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Master's in Civil Engineering

Interdisciplinary Timber Engineering

The 3-semester Master’s program builds consecutively on the 7-semester Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering and leads to a second professional qualification. The program "Interdisciplinary Timber Construction" is aimed at students with a special interest in the resource-efficient planning and construction of timber and engineered timber structures using an interdisciplinary approach. The discipline specializes students in the design, calculation and construction of structures with a special focus on timber construction, for complex civil engineering work in the renovation and refurbishment of existing, especially historic, buildings as well as the digital planning and management of construction processes and projects with a special focus on timber construction.

Upon successful completion of this degree program, graduates possess comprehensive professional knowledge and the specialist technical and conceptual skills for solving complex problems in the field of civil engineering. They are able to weigh up alternatives, even when faced with incomplete information, to develop new ideas or procedures, which they can then apply and evaluate. As part of their complex responsibilities, they can lead groups or organizations and present their work results with confidence and competence. They are able to foster the professional development of others in a focused manner and lead discussions both specific to and transcending their field.

The degree program concludes with the academic degree Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), which qualifies graduates to pursue doctoral studies and enter the higher levels of public service.

Program Director

Prof. Dr-Ing. Volker Spork

+49 361 6700-909spork@fh-erfurt.de Altonaer Straße 25 | 99085 Erfurt | 5.2.23

Course Contents

The consecutive Master's program teaches in-depth academic knowledge and practical skills. The degree course is modular in structure, with each module lasting one semester. Each module is allocated a number of credit points as a measure of the students' average workload. 30 credit points (ECTS) are allocated per semester. Each semester, students can select an individual compulsory elective module in addition to their compulsory modules. The students are also required to work on a project spanning all semesters. The topic can be developed in cooperation with companies from the field or chosen from research projects at the university.

Interdisciplinary Timber Engineering

"Interdisciplinary Timber Construction" focuses on collaboration in so-called project studios. This entails working on study projects in innovative timber construction together with students on the Master's degree program in Architecture. The projects are designed to take students through the various planning steps involved in designing and constructing a building in a hands-on work situation. In addition, students are supported by lecturers from the departments of Architecture, Forestry and Building Services Engineering in order to provide a comprehensive picture of the development process and the environmental impact of buildings.

In this discipline, students deepen and expand the knowledge and skills they acquired in the Bachelor's degree program and, if applicable, in prior professional experience in engineering. There is particular focus is on the "Wood Urban" and "Wood Technology" modules, which impart timber-specific skills in the areas of construction and dimensioning, building law, fire protection, building physics and life cycle assessments. Furthermore, students obtain the expertise and skills required to consider societal, economic and environmental needs while undertaking and managing projects with a responsible and future-minded outlook.

In the 3rd semester, students learn additional soft skills. The students complete their studies by writing their Master’s thesis. 14 weeks are allocated for this process.