European Construction Engineering

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VIA European Construction Engineering

Master's degree

This programme provides you with the skills required to work in construction engineering in Europe. It helps you develop technological and management skills.

About the programme

  • Facts

    Title: Master’s Degree in European Construction Engineering

    Duration of the programme: 1 year (60 ECTS). Full time course of study. VIA offers this programme in co-operation with The University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain

    Programme start: September 2016

    Study location: Horsens and Santander

    Language: The programme is taught in English

    Programme summary: See more information on University of Cantabria web page

  • Structure and content

    Both lectures and practical study are required in this full time programme.

    The Master in European Construction Engineering takes a year and at least 80% attendance is required. The course is full time and not compatible with having an external job.

    The course is divided into two periods of study

    The first period is the lecture part of the course. This stage lasts approximately six months (two trimesters). This period has a weight of 40 ECTS credits and is spent in Santander, Spain and Horsens, Denmark.

    Pratical study

    The second period involves practical study and requires hands-on assignments and a final dissertation.

    This practical study lasts as long as five months and may be carried out in any of the participating universities or sponsoring companies, based on the student’s choice and the availability of places at the companies. The practical study is mandatory and has a credit weight of 20 ECTS.

    Students must be available from Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 19:00, except holidays.

    The schedule for each week of classes will be posted one week in advance.

    Evaluation and exams

    Evaluations will take place at the end of the term and take into account exams and/or course-work. Exams for the first term will be taken in mid December, and exams for the second term at the end of March.

    Students must carefully observe and respect the deadlines for coursework communicated by each lecturer.

    Attainment of the requisite number of credits from both taught modules and the practical part will enable you to achieve a Master’s level degree. (60 ECTS credits).

    Please read more about the unit structure and content on University of Cantabria´s website

  • Enrolment

    You must hold an official Bachelor’s degree related to construction.

    The basic entrance requirement is an official bachelor’s degree in a field related to construction, equivalent to at least 180 ECTS credits (for guidance on equivalent qualifications, please refer to your home university).

    The cause is taught in English

    The course is taught and examined in English. All students whose first language is not English must have a level of English (writing, speaking, reading and listening) over B1 level.


    Assessment of the student record and the syllabus of the degree of the applicant (50%). English command over B1 level (30%).

    Personal interview through videoconference (Skype), to verify the knowledge, experience, skills and interests of each applicant (20%).

    Certificates and diplomas 

    International students must be aware that official documents such as certificates or diplomas can only be awarded by the official entities. We follow the law, and it is impossible to shorten or modify the official procedures.

  • How to apply

    You must apply to the University of Cantabria.


    Applications must take place through the University of Cantabria.
    Find how-to application form and requirements (doc)

    Applicants from outside the EU should apply for a visa for the entire programme in Spain.

  • Fees and tuition

    All students must pay tuition fees, regardless of citizenship status.

    Course fees for the academic year 2016-2017 are approximately EUR 2.600 for all students, regardless of their citizenship status.

    At the beginning of the course, you will receive a fee payment request. Fees must be paid within the deadline set by the university, in euros, by direct payment or bank transfer, made payable to "Universidad de Cantabria".

    This payment may be done in one complete payment, or in two 50% instalments.

    Failure to pay fees on time will result in exclusion from the course.

  • Career guidance

    As a graduate, you can look forward to excellent employment prospects worldwide.

    Your broad-based skills create virtually endless opportunities for you on the job market. The hallmark of the programme is the international focus and the inter-disciplinary skills that will make you attractive to a wide range of companies. 

    Help for your future career 

    The Career Service Centre at VIA Campus Horsens helps you with advice about your options and can offer guidelines about salary and other professional matters. 

    For further information please contact 

    Louise Skjoldager Sørensen
    T: + 45 87 55 40 15

  • Student counselling

    Please contact us before applying.

    We suggest that you contact us before you apply in order to receive guidance. 

    The student counsellor can help you with questions about the Master’s programme, admissions requirements, selection criteria and admissions procedures. 

    For further information please contact 

    Regner Baek Hessellund
    T: + 45 87 55 41 67

  • Accommodation

    Do you need a place to stay in Santander or in Horsens?

    The course is divided into two semesters of study, one for lectures and the other for practical study and dissertation. The first semester of lectures is divided into two trimesters.

    The first trimester of lectures takes place at University of Cantabria, España. For information on accommodation in Santander, please contact the International Relations Office:
    Or consult the University of Cantabria and CEUC

    The second trimester of lectures is at VIA University College, Denmark.
    Each student has to book accommodation in Horsens at the campus website

  • Contact

    You are welcome to contact us if you have any questions.

    Master’s degree in European Construction Engineering
    VIA Civil Engineering
    Chr. M. Østergaards Vej 4
    DK-8700 Horsens

    Att: Regner Baek Hessellund
    T: +45 87 55 41 67

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