In year one, you acquaint yourself with the different aspects of the civil engineering field. You act both in the role of advisor and of designer and analyze an existing civil engineering infrastructure, such as a bridge, or a quay. You learn to understand how these constructions can continue to function in the next thirty years. You learn how civil engineering constructions are built and how they work. You learn about hydraulics and the impact water has on a construction, so you know how strong the construction needs to be.
In the second part of the first year, you acquaint yourself with the South-western Delta, our delta region in the Netherlands. By means of a project, you discover the influences fluid dynamics and soil subsidence have on an area. How you can continue to live, work and recreate in delta areas, in spite of rising sea levels. By means of surveying, you learn to map an area. You incorporate this in 3D drawings, which will form the basis for your new design of dunes and dikes. You also study these areas abroad.
In the second year 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.
In the second half of the second year, you get to work on constructions that protect the coast from flooding. You learn how to investigate whether a dike will be strong enough to protect the land behind it and how to design new dikes that are both long-lasting and environmentally friendly. You also work with dredging techniques: constructing islands near a coastline. Another subject is the development of such islands for the construction of wind farms.
In the third year of the programme, you complete a six-month minor. You can carry out your minor at one of the water-related research groups at Zeeland University of Applied Sciences, at another of our study programmes, or at another university, in the Netherlands or abroad.
You also carry out an internship with a construction project, in the Netherlands or abroad.
At the start of the fourth study year, you choose your major:
- Hydraulic engineering or
Either in the role of a hydraulic engineer, or that of a constructor your work on a large-scale project with other students in the field of port design.
During the final part of your study, 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 that shows you qualify as a civil engineer.