MSc Civil Engineering
Civil engineering is all around you. Roads, waterways, bridges and flood defenses are just a few everyday examples. Civil engineers have the knowledge to find sustainable solutions for actual problems such as climate change, sea-level rise, resource depletion, population growth and urbanisation, and ageing of infrastructure. TU Delft is a world leading university in Civil Engineering and executes ground breaking research into these challenges. Our research findings and innovations are fed into the educational programme so you are trained to think at a high academic level. This provides you with the necessary scientific and engineering skills to work in multidisciplinary teams of professionals that create responsible solutions to today’s engineering challenges.
➨ Understanding the mechanics, dynamics, design and construction of various civil structures.
➨ Development of construction materials for a sustainable built environment.
➨ Solutions to build on, in and with soils.
➨ Hydraulic and offshore structures for energy and resource harvesting, and transport and flood protection.
➨ Meeting challenges in complex water systems like rivers, estuaries, coasts, coastal seas, and oceans.
➨ Resolving traffic and transport related challenges like congestion, accidents, air pollution and public transport.
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Full-time on campus
120 ECTS, 24 months full time
405 first year students in 2020
35% international students
88% finds an appropriate job within 3 months
TU Delft holds the 2nd position in 2022 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject: Civil and Structural Engineering
In the Construction Materials track, you are trained to choose, develop, and manufacture construction materials for application in structural components and civil structures, with the goal of creating a more sustainable and resilient built environment.
How do you limit the damage to existing buildings when you are drilling a tunnel under the City of Amsterdam? How will the construction of a dam and water reservoir affect the stability of the adjacent mountainside slopes? How can you construct a highway on saturated ground, while ensuring that it will not require a lot of maintenance due to subsidence shortly after completion? Within the track Geotechnical Engineering, you will learn how to meet such challenges.
What if deltas were not protected against flooding? What if beaches no longer existed for recreation, and rivers and coastal seas lost their incredible value for nature? What if major ports like Shanghai and Rotterdam could not expand through land reclamation? Can we imagine a world without hydraulic engineering?
Hydraulic and Offshore Structures
Picture a world powered by renewable energy from wind turbines at sea. Imagine a high-speed shuttle connection between London and New York in a submerged tunnel, and new cities floating on the ocean, while important world heritage, such as the cities of Venice and Amsterdam, is protected against the ever-present danger of the surrounding water. Envisage the 21st century. As a hydraulic and offshore structures engineer, you face some of the most complicated civil engineering challenges.
Structures such as bridges, high-rises, tunnels and storm surge barriers clearly may not collapse or fall over. They may not deflect too much or vibrate annoyingly. Moreover, often they need to last for more than 100 years without much maintenance. In this track you will learn to calculate which deflections we can expect, whether a structure will buckle, whether its strength will be sufficient, et cetera.
Traffic and Transport Engineering
In densely populated countries such as the Netherlands, hundreds of kilometers of traffic gridlock, air pollution, traffic accidents and delayed public transport are all part of the daily fare. The track Traffic and Transport Engineering trains you to play a central role in resolving such problems