University Course "NATM Engineer" and MEng in Tunnelling
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The University Certificate Course "NATM-Engineer" was created to satisfy the continuously increasing worldwide demand for qualified tunnel engineers. An increase of the skills of the participants in the fields of geotechnical engineering and tunnelling, with an emphasis on the “New Austrian Tunnelling Method” (NATM) is the aim of the course.

After successfully participating in the Certificate Course, students have the option to continue the course for another two semesters and receive the title "Master of Engineering".

The course is jointly organized by the Graz University of Technology and the University of Leoben.

Courses are held in Graz and Leoben in Austria.
The degree holders shall be enabled to accomplish tunnelling projects on their own in the face of geotechnical, structural, organizational, contractual and economic needs according to the latest state of the art.



The course addresses civil engineers, geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists who do have a distinctive technical education and aim at a specialization in conventional tunnelling.

Future fields of work may be planning, design and consulting of underground projects for engineering offices, or construction management for contractors and owners.

Presently two course options are available:

  • A University Cerificate Course, lasting 4 semesters, with 61 ECTS-Credits, with the academic certificate "Academic NATM Engineer".

  • A Master Course, which includes the Certificate Course with additional two semesters of lectures and thesis. A "Master of Engineering" is awarded for successful students. The course has 90 ECTS-credits.

The Cerificate Course is held in 4 modules lasting three weeks each, allowing participation parallel to the job. One additional module for the master course is required for the master course.


Schedule of the course 2015-2017:

  • 1st module:  14th of September 2015 to 2nd of October 2015 (held in Graz)
  • 2nd module:  29th of March 2016 to 15th of April 2016 (held in Graz)
  • 3rd module:  12th of September 2016 to 30th of September 2016 (held in Leoben)
  • 4th module:  18th of April 2017 to 5th of May 2017 (held in Leoben)
  • 5th module:  11th of September 2017 to 29th of September 2017 (held in Graz)

Schedule of the course 2017-2019:

  • 1st module:  11th of September 2017 to 29th of September 2017 (held in Graz)
  • 2nd module:  03rd of April 2018 to 20th of April 2018 (held in Graz)
  • 3rd module:  10th of September 2018 to 28th of September 2018 (held in Leoben)
  • 4th module:  23th of April 2019 to 10th of May 2019 (held in Leoben)
  • 5th module:  09th of September 2019 to 27th of September 2019 (held in Graz)

Courses start every second year.



Maximum 30 students per course.

Attendance fee 3,000 Euro per module (total 12,000 Euro for Certificate Course; 16,000 Euro for Master Course). Attention: The fees for the course starting in 2017 will be announced soon (end of May).



Graz University of Technology
Institute of Rock Mechanics and Tunnelling
Rechbauerstraße 12
8010 Graz, Austria
+43 316 / 873 - 8114

Mining University Leoben
Chair of Subsurface Engineering
Erzherzog-Johann-Str. 3
8700 Leoben, Austria
+43 3842 / 402 - 3400

Course folder:

The current course folder can be downloaded here.