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. These elective courses also aim to broaden the training programme.

Construction design 

In the Major Construction Design some specific engineering disciplines are refined. This gives the graduate the baggage to work in the construction industry, having at the same time a broader and a more specialised technological knowledge. In particular, this course pays attention to the conceptual design of complex engineering structures.This Major also includes computer-aided design of structures, structural reliability and risk analysis, seismic design, instability and spatial structures.             

Dredging and Offshore Engineering  

In the Major Dredging and Offshore Engineering a profound knowledge in the field of coastal and offshore engineering is pursued through a coherent set of courses that meet the requirements of the industry in this field. Given the enduring pressure on coastal regions worldwide, there is a sustained growth of coastal and offshore engineering constructional activities (e.g. sea defence, platform, wind farm, island …), associated with the required dredging activities. During the course the basic knowledge of maritime technology (ship construction, stability and motions in harbours and approach channels) is addressed. The principles of dredging techniques are treated, with regard to dredging processes and soil mechanical aspects. A deeper understanding and modelling of hydrodynamic loads by waves and currents on coastal and offshore structures, and of coastal zone processes, are taught. The Major centers on the design and construction of offshore structures, including ocean energy conversion (wind, waves, tide), geotechnical aspects of offshore foundations, structural reliability and risk analysis.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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 2018 to 1 Jun 2019

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Non-EEA students

Standard tuition fee (€238.30 fixed amount + €11.40 per credit) + higher tuition fee (€76,70 per credit)
For 60 credits: €5524.30

EEA students

€ 238.30 fixed amount + € 11.40 per credit
For 60 credits: € 922.30

Study allowance Flemish Community ("Studietoelage")
€ 108.80



Admission (for Flemish degree students)

Immediate Admission

  • Bachelor in de ingenieurswetenschappen, afstudeerrichting: Civil Engineering Technology 
  • Bachelor in de ingenieurswetenschappen: bouwkunde 

Admission Subject to Passing a Preparatory Course (MIN 30 SP - MAX 90 SP)

  • Bachelor in de industriële wetenschappen, afstudeerrichting: Civil Engineering 
  • Bachelor in de industriële wetenschappen, afstudeerrichting: Civil Engineering Technology 
  • Bachelor in de industriële wetenschappen: bouwkunde 
  • Bachelor in de ingenieurswetenschappen (KMS) 
  • Een diploma van een opleiding 'Bachelor of Science in de ingenieurswetenschappen' (met inbegrip van 'architectuur') 

Admission to Adapted 'Bridging Programmes' for Holders of a Related Master's Degree

  • programme new structure
    • Master in de industriële wetenschappen: bouwkunde 
  • programme old structure
    • Industrieel ingenieur in bouwkunde 

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 (for Flemish degree students)

Je voldoet aan de taalvoorwaarden op basis van je Vlaams diploma.

Language (for international degree students)

More information regarding the required knowledge of English

Application Procedure:
  1. Make sure you meet the admission requirements
  2. Check the application details
  3. Start up the application procedure
  4. Legalise your documents

Behind the scenes

  • The Registrar's Office 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.
  • On average, it takes around 3 months after the application package has been received to have a result.

Application deadlines

  Students who need a visa Students who don’t need a visa
Start up online application October - February October - May
Hand in application package Before 1 MARCH Before 1 JUNE
UGent students submitting a new application Before 1 JUNE Before 1 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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