At the beginning of the first year, you get to set up your own individual programme with the track coordinator. You also choose your specialization from the start. A programme consists of 85-90 EC worth of  courses, one 5-10 EC course to prepare you for your graduation project and the graduation project itself, which includes your Master’s thesis (30 EC). You will take 60 EC worth of courses in your first year.

Cornerstones of Construction Engineering

The general course component introduces you to the four cornerstones of this field: project management, process management, legal and governance aspects, and collaborative design and engineering. It also includes a required course on research methodology.

Specialization courses

Your specialization counts for 35-40 EC in total, spread out over two years. Specialization courses may include:

  • Innovation in Construction: this course addresses the following industrialization and innovation processes, both in general and with a specific focus on construction, mass customization versus tailor-made solutions, and new developments in industrialization and innovation in construction.
  • Building Information Modelling and 5D Planning: this course will teach you how to integrate information from different project management aspects in order to enable multicultural, remotely situated project teams to work together.
  • Procurement Strategies & Tendering: this course focuses on an important trend in the Dutch construction industry: the increased use of integrated procurement routes by clients, in particular large public clients.
  • Legal and Governance Aspects: The main course topics will deal with both public and private law. The place and position of the future graduate in the construction process will serve as a guideline in the selection of these topics
  • Sustainability and Circularity in Civil Engineering: This course provides students with a multidisciplinary and multi-sectorial approach to incorporate sustainability and life cycle thinking in decision making process related to the entire life cycle (i.e., planning, designing, construction, maintenance, rehabilitation, operation, removal and renewal) of civil engineering infrastructures (e.g. roads, dykes, dams, etc.)
  • Planning and process management: This course focuses on (transport) infrastructure planning and process management of transport infrastructure projects and area developments. Current developments in cities realities force authorities to plan, manage and monitor their transport and infrastructure systems more accurately, for example to take into account the requirements of a growing number of complex and sometimes conflicting interests like congestion relief, pollution reduction, efficient resource use, equity and accessibility.
  • Construction Industry Dynamics: The course focuses on the issue of changes in contract types and procurement, and the effects on strategies and innovation in agencies and firms. It explains the relationships between market regulation, competition, market dynamics and innovation at the level of the industry and the organizations within. It also addresses the issue of business paradigms and strategic management for firms in the construction industry
  • Construction Process Management: The course provide insight into the different roles of a project (team), the project processes  and dynamics. Practical information of project management is provided through lectures and assignments, mainly focusing on large construction projects and the dynamics of the process.
  • Systems Engineering in Construction: The main focus of this course is to teach students how to design sustainable civil engineering objects with the use of Systems Engineering, a promising and proven design method, and able to incorporate sustainability.
  • Infrastructure Asset Management: the focus in this course is on the management of infrastructure facilities in general and the maintenance and rehabilitation process in particular. The course will teach you the basic concepts and tools for the cost-effective procurement and
  • Digital Technologies for Civil Engineering: this course aims to provide a broad-brush overview of digital technologies in the construction industry and ways in which they can improve conventional practices. Additionally, students will draw a roadmap for the future of the construction industry where fragmented solutions and tools are integrated into a coherent system that supports productive, safe, and high quality civil engineering projects.
  • Technology and Innovation in Road Construction: This course focuses on how new sensor technologies and innovations can be integrated into construction processes in order to reduce process variability and improve overall quality. Using the case of asphalt construction, students are taught the fundamentals of process control with the main goal of reducing process variability.

You can find out more about the courses in our online education catalogue, OSIRIS.

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