The Master’s in Construction Management and Engineering is a full-time, two-year programme worth 120 credits. With its clear international orientation, this English-taught programme will enable you to tackle the construction sector’s contemporary problems, which are international in scope and affected by global trends. Upon graduation you will earn the title of Master of Science (MSc).

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The programme consists of three components: a general course component, your specialization and your final project. The general courses will introduce you to the four cornerstones of this academic field: project management, process management, legal and governance aspects, and collaborative design and engineering. The topics specific to your chosen specialization are linked to the key 3TU areas of expertise:

  • Construction Process Management (University of Twente)
  • Integrated Design (Delft University of Technology)
  • Urban Development (Eindhoven University of Technology)

Focus At Ut

At the University of Twente, the 3TU Master’s programme in CME focuses on the management of the design and construction process in the building industry. You will gain thorough knowledge of both the engineering and organizational aspects of this intricate process. This combination is essential to mastering current practices in complex, innovative and multidisciplinary projects in dynamic environments.

The UT approach centres on the market environment and the organization and management of the various stages of the building process. Keywords at UT include: cooperation through the entire lifecycle, helicopter view, stakeholder approach and engaged scholarship. The emphasis is on designing, managing and organizing the design and building process.

Programme Courses

A few courses that you might take on the CME programme are shown below. See the first year page for a complete list and more detailed information.

  • Markets, Organization & Innovation
  • Procurement Strategies and Tendering
  • Supply Chain Management and ICT
  • Industrialization & Innovation in Construction

Master’s Thesis

Your graduation project and Master’s thesis make up the final component of your CME degree. While completing your graduation project, you will gain individual, hands-on experience analysing complex construction developments and exploring models for integrated solutions. This project takes the form of an in-depth research and design assignment, and culminates in the writing of your Master’s thesis.


In order to be admitted you should possess a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institute in a related field such as:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Technology & Management

Your grades should be good. Applicants must also be proficient in English at a level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (e.g. Dutch pre-university education, VWO). Students with a Bachelor's degree from a Dutch university of applied sciences (HBO) in a subject relevant to this Master’s programme will be admitted following successful completion of a standard pre-Master’s programme at one of the 3TU universities. Read more about admission.

Why opt for construction management and engineering?

You can choose from two Civil Engineering Master’s programmes at UT depending on your individual interests and your previous education and background. In Construction Management and Engineering, you will specialize in the design management and process management side of the infrastructure and construction. CME is an ideal choice if you are interested in these kinds of management practices. The other programme, Civil Engineering and Management, is a broad technical Master’s programme that offers you the opportunity to refine your technical skills. If you opt for the Construction Process Management specialization, then you can supplement your studies with courses from the Water Engineering and Transportation Engineering specializations, and vice versa. If you are interested in the management side of major construction projects, then CEM is the ideal choice for you.

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