DegreeMaster of Science in "Natural Hazards and Risks in Structural Engineering"Course language(s)English
In addition, it is recommended that students take preparatory German classes prior to the beginning of the semester to help them in their daily life in Germany. German classes start one month before the beginning of the semester.Admission semesterWinter semester onlyBeginningWinter semester: OctoberProgramme durationFour semesters (two years)Application deadline15 JulyCourse content(1) The Master's degree programme "Natural Hazards and Risks in Structural Engineering" is an intensive and application-based, advanced course of study. The programme is intensively supervised and research-oriented. It provides students with a solid technical basis in the key areas of structural engineering through a coherent and coordinated programme, integrating research and practical applications.
(2) The degree programme enables students to acquire excellence in oral and written skills. By providing students with advanced scientific and interdisciplinary knowledge, they are able to take on demanding engineering tasks in the areas of planning, construction and realisation of structures under specific conditions. They are also able to carry out site- or structure-specific risk analysis using modern tools to estimate the threat of natural hazards.
In addition to strengthening their theoretical and scientific competence, students develop skills in modelling, simulation and application of performance-based design, fieldwork and laboratory investigations.
In order to structure and reflect the complexity of the chain reactions inherent to natural hazards, this programme explores in detail various engineering disciplines and engineering-related areas of the natural sciences, social sciences and economics. It examines the central role that structural engineering plays in reducing the impact of natural disasters. Furthermore, it focuses on the engineering methods that are used to assess and reduce the vulnerability of structures.
The programme highlights the demands on engineering technology at both regional and global level by using international projects as models. The elective compulsory modules expand on specific lines of development; they equip and prepare students systematically for future professional careers or further research positions.
Educational organisationThe curriculum (four semesters) consists of a total of 59 compulsory hours (60 credits), 10 optional required hours (12 credits) and least 10 elective hours (12 credits). Students must select and successfully complete a special project (12 credits) and their Master's thesis (four months or 24 credits). Upon request, students may be permitted to participate in this degree programme on a part-time basis.Forms of assessmentDuring the semester, academic progress is assessed on the basis of homework assignments, semester papers and project work. At the end of each semester, academic progress is evaluated through examinations.ECTS credits120Diploma supplementYesCourse-related German language coursesYesCourse objectivesThe increasing occurrences of natural hazards all over the world, as well as their various effects on individuals, societies and modern economies, is one of the major challenges for decades to come. The Master's course in Natural Hazards and Risks in Structural Engineering confronts this challenge by providing indispensable tools for dealing with these phenomena in various civil engineering design processes. The Master's course combines practical structural engineering with state-of-the-art concepts in the fields of computational mechanics, dynamics and probability theory/stochastic analysis. The Master's course thus provides key qualifications for innovative work in the field of earthquake, flood and wind engineering, as well as offering an international context in which students can achieve both technical success and personal advancement.
Tuition feesNo tuition feesEnrolment feesEnrolment fees amount to approx. 160 EUR per semester. This is a contribution to student services and the student council. It includes free regional transport by buses and trains, student discounts for meals at the university cafeteria, access to the university sports complex, and theatre and museum tickets. The additional fee for the student ID ("Thoska") is 20 EUR (one-time only fee).Costs of livingIn Weimar, living expenses tend to be lower than in larger German cities. We recommend for students to budget about 700 EUR per month.Job opportunitiesStudents are supported as much as possible within institutional limitations in their individual endeavours to find jobs and internships. In the city of Weimar and at the university itself, various student jobs as tutors, waiters, and assistants are offered. However, students should not rely on additional resources. Rather, they should secure the funding of their studies prior to their entry. Sufficient resources are necessary to obtain the student visa status.Funding opportunities within the universityThere are scholarships granted by Bauhaus-Universität Weimar as an institution. Additionally, the International Office grants scholarships that support international students and students going abroad for studies or internships.
Language requirementsCandidates must provide proof of English language proficiency equivalent to level B2 (CEFR) by submitting either:
1. proof of English proficiency as a native speaker: certificate of higher education entrance qualification or first-level professional qualification (i.e. undergraduate degree) from an English-speaking country
2. proof of English proficiency at level B2 (CEFR), certified by one of the following internationally recognised certificates:
Academic requirementsThe minimum qualification of admission to this programme is normally a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, an equivalent university degree, a degree from a college of public administration, or a degree from a government or accredited professional school. The examination committee must ensure that the candidate's prior degree is equivalent to that of the Bachelor's programme in civil engineering. If not, the examination committee may attach additional conditions for admission, which the candidate must meet.
- TOEFL (Internet: 79, computer: 213, paper: 550)
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, Grade C
- IELTS, band 6.0
The final grade for the first professionally qualifying degree should generally be 2.5 or better.Where to applyBauhaus-Universität Weimar
c/o uni-assist e. V.
Arrival supportThe International Office offers advice on what steps to take before and after your arrival in Weimar as well as information on the documents you need for entering Germany, enrolling at the university, and applying for a residence permit.
