What are the questions that concern us today and in the future?
How must structures be dimensioned to last 500 years? How safe are our bridges? How sustainable are our buildings? Are there self-healing materials or materials that do not fatigue? How can we prevent flooding? What challenges apply to buildings in and around water? How do we manage the perfect disposal of toxins? How do we ensure the cleanliness of groundwater? How do we guarantee access to drinking water for all? How can we stop climate change and control its consequences?
What to do and how to succeed?
Become a civil and environmental engineer and help to shape our future in a climate- and resource-friendly way.
With the study program "Civil and Environmental Engineering", the TU Hamburg offers a unique combination in Germany of the two closely related disciplines of civil engineering and environmental engineering, which should always be thought as one.
Civil engineering is considered the oldest discipline in the engineering sciences and deals with the planning, construction and maintenance of residential, office and administrative buildings, industrial buildings, bridges, roads, railroads, tunnels, airports, harbors, canals, dikes and dams. Environmental engineering deals with the design and construction of utility and waste management systems and urban infrastructure, the management of water bodies, groundwater, wastewater and waste, and the fundamental issues of environmental protection and sustainability. By combining specialist knowledge, technical and communication skills, we train engineers who think in an interdisciplinary and solution-oriented manner.
What awaits you in the study?
The bachelor's degree program in civil and environmental engineering focuses on basic education. The focus is on both the methodological and theoretical foundations of civil and environmental engineering. At the beginning of the program, mathematical and scientific subjects predominate and the first basics are taught, for example, in building materials science and construction theory. Numerous practice-oriented excursions in the Hamburg metropolitan region round off the very broad range of subject-specific courses. Innovative teaching methods brings the practice of civil and environmental engineering into the courses. The bachelor thesis as the first scientific paper is gladly done in cooperation with research projects and practice partners. The TU Hamburg has numerous Erasmus-Plus partnerships with European partner universities and supports study abroad. It also maintains a wide network of cooperations with companies, public authorities, research institutions and other practical partners. A special expression of these cooperations are several prizes awarded by the construction industry to students of the TUHH. The TU Hamburg stands for a very good support of its students and the interlocking of teaching, research and professional preparation.
The combination of civil and environmental engineering has a long and very successful tradition at the TU Hamburg. The teaching content of classical civil engineering is already supplemented in the bachelor's program by additional knowledge and skills in the field of environmental engineering. In the fourth semester, students choose one of the specializations "Civil Engineering", "Water and Environment" or "Transport and Mobility", depending on their preferences. In the master's program, this specialization can then be further expanded consecutively. After a high-quality basic education, there are thus many opportunities for further professional qualification. Due to their good education, the graduates of the TU Hamburg have gained a high reputation.
Overview of the curriculum of the study program (only in german):
In which professional fields can you work?
Fields of activity are, for example: classical building construction, office building construction, bridge construction, the field of civil engineering and port construction as well as water and wastewater planning and road construction. The field of offshore construction is new. Civil and environmental engineers are also in great demand in research institutions, government agencies and administration.
You can find an overview of the various opportunities for training in the field of civil and environmental engineering in Hamburg here.
After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, you can continue your studies at the TUHH in:
–> Bauingenieurwesen (Civil Engineering)
–> Wasser- und Umweltingenieurwesen (Water and Environmental Engineering)
–> Logistik, Infrastruktur und Mobilität (Logistics, Infrastructure and Mobility)
–> Environmental Engineering
(Each a two-year Master of Science course)
Important contact persons
Information about the study
At the Infothek you can obtain information on all aspects of your studies as well as a wide range of information material. If necessary, you can register here for the prospective student round or be referred to the department's advisors. You can reach your contact persons Ms. Köther and Ms. zur Borg at the following telephone number and email:
Phone: +49 40 428 78-2232, email
Contact with students
Besides the General Student Committee, the AStA, the Civil and Environmental Engineering Student Council provides information from the students point of view: https://www2.tuhh.de/fsrb/
International Students - Study Abroad for Students
The International Office advises and supports international students. On the website of the International Office you will also find information about stays abroad for students of the TUHH. The TUHH welcomes and promotes the exchange of students. If you have any questions, please get in touch with the appropriate contact person.
All modalities for admission to the bachelor's degree program in Civil and Environmental Engineering are regulated in the statutes governing the program. The Technical University of Hamburg conducts an online application procedure in the bachelor's degree programs. Criteria for admission are the Abitur grade and the subject grades in mathematics from the last four semesters. Admission to the 1st semester is only for the winter semester. The application period is from May to July 15. The requirements for admission and the details of the procedure can be found here.
Another admission requirement is a 10-week basic internship, the contents of which are regulated in the basic internship regulations. Although proof of the internship is not mandatory until the fourth semester, it is strongly recommended - for both content-related and organizational reasons - to complete it before taking up the studies.
The framework conditions for examinations at the TUHH are defined by the General Study and Examination Regulations (ASPO) and the Subject-Specific Study and Examination Regulations (FSPO). The Module Handbook describes the concrete design of the modules provided for in the curriculum and their learning objectives. They also provide information on content, recommended prior knowledge and literature for preparation.
All study program related regulations can be found here.
A short movie about Civil Engineering (with students and graduates of the TUHH; only in german).