System and organization of studies
In the academic year 2005/2006, the Faculty implemented a modern, three-cycle system of studies, in line with the Law on Higher Education (2005) and the requirements of education in the European Higher Education Area (Bologna Declaration, 1999) and the Education Standards in the field of construction issued by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in 2007. The study plan includes three clearly separated study degrees, which end with the completion of diploma theses (engineering project, master's thesis) and the diploma examination, and enable obtaining the following professional titles or academic degrees:
- first-cycle studies - preparation of an engineering diploma thesis (engineering project) and obtaining a professional title of engineer,
- second-cycle studies - preparation of a master's thesis and obtaining the professional title of master of engineering,
- third-cycle studies - completing a doctoral dissertation and obtaining a doctoral degree in technical sciences.
First-cycle stationary and extramural studies may be undertaken by candidates who successfully pass the recruitment procedure.
Full-time second-cycle studies may be undertaken by graduates of full-time first-cycle studies in the field of Construction, immediately after completing the first-cycle studies or after a one-year break.
Extramural second-cycle studies may be undertaken by graduates of full-time or part-time studies in the field of Construction.
The organization of third-cycle studies is covered by separate Regulations.
The choice of specialization in the 1st cycle studies (full-time and part-time) takes place after the 2nd semester. The exceptions are the specialties: Structural Engineering (in English) and Construction and Architectural (in Polish), which are conducted from the first semester. In the second-cycle studies (full-time and part-time), specializations and diploma profiles are conducted from the first semester.
Graduates of the first-cycle full-time studies, taking up studies in the second-cycle full-time studies, should continue the specialties selected in the first-cycle studies. The exceptions are the graduates of the Construction and Architecture specialization, who can choose from among the currently launched specializations for second-cycle studies. Graduates of these specializations are, however, required to complete their knowledge of specialist subjects included in the plan of first-cycle studies conducted in Gliwice.
Graduates of the 1st degree studies (intramural and extramural) taking up education at the 2nd degree extramural studies do not have to continue the specialization chosen in the 1st degree studies, provided that they document their professional work in the specialty they choose and are obliged to complete the knowledge of 1st degree specialist subjects.
The Faculty has introduced the European Credit Transfer System - ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) for full-time and part-time studies. ECTS credits are awarded to all subjects included in the study program, apprenticeship, engineering project and thesis. Points quantify the learning outcomes, enable the assessment of student workload and effectively facilitate international student exchange. After graduation, the Diploma Supplement is issued together with the diploma in Polish and English.
In the academic year 2005/2006, new full-time first-cycle studies in the field of Civil Engineering conducted in English (Structural Engineering (in English)) were launched. Education is based on a unique European study plan. Graduates receive comprehensive education in the field of construction. The studies are intended for Polish students for whom graduation in English will be an additional attribute when taking up a job on the European market. They can also be undertaken by foreign students.
As the only one in Poland, the Faculty of Civil Engineering introduced a semester apprenticeship into the plans of full-time first-cycle studies, which students do on the basis of employment. This internship provides students with better preparation for the profession and creates opportunities for establishing contacts that facilitate finding employment after graduation. In addition, as part of full-time first-cycle studies, a modern form of education in the form of the so-called integrated projects where students comprehensively solve engineering problems.
Faculty students may complete a semester of study at one of the partner European universities (Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Denmark) as part of the SOCRATES / ERASMUS student exchange program or a semester internship abroad as part of the LEONARDO program. Students of Construction and Architecture specialization can obtain a Polish-Danish engineering diploma as part of a cooperation program with VIA University College in Horsens (Denmark).
The main advantages of the modern study system at the Faculty of Civil Engineering:
- three-cycle European education system,
- shifting the emphasis from school teaching to university studies (introduction of optional subjects),
- education by solving problems, instead of teaching individual subjects (introducing the so-called integrated project)
- simultaneous development of professional skills (know how) and a creative approach to reality appropriate for the university level and understanding of phenomena and problems (know why) - (introduction of semester apprenticeships).
Choice of learning paths:
- obtaining an engineering diploma (engineering studies) after eight semesters,
- obtaining a master's degree in engineering after 3 semesters (supplementary master's studies). These studies may be undertaken by graduates of engineering studies (major: construction) no later than one year after their graduation. They are conducted in specialties and diploma profiles.
The Faculty implemented the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) during full-time studies, it also participates in the international student exchange programs SOKRATES / ERASMUS and LEONARDO.
At the Engineer Training Center (CKI) in Rybnik, full-time and part-time studies and degree (engineering) are conducted. Full-time studies are conducted in the specialization of Construction and Architecture, and part-time studies in the specialization of Urban Engineering. These specializations are selected during recruitment and are conducted from the first semester.
Studies at CKI were launched as part of TEMPUS European Union projects, in cooperation with partners from Great Britain, Denmark, Spain and Ireland. Graduates of both specializations can continue their studies at full-time and extramural second-cycle (master's) studies in the field of Construction in Gliwice. Students of the Construction and Architecture specialization have the possibility of a double Polish-Danish diploma as part of the cooperation program with VIA University College in Horsens (Denmark).