Civil Engineering
Civil Systems Engineering, M.Sc

Program overview

Modern urban infrastructures such as apartments, office buildings or traffic routes are socio-technological systems with many natural, technical and social components that interact with each other. Planning, construction, operation and maintenance of these systems are complex tasks that need to be supported by intelligent computer-based modeling methods. The master’s degree in Civil Systems Engineering is a research-oriented degree that addresses these challenges and trains students to become specialists in the management of complex technical design processes. As systems engineers, they are familiar with the use of digital methods that make it possible to integrate empirical and theoretical simulation methods across system boundaries into complex design and planning processes.

The degree program profile provides a useful overview of the most important details for prospective students.

DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study4 semesters
Credit points120
Program startWinter semester
AdmissionRestricted admission
Language of instructionEnglish

Information about the program

Organizing your studies

Module

A module is a complete teaching and learning unit. Generally it consists of several different courses. Modules encompass attending classes as well as preparing for class, studying, and any exams or coursework required.

Detailed information about credit points, study content and learning outcomes, courses, workload, prerequisites for participation, exam formats and modalities, grading, as well as module duration can be found in the respective module description.

Compulsory and compulsory elective modules in your degree program are listed in the module list / stupo. This allows you to see which modules you can have counted towards each component (e.g. compulsory, compulsory elective, specialization). Please observe this information when planning your studies. It is generally not possible to re-allocate a module to a different component.

Module list
Study and Examination Regulations, Application and Admission Regulations

 

Courses

Modules generally consist of several courses which take place either in person or online.

Information about individual courses can be found in the TU Berlin course catalog. There you can search for a specific course or view the course recommendations for your current semester of study based on your study and examination regulations and the proposed degree schedule. You can also create your own personal schedule of courses.

Additional details about individual courses can also be found on the website of the academic chair teaching the course or ISIS.

Internship

There is no mandatory internship, but the course has good connections to industry, public institutions and other universities. These contacts give students the opportunity to get to know research teams or companies and to supplement their academic work with practical experience.

We provide various opportunities for cooperation with international companies from different branches of industry, also during the project module or the master's thesis. This can make it easier to enter the professional world. In addition, our Integrated Concurrent Engineering (ICE) room is available to students as a digital workplace with the latest technical equipment. Students can use this room free of charge to work on their projects and participate in video conferences or working group meetings.

Stay abroad

International cooperation agreements with the degree program and faculty allow you to study abroad at a partner university in Europe or overseas. TU Berlin also provides assistance with internships abroad. For detailed information as well as links to requirements, deadlines, and the application procedure, see Study & Internships Abroad.

Part-time studies

Generally studying at TU Berlin is on a full-time basis. However, it is possible to study part time and complete only half of the required credit points each semester. University semesters completed on a part-time basis are counted as half of a degree semester.

The Office of Student Affairs website has everything you need to know about requirements, how to request part-time studies, and other important things to consider.

Visiting students and guest auditors

As a rule, visiting students and guest auditors in restricted admission degree programs in Faculty VI are only permitted to attend lectures. You require signed approval from the course instructor and faculty (dean of studies).

Visiting students should discuss examinations and receiving credit points with their instructor. You will receive a certificate of performance with your grade and credit points from the respective academic chair. An instructor may deny your request to take an exam which is already fully.

Guest auditors are not permitted to take exams.


Application procedure

Application forms and further information are available from the Office of Student Affairs.

Please complete the form and request approval from the course instructor and faculty. As a rule, you can do this electronically via email using digital signatures. To request approval from the faculty, please send an email to studienbuero(at)fak6.tu-berlin.de.

Once the Office of Student Affairs has reviewed your application, it will be forwarded to Campus Management, who will email you your authorization for a TU Berlin account. Your TU account allows you to use a number of services, including the ISIS platform.

