Department of Civil Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
The Department of Civil Engineering aims to build the structures of tomorrow through research, education and collaboration. The department is built around its strengths in system knowledge, computation, modelling and knowledge management.
The department conducts both basic scientific research as well as applied research, both of which are required for high-quality education at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
At the Department of Civil Engineering, we use our expertise to create multidisciplinary, solution-oriented approaches and solutions in cooperation with domestic and international partners who represent a variety of fields.
Research at the department is backed by extensive facilities and focused on building design and construction as well as mineral-based materials and mechanics. The department cooperates with industry on a number of important topics, including construction management, concrete technology, indoor air quality science and technology and geoengineering.
Building design and construction
Building design and construction research aims to integrate the two fields, creating new, research-based knowledge to promote energy-efficient, safe, sustainable, healthy and comfortable buildings.
Mineral-based materials and mechanics
Developing new industrial solutions and innovations needed in the design, manufacturing and maintenance of civil engineering applications reliant on mineral-based materials. The target is to ensure the strength, durability and sustainability of solids and structures in the built environment.
More than 400 young people start engineering studies in the new bachelor's majors of the School of EngineeringThe total number of applicants to the Bachelor's degree majors at the School of Engineering clearly increased from previous years. Female applicants were especially interested in the Sustainable communities major, which focuses on changes in the built environment.
Data mycelium and a sculptural illusion - winning proposals of Aalto University's public art competition celebrate engineeringThe artworks will be located in the K2 and K3 buildings in the Aalto University Works block
Our research holds a prominent position in the education we offer. Learn more about studying at the Department of Civil Engineering through the programmes below.
Do you want to know how things work? Are you interested in simulating the physical world using computers? Come study Computational Engineering at Aalto!
As one of the top-ranked programmes in its field, the Master’s Programme in Geoengineering provides world-class education in the disciplines of geotechnics, rock mechanics, highway engineering and construction. As geoengineering is a discipline involved with soil and rock, working as the primary basis for our built environment, one could call it the hidden science of everyday life. Simultaneously, Geoengineering graduates play a key role in urbanisation and circular economy, fighting climate change and the growing use of natural resources. Thanks to their highly appreciated knowledge and skills, as well as the programme’s close collaboration with the industry, graduates tend to find great job opportunities with ease.
The Master’s Programme in Building Technology educates future leaders who seamlessly merge science and human-centred design to help the transition towards a smarter built environment. This can mean, for example, responding to the global need of energy-efficient buildings and scaled circular economy systems.
The Doctoral Programme in Engineering consists of 8 research fields including spatial planning and transportation engineering, real estate economics, geoinformatics, civil engineering, water and environmental engineering, technology education, mechanical engineering and energy technology.
The Fabian and Jaakko Ahvenainen Fund awards grants and recognition awards annually to Master's degree students and post-graduate students of the Aalto University School of Engineering as well as persons who recently completed their Master's or postgraduate degrees and familiarized with bridge engineering or structural engineering and building physics in their studies at Aalto University.