Civil engineers work internationally on large and smaller projects that capture the imagination: from the world's tallest building in Dubai and the storm surge barrier near New Orleans, to the North-South metro line in Amsterdam. This shows that there are three main fields of study in civil engineering.
Field of study
If you become a water expert, you'll learn all there is to know about waste water treatment, irrigation techniques and drainage and sewerage systems. You'll also know all about flood defences, land reclamation, coastal reinforcement, the Delta Works and the right amount of water for humans, nature and agriculture. In view of the changing climate and rising sea levels, the knowledge of water experts is of vital importance for many people.
Buildings, bridges and tunnels must be safe. Can they withstand extreme weather conditions? Are the right materials used? Is the supporting structure strong enough? Is the area subject to subsidence? As a civil engineer you are responsible for the structural and building engineering.
The world's population has grown exponentially. Accessibility has become a problem. How many kilometres of traffic jams are there throughout the world on any given day? As a civil engineer specialising in transport, you devise innovative aboveground and underground solutions for road and rail transport. Your attention is focused on the efficiency, flow and capacity of existing transport networks, as well as new transport methods.
The courses in the Bachelor's degree programme provide you with an introduction to the field of study. In addition, you deepen your knowledge of Mathematics and Mechanics through foundation courses. In principle, the Bachelor's degree programme prepares you for one of the specialisations in the Master's degree programme in Civil Engineering. In short: the Bachelor's degree programme provides you with a basis for your future specialisation.
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).
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