Quality assurance in the degree program

The following quality assurance instruments are regularly implemented in the degree program:

  • Degree program evaluation (every five to six years)
  • Teaching conferences (at least once annually)
  • Course evaluations (at least once every three semesters)

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs has provided further information about these and other quality assurance offers on the page Quality in Study and Teaching.

Results of current course evaluations are made available to registered users (Login via TU Portal).

Course Guidance

If you have further questions, please contact the peer advisors in Course Guidance. They offer individual support and advising and regularly organize info sessions for new students.

Course Guidance, staffed by peer advisors, offers information for prospective students and supports students in the Civil Systems Engineering program with general and specific questions about their studies. You can contact us at any time with this email cse.master(at)civilsystems.tu-berlin.de

Examinations

General examination information

TU Berlin’s General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO) determine the general organization and implementation of studies and examinations for all study programs at TU Berlin. The AllgStuPO is supplemented by study and examination regulations (StuPO) for each degree program, which define the objectives and structure of the program as well as examination requirements and how exams are conducted.

The websites for the Examination Office as well as your examination board provide both general and degree-program specific information about examinations, from registering for exams to plagiarism. You can also find a list of all relevant contact persons.

Module examinations

Students complete a module with an examination or assessment during their studies. The module examination determines how well students achieved the module’s learning objectives.

Pursuant to the TU Berlin General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO), module examinations are completed as written or oral examinations, portfolio assessments, term papers, or presentations. The study and examination regulations (StuPO) for your degree program may contain other examination formats.

As a rule, module examinations are taken during the next regularly scheduled examination period following a module. You register for exams via the Moses account/MTS/module examinations. Alternatively, your instructor will inform you how to register.

Be sure to observe the registration and de-registration deadlines! You must complete a registered exam if you do not de-register by the deadline. If you do not attend a registered exam or do not submit the examination/assessment work, the examination will be graded as “failed” and you will not receive any points.

It is possible to withdraw from a registered exam outside of the de-registration period in the event of significant reasons (e.g. illness). You must submit your withdrawal request no later than the day of the exam or first examination component to the examiner and Examination Office. You must submit proof of your reason for withdrawing within five days to the Examination Office.

Failed module exams can be repeated twice. If you seek advising from Course Guidance, you will be granted a fourth examination attempt. You must register in person at the Examination Office for the third and fourth overall attempts.

Failed module examinations taken during the first degree semester of a bachelor’s program are not recorded (“Freiversuchsregelung”). It is not possible to re-take a passed exam.

Students can request a reconsideration procedure to have their exam results reviewed and changed once these have been published.

Detailed information about examination formats, registering and de-registering, withdrawing, repeating module exams, and examination assessments can be found in TU Berlin’s General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO).

If you have questions about an exam, please contact the academic chair giving the exam.

If you have general questions about exams or require assistance due to conflicts regarding an exam or exam grade, please contact the examination board responsible for your degree program.

Final thesis

The final thesis is a form of examination and part of a student’s scientific training. The writing period and registration requirements are laid out in the study and examination regulations (StuPO). Depending on the study and examination regulations, the final thesis may be supplemented by an oral defense.

The final thesis may also be completed as groupwork or in collaboration with institutions outside of the University.

You must submit the application for admission to the final thesis, including a potential first examiner, your topic, and proof of any completed requirements pursuant to the StuPO, to the Examination Office.

As a rule, failed final theses can be repeated twice.

Detailed information about registering, withdrawing, repeat examinations, and evaluation guidelines can be found in TU Berlin’s General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO).

If you have questions about the content of your final thesis, please contact your first examiner or the supervising academic chair.

If you have general questions about the final thesis or require assistance due to conflicts regarding your thesis or its evaluation, please contact the examination board responsible for your degree program.

Plagiarism, cheating, breach of regulations

If a candidate tries to influence the result of an exam by cheating or influencing examination bodies, the examiner will exclude them from the exam. In such cases, you will receive a grade of “insufficient” or “failed” and must repeat the exam.

