Our Master program lasts two years and gives to students the necessary knowledge to face important challenges: build infrastructures enabling an optimal running of our societies, ensuring security, economic prosperity and respect towards the environment.
One of our main interests is to provide a trans-disciplinary education in the heart of the ENAC faculty, by making students collaborate with architects and environmental engineers, through the Design and Build teaching project.
The General Structure of the Master in Civil Engineering
The Master in Civil Engineering lasts four semesters (M1-M2-M3 and PDM) and makes a total of 120 credits ECTS. It is divided into two parts:
- M1-M2-M3: Master Degree (90 credits)
A compulsory Internship in a company lasting at least eight weeks
- PDM: Master Project (30 ECTS)
Master Degree – 90 ECTS
To validate the Master cycle and be accepted for your Master thesis, all students have to succeed in the Master courses and do an eight weeks long internship in a company.
The lenght of the Master cycle must not exceed 3 years. For futher information, please visit following website: Ordonnance sur la formation menant au bachelor et au master de l’Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne du 14 juin 2004
The Master courses are divided into three groups, each have to be validated:
- Compulsory courses including Social and Humans Sciences (34 ECTS in 2016-17)
- Compulsory Pre-study to your Master Project (MA3) (3 ECTS in 2016-17)
- Optional courses (53 ECTS in 2016-17)
The compulsory courses include the theoretical core courses and practical projects. They have to be validated during the first three semesters of your Master (M1-M2-M3). List of all courses can be found in the Studies Plan. Theoretical courses belong to Block 1 and practical courses to Block 2.
Social and Human Sciences (SHS) courses belong to the practical courses block. They last for the first two semesters (M1, M2) and give you two times three credits. At the beginning of the Master, each student can choose a SHS course, from a list, according to his wishes. The first semester course is a preparation and introduction to the project you will work on during the second semester.
In order to start the Master Project, a Compulsory Pre-study (3 ECTS) has to be undertaken during the third semester (M3).
The optional courses can be validated by three different methods:
- Free course selection
The student chooses a range of optional courses from a predefined list of theoretical courses of Civil Engineering. Some courses can be taken outside of this predefined list (course from other sections in EPFL, ETHZ, UNIL or another similar institution), but they have to be accepted first by the Section of Civil engineering.
- 23 credits of optional courses + choice of a specialization (30 ECTS)
In order to get a deeper understanding of a certain aspect of Civil Engineering, students can choose to follow a training under one of the specializations proposed by the Section of Civil engineering.
- 23 credits of optional courses + choice of a minor (30 ECTS)
In order to develop connections with other sections in EPFL, students can choose to follow an education in the field of one of five minors recommended by the Section of Civil Engineering.
In order to develop the proper attitude and behavior to perform the profession of civil engineers, students of have to carry out a compulsory engineering internship between Bachelor and the beginning of the Master Project. This internship makes the students face management of new situations, working in a team, communication, new responsibilities, work organization and self-government.
The internship has to last at least eight weeks. Its validation is a pre-condition to start the Master thesis. Students’ performance during the internship is followed by a professor or a person in charge from EPFL and by a supervisor from the company.
An engineering internship longer than eight weeks (one semester usually) is possible and can be done between the Bachelor degree and Master or between the third semester and the Master Project.
The master thesis
The Master thesis (30 ECTS) is carried out on a whole semester during 17 weeks. It is generally directed by a Professor or a MER of the Section of Civil engineering.