Structural Engineering

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Structural Engineering

Start: September
  • Science and Engineering

The programme teaches making the connections between and recognising the mutual dependency of the various building elements below and above ground. Forces and load-bearing work top-down. Stability has a mainly horizontal component. What are the connections between these elements? How are loads distributed and what influence does horizontal stability have on the foundation design?

About this minor

Using advanced applied mechanics and mathematics, students learn to calculate these connections and dependencies. These calculations are done 'by hand' and using software based on the finite element method (FEM).

Another main subject is the use of materials in civil and architectural engineering constructions. Which materials can be used in which elements? What are the possibilities and impossibilities of the materials used? Why would you construct something in cement but not in steel? Should that construction element be made with cement? Would constructive masonry be better and cheaper?

Students will be encouraged to think in terms of material use by way of lectures on various construction materials, such as prestressed and reinforced concrete constructions, as well as steel constructions and earthworks. The course will also take an in-depth look at steel constructions and foundation engineering. A number of lectures will deal with specialist subjects, such as reinforced masonry and glass in building.

In addition to a theoretical component, the minor also comprises a practical component. This practical component consists of practical and research assignments based on the theoretical component of the minor, taking place at BuildinG, Hanze UAS' living lab, and at the Hanze UAS Centre of Expertise.

BuildinG is a meeting point for 'education, research and entrepreneurship'. Students will use these three core values to resolve research questions and work on practical assignments related to the minor's theory lectures.

Read more about the subjects in the ECTS Course Catalogue.

Before you can start

Available to

• students following the Built Environment programme at Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen (minor enrolment via Osiris);
• Students from our partner institutions abroad. You can apply once your university has officially nominated you. For more information visit The application deadline for the winter semester is 15 May, for the spring semester this is 15 October.

Expected knowledge before starting the minor Structural Engineering

- applied mechanics; external and internal equilibrium;
- applied mechanics; statically indeterminate constructions;
- applied mechanics; calculation deformations
- soil mechanics: calculations soil tensions and soil bearing capacity
- steel structures: stability, calculations of beams, columns and connections
- concrete structures: stability, calculation of reinforcement for beams, columns and connections

Admission & application

Please check with your home university whether there is an agreement set up with the Hanze School that is offering the exchange programme of your choice. To apply for and be admitted for our exchange programme you should take the following steps

  • 1. Be nominated by your home university

    Once you have been nominated, your nomination will be checked by us and confirmed to your home university by email. You will receive your application link during our application period.

  • 2. Submit your online application

    Once you have been nominated by your home university you will receive a personal application link and the application instructions during our application period. The application is fully digital and documents do not have to be send by email or postal mail. Make sure you do not miss our application deadline!

  • 3. Letter of Acceptance

    Once you have submitted your application we will check your documents. If you have to re-submit any documents, we will let you know. We will be sending out Acceptance Letters from the beginning of May when you start in September and from the middle of October when you start in February.

Frequently Asked Questions

Fields of interest

  • Science and Engineering
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