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Civil Engineering

Structural Engineering
MSc Programme

Structural engineers analyse and design load-bearing structures such as buildings,


roads, bridges, tunnels and storm surge barriers, and investigate the behaviour of the
materials applied in these civil engineering structures. The structures must be able to
withstand during a long period of time the loads due to human use and environmental
conditions, such as earthquakes and heavy winds, with minimum maintenance.
Structural Engineering is all about this challenge.

Degree Master of Science Programme and to use computer simulations to determine


The Structural Engineering track provides whether a structure will comply with design
Starts September students with in-depth knowledge of the specifications. Research is fundamental to
fundamental behaviour of civil engineering the educational programme. Well-equipped
Type full-time
materials and structures. Used daily, the safe, laboratories enable testing from nanoscale
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months sound and durable design, construction and materials to full-scale structures and their
maintenance of these structures is imperative components.
Language English for human well-being and society. Students
Application deadline 1 April learn to formulate and test physical models of Specialisations
loads, materials and structures. The Structural Engineering track offers the
Tuition fee € 18.750 (non EU) They test complex structure models for following specialisations:
€ 2.083 (EU) endurance under stresses that might occur.
Additionally, students learn to test and apply The Structural Mechanics specialisation
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hand calculations for quick decision-making trains students to make in-depth analyses of
Civil Engineering
Structural Engineering
FIRST YEAR SECOND YEAR

SPECIAL SUBJECTS (CHOOSE ONE)


TRACK-SPECIFIC COURSES (TOTAL OF 56 EC)
• ADDITIONAL GRADUATION WORK, RESEARCH PROJECT (10 EC)
• ELECTIVE (10 EC)
• INTERNSHIP (10 EC)
• MULTIDISCIPLINARY PROJECT, CIVIL ENGINEERING CONSULTANCY PROJECT (10 EC)
COMPULSORY ETHICS COURSE (CHOOSE ONE)
ELECTIVE COURSES (10 EC)
• CLIMATE CHANGE: SCIENCE & ETHICS (4 EC)
• PHILOSOPHY, TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT AND ETHICS FOR CIVIL ENGINEERS
(4 EC) MSC THESIS (40EC)

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structures. In the graduation project, students The Hydraulic Engineering Structures
develop tools that other engineers use to specialisation concentrates on hydraulic
design structures. For example, a calculation structures and systems, such as tunnels, in QS subject ranking
method for computers, rules of thumb or design quay walls, dykes and storm surge barriers. Civil Engineering
charts. Structural mechanics specialists solve The specialisation focuses on the integral
structural problems for which others do not design, construction and maintenance of these

35%
know a solution. structures and coherently addresses their
hydraulic, geotechnical and structural aspects.
The Materials and Environment
International students
specialisation provides students with a deep Graduation examples
knowledge of civil engineering materials and For most Master thesis projects, students
their behaviours, keeping the environmental collaborate with an external party. Some recent
impact in mind. Students use sophisticated
equipment to investigate many materials and
examples of graduation projects:
• Shear and torsion in a pre-stressed through 200
processes, such as the hardening process, railway bridge Students in total
durability and crack propagation of conventional • A multiphysics numerical framework for epoxy
and high-strength concrete, and healing of resins
Career perspective
bitumen. Innovations are also explored, such as • Development of a reliable and efficient 3D
self-healing concrete. calculation model of a high-rise building under

98%
seismic loading
The Concrete Structures specialisation • Seismic inversion for estimating soil material
teaches students to make the right decisions damping for offshore wind turbines 6
Job within 6 months
for optimal design and construction of concrete • Experimental characterisation of chemical
structures, such as buildings, stadiums and and physical performance of epoxy modified
bridges. Concrete, reinforced and/or pre- bitumen
stressed, is the most widely used construction
material because of its design possibilities, low
• Pushover analysis of masonry structures in
Groningen 20%
Work abroad
cost, strength and durability. • Application of biobased Fiber Reinforced
Polymer on a road traffic bridge
The Steel, Timber and Composite Structures • Exploration of stability of 3D printed steel
specialisation focuses on the design and
construction of structures made of steel, timber,
aluminium and fibre-reinforced plastic. These
members

Career prospects
70%
Graduation assignment
materials are used in structures such as utility Structural engineers work with architects, with external party
buildings, wind turbines and bridges. consultants, contractors, mechanical, electrical
and chemical engineers to ensure that all parts
The Road and Railway Engineering of the structure are safe and capable of fulfilling
specialisation focuses on infrastructural their intended function. Upon graduation,
facilities, such as roads, airfields, port areas, students may choose to work in structural
railways and tramways. The multi-layer design or choose to specialise in construction
structures required for these facilities must or research. The career prospects for structural
withstand increasingly heavy traffic loads over engineering graduates are promising, and many
time. Students learn to design, construct and find jobs at consultancy firms.
maintain these structures that are essential for
the proper functioning of modern society.
NOV_2018

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