University of Iceland

Academic Programmes

Academic Programmes

An education in civil and environmental engineering spans several academic disciplines that are important for the development and operation of contemporary society.

Subjects include: Structural design, hydraulics, load-bearing capacity studies, soil mechanics and foundation engineering, environmental engineering, transport engineering, project management, cement, steel and wood construction, wastewater and refuse issues, earthquake engineering, road and runway construction, and planning and transportation.

Vigorous research and strong ties to the industry ensure that student assignments are always realistic and based on the latest professional knowledge.

Decades of experience shows that students who have graduated in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Iceland have done exceptionally well in graduate studies at some of the most prestigious engineering schools of the world.


Undergraduate programmes - taught in Icelandic (3 years) towards a B.S. degree

  • Further information on programmes and courses is available in the course catalogue.


Graduate Studies

The Faculty of Civil- and Environmental Engineering offers both master and doctoral studies in the following subjects:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Civil- and Environmental Engineering


Masters Programme (M.Sc)

The masters programme is two years, 120 ETCS units. Students can choose from:

  • Courses Equalling 90 ECTS and a masters project equalling 30 ECTS.
  • Courses Equalling 60 ECTS and a masters project equalling 60 ECTS.
  • Part of the courses taken at another university.

During the programme, the student specialises within a certain field without sacrificing the necessary bredth needed to collaborate with engineers specialised withing a different field. The master's project consists of a project, often done in collaboration with the industry or academic institutions, where the student employs his knowledge to analyse and solve his subject/problem before presenting his results in the form of a thesis. Several grants are available for master's projects.  The following specialisations are available:

  • Structural Design
  • Hydraulics and Environmental Planning
  • Transportation and Planning
  • Construction Management
  • Energy Engineering
  • Further information on programmes and courses is available in the course catalogue.

Students who have successfully completed a two-year Master's programme (120 ECTS) will be awarded a Masters degree in Civil Engineering or Environmental Engineering. To receive the working title "engineer" in Iceland you will need a Masters degree and the approvement of The Icelandic Ministry of Industry.


Post graduate studies (Ph.D.)

Post graduate studies are at least three years of full time study. Applicants should have completed an academic degree on an advanced (master’s) level. The programme is coordinated with professors and varies between individuals.

The programme is split between courses and research. 60 units of courses are required. When the courses are completed, the student is required to stay for at least one year at the university.

  • Further information on programmes and courses is available in the course catalogue.
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