Cheating or an attempt to cheat is when you reproduce sources (texts, graphs, tables, figures) including Internet sources in unchanged or modified form and fail to identify these as such. This also applies if you use a written assignment for several coursework assignments or examinations. The use of unauthorized aids and falsification of empirical data are also considered cheating.

If a student is caught cheating again, the examination board may exclude them from completing further examinations which will lead to exmatriculation.

Detailed information about cheating and breaches of regulations can be found in the General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO).

Academic adjustment

You can receive an academic adjustment on certain grounds (e.g. disability or chronic illness, pregnancy or maternity leave, caring for a family member), if you are unable to take an exam on the scheduled date or complete coursework by the scheduled deadline, within the designated period or timeframe, at the designated location, in the designated format, or in any other designated way. Academic adjustments are made by fixing another appointment, an extended period or timeframe, a different location, a different format, permission for auxiliary tools or persons, or in any other appropriate way

The responsible examination board decides on the academic adjustment upon application by the student.

Detailed information can be found in the General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO).

If you have further questions, please contact the representative for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses, Psychological Counseling, or the Family Services Center.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer for coursework and examinations

Students can submit a request to have coursework and examination credits transfered which were completed at a university or other institution of equivalent status in Germany and abroad as long as the skills acquired do not significantly differ from those in the modules required by the degree program (see module list).

You must submit the application for credit transfer including all necessary proof to the examination board responsible for your degree program.

Before beginning a semester abroad, we recommend having the transferability of any credits confirmed by the examination board in a “Learning Agreement.”

Detailed information can be found in the General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO).

 

Credit transfer for periods of practical professional work

You can receive credit for skills acquired outside of university studies (e.g. professional qualifications) if these are equivalent to the module content and learning objectives. You can receive credit for professional skills for up to half of the total number of credits required by your degree program.

Please submit your application for recognition of professional qualifications including necessary proof to the examination board responsible for the degree program.

Further information can be found in the General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO).

Stay abroad

All degree programs are organized to allow students to complete a stay abroad without negatively impacting their study progress. A mobility window is required and must be designated in the study and examination regulations (StuPO).

Student mobility is promoted through transparent credit transfer. Before beginning a semester abroad, we recommend having the transferability of any credits confirmed by the examination board in a “Learning Agreement.”

You can find further information at Recognition & Equivalence.

BAföG certificate

German students (and international students under certain conditions) can request BAföG assistance for an undergraduate degree or first master’s degree. You must submit your application to the BAföG Office.

During your studies, you will undergo one academic performance assessment (between the fourth and fifth semesters), where you have to demonstrate that you have earned the usual credit points required by your degree program.

You can find your responsible BAföG representative on the page Representatives and Committees. The officers are responsible for notarizing your certificates of performance which are required for your BAföG application.

Examination Board

Specific information relevant to your degree program, contact information, and further links can be found on the website of your examination board.

CSE Master's Program

Admission requirements

As for every other master’s degree program at TU Berlin, applicants to the Civil Systems Engineering master’s program must possess a first university degree qualifying them for professional work. This should have been acquired in a course of study in the subject area of civil engineering, architecture or a subject-related course. The course of study must include at least the following parts:

  • at least 12 credit points in the constructive mechanics,
  • at least 6 credit points in a design project, and
  • at least 6 credit points in the areas of computational design or computer science.

The master’s program is taught in English. Applicants are therefore required to provide proof of English skills at level C1 according to Common European Framework of reference for Languages (CEFR) or an equivalent level.

With your application documents, you need to submit a proof of English language proficiency using one of the following certifcates (with equivalences with respect to CEFR).

   Equivalences with respect to CFR:

  • CEFR (Europe):  C1  
  • IELTS :                7-8 
  • TOEFL(IST):       95-120 
  • Cambridge:        CAE(A-C)   
  • ALTE:                  Level 4   
  •  UNIcert:              III  

 

Students who are native English speakers are also eligible without any further certification.

