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After the Bachelor's Civil Engineering

After getting your Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, you can further specialize by completing a Master’s programme. This is what most graduates choose. A few join the job market straight away or start their own business.

Further studies

Most graduates choose to continue studying at the UT: around 70% continue on to one of our Master’s programmes. With your Bachelor’s diploma you are directly admissible to the programmes mentioned below. If you want to complete a different Master’s programme at the UT, such as Mechanical Engineering or Industrial Engineering and Management, you will be required to do a pre-Master’s programme.

Master's programmes

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  • Civil Engineering and Management

    MSc2 yearsFull-timeEnglish4 Specializations
    If you are eager to focus on both the technical and non-technical aspects of civil engineering projects and systems, then the Master’s in Civil Engineering and Management is the programme for you.

    4 Specializations

    Construction Management and Engineering

    MSc2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
    This specialization focuses on the development and delivery of infrastructure and real estate projects.

    Integrated Civil Engineering Systems

    MSc2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
    This specialization focuses on multidisciplinary aspects within civil engineering (hydraulic and geotechnical aspects of civil engineering constructions or on sustainability in civil engineering).

    Transport Engineering and Management

    MSc2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
    This specialization will teach you about the engineering, socio-economic, spatial and environmental aspects of traffic and transport systems in relationship to human behaviour.

    Water Engineering and Management

    MSc2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
    In this specialization you will focus on the behaviour and management of water systems (e.g. rivers and coastal zones). You will learn about the physical and socio-economic aspects of water management
  • Construction Management and Engineering

    MSc2 yearsFull-timeEnglish2 Specializations
    Complex, innovative and multidisciplinary projects in a dynamic environment require a new breed of engineers who are able to expertly combine engineering knowledge with management skills.

    2 Specializations

    Digital Technologies in Construction

    MSc2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
    Digital Technologies in Construction focuses on the digital transformation of the construction industry.

    Management & Organization in Construction

    MSc2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
    The specialisation Management & Organisation of Construction focuses on aspects of market dynamics and organisational structures that are typical for the construction industry.
  • Spatial Engineering

    MSc2 yearsFull-timeEnglish
    The Master’s programme Spatial Engineering prepares you to address major multi-level spatial problems with a combination of technical and socio-economic knowledge.

other Master’s programmes, elsewhere in the Netherlands or abroad

Of course, with your Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering you can also continue on to Master’s programmes at other universities, in the Netherlands or abroad. You will be admissible to most Civil Engineering Master’s programmes with your Bachelor’s degree.

A Master’s programme in social sciences, such as Psychology, Philosophy or Business Administration, is also possible. A tailored pre-Master’s programme is usually necessary. Some students combine their post-graduate studies with our Dutch-taught Master’s programme Science Education and Communication, which allows you to work in education, among other things.

Finding a job after completing your Master's 

Most students do not enter the job market until they have a Master's degree, although you can do so after your Bachelor's. Thanks to the inter- and multidisciplinary nature of our Civil Engineering Bachelor's degree and the subsequent Master's programmes at the UT, you can pursue many different directions. You will be well-prepared for positions that focus on building and construction, as well as the organizational aspects surrounding them. There is a lot of demand for people who feel at home in both areas, both in the Netherlands and abroad. 

Consultancy firms

You can set to work at engineering and consultancy firms – such as Tauw or Royal HaskoningDHV – as a designer of bridges, roads or dams, or as project leader. You help these clients by helping to carry out complex model analysis or by creating a civil engineering design. A typical example of a project that civil engineers are engaged in is the North/South metro line in Amsterdam.  

Some consulting firms specialize in areas such as water management or infrastructure for the oil industry. In the latter sector there is also a lot of demand for civil engineers with a broad, interdisciplinary perspective.

Government and public organizations

Governments and public organizations – for example government bodies, provincial governments, municipalities, or water boards – initiate many civil engineering projects. They ask engineers and consultants, but also contractors to carry out these projects. Also, together with research institutions, they research new developments. With employers like these you could work, for example, in the role of project manager, supervising technical solutions from design to realization and maintenance. You can also set to work as a researcher, analysing complex challenges from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Contractors

With your knowledge of organizing construction processes, you will be highly sought after by large contractors and project developers, such as Arcadis or Ballast Nedam. At first you will gain experience in (executive) construction, for example, as an assistant project leader or management trainee. Later you can move on to other roles. The key is that you will be able to combine knowledge from different scientific areas to give new solutions a place in a complex business environment.

Start your own company

You can also start your own business with a solution that you have developed. The UT is recognized as ‘the most entrepreneurial university’ in the Netherlands. We are strong in applying expertise to meaningfully influence society. Together with our students we like to work with the innovation specialists from Novel-T, who like to tap in to promising innovative business cases.

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