam

The knowledge acquired during the programme must be proved during the final exams.

The programme begins in the winter semester and normally lasts eight semesters.

This consists of

  • The basic programme (1st - 3rd semester)
  • The main programme including one practical semester and thesis (4th - 8th semester).

Once exams and the practical segment have been completed, the basic programme provides an intermediate diploma that forms the prerequisite for the main programme.

The 5th semester is a practical semester in which students complete technical engineering tasks semi-independently.

The enrichment programme in the 7th semester is divided in two alternative streams:

  • Design engineering
  • Traffic and civil engineering.

After finishing a diploma project and the public defence of this thesis, the main programme is completed after the 8th semester.

Subject areas

Solid technical proficiency and applied skills are provided via a broad palette of subjects during lectures, seminars, and exercises, as well as during practical experience-oriented laboratory training sessions.


Sand density

Internship regarding determination of bulk density of sand

  • Engineering mathematics
  • Structural theory
  • Timber structures
  • Structural mechanics
  • Material science and structural chemistry
  • Building physics
  • Surveying
  • Structural informatics
  • Building construction/construction law
  • Geotechnics
  • Water management
  • Traffic and urban planning
  • Traffic construction
  • Solid construction
  • Steel construction
  • Bridge construction

The enrichment semester (7th semester) features a modular structure. Within either of the streams of

  • Design engineering and
  • Traffic and civil engineering,

a certain number of elective modules must also be completed.

Construction site viewing

Internships and excursions are offered for numerous subjects to enrich and complement the material provided during the lectures and exercises.

Servo-hydraulic testing machine PSB 500

Preparation for civil engineering internship

The Faculty of Civil Engineering/Architecture is equipped with a number of laboratories, where diploma projects, masters' projects, and research topics may be worked on, in addition to internship projects.


The civil engineering programme maintains contact with numerous international universities, for example Nottingham Trent University in England, the Technical University of Carinthia in Austria, or Zilina University in Slovakia. Within the scope of the Sokrates/Erasmus programme, study trips are also possible to numerous other European universities. Especially good contacts have been developed with Nottingham Trent University. The 7th semester and partially the 8th semester may also be completed abroad. An agreement about double qualification as a Dipl.-Ing. (FH) and Bachelor of Civil Engineering has also been established, provided the final two semesters are completed in England; an extension of the regular study programme of eight semesters is not necessary.

Participation in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) provides an accredited partial programme at European partner universities of Dresden University of Applied Sciences with financial support of the EU and the university.

Last changed: 16.06.2017  |  Author: C. Vanselow