Introduction to the programme

There are 7 specialisations within the MSc track Hydraulic Engineering from which you will have to choose one:

  • Coastal Engineering
  • River Engineering
  • Dredging
  • Ports and Waterways
  • Environmental Fluid Mechanics
  • Hydraulic Structures
  • Flood Risk

The program of the track comprises a common block of 6 compulsory courses for all hydraulic engineering students and specific courses for one of the 7 specialisations. During the first year, students acquire advanced knowledge of hydraulic engineering by taking specialised courses in physical processes, engineering applications and design. In the second year, this knowledge is brought into practice by doing an internship, a consulting project or additional thesis. The final part of the programme is the MSc thesis project.

Programme overview:

The programme consists of compulsory courses and elective courses.
Using the course code, e.g. CIE4310, descriptions of the courses can be found in the TU Delft Study Guide.

In the second year, there is the opportunity to follow more courses related to the field of hydraulic engineering, you can choose to do an internship, a small research project on your own (additional thesis) or a multidisciplinary consulting project in a group of 4 or more students.
Using the course code, e.g. CIE4310, descriptions of the courses can be found in the TU Delft Study Guide.

The final part of the program is the MSc graduation project (40 EC). Have a look at the theses of our past graduates

Coastal Engineering
The specialisation Coastal Engineering concentrates on the coastal zone, more specifically the dynamics of dunes, beaches, tidal inlets and coastal seas. You will use coastal monitoring and modelling to design breakwaters, nourishments, land reclamations and other coastal infrastructure, often based on the concept of Building with Nature.

River Engineering
The specialisation River Engineering focusses on the response of a river to man-made and natural changes. You will learn about  nature based solutions to river-related problems and  design effectives engineering solutions.

Dredging Engineering
Civil, maritime and mechanical engineering aspects play a central role in the specialisation Dredging Engineering. Here we focus on the main elements of the dredging process: excavation, vertical and horizontal transport of dredged sediment, and its deposition.

Ports and Waterways
The multi-disciplinary specialisation Ports and Waterways focusses on integrated planning and design of ports, terminals, and inland waterways, wherein operational, logistic, economic, environmental, safety and hydraulic aspects are addressed.

Environmental Fluid Mechanics
The specialisation Environmental Fluid Mechanics focuses on the fundamental issues of fluid mechanics. You will learn about shallow water waves, turbulence, density differences within the flow, and the interaction between currents or waves and coasts, rivers and hydraulic structures.

Hydraulic Structures
In the specialisation Hydraulic Structures you will learn about the design and construction of locks, weirs, storm surge barriers, quays, jetties, dikes and dams, and underground infrastructure such as submerged and bored tunnels. This requires insight in hydraulic, structural and geotechnical aspects. Probabilistic and structural dynamic analyses are often applied.

Flood Risk
The specialisation Flood Risk aims at identifying current and future flood risk through analysis of flood hazards, performance of defences, and flooding consequences. We assess flood risk reduction strategies, such as interventions in coastal and river systems, early warning, and emergency management.