Civil engineering is concerned with the development, design, construction, production and management of the physical infrastructure required to safeguard the safety, health, business activity and sustainability of our society. These facilities are built to provide services such as water management, soil management, urban development, flood protection, drinking water production, waste treatment, transport by water, rail and road, and to perform other functions for the public (such as utilities and offices).
The programme at TU Delft is the oldest Civil Engineering course in the Netherlands. The course has traditionally emphasised the interaction between theory and practice and between research and education. Students and researchers therefore enjoy excellent and extensive laboratory, ICT and library facilities.
The MSc programme in Civil Engineering aims to train and educate engineers who are able to solve complex problems in a creative way. Civil engineers are knowledgeable as well as scientifically and technologically resourceful. They are able to work professionaly in complex and unpredictable environments and to assume leading roles in these organisations, both in the Netherlands and worldwide.
The MSc in Civil Engineering offers seven tracks, designed to train students to make full use of the tools and techniques of their discipline:
* Building Engineering
* Structural Engineering
* Transport & Planning
* Hydraulic Engineering
* Water Management
* Geoscience and Remote Sensing
The MSc Building Engineering track provides a broad curriculum. This includes all important aspects throughout the entire building cycle, from initial planning through the phase of use and onwards to redevelopment and demolition. The focus is on the technical and structural functions of buildings. However, the principles of architectural design are also examined. After all, in practice you as a civil engineer will often work together with architects. It is therefore important for you to be familiar with each others fields of expertise. If for instance a buildings supporting structure is visible then together with an architect you will need to find a solution which is attractive in both constructional and architectural terms.
In order to make a useful contribution to the construction and the design of buildings, you as a civil engineer must have knowledge that includes the following fields:
* constructional solutions
* structural and installation engineering
* materials properties
* building physics
* finishing techniques
* building organisation
This knowledge is acquired in the course of a two-year programme which is designed to help you graduate as a highly expert engineer with a practical perspective. Following graduation your knowledge and experience will make you suited for a wide range of professions.
Structures such as bridges, high-rises, tunnels and storm surge barriers clearly may not collapse or fall over. They may not deflect too much or vibrate annoyingly. Moreover, often they need to last for more than 100 years without much maintenance. In the MSc Structural Engineering track you will learn to calculate which deflections we can expect, whether a structure will buckle, whether its strength will be sufficient, etcetera.
Essential to this are physical models of structures, of materials and of loading. You will learn to formulate these models, to test them and to apply them. Simple models are used for hand calculations to quickly make decisions in meetings with owners, architects, contractors and local governments. Complicated models are used for computer simulations to accurately determine whether a structure will comply with the design specifications. Examples are the stresses that will occur in a concrete dam of an artificial lake or the damage that will occur in a high-rise due to a strong earthquake.
The Structural Engineering track offers the following specialisations:
* Structural Mechanics
* Materials Science
* Concrete Structures
* Steel and Timber Structures
* Road and Railway Engineering
* Hydraulic Engineering Structures
Transport & Planning
In densely populated countries such as the Netherlands hundreds of kilometres of traffic gridlock, air pollution, traffic accidents and delayed public transportation are all part of the daily fare. The MSc track Transport & Planning trains people to play a central role in resolving such problems. T&P engineers, for example, work on clever ideas to manage traffic flows and prevent congestion, they develop public transport systems or develop infrastructural plans. A characteristic of the topics on which they work is that these are often in the news and are high on the political agenda.
Within this track quantitative approaches to infrastructural planning play a central role, along with the analysis of systems for personal transportation and for road and rail traffic.
The programme offers a challenging combination of professional practice and state-of-the-art research. Amongst other things you learn:
* How infrastructural planning is directly linked to economic growth and decline
* How to model environmental activities, analysing and translating them into traffic questions on infrastructural networks
* How to design both individual components and complete networks for road and rail infrastructures
* How to model peoples choices, as well as the influence of transport systems on the choice of destination, the form of transport, the route and the departure time
* How to manage traffic flows with, for example, systems for dynamic traffic management
* How you can describe traffic movements mathematically
MSc in Hydraulic Engineering
Water plays a major role in delta areas such as the Netherlands. Although we need constantly to bear in mind the threats posed by rivers and the sea, we derive enormous benefits from water: the Netherlands has been able to develop into a prosperous trading nation thanks to its large rivers and the easy accessibility of the North Sea. The MSc in Hydraulic Engineering focuses on the ways in which we can protect ourselves against water while exploiting the opportunities it offers us.
Within this track you will learn how to tackle complex problems within fluid mechanics and other basic disciplines, and how to apply the developed technologies in practice. The emphasis here is on the use and development of computer models, laboratory experiments and field measurements. You will also learn how hydraulic constructions such as sluices, dams, barrages and storm surge barriers are designed.
The MSc Hydraulic Engineering track has six specialisations:
* Coastal Engineering
* Rivers, Ports and Waterways
* Environmental Fluid Mechanics
* Hydraulic Structures and Flood Risk
* Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management
* Water Management and Engineering
Knowledge of the shallow sub-surface and insights into its properties are of vital importance in the field of civil engineering and applied earth sciences, for a wide variety of construction projects ranging from the drilling of tunnels and the excavation of mines and building pits to the foundations of buildings and the construction and maintenance of ports and waterways. Without sufficient knowledge of the subsurface and its properties, there is significant risk of failure. With the Geo-Engineering Track, you will learn how to investigate and characterize the materials you encounter in the subsurface and how to use this information to the design constructions and estimate the risk of failure. You can enrol in this track from within the MSc programmes in Civil Engineering or Applied Earth Sciences.
Water is vital. Life on earth would be impossible without water. But water can also be life-threatening. Consider the destructive power of rivers which burst their banks, or polluted drinking water sources. The MSc Watermanagement track focuses on understanding natural surface and groundwater streams and on managing, controlling and using water streams for society. This covers both ground and surface water, as well as rainfall and, for example, waste water. Watermanagement also considers not just the quantity of water, but the quality of ground and surface water.
Considerable attention in this track is devoted to modelling, laboratory work, fieldwork and research with test installations.
Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Our Earth is changing, in particular due to the growing world population, urbanisation, land use, and climate change. How will this affect our daily life, and how can we improve our understanding of the underlying processes? We need more and better information to answer such questions. How can advanced technology, such as satellites and remote sensing, be combined with state-of-the-art modeling tools, to give us the understanding that we need to make the right decisions for the future? These are only a few questions that form the basis of the MSc track Geoscience and Remote Sensing (GRS).
If you have interest in atmospheric sciences, natural geophysics, climate change, geodesy, or any other geo-science related topic, and consider a career in those high-profile disciplines, you may want to consider this MSc track. Depending on your background, interest and career perspectives, the program will lead to a diploma either in Civil Engineering or Applied Earth Sciences.
Numerous scholarships are awarded to admitted students with exceptional promise and outstanding academic achievement by the university, its faculties, departments and industry partners. Consideration for these scholarships requires students to have been admitted to their MSc Programme. Make sure you submit your application as early as possible to be in time for all the scholarship deadlines. More information: