The Water Science and Engineering Masters Programme focuses on the management and development of water resources and water flows and quality in the natural environment, while addressing the multidisciplinary character of human activities dealing with water.
The specializations within this programme explore natural and anthropological influences on the water cycle, from the perspectives of civil engineering, technology and earth sciences.
They are of direct relevance to sustainable development because they prepare graduates to improve the management of human impact on water resources, design simulation models for various phases of the water cycle, and develop methods of reducing the impact of water-related natural hazards.
Aim of the Programme
The programme aims to deepen the knowledge, insight and skills for hydraulic engineering (part of civil engineering), hydroinformatics (a technology discipline) and hydrology (an earth system science).
Graduates are able to work in professional water sector environments that require academic skills. Graduates who obtain good study results are eligible to undertake a PhD in an appropriate water science or engineering field.
In particular, this programme provides the education to:
- Improve the management of water resources through assessing and monitoring their vulnerability to hazards.
- Sustain economic development by better flood and drought protection and hazard reduction, in an era of global climate change.
- Improve environmental and public health through pollution prevention and treatment.
- Sustain and improve water supply, power generation and agriculture through integrated water resources development.
- Improve food production by developing, operating, maintaining and optimising water-related infrastructure.
- Sustain economic growth through the development of coastal and riparian zones.
- Manage and control water systems in an integrated and sustainable way, with stakeholders, through the development of technologies to simulate such systems.
The Water Science and Engineering programme is completed with an MSc thesis in which participants carry out experimental work, modelling, or case studies.
It starts with a six-week period to develop an individual research proposal, combined with self-selected topics.
For information about admission requirements, fees, fellowships and more, visit the prospective students section.
The research takes place over a period of about six months. Participants undertake research that fits best to their personal and professional preference.
Specializations within the MSc Programme are: