Minor Structural Engineering

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This minor is aimed specifically at Built Environment students taking in major in Civil Engineering who wish to deepen and expand their knowledge of structural design. The minor is also suitable for students taking a major in Building 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?

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.


For more information about the subjects see the ECTS Course Catalogue

Study Programme

This minor is part of the Hanze UAS Groningen (Dutch-taught) Built Environment bachelor's programme.

Minor type

Mandatory: students following the Built Environment programme and taking a major in Civil Engineering (Civiele Techniek) must choose at least one of the following minors: Structural Engineering or Delta Engineering.

Will take place in

Semester 1 (winter semester)

Number of ECTS credits




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 hanze.nl/isd. 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


Dutch students: 
Dhr. D. Ernsten (Dirk)
E: d.ernsten@pl.hanze.nl 
T: 050 595 29 73

Foreign students:
Dhr. J.H. Boer (Eric)
E: j.h.boer@pl.hanze.nl 
T: 050 595 45 88

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