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Civil Engineering offers you a broad introduction so you can really experience the Dutch aspects of the industry. During the remainder of the programme you specialize in hydraulics or water management.

Degrees in The Netherlands are based around the credit system (ECTS).

What are credits?

You are awarded a number of credits for each assignment, exam and internship that you complete. Each credit is equivalent to a study load of 28 hours. You are expected to obtain 60 credits during the short degree programme, which means that this academic year is equivalent to a study load of 1,680 hours, or 40 hours a week. This should give you a reasonably clear idea of the amount of time involved in completing your degree successfully.

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Study load

  • 30% Theory
  • 60% Practical and group work
  • 10% Study career counseling

The one-year short degree programme for Civil Engineering is divided into two semesters. In the first half year you study degree-related subjects, work on projects and draw up your individual learning plan.

The programme consists of the following modules:

In this module you will utilize digital technologies to design safe infrastructures, both on land and on water.


This module is meant to get you up to speed with the latest European and Dutch design regulations. You will work on the fundamental design of hydraulic structures as used in common water safety problems.



The Dutch are world famous for our Delta works. Crucial parts in this complex safety system are dykes, polders and sluces. You will look at these flood defense systems from a probabilistic viewpoint: what are the optimal dyke heights in a particular area? Which flood defense systems are most cost effective? What are the financial implications when a hydraulic system fails?


In this module you develop your project management and communication skills. You will practice with both oral and written communication strategies, and develop the necessary skills to successfully complete the project reports and presentations. Additionally you will receive extra guidance on how to use the English language in an academic setting and learn how to work with Dutch students.


Much of the water problems in the world occur in urban areas. Cities flood easily, are too dry to promote health and wellbeing for its citizens or do not use sustainable solutions for storing and using rainwater. In this module you will learn which options for sewerage and water storage are available, and how to select the best option for a particular situation and area.


Before starting the dissertation project, you need to carry out a preliminary research. In this preliminary research you analyse your problem and its context in a specific geographical area. For this problem you will look into different alternative solutions, and make an argumented choice for a method to determine the definitive solution. Based on the findings from the preliminary research, you will make a design for the chosen solution to your civil engineering problem in its relevant context. At the end of the project you will present your work in a presentation and a report. During the presentation you will also answer questions about the argument structure as used in the dissertation report.

10+25 ECTS

Civil Engineering is structured around two world-class professional areas:

Hydraulics Engineer

The hydraulics engineer is able to design efficient solutions for keeping bodies of water, like seas, oceans and rivers, under control.

Water Management Engineer

The water management engineer is in charge of efficient designs for creating optimal water volume and water quality in urban areas. This includes creating water solutions in overly dry areas, as well as optimal use of excess water in flood-prone areas.

Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc)

With this degree you'll be a creative civil engineer in hydraulics and watermanagement. Dutch degrees have high regard all over the world. If you have mastered the Dutch or German language, the odds of finding a job in the Netherlands are very high.