|Degree||Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)|
|Standard program duration||6 semesters|
|Admission restrictions||Restricted admission for the 1st to the 6th program semester: |
Overview of the restricted admission procedure (German only)
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Module Handbook (German only)
Civil engineers plan, calculate and design support structures, using their technical skills and knowledge of construction, computer-assisted calculation and design programs. For this, they take into account the physical properties of specific building materials and the characteristics of different building processes. The B.Sc. in Civil Engineering prepares students for these tasks. It allows them to pursue advanced studies in the shape of a Master’s program and gives them a first professional qualification for the planning and executing of general structural engineering tasks.
Taught, among others, are mathematical and mechanical fundamentals, the principles of support structure planning, support structures and material-specific dimensioning in the framework of what is referred to as the “Dortmunder Modell Bauwesen”. Within this interdisciplinary educational concept, in particular in the framework of project work, students already learn during their studies about professional practice and cooperation between architects and civil engineers. This fosters team and social skills.
This model is unique in Germany and embodies a teaching concept which aims – in addition to giving them a thorough grounding in their subject – to teach students how to work together in an interdisciplinary team with the other stakeholders involved. The projects, on which a group of both Architecture as well as Civil Engineering students work together, play a key role here. In this way, realistic planning tasks form the basis for later successful teamwork in practice.
Apart from a general higher education entrance qualification and a good general education, future civil engineers should enjoy and be interested in design and dimensioning and especially bring with them a creative and holistic way of thinking. Creativity, imagination, good observation skills, spatial perception, technical and constructional understanding, the ability to work in a team and to interlink different and complex elements are essential, as well as a strong sense of responsibility and resilience.
In order to prepare for the program and refresh their mathematical skills, it is strongly recommended that students attend the preliminary math course at TU Dortmund University.
The professional opportunities for civil engineers are highly diversified: Apart from typical planning tasks in an engineering office, there are many other openings for graduates, e.g., as real estate experts or in construction companies, housing corporations, project development/management or public administration. The close dovetailing with architecture within the “Dortmunder Modell Bauwesen” means that graduates of the Civil Engineering program have received thorough interdisciplinary training which makes them particularly well prepared for the reality of the employment market.
The Bachelor’s degree gives graduates a first professional qualification and also allows them to pursue advanced studies in the shape of a Master’s program, such as the M.Sc. in Civil Engineering or the M.Sc. in Construction Management and Real Estate Management at TU Dortmund University.
A four-week (120 hours) internship in the construction sector is compulsory. It is recommended that students complete the internship before commencing their studies, but it is also possible after the start of the program.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.