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Civil Engineering and Management / Construction Management and Engineering (Transferminor/doorstroomminor)

This transfer minor is designed for all students who would like to deepen their knowledge within the field of civil engineering and management and are interested in a scientific approach.

This minor’s goal is to prepare you for the Master programme. This means you will be taught various scientific skills and your skills in mathematics will be improved to a higher level. You will also attend several courses related to civil engineering. With this transfer minor you will be able to start immediately with the Master programme after having obtained your degree from a Higher Professional Education institute (HBO).

Topics which will be treated in this minor:

  • Integral design of an area in which traffic management and construction management play an important role;
  • Quantitative and policy aspects of water engineering;
  • Academic and research skills with a focus on writing a research proposal, conducting research and using it to write a scientific article;
  • Calculus A and B
  • Probability Theory and Statistics;
  • MatLAB


After successfully completing this transfer minor, the student is able to:

  • With respect to integral design project:
    • Use prior knowledge in an integrated way;
    • Broaden/deepen prior knowledge especially including (more) quantitative analysis methods and non-technical knowledge and methods;
    • Make an integrated plan for urban development underpinning choices and methods
    • Balance different interests resulting from different themes and objectives;
    • Operate as a member of a professional advice team. The team is responsible for its own organization and planning;
    • The student is able to present the results in different format for different audiences;
  • With respect to water and fluid mechanics:
    • Identify the most important management aspects of natural water systems and vocabulary that is often used in the field of water management;
    • Explain the processes related to hydrology, currents, transport and water quality that occur within water systems;
    • Compose analytical and numerical simulation models for various themes within water management and use these for quantitative analyses;
    • Conduct an exploratory and broad problem analysis of water management problems from different perspectives (technical and societal);
  • Model and program in MatLAB;
  • With respect to Academic Research Skills:
    • Explain what (academic) research is, which kinds of research and which phases can be distinguished and how quality of the research can be guaranteed.
    • To formulate research questions and objectives, based on an existing problem.
    • To carry out a thorough literature study and specify research questions/objectives, based on this.
    • To produce a plan for technological research, based on the formulated questions and/or objectives.
    • To systematically process the results of scientific research:
    • Interpretation of the results
    • Clear and sound conclusions
    • To answer the research question, including a reflection on the original objective.
    • To write a scientific paper on the research results (in English).
    • To orally present the results (in English) to an audience of supervisors and peers.
    • To critically reflect on the results of their own research and that of fellow students (peer review).
  • With respect to Calculus:
    • Formulate definitions and properties of functions of one variable;
    • Calculate limits, for instance to demonstrate continuity or to calculate the derivative with the definition;
    • Calculate the derivative of a function, and also to calculate extreme values and inflection points;
    • Reproduce the definition of continuity, differentiability and integrability of functions of two or more variables;
    • Reproduce the definition of the partial derivative of a function of two variables;
    • Apply the chain rule for functions of more than one variable;
    • Calculate the directional derivative and the gradient vector, and apply the rules for the gradient;
    • Find the extreme values of functions of more than one variable;
    • Calculate double and triple integrals over a general defined region;
    • Apply standard coordinate transformations (polar, cylindrical and spherical) to multiple integrals;
    • Work with divergence and curl of a vector field;
    • Calculate line and surface integrals of functions and vector fields over general regions;
    • Formulate the notions of series, sequences and absolute and relative convergence;
    • Determine the convergence of series and sequences;
  • With respect to statistics:
    • Apply probability models, stochastic processes and statistical techniques;
    • Make statistical approximations of unknown variables.

This transfer minor prepares you for the Master programmes of Civil Engineering and Management and Construction Management and Engineering. If you manage to successfully complete the transfer minor within one year, you will be able to enrol in one of these two Master programmes after obtaining your degree from a Higher Professional Education institute (HBO).

After obtaining your Master’s degree, you will be a civil engineer capable of combining technical and non-technical aspects of large infrastructural and construction projects.

Aanvullende informatie

The programme is entirely in English, as is the required literature.

For more information, please contact J.G.M. Kemna MSc.:

The Learning Agreement signed by the student and his Examination Board must have reached the UT-contact person before the enrolment ends.


This transfer minor is recommended only to those students of Higher Professional Education (HBO) who have obtained relatively good grades throughout their educational programme. We leave this decision to the student. The transfer minor is designed for students who have the motivation and capacities to obtain an academic degree from an English-taught Master’s programme.

Only students enrolled in a related educational programme, such as Civil Engineering, Built Environment, Traffic Engineering and Land and Water Management are admitted to this transfer minor, see also In some cases where the student’s prior education is not related to the Master’s programmes, the examination board can make exceptions. An individual request for this must be submitted to the contact person below.

The University of Twente assumes that all students who sign up for a transfer minor have a minimum level of English and Mathematics (VWO-level English and Mathematics B). This is the student’s own responsibility. Previous experiences have shown that hardly any students manage to successfully complete the transfer minor is they do not comply with these requirements. If necessary, additional courses are available at Boswell-Bèta or the Open University (or at Saxion for Saxion students).

Moreover, students must have obtained at least 120 ECTS at their Higher Professional Education institution to be admitted to the transfer minor in September.


Quartile 1

Calculus A (4 ECTS)                             Written exam
Design project (6 ECTS)                       Writing assignment, report, oral presentation
MatLAB (2 ECTS)                                  Computer Exam

Quartile 2

Calculus B (3 ECTS)                               Written exam
Probability and Statistics (3 ECTS)         Written exam
Water and Fluid Mechanics (4,5 ECTS)  Written exam

Quartile 1 and 2
Academic Research Skills (7,5 ECTS)     
Research proposal, scientific article and oral presentation.


Calculus A and B: Thomas


The transfer minor entails a full time programme of 30 ECTS and there is only one term of enrolment in September.

An introduction period for prospective students takes place in the week before the programme starts, at the end of august.