Master Construction Management and Engineering

ECTS points
Education type
Master program
Two years
Master of Science (MSc)

The way the world lives is reaching a new balance. In 2010, over half the world lived in urban areas and by 2050 that proportion is expected to reach nearly 70%. As a result, the United Nations is demanding a change in how we think about the construction and reconstruction of urban areas.  

Our Construction Management and Engineering program anticipates that change by exploring the area between ‘construction engineering' and ‘scientific management and economics'. It focuses on the management and implementation of urban development processes with an emphasis on smart cities. In particular, it looks at: 

  • Energy Neutral Cities: creating more reliable models to estimate the effects of renewable energy technologies on the district level 
  • Urban Management: looking into socio-economic models to manage cities and forecast spatial effects and financial risks of policy measures by considering the emerging area of urban informatics (i.e. using sensors, GPS, social network data) 
  • Building Information Management: improving the effectiveness of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction process, including interoperability and open data management

Master of Construction Management and Engineering

An interdepartmental program between the Built Environment (BE) and Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (IE&IS) departments, the CME program possess a distinctive research-driven and project-oriented approach to education. You will use a combination of using urban/building sciences and management and innovation sciences to develop solutions for smart urban development. 

You will employ business-case approaches throughout the program in subjects such as analyzing life cycle values, risk analyses, engineering systems for services and organization design. Meanwhile, though research topics, you will investigate the realization and maintenance of sustainable, safe, and healthy urban areas using smart technologies within organizational and financial boundaries. 

To help you in develop a personalized education program, the CME program offers: 

  • A series of courses and projects with a lot of flexibility and multidisciplinary opportunities  
  • The possibility to gain international experience 
  • Education in soft skills such as creativity, and communication skills

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The two-year CME master’s program is part of the 4TU Federation, which comprises the four universities of technology in the Netherlands. The CME program is coordinated between TU/e, TUDelft and the University of Twente, giving you the possibility of taking elective courses at each location. 

CME rankings 

The TU/e CME program was the highest ranked program according to Elsevier studies 2017 and the Keuzegids Master 2018.


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Core programs

Within the Architecture, Building and Planning master's program, we offer four optional tracks: 

Architectural Urban Design and Engineering (AUDE)

Design tomorrow’s building and cities with options to qualify to register as an architect, an urban designer or both.

Building Physics and Services

Make the buildings and cities of tomorrow energy neutral, sustainable, healthy, and comfortable.

Structural Design (SD)

Innovative structural design, material-related research and mechanics applied to structural aspects.

Urban Systems and Real Estate (USRE)

Creating healthy, safe and viable urban environments to live, work and play.

NVAO Accreditation

The independent judgment by the NVAO strengthens higher education institutions in their quality culture. On the basis of the judgments of NVAO higher education programmes are recognized and students receive a legally recognized degree. In the Netherlands, NVAO assesses the internal quality assurance pursued by universities and the quality of the programmes they provide.