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2nd Cycle: Civil Engineering MA

The second cycle master study program Civil Engineering consists of two years (four semesters) and amounts to 120 credit points. The program leads to the professional title MAGISTER INŽENIR GRADBENIŠTVA (MASTER OF CIVIL ENGINEERING), shorter mag. inž. grad.

The study program includes the following orientations:

  • Structural Engineering, where courses are organised in four modules: Interdisciplinary Project Study of Computer-Aided Design of Structures, Concrete and Masonry Structures, Steel Structures, and International Master Module Computational Engineering
  • Building information modelling – BIM A+,
  • Geo- & Hydrotechnics, and
  • Infrastructural Engineering, where courses are organised in four modules: Municipal Engineering, Organisation – Building Informatics, Traffic Engineering and Project.

With the finished second cycle master study program Civil Engineering graduates can acquire the licence to design and construct the most demanding buildings and engineering structures. The goal of the study is to qualify experts with fundamental knowledge from the wider area of civil engineering, and especially with in-depth specific knowledge from the selected study orientation. The study orientations start with different contents from the first semester. By offering a large selection of courses students can choose contents also outside the narrow field of their expertise. This enables individual choice of contents and specialization as preparation for further studies in the third cycle study programs.

Within the study students learn traditional principles, upgraded with the latest achievements and presented in a modern way using state-of-the-art technology. With group and project work, field work and by solving subject-specific tasks students develop public appearance skills and skills for the work with customers and are able to get actively involved in research. All the acquired expert knowledge can be tested to the largest possible extent within practical tutorials, solving demanding theoretic or expert problems and projects. All this helps graduates to get involved in practical work after the finished master study and to understand the challenges in different areas of civil engineering.

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Civil Engineering (MA)

Basic goals of the programme
The basic goal of the 2nd cycle master study programme Civil Engineering is to educate experts with in- depth and specific knowledge and skills from the basic areas of civil engineering, and considering the chosen orientation and elective courses also with special in-depth knowledge from the individual area of civil engineering or the areas related to it.

Within the study the student will learn about the traditional principles upgraded by the latest findings. The contents will be delivered in a contemporary way with modern technology. Students will also learn about all specifics in Slovenia and Europe resulting from special historic, socio- economical and geographic characteristics. With group work, project work and problem-oriented tasks they will get accustomed to group work, public appearance and managing customers as well as get actively involved in research. All the acquired theoretic knowledge will be tested to the largest possible extent with appropriate practical work and with solving demanding theoretic or professionally oriented problems and projects, which will facilitate them the inclusion in practical work after the study and to understand the issues related to civil engineering.

Students acquire the necessary in-depth and specific knowledge from the basic natural sciences and computer-information courses, the knowledge from the basic courses related to civil engineering as well as specific knowledge from professional civil engineering courses. Within individual orientations and elective courses students can choose specialisation and prepare for further study within the programmes of the third cycle.

The goal of the programme is to ensure international comparability, mobility and progression, and the graduate can continue study in Europe and get a job within the European Union. The programme is harmonised with the minimum requirements of the FEANI Association, and thus also with the accreditation of the programme for the title Euro-eng. The goal is also to increase the progression of students and to provide better quality by introducing regular study, with the development of general student and teacher tutorship as well as tutorship for specific courses.

Student can test the acquired knowledge in practice within two-weak practical training in construction and similar companies that also represent the target employment areas. The programme designed in this way results in a graduate with in-depth theoretical and expert knowledge who can find job in construction companies or individually perform the most demanding expert and development tasks from the area of civil engineering in Slovenia and in Europe.

