The academic year is divided into four ten-week periods. During the first two years, you take eight weeks of lectures in each period, followed by two weeks of exams. You follow four courses in each period. In the fifth week of each period, you take digital tests on the material covered in each application course.
An application course teaches you more about the Construction, Water and Transport fields of study. As a result, you have fewer exams during the examination period. Each period includes time for the Bouwplaats ('Building Site'), which covers laboratory courses and skills such as presenting, programming and drawing. Attendance at the Bouwplaats is compulsory, and the work is subject to assessment. In principle, there are no exams. If you carry out the work assigned to you satisfactorily, you will receive credits for it.
The third year is structured differently, without the Bouwplaats. You ultimately complete your Bachelor's programme with a final assignment that resembles a coursework project, after which you will be entitled to use the title Bachelor of Science (BSc).
The study programme in Civil Engineering consists of four learning paths.
- Mechanics courses and foundation courses.
- Applied civil engineering courses.
- (Research) skills.
Each quarter, you will have a mathematics course, a mechanics or structural design course, an applied course (e.g. Introduction to CT) and the Bouwplaats. This structure is identical for Year 1 and Year 2. The Bouwplaats is included in your schedule each week.
During the first year, you lay the foundation for your technical knowledge with mathematics, mechanics and construction courses. You become acquainted the Construction and Transport fields of study, software related to these fields, and soft skills such as presenting and reporting. You also begin designing structures and (technical) drawing.
During your second year, you expand your basic technical knowledge with subjects such as differential equations, dynamics, fluid and structural mechanics. You also become acquainted with the Water field of study and start to learn programming.
You choose a six-month minor programme and three specialisation courses to prepare for the Master's degree programme. A minor enables you to broaden or deepen your studies. Your future employers will be happy to see that you dared to look beyond your own degree programme.
In Semester 1 of Year 3 of the Bachelor's degree programme you will have the opportunity to spend six months broadening your horizons and exploring a subject that interests you, in the way that suits you best.Alternatively, you can widen your world by opting for a cohesive course package, an internship or a course abroad. A well-chosen Minor can help you to find the career direction that suits you, or to discover which Master’s programme you would like to take after your Bachelor’s degree programme.
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