Under certain conditions, candidates can schedule a personal interview with the lecturers of the program before formal application to prove their English proficiency.

Applicants are also required to provide:

  • two academic letters of reference written by professors of a recognized university,
  • a motivation letter in max 2 pages explaining why the offered program is of interest,
  • previous academic record such as scientific publications.

The next generations of specialits playing the role of systems engineers in the field of Civil engineering must have a set of skills which will allow them to mindfully deal with the increasing complexity of the built environment. The assesment of these skills set is done during the admission interview and it is listed below:

  • Open Minded: You are ready to work in an international environment. You are looking forward to work on engineering projects in multi-disciplinary and integrated teams.
  • Enthusiastic: New technologies, advanced computational methods and tools excite you. you are willing to try out new things.
  • Critical Thinker: You challenge convectional wisdom. You are open to confronting challenging problems
  • Logical Thinker: You enjoy logical reasoning and logical thinking.

Application

The Office of Student Affairs provides detailed information about the application periods on the following pages. All the applicantions should be submitted via Uni-assist, except the TU Berlin bachelor students and graduates which apply directly.

More detailed information on application conditions and application deadlines can be found at the central website of the Office of Student Affairs.

You can find more information about the application, admission, and selection procedures in the Study and Examination Regulations and the Application and Admission Regulations of the degree program.

For questions concerning any of the informations stated above, you can send an email at: cse.master(at)civilsystems.tu-berlin.de

Program structure

The Civil Systems Engineering course aims to prepare a new generation of systems engineers who can deal with the ever-increasing complexity of the built environment. In the first year, the course offers a series of compulsory basic modules in the modeling of infrastructure and buildings as well as in the modeling of the underlying operational and maintenance processes. Building on these basic modules, students can then choose from a range of compulsory elective modules in order to acquire advanced topics. In the third semester, in addition to various elective modules, students also choose a research project that ideally serves as preparatory work for the master's thesis in the fourth semester.

The four-semester master's program consists of compulsory, compulsory elective and elective modules as well as a master's thesis. Electives are designed to allow you to acquire additional subject-specific and generic skills as well as expertise qualifying you for a profession. You can choose elective modules from the entire course catalog at TU Berlin or another university in Germany or abroad. Each degree program also has a designated mobility window when you are able to complete a stay abroad.

The objectives and structure of the program as well as the examination requirements and details on how the examinations are conducted are set down in the study and examination regulations (see below). These also contain a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of four semesters.

FAQ

Can I start my studies before arrival?

It is possible to at least start all our compulsory modules remotely. Missing the lectures is not ideal, but the courses can be taken without coming to them.

How can I access the course modules?

You can simply login into ISIS.tu-berlin.de with your TUport username and password. For newly admitted students, this should be setup once you conclude your admission registrations.

What language is the mode of instructions?

The language of instruction is English.

How do I enroll for courses using ISIS ?

  • Sign in to ISIS.tu-berlin.de
  • Go to Home and Search for 'Faculty VI'.
  • Type in "CSE" or "Civil Systems Engineering" to enroll for our dedicated course module. Informations regarding your studies will be posted here from time to time.
  • Toggle and click on "Include archived courses"
  • Scroll until you see the course "Civil Systems Engineering" click on it and follow the enrollment instructions.
  • Check "Information session" under "Course" tab and download the documents "Living in Berlin" and CSE-Master-Intro. These PDFs contain all the information you need for your courses and some information about staying in the country.
  • Repeat these steps to register for your other courses.

Application & Admission

Dates and Deadlines

All important dates and deadlines as well as important dates throughout the semester are published here by the Office of Student Affairs.

Downloads & advising

Course Guidance

Course Guidance, staffed by peer advisors, offers information for prospective students and supports students in the Civil Systems Engineering program with general and specific questions about their studies.

Academic Advising Service

TU Berlin’s Academic Advising Service assists students and prospective students with questions about choosing a degree program, organizing their studies, as well as with problems while studying.