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Civil Engineering

MSc in Engineering, 5 years, 300 hp (ECTS Credits)

Society needs graduates who can contribute to the planning, construction and administration of buildings and infrastructure, transport systems, and towns and cities, while considering the holistic perspective. The aim of the programme in Civil Engineering at LTH is to provide civil engineers with a good basis for coping with these issues. The last two years of the programme the students choose an area of specialisation. Three areas that are particularly strong are building technology, traffic planning and water resource planning. LTH has researchers and lecturers with the best qualifications in Sweden in these areas, and who are engaged in both national and international collaboration. 

The programme

The first three years are composed of courses that form the basis for practicing civil engineering, i.e. basic mathematical and scientific subjects as well as basic courses in the civil engineering area. During the final two years, students choose an area of specialisation providing them with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in one or more areas.

Areas of specialisation

Building technology
Courses providing greater knowledge in indoor environment, materials, structural design and acoustics make up the main part of this area of specialisation. Students can choose to deepen their studies in one of these areas, or to maintain a broad knowledge of the whole area. The greatest competence in this area in Sweden is to be found at LTH.

Industrial construction
This specialisation provides students with advanced knowledge in production management and organisation in the industrial building and materials management process. As production methods in the mechanical engineering industry serve as a model for this kind of construction, a number of courses from the programme in mechanical engineering are included. Courses in manufacturing processes, manufacturing systems, materials supply and logistics form the basis of this area of specialisation.

Infrastructure design
This area of specialisation includes mainly courses in planning and construction of roads and heavy structures as well as geotechnical engineering, which provide the student with an understanding of and knowledge in planning and designing infrastructure, mainly for larger systems.

Property development
This area of specialisation is directed towards real estate development, and includes a spectrum of subjects such as structural engineering, construction, property development, property economics and sustainable development. The courses reflect the areas of knowledge relevant for engineers working as property developers, clients, real estate owners or contractors.

Structural analysis
This area of specialisation offers a range of courses, some of which are specific to the programme in civil engineering, while others are included in the programmes in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Physics. The courses are mainly directed towards mechanics, design and materials engineering, and provide a good basis for future work with advanced computational methods.

Traffic planning
This area of specialisation includes courses offered to students in civil engineering, architecture and surveying. The areas covered by these courses are mainly traffic, road construction and urban planning. Problem-based learning is applied in many of the courses, and lecturers are from both LTH and industry.

Water Resources Management
Apart from being an area of specialisation for students on the Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering programmes, Water Resources Management is also a 2-year international MSc programme for students from other countries. Courses can be chosen in hydromechanics, non-uniform flow and coastal hydraulics, as well as those more closely associated with the natural sciences and social sciences, such as river restoration and international issues concerning water resources and their use.