Department of Building, Energy & Society

Construction Management and Engineering

My Studies

Das Studium

Key subject areas

Digitalisation and construction management

One main focus of the degree programme is digitalisation. You will create digital building models for structural and civil engineering based on the current regulations and standards, advance your knowledge through practical project work and learn details about model coordination, construction process simulations and model-based cost and time management. In relation to construction management, you will delve into construction contract matters, learn how to apply lean management and focus on corporate management and business administration.

Sustainability, energy, environment

You will learn about the mutual influences involved in construction, sustainable energy supply and environmental protection. You will analyse the life cycle of buildings and apply circular economy principles to the construction process. Furthermore, you will analyse and apply building systems and innovative developments in timber construction.

Structural engineering and design

Energy-efficient building design for both new and existing buildings is a central component of the degree programme. You will apply new technologies to the building shell and equipment and optimise components and structural engineering details based on the principles of building physics. You will also expand your skills in structural fire protection, renovation and revitalisation alongside industrial building construction.

Infrastructure and geotechnical engineering

You will learn about different infrastructure design and construction methods, from roads, railways and cable cars through to bridges. You will also advance your knowledge as part of a practical project on bridge construction and construction management as well as geotechnical engineering and rock mechanics.

What specialisations are available?

The Master's course basically builds on the Bachelor's degree in Construction Design and Economics from FH JOANNEUM. You can thus consolidate your competency in the fields of construction management and engineering. Completion of your Master's degree prepares you for taking on jobs with greater responsibility in all sectors of the construction industry.

You can specialise further in your selection of compulsory optional subjects. A whole raft of courses is available to you in the first two semesters of your studies. You can follow your own personal preferences by working on individual projects and a diploma thesis.

Structural engineering

These days there are many new materials available for both building construction and structural engineering solutions. The professional application of these materials and the possibilities they represent are part of your course. Building physics simulations facilitate an assessment of heat insulation in high-rise buildings. This means that the focus is on both new buildings and existing building stock, and you learn about the basic principles of renovation and retrofitting. The observation of the life cycle of existing buildings has to include facility management.

Construction Management

Selected special topics and practical examples of national and international contract management form an integral part of the curriculum. Standard contractual texts are compared and contrasted with regard to Austrian and international legal requirements. You will also be instructed in the methodology for risk assessment of building contracts.

Construction engineering

Using basic dimensioning of structural systems as a starting point, you will deepen your understanding of the potential of structural design in timber structures. Another specialisation available is fire calculations according to European standards for timber, steel and concrete structures.

Study mode, self-study and attendance

Period of study

The Master’s degree programme in Construction Management and Engineering is a work-friendly course. Courses are generally taught Tuesday to Friday. In exceptional circumstances there could be other one-off events outside this schedule, but these are announced well in advance. Extra e-learning units are not envisaged at the moment.


The proportion of self study primarily depends on our students.


Attendance is mandatory, and students must provide a justified excuse for any absence. As a rule, the minimum attendance requirement for each course is 80%. Failure to fulfil the attendance requirement equates to a negative assessment in the first examination taken. The final decision on the consequences of non-attendance and exceptions to the rules on attendance rests with the head of degree programme.