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Honours Programme Bachelor CEG

You are a successful student of Civil Engineering or Applied Earth Sciences and above all: you are ambitious. You are looking for ways to get the most out of your studies, you want to deepen your understanding of subjects you find extremely interesting, and moreover, you will get your propedeuse with good grades. You are aware that in order to achieve this, you will have to work for it and you choose to do so. You like to go off the beaten track. If you recognize yourself in this description, consider to join the Honours Programme BSc-CEG!

Based on the areas of your interest, you can choose to either broaden or to deepen the scope of your studies in the HP Programme. You also have the chance to develop skills that you feel received little attention during the regular programme. Furthermore, you will get to know other ambitious students and you will create your own profile of expertise. You distinguish yourself from other students, and therefore  some companies will prefer you over others.

To achieve this you’ll take extra courses and you’ll do research in the second and third year of the BSc. One course is obligatory, the rest of the programme you can compose yourself.  This will provide you with an extra 20 EC. The HP programme is on top of the regular BSc programme and you can use it to extend or deepen the regular BSc elements such as the minor and the final BSc product/ project.

‘I wanted to take more control over my own education. The Honours Programme in the BSc allows you to do so.’

‘I just came back from a project in Houston. Several universities and experts from different disciplines were involved  in the multidisciplinary assessment of the flood risk.  During the  meeting with hurricane experts, architects and other experts you realise how complex such an issue actually is’.

Inge van den Ende – MSc student water engineering


The HP programme offers you multiple ways to get the most out of your studies. But it also means that you have to spend extra time on it. Within two years you will obtain an extra 20 EC’s, so that means 4 to 6 hours extra per week during BSc year 2 and 3.

The programme expects of you an independent and proactive approach, but you can also count on excellent support from the academic staff.

The second year of the BSc

  1. Selection: You can take part in the programme if you are selected from the students who obtained the propedeuse nominally. But even if you haven’t obtained the propedeuse nominally you can apply if you are very motivated to participate. In the cover letter you should try to convince the committee / program coordinator to allow you to take part in this challenging program.
    The HP BSc CEG program starts in September of the second BSc year. Selection takes place in the first weeks of September. For those who are admitted, there are weekly meetings in the first semester.
  2. The first part of the programme consists of an assignment to map the scientific field,  the professional field and your own areas of interest.
    Scope: about 5 hours per week for 20 weeks = 100 hours = 4 EC.
  3. Based on your findings from the first part, in the second part of the programme you perform  your own project or research study. Additionally you will work out plans for the third year and follow lectures by CEG researchers. Scope: about 6 hours per week for 25 weeks = 150 hours = 6 EC.

The third year of the BSc

  1. Minor: this is part of the regular program, but you can link it to the HP programme. You can choose a free minor at another faculty, university or abroad.
  2. BSc thesis: this is part of the regular program, through the HP program, you can deepen the BSc thesis by extending your research. Scope: 10 ECTS.
  3. Third year. Scope: 3 to 4 hours per week for 30 weeks = 100 to 120 hours = 5 EC.

Do you want to join the Honours programme? Then please send a letter with your motivation, capabilities and plans for Dr.ir. Maurits Ertsen through m.w.ertsen@remove-this.tudelft.nl. For questions or comments you can also contact him.

Name author: Maurits Ertsen
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