Introduction to the curriculum

The master Civil Engineering is a two year MSc programme. The first part of year one is fixed and identical for all students. This compulsory part consists of the faculty base module, MUDE (12 EC) and the programme base module (9 EC). After this compulsory part, you will choose one of the six master tracks (15 EC), that offer you more specialised knowledge in a particular field.

The second year offers even more flexibility and freedom of choice than the first year, providing possibilities to study abroad, do an internship or a multi- or interdisciplinary project in the Netherlands or abroad, follow an in-depth module and a cross-over module to eventually make a well-informed choice for a research topic for the thesis.

Year 1

Faculty Wide Module (MUDE)

The first year of the MSc Civil Engineering starts with the faculty wide module on Modelling, Uncertainty and Data analysis for Engineers (MUDE), that is compulsory for all Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Applied Earth Sciences master students.

This module comprises two interlinked parts. The Theory, Application and Coding part focuses on the fundamental concepts on (1) modelling and simulation; (2) uncertainty quantification and risk analysis; (3) monitoring, sensing and data science. This part also includes workshops on coding skills. In the Project part students work on examples and applications at the interface areas where the various topics overlap, creating opportunities for more integrated applications in the broad field of civil engineering and geosciences.

Programme Module

Parallel to this faculty wide module, the first semester includes a module specifically for all Civil Engineering students, focusing on advanced mechanics and interdisciplinary perspectives. It provides a solid basis for all six tracks of the programme, each of which offers a balanced combination of in-depth and broadly oriented knowledge and skills.


The MUDE and the Programme Base module are compulsory for all Civil Engineering students. Specialisation within this field is acquired by choosing one of the six tracks included in the programme:

Year 2

In the second year, the MSc Civil Engineering Programme gives you the flexibility to define your own study programme based on your interests. 

In Q5 and Q6 you can choose Electives (15 ECTS) and Cross-over modules (10 ECTS)  that have a strong focus on interdisciplinary work. You can also opt for a Joint Interdisciplinary Project, an internship, a multidisciplinary project. a project in collaboration with other faculties or field work in Q5. 

You will start your preparation for the thesis graduation project in Q6, which counts for 5 ECTS. This preparation phase includes the setup proposal, the literature study, and the research plan. The research, design and analysis phase of the thesis work is covered in Q7 and Q8, with a total weight of 30 ECTS.