Phone: +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 65
Fax: +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 75
Address for visitors: Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 15, 99423 Weimar, Germany
During the International Welcome Days at the beginning of each semester, staff and student tutors will be there to assist you in preparing your documents for enrolment and a residence permit. They will give useful advice on student life in Weimar.
Weimar International Network
This network provides information, services, and a buddy programme for international students prior to arrival.
Stay informed via Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/InternationalBauhausStudents/Services and support for international studentsInternational Office
Phone: +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 63
Fax: +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 75
Address for visitors: Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 15, 99423 Weimar, Germany
Weimar International Network (WIN) is an online platform of services for international students. It offers information on events, fosters contact between students, and provides orientation for newcomers. You can sign up for programmes and subscribe to the monthly newsletter "curious@bout Weimar".
The programme "Foreigners become Friends" matches you with a family or person in Weimar. You meet regularly, take excursions or cook meals together. You will improve your German and your patron will learn about your country and culture.
The Buddy Programme brings together international and local students. Your "buddy" can help you get better acquainted with German culture and student life.
Student services ("Studierendenwerk") counsel students and give advice on studying. There is also psychosocial care and legal counselling service (in English) as well as service for students with special needs and students with children.
Get a first impression by attending Bauhaus Summer School:
http://www.uni-weimar.de/summerschool/enAccommodationYou can find accommodation in Weimar through Thuringia's student services ("Studierendenwerk Thüringen"). Approx. 1,100 apartments in the city are administered by Thuringia's student services. These residences are various locations, and they cater to different needs and preferences. Monthly costs for accommodation range between 105 to 280 EUR per month depending on size and location. The university itself does not provide accommodation.
Phone: +49 (0)3 61-7 37 18 21
Visiting address: Marienstraße 15, 99423 Weimar
Typically, between two and (up to) five students share an apartment. Students have their own bedrooms and share a kitchen and a bathroom. Most rooms are furnished (bed, desk, chair, cupboard, shelf), but kitchenware and appliances are not included. Mentors for international students provide assistance in settling in during the first couple of days and also organise events.
Students advertise private and shared flats on the electronic pin board on the university website ("Pinnwand"): http://www.uni-weimar.de.
Course websiteAbout the universityBauhaus-Universität Weimar is a small and very international university with a highly distinctive spectrum of subjects. Situated in the historic city of Weimar, Germany, it originated from two progressive institutions: the Weimar Saxon Grand Ducal Art School and the "Staatliches Bauhaus". Different personalities from various countries have shaped the institution and developed ideas known and respected worldwide. We at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar continue to follow a unique path that offers unparalleled opportunities by combining science and technology with art and design.
We see our university as a "Bauhaus of the 21st century" - open, experimental, innovative in the technical as well as in the aesthetic sense, free from any imitation of the past. The university's main fields of study and research are architecture, civil engineering, art and design as well as media. We offer an ideal space for creative academic and artistic work, supported by laboratories, workshops, studios, libraries, and a favourable student-teacher ratio.
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar is connected worldwide through a large network of partners, from which our students benefit through e.g., study abroad periods and international projects and excursions. Among almost 200 international partners are universities and schools in Ethiopia, France, Italy, Japan, Romania, the Russian Federation, Switzerland, and the USA.
Important facts from the history of the university: In 1919, Walter Gropius created the Bauhaus in Weimar. Four years later, he called for a search for the "new unity of art and engineering". That meant combining the vanguard of art and design with modern industry. With this approach, the Bauhaus became the most famous school of architecture, art, and design in the 20th century.Total number of students4,000Total percentage of international students25 %About the cityThe historic city of Weimar is a cosy town that has had a profound influence on Europe. This becomes most evident in architecture, art and design, music, and literature.
Weimar is situated right in the middle of Thuringia, the "green heart of Germany", and is about 300 km from both the German capital, Berlin, and the German financial centre, Frankfurt am Main. Today, Weimar is a lively town with about 65,000 inhabitants and a town centre where you can reach everything within 15 minutes. The town has many green areas, such as the park on the river Ilm. There are also many sights, including Goethe's summer house and the palaces of Tiefurt, Ettersburg, and Belvedere.
Among many others, the famous German writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller walked in the park along the River Ilm. The famous pianist and composer Franz Liszt stimulated modern music, and the architects Walter Gropius and Henry van de Velde initiated modernism.
Weimar has much to offer for lovers of art and culture, revellers, lovers of nature, and gourmets. There are more than 20 museums, three cinemas, a national theatre and various cabaret theatres, student clubs, concerts, and multifaceted cultural events such as the traditional folk event, the "Zwiebelmarkt"- not to mention Thuringian delicacies like "Rostbratwurst" (sausage), "Rostbrätel" (marinated grilled meat), and "Thüringer Klöße" (dumplings). During the summer, Weimar hosts the annual Bauhaus Summer School, Klezmer week, and several art festivals. Other highlights include the "backup" film festival and master classes at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt. We hope to welcome you in Weimar soon!