Hydraulic Tracks in MSc Civil Engineering

Water plays a major role in delta areas such as the Netherlands. Although we need constantly to bear in mind the threats posed by the rivers and the sea, we derive enormous benefits from water. The Netherlands has been able to develop into a prosperous trading nation thanks to its large rivers and the easy accessibility of the North Sea.

The track Hydraulic Engineering of MSc Civil Engineering focuses on the ways in which we can protect ourselves against water while exploiting the opportunities it offers us. National and international students are able to do this track with certain requirements. The following subjects will clarify the procedure for students with different backgrounds.

Within the tracks you will learn how to tackle complex problems within fluid mechanics and other basic disciplines, and how to apply the developed technologies in practice. The emphasis here is on the use and development of computer models, laboratory experiments and field measurements. You will also learn how hydraulic constructions such as sluices, dams, barrages and storm surge barriers are designed.
The Civil Engineering Master is redesigned. Below you will find more information about the new Master's programme.

In the field of Hydraulic Engineering there are two tracks in MSc Civil Engineering:

The Hydraulic Engineering Track has the following modules:

Module A

Module B

  • Hydraulic engineering fundamentals and environments
  • Coastal Engineering
  • River Engineering
  • Advanced design of ports and waterways systems and interventions


The Hydraulic and offshore structures Track has the following modules:

Module A

Module B

  • Hydraulic structures
  • Offshore structure
  • Offshore renewable
  • Dames, dykes and breakwaters
  • Floating and submerged structures

Programme overview

More information about the Tracks in this programme overview and programme description

Overview with tracks and modules

Additional Information

Additional information is available for students which are interested in the track Hydraulic Engineering but having another background than the BSc Civil Engineering from TU Delft or University Twente, i.e. for Graduates HBO Civil Engineering, for Dutch speaking students with an academic BSc diploma other than BSc Civil Engineering and for Foreign Students.


Hydraulic engineers work in any number of projects across the globe for employers such as contractors, dredging companies, consultancy and engineering companies, water administrators, communities, public works departments and academic bodies.