The Master's programme in Construction Management and Engineering (CME) covers two academic years. An academic year is divided into four quarters with a schedule of ten weeks each. Holidays and teaching weeks are marked in the academic calendar of the UT. The study load for a quarter is 15 European Credits (EC). 

The curriculum of the Construction Management and Engineering Master’s programme consists of 120 EC. Before you start with your Master’s, you will choose a profile. A profile consists of: 

  • Profile Courses (30 EC)
  • Profile Electives (CEM courses and courses from other programmes that fit in the specific profile)
  • Free Electives (a maximum of 15 EC)
  • MSc thesis on a topic within your profile: preparation MSc thesis (5 EC) + MSc thesis project (30 EC)

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). 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.

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Focus areas 

CME is a 4TU programme, which, in this case, means that if you sign up for this Master's programme, you are able to take courses at three of the other four universities in this federation. At the University of Twente, the 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 the 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 construction process. More information about the focus areas at the other two technical universities can be found here.

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.

  • Planning and Process Management
  • Construction Industry Dynamics
  • Sustainability and Circularity in Civil Engineering
  • Digital Technologies for Civil Engineering

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.

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