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.