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Learning Opportunity: Civil Engineering, MS

Civil Engineering, MS

Course Information


A two-year graduate study programme in civil engineering at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences of the University of Iceland. The study programme is 120 credits composed of either 60 credits in courses and 60 credits in a research project or 90 credits in courses and 30 credits in a research project. The standard requirement is that students have completed a BS in civil and environmental engineering but graduates from related disciplines can be admitted on fulfilling supplementary requirements.

Knowledge, competence and skills

On completion of the study programme the student can demonstrate knowledge, skills and competence as detailed below:

1. Knowledge and understanding:
1.1. The student understands the newest knowledge in civil engineering.
1.2. The student has knowledge and skills to analyse and solve complex problems in some selected specific field in civil engineering.
1.3. The student has skills in adopting new approaches in solving problems.
1.4. The student can distinguish between reality and simplified computational models, approximations and empirical relations.
1.5. The student can demonstrate independent and creative thinking when solving problems and complete the analysis such that results are clear.
1.6. The student knows his technical limits and knows when it is necessary to call a specialist.

2. Type of knowledge:
2.1. The student has extensive knowledge of some specific field within civil engineering, for instance in structural design, and in construction management.
2.2.  The student has wide and general knowledge of related fields within civil engineering.

3. Practical competence
3.1. The student can adopt new methods and tools best suited for specific problems in the field of civil engineering.
3.2. The student can apply modern calculation methods and tools in solving technical problems, including graph and drawing software, programming languages, and analysing and design software.
3.3. The student can work autonomously and confidently on practical assignments, can design and specify measurements, select tools and equipment for measuring, review results, identify uncertainty factors.
3.4. The student can make reports in technical format.

4. Theoretical skills:
4.1. The student can organise his own study of specified subjects and apply the appropriate research methods and academic theories.
4.2. The student is competent to use diverse sources and can apply them in his own study.
4.3. The student has a clear understanding of what are thorough and recognised academic practices and can argue in favour of his view.
4.4. The student can show initiative and can introduce ideas for new research projects.

5. Communication competence
5.1. The student is independent and shows initiative in discussions and in communication with others.
5.2. The student is trained in group work and can handle communication problems within groups and can mange other people's work.
5.3. The student can express himself clearly and systematically both orally and in writing.
5.4. The student can present his views in public and can justify the results of research.

6. General academic competence
6.1. The student has gained sufficient learning competence to be able to undertake further research-related studies in this field.
6.2. The student has the necessary competence and training to take on autonomous research in this field.
6.3. The student has gained self-confidence, broad-mindedness and critical thinking that helps him maintain his knowledge in study and in work.

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