International Programmes 2018/2019

Management and Engineering in Structural Engineering and Risk Management of Industrial Facilities - CONSTRUCT Management and Engineering - CONSTRUCT

RWTH Aachen University • Aachen

Master of Science (RWTH Aachen University)
Teaching language
  • English

All courses are taught in English. A German course is offered.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

3 December - 1 March for non-EU citizens
2 March - 15 July for German and EU citizens

However, we strongly recommend that German / EU citizens apply as early as possible.

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

Tuition fee: 5,500 EUR per semester (22,000 EUR in total, four-semester regular study period)

More information:

Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

Students in the Structural Engineering and Risk Management programme learn how to…

  • conduct quantitative risk assessments at industrial facilities.
  • develop and implement risk and emergency management strategies.
  • design, construct, and monitor industrial structures.
  • ensure compliance with international building and safety codes.
  • tackle economic and managerial challenges in today's global market.

Our graduates of all engineering programmes...

  • work at companies such as Anvis, BASF, Continental, Fiat, Ford, Kautex, Liebherr, Rolls Royce, Toyota, and Volkswagen.
  • are very successful on the job market: half of our graduates find employment within a month of graduating, and two thirds find a job within three months of graduating.
  • experience up to a 200% increase their salaries (about 72%).
Course organisation

Programme structure

  • Semesters I & II: Lectures, exercises, and practical courses in structural engineering of industrial facilities at the RWTH Aachen University
  • Semester III: Management semester
  • Semester IV: Master's thesis at RWTH

During the management semester, students are trained in small-groups to solve problems related to global transformation and sustainable competitiveness, organisation development, and international project management. In addition, the RWTH School of Business and Economics contributes three management modules during the first year in Aachen.

The final Master's thesis is an independent, pre-defined scientific project to be completed in a fixed period of six months. The Master's thesis is generally concluded by an oral presentation.

Engineering & Management modules:

  • Compulsory courses:
    • Structural Analysis and Computational Methods I
    • Steel Structures in Industrial Applications
    • Structural Dynamics
    • Factory Planning
    • Introduction to Soil Mechanics and Dynamics
    • Design of Concrete Structures for Industrial Facilities
    • Design and Detailing of Nonstructural Industrial Components and Equipment
    • Earthquake Engineering and Seismic Risk Assessment
    • Engineering Ethics and Responsible Decision Making
    • Strategic Technology Management
    • Innovation Management
    • Finance and Accounting
  • Compulsory elective courses:
    • Introduction to Scientific Computing
    • Structural Control and Health Monitoring
    • Structural Analysis and Computational Methods II
    • Mechanics of Engineering Materials
    • Selected Chapters of Plant Engineering and Construction
    • Introduction to Research
    • Engineering, Culture, and Society
    • Computational Methods for Advanced Materials and Structures
    • Leadership and Organisational Behaviour

International management modules:

  • Foundations in Emergency Management
  • Probabilistic Risk Analysis and Management in Industrial Facilities
  • Project Management in the Context of Disasters
Types of assessment

Written and oral examinations.

Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
Description of e-learning elements

Every course at RWTH has a virtual classroom on the L2P online learning platform.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

Tuition fee: 5,500 EUR per semester (22,000 EUR in total, four-semester regular study period)

More information:

Semester contribution
All students at RWTH Aachen University are subject to the current semester fee of approx. 260 EUR per semester. It includes, among other benefits, a semester ticket covering public transport in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
The RWTH International Academy and RWTH Aachen University offer a wide variety of funding options. For more information, please visit our scholarship page:
Academic Admission Requirements
  • Academic first degree: Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Science
  • Good performance in your undergraduate studies
  • Fundamental knowledge in the following subjects:
    • Fundamentals in Mathematics and Natural Sciences (Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics)
    • Fundamentals in Engineering (Mechanics, Dynamics, Thermodynamics)
    • Specific Fundamentals from the areas of Mechanical Engineering or Civil Engineering
    • Fundamentals in Management* (Management and Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Production and Logistics, Marketing, Corporate Finance)

*Students with no previous knowledge in management must participate in preparatory online courses conducted by the School of Business and Economics at RWTH Aachen University prior to the beginning of the course (July-September).

In addition, students should have gained relevant work experience of no less than 12 months (as a rule) during or after their Bachelor's degree programme.

