MSc in Civil Engineering

General information

The master programme in Civil Engineering is focused on the study and design of buildings and structures (roads, bridges, hydraulic structures, industrial buildings and high-rise), and aims at the formation of civil engineers who can function at high level in an international industrial and social context. The programme has a strong focus on the thorough development of the conception and design capability, with the added objective of the formation to a job in research and development.

Thus lies in the core curriculum of training a pronounced emphasis on the computational aspects of buildings and infrastructure. Through elective courses, students can select additional aspects of the field corresponding to the personal aptitude and interests. Elective courses also aim to broaden the training programme.

The Master programme in Civil Engineering consists of two phases: the first phase of three years leading to the degree of Bachelor of Engineering, and the subsequent phase of two years leading to the degree of Master of Science in Civil Engineering. In the Master programme students can opt for a deepening or broadening training, either through the choice of a major (depth) or minor (broadening), or through a comprehensive package of electives courses. Available majors:

  • Construction design
  • Dredging and offshore engineering
  • Environmental aspects of civil engineering

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering can be followed as a full-time or part-time programme. An equivalent programme taught in Dutch is also available at Ghent Univeristy. 

Learning outcome:

Due to the rate of technical developments, highly skilled workers are required in the construction industry now more than ever. A Master of Civil Engineering designs and leads the construction and management of roads, bridges, hydraulic and coastal structures, high-rise and industrial buildings. Major employers of the graduates are construction companies, engineering and consultancy companies, manufacturers of building components, dredging contractors, the administration of the Flemish Region Infrastructure department, provincial and municipal technical services and associations. Civil engineers are also employed in architectural offices and monitoring agencies, insurance companies, banks, real estate companies ...

Contact Person: Learning track counselor (Faculty of Engineering and Architecture) (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0712 - Environmental protection technology", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0715 - Machinery and operators", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions


Venue: Ghent University
Ghent, Belgium


Open from
1 Oct 2016 to 1 Mar 2017

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Diploma contract and credit contract

The tuition fee consists of a fixed and non-refundable amount and an amount per credit point taken up in the curriculum (except for students with a scholarship from the Flemish Government known as "Studietoelage")

  • Scholarship student ("Studietoelage"): €105
  • Non-scholarship student, BTC- en ICP-scholarship student or student from an OECD/DAC recognised developing country: for full-time study of 60 credits: €890 = €230 (fixed amount) + number of credit points taken up x €11

From 2017-2018 a higher tuition fee will be applicable to all non-EEA students with the exception of enrolment in a Dutch taught bachelor programme, BTC/ICP- scholarship students or students from an OECD/DAC recognised developing country.

Exam contract

€105 (fixed amount) + number of credit points taken up x €4

+ €200 for a UGent account and Minerva access

More details about reduced tuition fees are available here.


Degree Requirements
Students who wish to enrol for the master of Science in civil Engineering can enter the programme without any prerequisites if they hold the following degree: an academic diploma of Bachelor (or master) of Science in Engineering (university level, minimum three years), with the main subject in Civil Engineering or an equivalent to this. 

Admission (for international degree students)
Students who wish to enrol for the Master of Science in Civil Engineering can enter the programme without any prerequisites if they hold the following degree: an academic diploma of Bachelor (or Master) of Science in Engineering (university level, minimum three years), with the main subject in Civil Engineering or an equivalent to this. Admission can only be granted after an individual application procedure. The Study Programme Committee will make the final decision whether to accept the application or not. The Study Programme Committee can decide that students need to follow a preparatory course or an individual master’s programme, for instance for students who hold another diploma of Bachelor or Master.

Language Requirements
Required CEF-level of English proficiency: B2, Common European Framework (CEF).

Application Procedure:

NOTE - keep in mind that applying for a scholarship and applying for admission at UGent are two different things. Applying for funding does not imply that Ghent University has received your application. Being granted funding does not imply that you have been accepted at Ghent University.

Behind the scenes. The International Admissions Desk will check the general, academic requirements and the authenticity of the provided documents, before sending the application file through to the faculty involved, for assessment of your application.

The faculty will go into more detail and determine whether the candidate's degree is sufficiently related and will decide on whether or not to grant admission. Other application documents, such as CV and grade sheets, will also be considered in the decision-making.

The application for the programme is carried out online directly through Ghent University. Applying at UGent is free of charge. After having completed the online application, you will be required to send the following documents:

  1. A legalised copy of your basic diploma and its transcript of records in the original language and translated into Dutch, French, German or English.
  2. A curriculum vitae.
  3. A document explaining the grading/credit system in your country.
  4. If you are a political refugee: an original letter stating that you are a political refugee.
  5. Proof of English proficiency.
  6. Enclose any documents that can add value to your application (recommendation letter, certificates of programme-related courses, letter of motivation, ...).

Send the application package by post to the International Admissions Desk. Make sure that you submit the application package before the deadline. The processing of your application will take an average of 3-4 months after receipt of your complete application package.

Application Deadlines

  • for students who need a visa: 1st of March
  • for students who do not need a visa: 1st of June

Grant Opportunities:

Ghent University provides Master Grants to candidates from developing countries who wish to obtain a master’s degree at Ghent University. They are awarded for the duration of the studies with a maximum of 2 years. In case of a two-year-programme the scholarship will only be paid for the full term if the student successfully completes the first year of the programme. The scholarship consists of an insurance, an allowance of 1000 € per month, an installation fee of 500 € and a refund of the yearly tuition fee with a maximum of 80 €.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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