Civil engineering specializations or Minors

Our students can give a defined profile to their master degree by choosing one of the specializations of the section of Civil Engineering. The section of Civil Engineering offers four specializations:
Geotechnical, Transport & Mobility, Structural engineering, Water & Energy

A specialization is made of a set of courses offered to students. The purpose of these courses is to extend a certain aspect the student’s learning field. It represents 30 ECTS credits, which have to be obtained during the Master degree. The specialization has to be chosen no later than the end of the first Master semester (MA1).

Students therefore have to choose and validate:

♦ 30 credits of optional courses directly related to the specialization (precise informations can be found in the courses descriptions)

♦23 credits of optional courses from any field of Civil Engineering (not necessarly related to the student’s specialization), chosen from the optional courses list of the Civil Engineering Master study plan.

Application deadline for a Minor: at the end of the 1st Master semester (MA1)

NB: if the student chooses a specialization, he has to do at least one but at most two semester projects related to his specialization field.

What is a Minor?

A minor is a group of optional courses proposed by one or more sections of EPFL. The goal of minors is to offer to the future engineers a complementary education expanded to other fields. Each Minor rewards you with 30 ECTS credits, which have to be obtained during the Master program. The transdisciplinary Minors consist of either a multidisciplinary subject, or an additional training compared to the traditional engineering education. This allows engineers to experience and obtain further knowledge by offering them new career possibilities. Furthermore, each Section offers a disciplinary Minor to students from other sections. Each section recommend to its student only some of the proposed minors.

Hence, the students have to choose and validate:

  • 30 credits of optional courses specific to the chosen Minor and acknowledged by the Section of Civil Engineering
  • 23 credits  of optional courses from any field (not necessarily with a connection with the chosen Minor), chosen from the “optional courses” included in the Master of Civil Engineering

Application deadline for a Minor: at the end of the 1st Master semester (MA1)

NB: If a student chooses to take a Minor, he has to make at least one, but two at most, semester projects related to his Minor.