Language requirements

If you want to attend this English-taught Master's degree programme, you must be fluent in English (oral and written) in order to understand lectures, textbooks, and manuals in English and to participate in lab projects, industrial internships, and examinations.
One of the following certificates must be submitted:

  • TOEFL Internet-based: minimum of 90 points / paper-based: minimum of 577 points
  • IELTS test: minimum overall band 5.5 points
  • Cambridge Test: Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • First Certificate in English (FCE): completed with B
  • placement test of RWTH Aachen University's Language Centre: B2 - only available for students already enrolled at the RWTH Aachen University

Applicants who have graduated with a Bachelor's degree in the USA, UK, Canada (English-speaking parts), Ireland, New Zealand or Australia do not need to submit English language certificates.

Certification of German language proficiency is not necessary in order to apply for this English-taught Master's degree programme. Admitted students will attend an obligatory German language course during their studies.

Application deadline

3 December - 1 March for non-EU citizens
2 March - 15 July for German and EU citizens

However, we strongly recommend that German / EU citizens apply as early as possible.

Submit application to

Our online portal at:

Possibility of finding part-time employment

International students may take up work in the private sector during the semester or the semester break for up to three months without having obtained a work permit. Students thus may take up full-time work for 120 days or part-time positions for 240 days. This regulation is also stated on the residence permit. During the semester, students are allowed to take up jobs with working hours of up to 20 hours a week.
Student assistants are more flexible as regards working hours, as the 90/180 full-time and part-time regulations do not apply.


The staff of the RWTH International Academy offers support in finding accommodation either in a student residence or in a private apartment.
RWTH Aachen University has a limited number of dorm rooms and studio apartments. However, there are usually waiting lists for these rooms, and students will probably need to find private accommodation first. RWTH International Academy also has limited places in its own boarding house for students. There are a number of options for finding private accommodation in and around Aachen, and the RWTH International Academy can provide students with information beforehand and upon arrival.
For short-term accommodation, there are many hotels and two youth hostels.
Further guidance on student accommodation in Aachen can be found at:

Career advisory service

Our Career Services offer support for students looking for internships or full-time employment. Among other things, students can make use of CV checks, LinkedIn profile upgrades, assessment centre training, and interview preparation. Furthermore, we organise excursions to companies and factories regularly so that our students gain first-hand insight into the industry. Our graduates have overwhelmingly positive prospects, as on average they:

  • find a job within three months after graduation (53.3%).
  • receive a job offer from companies directly after finishing an internship or the Master’s thesis, before graduation (16.2%)
  • increase their salary by up to 200% (72%).
Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
  • Other
Support programmes for international students
In-house career service

RWTH Aachen University

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With 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe's leading institutions for science and research. Currently, more than 44,500 students are enrolled in 144 academic programmes. More than 8,500 of them are international students hailing from 130 different countries. The scientific education students receive at RWTH Aachen University is firmly rooted in real-world application. As a result, our graduates are highly sought after by businesses to work as trainees and fill executive positions. National and international rankings show that our graduates have a high aptitude for managing complex tasks, constructively solving problems in teams, and taking on leadership responsibilities. Thus, it should come as no surprise that one in five board members of German corporations is an alumnus of RWTH Aachen University.
Work conducted in the research centres at RWTH Aachen University is strongly oriented towards the current needs of industry, commerce, and the professions. This has resulted in numerous innovations, patents, and licences. The individual competence centres at RWTH Aachen University collaborate effectively across departments and faculties in interdisciplinary groups and forums, while still maintaining a strong focus on their own department specialisation. For instance, the computer science and biology departments - and even the social sciences - all have a clear connection to the school's engineering focus. This has been a crucial factor in motivating multinational corporations such as Philips, Microsoft, and Ford to locate their research institutions in the Aachen region.
Excellence in teaching and research constitutes the basis from which RWTH Aachen University works with other leading institutions and technical universities around the world.

53.3 Percentage of graduates who find a job within three months after graduation
72 Percentage of graduates who had a 200% increase in salary after graduation

University Location

As Germany's westernmost city, Aachen is located on the borders of Belgium and the Netherlands. Its population is about 260,000. Aachen's historic centre around the distinctive cathedral (UNESCO world heritage site) is characterised by a student lifestyle. At the city's doorstep, the hilly Eifel landscape with its rivers, lakes, and forests offers a picturesque countryside for outdoor recreation.
Aachen benefits from its central location in the heart of Europe!