General competences
General competences of the graduate of 2nd cycle master study of Civil Engineering are:

  • good general information and knowledge about academic areas and scientific methods of work,
  • development of abilities to setup, research, understand and creatively solve problems, principles and theories,
  • critical reading and understanding of texts, independent search for knowledge and sources,
  • development of the ability of critical, analytical and synthetic thinking,
  • qualification for the transfer and use of theoretic knowledge into practice and solving of expert and working problems as well as interdisciplinary connections,
  • development of professional and ethical responsibility,
  • development of scientific literacy, public appearance and communication with customers, delivering and presenting of knowledge and results,
  • possibility of using foreign expert language in written and oral communication, communication in international and national scientific circles,
  • possibility of using information-communication technology,
  • consideration of safety, functional, economical, environmental and ecological aspects at work,
  • development of moral-ethical standards (integrity to the work with customers, unbiased advice, independence and expertise according to valid legislation),
  • creating objective view to the environment and society.
Course-specific competences acquired with the programme

With the 2nd cycle master study programme Civil Engineering of the graduate acquires mainly the following course-specific competences:

  • basic and specific expert knowledge from the area of civil engineering, mainly from the areas of design, organisation, management and execution of construction works and construction manufacturing, construction informatics, ecology, spatial planning and spatial policy,
  • independent comprehensive design of demanding structures,
  • independent project management in the area of civil engineering,
  • understanding interaction of technical and environmental issues with the ability to conceptualise and design environment friendly structures,
  • performing demanding tasks from the area of civil engineering independently and within work groups for the activities described in the first indent,
  • organisation, management and performance of development activity in the area of civil engineering,
  • managing the basic knowledge from the area of civil engineering (natural sciences, mathematics, informatics, mechanics, materials), ability to connect knowledge from different areas and ability for the application of the acquired knowledge,
  • use of knowledge in specialised areas of civil engineering (hydraulic engineering, building structures, municipal engineering, organisation – informatics and traffic engineering),
  • understanding the general structure of the basic discipline and interconnection of its sub-disciplines,
  • use of information-communication technology and systems, most frequently used in practice in the area of civil engineering
  • managing construction and similar companies and offices.
Knowledge and skills required for the admission to the programme
The student can be acknowledged the knowledge that matches the contents and scope of the study in the programme Civil Engineering. The Study Board of the Department of Civil Engineering UL FGG takes decisions regarding the acknowledgement of knowledge and skills acquired before the enrolment, based on the student’s written application, the enclosed certificates and other documents evidencing the successfully acquired knowledge and contents of this knowledge, and in accordance with the Rules on the procedure and criteria for the acknowledgement of informally acquired knowledge and skills, adopted on 29 May 2007 at the 15th meeting of the Senate of UL.

For the acknowledgement of knowledge and skills the following shall be considered:

  • certificates and other documents evidencing finished courses and other forms of education,
  • evaluation of finished products, services, publications and other original works of the student,
  • evaluation of knowledge acquired by the student based on self-education or learning from experiences (possibility of completing study obligations without participation at lectures, practical work, seminars),
  • adequate work experiences.

Shall the Study Board of the department establish that the acquired knowledge may be acknowledged, this shall be evaluated with the same number of points according to ECTS as the number of points in the subject.

Conditions for progression through the programme
Conditions for the progression from one year to another

Students may enrol to subsequent year, if they complete by the end of the study year the obligations foreseen by the study plan, amounting to at least 45 ECTS.

Exceptionally students may enrol to subsequent year if they have not achieved this criterion, if they have justifiable reasons as defined by Article 153 of the Statute of UL (maternity, longer disease, exceptional family and social circumstances, certified status of a person with special needs, active cooperation at top expert, cultural and sports events, active cooperation in the bodies of the University).

Under the conditions from the above paragraph the student may enrol to subsequent year with at least 30 ECTS points collected. The Study Board of the Department of Civil Engineering of UL FGG adopts the decisions about the enrolment from the above paragraph.
Students with above average study results will be allowed faster advancement. Based on the student’s application and justified opinion of the Study Board of UL FGG the final decision about such advancement is adopted by the Senate of UL FGG. With its decree the principles of faster progress shall be defined.

Conditions for repeated enrolment in the same year

Failing to meet all the obligations defined by the study program for the advancement in the subsequent year, students may enrol in the same year for the second time, provided that they have obtained at least 30 credit points according to ECTS.

