Master Degree in Civil Engineering


Location: Ancona - via Brecce Bianche - ingresso 3
Access: Open access
Order: D.M. 270/04
Type: Master Degree (2 years)


The course of study in short


The Master’s degree programme in Civil Engineering aims at expanding the background of BSc graduates in Civil and Environmental Engineering by providing elements for the training in the field of design of structural and infrastructural civil engineering works.

The main objective of the programme is to train engineers capable of carrying out the planning, design, execution and management of the works and infrastructures typical of the civil sector and working in the field of environmental protection against natural and anthropic hazards.

The programme is structured in courses which allow students to complete and further the technical and scientific aspects of engineering in general and civil engineering in particular, through the study of characterising disciplines such as structural mechanics, structural engineering, road construction and geotechnics as well as hydraulics and seismic engineering.

In the second year, the programme allows students to learn disciplines that are more related with the construction and infrastructure fields, while also offering them the opportunity to study in depth topics of their choice by selecting some courses.

The final internship, which can be carried out outside the academic environment or in the departmental structures, gives graduates the opportunity to deal with problems specific to the world of work, allowing them to acquire design skills as well as skills in conducting highly complex experiments and related analysis and interpretation of results.

At the end of the programme, MSc graduates in Civil Engineering will be able to identify, formulate and solve, even in an innovative way, complex problems or problems requiring an interdisciplinary approach.

In order to ensure graduates the additional benefit of an international recognition of their academic qualification, the programme applied for EUR-ACE accreditation and was awarded the EUR-ACE label in 2018. The final aim of the EUR-ACE label is, in fact, the mutual recognition of accredited engineering degrees at a European level. The label is a guarantee that high European and international training standards are met, it facilitates the fulfilment of the necessary training requirements to be able to work in countries where the profession of an engineer is regulated and ensures the attainment of the EUR ING title (, which is delivered by FEANI (


Professional profile and employment opportunities


Civil Engineer


Role in a work context

MSc graduates in Civil Engineering are engineers who are able to take on roles of high responsibility in the analysis, design, construction, management, control and maintenance of structures and infrastructure, as well as in the supervision of construction works and testing of civil engineering works.

They assess the feasibility of civil structures and infrastructures, also of high complexity and in sensitive environmental contexts, define the appropriate models and calculation schemes, design and check systems and individual components (also through the use of advanced software), prepare drawings and calculation reports, identify the necessary investigations and tests for each phase, choose suitable materials and technologies taking into account the most recent innovations.

They also deal with the definition of construction and verification processes and the management and control of both new and existing works by drawing up monitoring and maintenance plans.


Skills associated with the role

MSc graduates in Civil Engineering have a broad spectrum of skills and competencies. In addition to the general knowledge acquired during the three-year degree course, they develop skills and competencies to direct and organise the planning and execution of complex civil works and infrastructures, in full compliance with safety, functionality and environmental protection requirements.

They have specific skills in the areas of structures, hydraulic and road infrastructure and geotechnics. With regards to these thematic areas, they have specialised and transversal skills to:

- apply the principles, analytical, computational and experimental theories and methodologies for the modelling of structural and infrastructural systems interacting with soil and water;
- evaluate the characteristics and performances of natural and construction materials, including innovative ones;

- design and test structures and infrastructures in seismic areas taking into account the national and international regulatory frameworks;

- choose the most suitable technological solutions;

- carry out communication, relational, organisational and managerial as well as programming activities.


Occupational opportunities

MSc graduates in Civil Engineering can find employment opportunities in:
- public and private technical offices, companies dealing with the construction and maintenance of civil works and infrastructures, companies producing building materials and systems, professional firms and companies that design works, plants and infrastructures; public offices, bodies and companies that deal with the design, planning and management of urban and territorial systems and services, public and private, national and international research centres.

Subject to achieving appropriate postgraduate qualifications through specialisation courses, they can also find employment in the field of safety prevention and management activities on construction sites.

To be able to work as freelancers they need to pass the qualifying exam and subsequently enrol in the appropriate section of the Professional Engineers Register. However, they are able to work as testers only after at least 10 years of enrolling in the Register.

As required by current legislation, graduates with a sufficient number of credits in appropriate groups of disciplinary fields can participate in the admission tests for the training courses for secondary education.

Graduates will also have the necessary background to continue their studies to obtain a PhD or a 2nd level University Master's degree.