MSc Track: Hydraulic Engineering

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 engineers analyse and model natural systems, develop state-of-the-art infrastructure solutions, evaluate their impacts and implement them in practice. They do so in the context of climate change, economic growth, rapid urbanisation and increasing environmental awareness.  

MSc programmes per September 2022
As per September 2022 we are planning to redesign the master programme Civil Engineering. If this process proceeds as planned, the subjects of the tracks mentioned below will be integrated in the master programme Civil Engineering per September 2022. Students who enroll in the current track in September 2021, can continue this track until August 2024, after which a transition into the new master programme Civil Engineering will apply. The curriculum of the new master programme will be published on our website as of August 2021. Please contact the study-advisors if you have urgent questions at this moment.

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Key features of this track:

➨ Assess the response of rivers, coasts, and estuaries to natural and anthropogenic change

➨ Solve problems in these systems by effective engineering design

➨ Perform (flood) risk analyses, deal with uncertainty and evaluate the reliability and safety of hydraulic structures

➨ Use and develop state of the art technologies for laboratory experiments, field measurements and remotely-sensed data

➨ Apply the developed technology and skills by close cooperation with industry, research institutes an government

For more information check out the programme