Requirements for completion of the study
Students finish the study by accomplishing all the prescribed obligations totalling 120 points according to ECTS, including practical training and submission and defence of the Master thesis. According to the Professional and Academic Titles Act the graduate is awarded with the title: magister inženir gradbeništva, abbreviated as mag. inž. grad., level 7.

In compliance with the Professional and Academic Titles Act (Official Gazette No. 61/2006) professional and scientific titles as well as titles acquired by education shall not be translated to foreign languages. However, as reference only, the title acquired according corresponds to the English title Master Engineer of Civil Engineering.

Transfer between study programmes
Transfer involves suspension of the student’s educational process in the study programme of the original choice and continuation of education in another 2nd cycle master study programme of Civil Engineering (second programme), where all or part of student’s successfully completed work in the original study programme is accepted as completed work.

Transfers are possible from 2nd cycle study programmes and also from undergraduate academic study programmes, until the last year of validity, adopted before 11. 06. 2004 that provide comparable competences and which cover, according to the recognition criteria, at least half of ECTS budgets from the first study programme, related to obligatory courses of the second study programme. Considering the scope of obligations recognised from the first study programme finished in the Republic of Slovenia or abroad, student may enrol to the same or higher year in the second study programme. Students changing their study programme shall comply with the conditions for the enrolment to the second study programme.

Applications of candidates changing their 2nd cycle master study programme of Civil Engineering and their study obligations in the second study programme will be discussed individually by the Study Board of the Department of Civil Engineering. If the candidate is approved at least the number of credit points that represent the condition for the enrolment to a higher year of the 2nd cycle master study programme of Civil Engineering, such candidate is allowed to enrol to a higher (second) year of the 2nd cycle master study programme of Civil Engineering.

Methods of Assessment

Knowledge is examined and evaluated in individual courses. Accordingly, the teaching process in each course finishes with the examination of knowledge and acquired skills. The forms of knowledge testing (oral or written examinations, preliminary examinations, seminar works, work logs, practical assignments, projects, portfolios, peer evaluation) are defined in the study plans of individual courses. General rules of knowledge testing are regulated by the Rules on the first and second cycle studies at the UL FGG, adopted by the Senate of FGG. The details are defined by the Study Regulations.

The student receives a single grade of the exam, consisting of foreseen required obligations in each course. Each obligation shall be evaluated with a positive grade.

Knowledge from preliminary and partial examinations, seminars, seminar works, work logs, practical projects, home projects, homework and similar amounts to at least 30 % of the total grade.

According to the Statute of the University of Ljubljana the following grading scale is used:

10 – (91–100 %: excellent: exceptional results with negligible mistakes),
9 – (81–90 %: very good: above average knowledge with few mistakes),
8 – (71–80 %: very good: sound outcomes),
7 – (61–70 %: good: good knowledge, but with significant shortcomings)
6 – (51–60 %: sufficient: performance meets the minimum criteria),
5 – (50 % and less: unsatisfactory: performance does not meet minimum criteria).

The candidate's performance is considered successful for grades from satisfactory (6) to excellent (10).

Possibilities of elective courses and mobility
The division Structural Engineering foresees two external elective courses (4+4 ECTS in the second and third semesters), and students shall select a master module consisting of additional professional electives from the area of structural engineering.

The division Geotechnics – Hydraulics foresees three external elective courses (4+5 ECTS in the second and 4 ECTS in the third semester).

The division Infrastructural Engineering foresees three elective courses (4 ECTS in the second and 4+5 ECTS in the third semester). Further on, the division foresees four elective master modules in the fourth semester. Due to large variety of the syllabus at Infrastructural Engineering students are recommended to select only electives from the division Infrastructural Engineering.

Students may choose external elective courses in any study program of the UL or from other universities.
Students may transfer 30 ECTS of the programme (one semester, regardless of obligatory or elective units) from any programme from the area of civil engineering of any faculty in Slovenia or from abroad, provided that the UL FGG has a valid bilateral agreement with such institution.

Study programme courses – Civil Engineering (MA)

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