M.Sc. Civil Engineering

| Bologna, Italy
The international Master’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Bologna is a graduate programme (Laurea Magistrale) which aims at educating professionals with the necessary in-depth scientific and technical knowledge in the field of civil engineering.
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The Civil Engineering programme from the University of Bologna is intended to provide students with firm technical bases while nurturing decision-making and leadership potential. It prepares graduates to practice their profession at an advanced level and with a unique exposure to an international environment to better understand global issues of civil engineering.

All courses and activities are given in English. The master’s duration is two years (4 semesters). The core modules, common for all students, aim at consolidating fundamentals and improving modelling capabilities in the classical areas of Civil Engineering such as structural mechanics and engineering, hydraulics and hydrology, soil mechanics, road design and transportation.

In the second year, students choose a curriculum amongst:

  • Infrastructure design in river basins (Bologna)
  • Structural engineering (Bologna)
  • Off-shore engineering (Ravenna).

These will allow students to become skilled in civil-engineering project-management, in design and analysis of civil-engineering structures and infrastructures, providing a comprehensive know how on civil engineering materials, technologies and processes. A Faculty commission will help students selecting the courses to build their own curriculum.

In order to obtain the Master Degree (Laurea Magistrale), students must successfully complete all the courses and discuss a final dissertation, for a minimum of 120 Credits (ECTS).

The courses will be organized with in-class teaching activities, practice, design and laboratory activities. The final exam consists in the public discussion of a dissertation (the master thesis).

Even more international

Thanks to Dual Degree agreements, students can obtain two qualifications in two years. The partners are Columbia University (New York, USA); University of Miami (Florida, USA); Université de Liège (Belgium).

Furthermore, international agreements allow students to spend part of their studies abroad (for exams, research, or internships).

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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  • There is no deadline for this start date.

Dates reflect the university's timezone.

Tuition fee
  • EUR3295 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Infrastructure design in river basins
The curriculum “Infrastructure Design in River Basins” focuses on the management of water resources and river basins in a human-impacted environment through:
  • the monitoring, understanding and management of surface water and ground water resources, keeping into consideration the impact and feedbacks of human interventions on these systems;
  • the design and management of water systems and hydraulic structures, their characteristics and functioning in relation to other civil engineering infrastructures (such as transportation systems).

Students will become able to make appropriate and critical use of methods, techniques and tools necessary for planning the integrated management of water resources and water systems in river basins, for designing engineering structures and infrastructures (aimed at water supply, drainage and defense from water-related risks), together with the accompanying maintenance and operational control practices.

Graduates may set to work as advisors, designers or project leaders and take up careers with consultancies, contractors, water utilities, water boards or regulatory bodies, relief agencies and international organisations.
Structural Engineering

Mission: to provide a comprehensive education and training on structural systems using a holistic approach in which the roles of materials, mechanics, analysis and design are emphasized.

  • to apply fundamental principles and standards within the Civil engineering fields
  • to provide a strong technical education and broad multi-disciplinary skills to embark on successful professional careers in public enterprises, industry or academia
  • to understand the ethical issues pertaining to engineering, and develop appropriate communication and collaboration skills essential for professional practice
  • ability to identify, formulate, and solve Civil engineering problems
  • ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • ability to use modern engineering techniques and computing tools necessary for the engineering practice
  • ability to communicate effectively with written, oral, and visual means and to function in multi-disciplinary teams
Off-shore Engineering

The courses will delve into the themes of design, construction and management of Off-shore and maritime structures, starting from the action of the sea on constructions, and addressing fabrication techniques and structures assembling.

The first year of the programme will be delivered in Bologna, while the second year will be offered in Ravenna.
Thanks to an agreement between Confindustria and the University of Bologna, students attending the programme will be offered the possibility of carrying out an internship and to develop a Master’s thesis in the companies operating in Ravenna.
  • the analysis of the hydrological, geological, geomorphological and socio-economical behavior of the catchment area;


The programme, entirely delivered in English, is offered thanks to the support of companies in the Ravenna Off-Shore District and of Fondazione Flaminia.


Access requisites.
  • Two requirements (1. Curriculum requisites and 2. Academic preparation) must be satisfied to be admitted to the Civil Engineering International Master course.
  • Applicants with an Italian first-level (Bachelor) degree:
Curriculum requisites
  • At least ONE of the following curriculum requisites (A. or B.) must be satisfied (SSD=scientific area):

Italian First-level degree, with a number of credits not less than (all three requisites a), b), c)) must be satisfied):

  • ICAR/01, ICAR/02, ICAR/04, ICAR/05, ICAR/06, ICAR/07, ICAR/08, ICAR/09 SSD ICAR/10, ICAR/11, ICAR/17 scientific areas (SSD) - N. OF CREDITS > 51, and b) ICAR/01, ICAR/02, ICAR/04, ICAR/05, ICAR/06, ICAR/07, ICAR/08, ICAR/09 scientific areas (SSD) - N. OF CREDITS > 39 , and
  • MAT & FIS Scientific areas (SSD) - N. OF CREDITS > 24.OR

Italian First-level degree belonging to class L-7 (ex DM 270/2004) or to class 8 (ex DM 509/99) – Classe delle Lauree in Ingegneria Civile ed Ambientale, with final grade of 110/110.

  • Adequacy of the academic preparation

The academic preparation is adequate if:

  • The final grade > 92/110.
  • English language certification

To be admitted at the Degree Programme, students must hold a certification of knowledge of the English language at the level of at least B2. Students not holding the required certification may be admitted after an individual evaluation is carried out by the Board of the Degree Programme of their ability to speak in English and the idoneity of their curriculum vitae and studiorum to obtain the requested knowledge. The assessment may take place through a colloquium. In that case, a certification of English language of at least B2 level has to be obtained anyway by the end of the first year of enrollment.

Applicants with a foreign University Bachelor degree:

The fulfillment of the curriculum requirements and the adequacy of the academic preparation is evaluated case-by-case by the Board of the Degree Programme (Consiglio di Corso di Laurea). If a credit/grade conversion (for both course contents and hours) to the Italian system is possible, the requirements listed above are checked.

For all the students (with Italian or Foreign University Bachelor degree), if one of the above requirements (Curriculum requisites and Academic preparation) is not fulfilled, the Board of the Degree Programme can decide to admit the student on the basis of his whole career.

The degree programme can provide a session for international students and appoint a commission to assess the students' personal competencies and skills, consistent with the competition notice awarding scholarships (scolarships deadline is usually scheduled in May).

International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to universities in Italy when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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University of Bologna

Bologna, Italy

Italy The University of Bologna prides itself as the oldest academic establishment in the Western world, founded in 1088AD by its own students. In 1988 the rectors of 430 universities from all over the continent gathered in Bologna to sign the ‘Magna Charta Universitatum Europaeum’, by which they marked the 900th anniversary of the University of Bologna and formally acknowledged it as the alma mater of all universities.

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