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Civil Engineering

BSc Civil Engineering

3 years

€2530 pa

Programme profile

Are you interested in contributing to the construction of the largest lock project in the world? In determining how high and how strong dikes should be to ensure flooding does not take place? Or would you like to make sure that people and animals can continue to live safely near coasts and rivers despite climate change? If your answer is ‘yes’ to the questions above, the Civil Engineering programme at HZ may be the right choice for you!

It is expected that by 2050 80% of the world's population will live in delta areas. In these areas, where rivers meet the sea, there are increasing challenges due to climate change. With your expertise as a civil engineer, you will tackle problems such as coastal safety and urban flooding and contribute to safety in deltas around the world. During your study, you learn everything about the design and building of large constructions and managing huge international projects. Examples include the Panama locks in the Panama Canal; the Channel tunnel that connects the United Kingdom with France; and the magnificent Palm Islands in Dubai, a design that could have been yours if you were already a civil engineer!

Programme content

Year 1: this is very much a foundation year where you become acquainted with the basics of Civil Engineering. You follow modules such as Construction Design, Water Management and Constructing in and with Soil, which are often integrated.

You will act both in the role of advisor and of designer, and analyse an existing civil engineering infrastructure, such as a bridge or a quay. You will learn how civil engineering constructions are built, and how they work. You learn about hydraulics and the impact water has on a construction. 

Year 2: modules include Water Management, Urban Road Design and Advanced Construction Designing. You also carry out an orientation work placement at a building site.

You will study infrastructures, both above the ground and below. Think of channels and roads, but also of cables and pipes. One of the projects during this study year is your design of a motorway that will reduce traffic jams. 

Year 3: you look closely at the theme of water through modules such as Canals & Ports and Coastal & Bank Protection. In this year you also take your minor. By means of this minor you enhance the depth or breadth of your knowledge and skills. You can carry out your minor at one if the water-related research groups at HZ, at another HZ study programme, or at another university, in the Netherlands or abroad

Year 4: at the start of the year, you choose your major: Hydraulic Engineering or Construction. As a hydraulic engineer you focus on the design of a port. You consider the consequences of water flows and wave action on shipping, as well as the necessary infrastructure, including quays and moles. As a constructor you analyse a construction site, the tunnels and landing constructions. You are responsible for the calculations to ensure the constructions will be strong enough, now and in the future.

During this phase, you carry out a graduation assignment with a Dutch or foreign company of your choice. At the end of that period you submit a graduation research project.


The University offers a:

- MSc River Delta Development

Entry Requirements

2 A/S Levels and 4 GCSEs OR relevant BETEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Subjects to include Maths and Physics

Five passes at Leaving Cert (minimum 200 points) OR relevant QQi/FETAC Level 5. Subjects to include Maths & Physics




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15 August