MSc Civil Engineering

The Department of Engineering is not accepting students for this programme at this time.

An intensive programme aimed at the sustainable and safe design of modern structures, where students apply fundamentals in material science and the physics of buildings to learn the interactions of building materials and design.


BIM - Building Information Model

The buildings of today are nothing short of masterpieces. Beautiful, pragmatic designs, built with safety and sustainability from start to finish. Our civil engineering programme trains graduates to understand, design and manage projects with a strong focus on building materials, structural analysis and sustainable design.

Deeply rooted in industry, the programme benefits from visiting professors and invited lecturers who are leading specialists in their respective fields. This collaboration with industry is designed to extend from the classroom to each students final thesis work. Research areas include concrete technology, materials science, structural analysis and design.


120 ECTS.


Language of instruction is English.

Length of study

Two years, full time.


Research is conducted both within our on-campus civil laboratory, and at off-campus research centres in collaboration with the following institutions.

Civil Engineering Research Centres at RU


Our programme is flexible, and aims to prepare our graduates for success in either industry or further academic study. Graduates develop the academic rigour to pursue doctoral studies with a specialised research focus, as well as the practical skills necessary for a leading career in industry.

Chartered Engineer

The programme is designed to meet the curriculum requirements for the professional title of chartered engineer, as defined by the Ministry of Industry and the Association of Chartered Engineers in Iceland (Icelandic: Verkfræðingur).

After successful completion of the programme the student is awarded the degree Master of Science in Civil Engineering, and is eligible to apply for the title of Chartered Engineer in Iceland.


The MSc in Civil Engineering is a 2 year full-time graduate study program of 120 ECTS credits (4 semesters, 30 ECTS each semester).

Courses are 3-8 ECTS credits, usually run as intensive courses.

Students typically take 60 ECTS in specialised courses and a 60 ECTS research-based thesis. A 90 ECTS thesis is optional.

Mandatory Courses

  • T-801-RESM Research Methods (4 ECTS)
  • BT-BYG2013 Design of Timber and Steel Structures (6 ECTS)
  • T-806-SST2 Reinforced Concrete II (8 ECTS)
  • T-803-VERK Project Management and Strategic Planning (8 ECTS)
  • T-800-INT1/2 Integrated Project I and II (8 + 6 ECTS)
  • T-899/900-MEIS Thesis (30 / 60 ECTS)

Please see the RU online Course Catalogue for more information about courses.


  • A BSc degree in a field of Engineering is required.
  • Applicants must also fulfil minimum requirements in applied sciences (i.e. mathematics, physics) and in basic subjects fundamental to civil engineering. (i.e. mechanics, material science, etc.)
  • English Language Requirements
    Applicants must provide proof of their proficiency in English. A minimum TOEFL test score of 87 with no less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing, or an IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component skill.
  • Language Requirement Waiver
    The requirements stipulated above will be waved for the following circumstances: The applicants native/mother tongue language is English, the applicant is an Icelandic citizen and has completed the Icelandic general students exam, the applicant has studied towards a higher education degree and the language of instruction was English (minimum requirement 3 years full-time), for which certificate from the university will be required to confirm this.


Contact us

We welcome your enquiries via email or phone.

Eva Sigrún Guðjónsdóttir

Eva Sigrún Guðjónsdóttir

Programme Administrator 

Phone: 599-6497


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