Quality of the Master in Civil Engineering

When choosing a study programme, high quality education is what you are looking for and that’s exactly what we provide at the VUB. By continuously monitoring the programmes we know what their strengths are and how we can continue to improve them. 

The programme is jointly organised by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Below, the findings resulting from the quality cycle at the VUB are presented.

Assets of the programme

  • Broad and multidisciplinary: the programme offers a broad scientific basis in building material technology, modelling, design and construction of loadbearing structures, geotechnics and project construction management. Thanks to this broad base graduates can easily adapt and reorient during their professional career.
  • Cutting-edge research based education: most courses are taught by lecturers active in high-level research in the corresponding field, facilitating the adaptation of course content to the latest scientific developments. The research domains include among others: innovative lightweight structures, non-destructive testing and structural health monitoring, environmental geomechanics, multi-scale computational mechanics and sustainable water management. 
  • Solid relation with industry: several lecturers are active in the industry which assures that students are exposed to a work field perspective and connects students to industry early on in their educational programme. 
  • Abundant project-based learning: throughout the programme students work on many projects. The most significant being the Design Project in Civil Engineering, integrating all the aspects of construction projects (design, construction) as well as management skills (presenting, planning, communicating and taking up different roles in a team). Every project activates the creativity of the students, and their problem-solving and self-critical attitude.
  • International student population: The internationally-oriented programme attracts a diverse and multicultural student population, which allows the students to engage in discussions from diverse perspectives in a dynamic environment.

Where do we get this information from?

We routinely ask our students to give their honest opinion about the study programme during their academic career. We also consult our professors and assistants and gauge the expectations in the future field of work. Lastly, we receive structured feedback from our former students and compare our programmes with others at home and abroad.

Quality Cycle



  • Formalising the relationship with the industry would increase their involvement in the programme.

Current developments

  • The curriculum is being improved by focusing more on the topics sustainability and digitalisation. This change was partly inspired and supported by comparing the curriculum with other Belgian and international civil engineering programmes (benchmarking).
  • The programme explicitly encourages and supports students to take part in international mobility and internships. 
  • The admission process for students has been improved to include an interview with the prospective student for enrolments for the year 2021-2022. The programme will further monitor the impact of this change.
  • Negotiations are taking place to introduce double degree agreements between the BRUFACE programmes and several international institutions.

Commission des Titres d'Ingénieurs (CTI)

The Flemish Engineering programmes are audited on a regular basis by the Commission des Titres d'Ingénieurs (CTI, France). This entails an in-depth evaluation of the programmes focused on the quality of engineering education. The positive outcome of a CTI procedure leads to the recognition of these engineering degrees within France (granted by the French Minstry of Higher Education).

Report of the CTI on the Civil Engineering programme (see Master en Sciences de l’Ingénieur en Génie Civil)


Publication date: 1 February 2021

Where does our information come from?

Here are our sources