Bachelor in Civil Engineering (SDP)

Course typeBachelor
Course sectorEngineering
Course duration1 year
Starting dateSeptember 2018
DegreeBa of Engineering
Tuition fee (EU/EEA students) € 2,060
Tuition fee (NON-EU students)(specification) € 7,800

This programme is a Short Degree programme, aimed at students who already hold a degree in a field related to Civil Engineering. The Dutch Civil Engineering sector is well-known throughout the world as a top-level profession.

The Netherlands is a small country, but many people in the world have heard about the tulips, the wooden shoes, and the windmills. Not many people know that a lot of these windmills played a very important role in water management back in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Even now, in the 21st century, societies all over the world are still facing all kind of problems related to water. Can we keep our feet dry and prevent our properties from flooding when the next typhoon or tornado comes? Can we make our rivers and lakes clear and clean again, so that fish species, like salmon can return? Can we reduce our use of scarce fresh water resources, so that future generation also can use them?

Our School of Business, Building & Technology is one of the most renowned Civil Engineering institutes in the Netherlands. It offers a one-year course to foreign students who have a minimum of three years of higher education in a related field of Civil Engineering.

The Short Degree Programme Civil Engineering consists of six taught modules and two dissertation modules.

1. Water Management (3 ECTS-credits)
In this module you develop your knowledge about waste water treatment. The focus is on dimensioning the design of a water treatment station.

2. Hydraulics (3 ECTS-credits)
In this module you develop your knowledge about probabilistic design of civil constructions, like a dyke. Themes in this module are optimal chance of failure, costs analysis and optimal dyke height. Different perspectives like area size, population and type of buildings present in the area are applied.

3. Structural Engineering (3 ECTS-credits)
In this module you will upgrade your knowledge, skills and understanding of civil engineering. You will also gain a balanced education in structural engineering theory, combined with  practical work and construction calculation skills using the state of the art computer aided design systems.

4. Transportation and road engineering (3 ECTS-credits)
In this module you develop your knowledge about transport and traffic engineering. The focus of this module is to design a road and its junctions, with consideration of its vertical and horizontal alignment within a certain context.

5. Communication
In this module you develop your communication skills. You will practice with both oral and written communication strategies, and develop the necessary skills to successfully complete the preliminary research and dissertation reports and presentations. Additionally you will receive extra guidance on how to use the English language in an academic setting.

6. Specialisation module (3 ECTS-credits)
In this module you choose one of two tracks to specialise in. The two tracks are “Water Management” and “Hydrology”. You will specialise further in your chosen track in the Dissertation modules.

7. Dissertation: Preliminary Research (15 ECTS-credits)
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.

8. Dissertation (30 ECTS-credits)
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 4th quartile 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.

First of all, our general entry requirements apply. Additionally, international students looking to enrol in the Short Degree Programme - Civil Engineering will need a steady knowledge base, matching that of students enrolled in the Dutch four year fulltime Civil Engineering course. This means that you will need to show sufficient knowledge and skills in the following Civil Engineering disciplines:

  • Mathematics
  • Mechanics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Hydraulica/Fluid Mechanics
  • Hydraulics
  • Water management
  • Soil mechanics
  • Transportation and road engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Digital drawing (CAD)
  • Digital calculations


During the enrolment process, you will be asked to make a Civil Engineering Assignment at home. The results from this assignment are taken into account in the application process. A digital interview can be part of the enrolment process as well. If this is the case, you will be informed during the enrolment process.

A Bachelor in Civil Engineering will be able to work in a team and can work as a technical designer, superintendent, constructor, consultant, project leader, calculator, in organizations like:

  • Government institutions
  • Engineering companies
  • Consultancies
  • Contractors
  • Research offices

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