Do you think technical, business, construction and real estate management contexts are exciting? Then the Civil Engineering and Business Management study programm is the right place for you.

Civil engineers and business managers perform management tasks at the interface between the individual departments. They understand the complex interrelationships of technically sophisticated buildings and can optimise them economically in the life cycle of the later use of the property.

Application deadline

20. August for the winter semester
15. January for the summer semester

Study time

7 Semester

Study title

Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)

Composition of the study programme

60 %

Civil engineering

30 %

Business management

10 %


The planning and construction of modern real estate increasingly requires interdisciplinary thinking engineers who have their core competencies in both civil engineering and business management.

The civil engineering and business management degree course is an interface study from civil engineering (approx. 60 percent of the training content), business administration (30 percent of the training content) and the necessary legal foundations (10 percent of the training content), which are necessary in order to move safely in the professional environment as an civil engineer and business manager.

The course of study is based on the civil engineering, architecture, building services, building physics and surveying courses traditionally anchored at the HFT. In addition to the technical aspects of the buildings, the curriculum also includes business management issues such as controlling, personnel and labour law, accounting and law and taxes.

Due to the above-mentioned knowledge, graduates with deep detailed knowledge are broadly educated and particularly suited for later tasks that require a holistic view.

Through my studies of civil engineering and business management at the HFT Stuttgart I have acquired basic knowledge in many areas of the construction and real estate industry. Due to its varied structure and close practical relevance, this course of study offers the best foundation for a later career in the real estate industry. One of the biggest advantages of the course is the variety of topics covered. If you focus on 2-3 areas later, you still don't lose sight of the big picture, as the professors always take into account the interlocking of the modules.

Henriette, K., Absolventin WS2019/20

Course and contents of the study programme

The bachelor's degree program civil engineering and business management has a standard period of study of 7 semesters. The programme is divided into a two-semester basic study period, which ends with the Bachelor preliminary examination and the five-semester main study period, which ends with the Bachelor examination.

You can find a detailed course of studies with all modules in the current study and examination regulations of our course of studies.

After completing a degree in civil engineering and business management with a Bachelor of Engineering, a subsequent Master's degree course is possible, e.g. in International Project Management, General Management, Environmental Protection or Sustainable Energy Competence (SENCE).

Course of studies

Basic study

In the first two semesters of the basic study period, the professional foundations and competences from the engineering, business administration and legal fields are laid. Those are necessary for a speedy and successful study. Additional key qualifications complete the basic studies. With the preliminary Bachelor examination the basic study programme is completed.

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Main study - Part I

In the subsequent main study period, the knowledge acquired in the basic study period is systematically deepened. In the engineering sciences, topics such as architecture and urban development, structural analysis, construction management, real estate management and energy-related topics are covered. In the field of business administration are especially accounting and taxation as well as investment and financing focused.

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Supervised pracital study project

In the practical semester - the so-called supervised practical study project (BPS) - the knowledge acquired so far is applied in practice within companies. The six-month internship in companies offers our students comprehensive and exciting insights into their professional future and future working environment. The BPS has also the big advantage to already establish a first network.

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Main study - Part II (areas of focus)

In the last two semesters of the main study period the further deepening of the existing knowledge takes place. Project tasks offers the opportunity to apply the acquired knowledge to practical problems. In addition, elective modules can be used to set individual areas of focus. Finally the bachelor thesis is written - usually on a practical task with a practice partner.


Individual focus

Elective modules in the 6th and 7th semester allow students to form individual focus for their own studies.

75 %

Mandatory modules

25 %

Mandatory elective modules for specialisation

Course contents

The following diagram shows you all modules and contents of the course of studies within the planned 7 semesters.

Our study programme is accredited by the ASIIN.


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Admission requirements

For a successful application for the degree programme civil engineering and business management the following requirements must be met:

  • A general matriculation standard, a subject-related entrance qualification, an advanced technical college certificate or equivalent foreign educational qualifications
  • Until entering the 3rd semester, a pre-study internship of 12 weeks must be completed
  • Successful selection process

Study places are allocated according to the Higher Education Procurement Ordinance, whereby our course of study has an internal selection procedure. This can be read in the selection regulations of our study programme.

If you have any further questions regarding your application to us, please have a look at our FAQ section. Many questions are already answered here!

Key aspects

The civil engineering and business management focuses on building construction. The central focus of building construction is the life cycle of real estate. The entire value-added chain along the life cycle of real estate is addressed in the course of studies and thus optimally prepares students for their later professional life.

The life cycle of real estate begins with the three basic building blocks of any project development: land, capital and idea. The individual phases of the life cycle of real estate include development, construction, operation, conversion and deconstruction.

The degree course in civil engineering and business management provides the necessary knowledge for all phases of the real estate life cycle. This enables graduates of the course to gain a holistic understanding of real estate.

Practical relevance

A strong practical orientation is an essential supporting pillar in the civil engineering and business management degree programme. The close connection with practice is intensively pursued in the course of studies and begins in the first semesters.

This means that students have a wide range of opportunities to participate in exciting excursions throughout the course of their studies. For example, construction projects, real estate objects or building material manufacturers as well as construction equipment manufacturers or trade fairs are visited. In addition, various guest lectures by practice partners complement the individual courses.

