MSc Track: Building Engineering

The MSc Building Engineering track provides a broad curriculum. This includes all important aspects throughout the entire building cycle, from initial planning through the phase of use and onwards to redevelopment and demolition. The focus is on the technical and structural functions of buildings. However, the principles of architectural design are also examined. After all, in practice you as a civil engineer will often work together with architects. It is therefore important for you to be familiar with each other’s fields of expertise. If for instance a building’s supporting structure is visible then together with an architect you will need to find a solution which is attractive in both constructional and architectural terms.

In order to make a useful contribution to the construction and the design of buildings, you as a civil engineer must have knowledge that includes the following fields:

  • constructional solutions
  • structural and installation engineering
  • materials properties
  • building physics
  • finishing techniques
  • building organisation

This knowledge is acquired in the course of a two-year programme which is designed to help you graduate as a highly expert engineer with a practical perspective. Following graduation your knowledge and experience will make you suited for a wide range of professions.


This Building Engineering track offers the following specialisations:

Building Technology & Physics

Even more than the load-bearing structure, the appearance and the interior climate define the way users enjoy the building. In the specialization Building Technology & Physics you will gain insight in all techniques that contribute to this.

Building Technology 

Building Technology allows an engineer to translate the wishes of the architect into reality. This means determining which materials will be used for the finishing of the building and also ensuring that a sustainable building is constructed. You need to know about building components, material properties, building physics, maintenance properties and the reparability of materials and of technical installations in buildings. since the facade is one of the most technically demanding and challenging components of a building, the emphasis for a building technologist lies on facade design and construction.

Building Physics 

Building Physics is the science of designing high performance buildings that are durable, comfortable, energy efficient, affordable and healthy. To avoid or solve many building problems, a unique mix of heat and mass transfer physics, acoustics, material science, construction technology, human physiology, and engineering analysis and design must be applied. 

Structural Design

The design phase of buildings involves not only structural experts and architects but, increasingly, structural designers as well. These ‘designing engineers’ act as a bridge between architects and the structural experts who focus on verification of standards, dimensioning and detailing. The Structural Design specialisation has been created in response to this development.

More information

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Information booklet

A handy booklet is published with all aspects of the Master-track Building Engineering. You will find all data of our study programme, possible electives, advice for your personal study planning, and all ins and outs of how to start and succesfully finish the Master's phase at our group. You can obtain a hardcopy from the secretary of the department 3MD: with reference of the title Information Booklet Building Engineering.