During the practical semesters in the 5th semester - the Mentored internship (BPS), students have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their studies directly in practice in companies. Here it is necessary to successfully work on and solve practical problems from an engineering and business management perspective. This gives students an intensive insight into their future working environment. In addition, it is possible to complete the BPS abroad and thus combine practical semester and semester abroad.

Even outside of the practical semester, there are numerous opportunities for students to gain practical experience as working students in companies. This provides students with a variety of insights into the broad field of professional activity in the construction and real estate industry. In addition, project studies and the bachelor thesis in cooperation with practice partners ensure the further practical relevance of the studies.

Furthermore, all teaching professors have extensive practical contacts. The range of courses is rounded off by various lecturers who teach directly from the practice in the course.

Practice live - project study

At the end of the project study in the Civil Engineering and Business Management course, the participants were able to present their results in the large conference room of the city hall of Rutesheim.

In the assignment "Project development of the Bosch site in Rutesheim", the students had to work on a current task from practice. The dissolution of a commercial site of the Bosch company in an inner-city location of Rutesheim offers the city the opportunity to create a lively and attractive new city quarter. Here, the students had the opportunity to develop their own project ideas simultaneously to a planning competition organised by the city of Rutesheim, which is supported by Wüstenrot Haus- und Städtebau GmbH. The project task was issued by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Hirschner together with the practice partner of Wüstenrot Haus- und Städtebau GmbH and the city of Rutesheim.

After the successful completion of the project study, the students now had the opportunity to present their results live in the city hall of Rutesheim. The students' elaborations were very well received by the professional audience. The mayor, the first alderman, the master builder, representatives of the practice partner Wüstenrot Haus- und Städtebau GmbH and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Joachim Hirschner from the HFT Stuttgart participated.

Presentation in the city hall of Rutesheim


In the course of studies in civil engineering and business management you have numerous opportunities to gain experience abroad. You can do a semester abroad, the practical semester (BPS), the bachelor's thesis or a language course abroad.

The HFT Stuttgart maintains partnerships with 78 universities abroad. The following partner universities are the universities most often chosen by students of civil engineering and business management for a semester abroad:

  •    Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  •    University of New Brunswick, Canada
  •    Jönköping University, Sweden
  •    Tec de Monterrey, Mexico
  •    University of Newcastle, Australia

In addition, our students also attended other partner universities in Latvia, France, Brazil, Bulgaria, Romania, Switzerland or Taiwan.

The International Office is available as your contact partner. Here you will receive intensive support in your preparations - especially regarding possible funding programmes (e.g. ERASMUS). There is a supplementary contact person in the study programme where you can obtain information on the crediting of credits earned abroad.

The semester abroad in South Africa was an unforgettable and exciting time for me. My studies at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth were facilitated by the openness and kindness of the South Africans. Besides, I have learned to see many construction aspects from a different perspective. Moreover, South Africa is simply a beautiful country where you can discover countless fascinating landscapes and places. I recommend everyone to take the opportunity to spend a semester abroad, whether in South Africa or any other country in the world.

Paul S., 6th semester WBI

According to the motto "if you can, you can" I decided to spend a semester abroad in South Africa. It wasn't only worth it, it was stunning. The culture, the landscapes, the locals and also the food captivated me far more than I could have ever imagined. At the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, some of the modules were attended by about 300 people, which was also unusual for me. The learning content is challenging and adapted to local conditions, but often also corresponds to topics that come up during the course of the study. I can only suggest a semester abroad, especially in South Africa.

Jessica S., 6th semester WBI


The construction and real estate industry is characterized by the numerous small and medium-sized companies. There are also various large companies with corporate structures. In all these companies, managers with the skills of civil engineers and business managers are increasingly required to solve the complex technical and economic challenges.

The degree course in Civil Engineering and Business Management is the ideal preparation for these future management positions in companies in the construction and real estate industry along the value chain of the real estate life cycle.

Civil engineers and business managers are urgently needed by many employers. Potential employers are not limited to companies within the classic construction value chain, but can be found along the entire life cycle of real estate - i.e. all the way to the real estate industry.

Examples of possible future employers:

  • Construction companies
  • Project Developers
  • Project management and project control
  • Planning companies
  • Construction and real estate departments of companies
  • Facility management
  • Investment companies
  • Banks and insurance companies
  • Consulting companies
  • Housing companies
  • Property valuation
  • Public sector: construction and property management
  • Brokers

For a successful career in the construction and real estate industry, students can benefit from an extensive network within the degree program Civil Engineering and Business Management. In addition to the extensive network of professors and lecturers of the course, there is a close cooperation with the IWS Verband der Immobilienwirtschaft, the VHK-Forum "Bau" and the student VWI university group Stuttgart.

Together with the IWS Verband der Immobilienwirtschaft Stuttgart, the study program regularly organizes the Large Future Forum and the Small Future Forum. These formats are an ideal platform for the students to gain insights into practice and to establish important contacts directly with representatives from the companies.

This extensive networking with practice is also reflected in the high number of scholarships that can be offered and awarded each year by companies from practice in the study program Civil Engineering and Business Management. In 2019, a total of 16 scholarships were awarded in the Civil Engineering and Business Management degree program - this is one of the highest numbers of scholarships awarded in the individual degree programs at HFT Stuttgart.

Impressions of the IWS Future Forum: