Environmental Science

This MSc programme provides you with the skills necessary to contribute to the conservation and prudent use of natural resources for the benefit of society. This programme offers 6 specializations. Read more by clicking on the specialization of your interest.

Specializations of Environmental Science

Environmental Planning and Management

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    What is Delft based

    This programme will run entirely at UNESCO-IHE in Delft, the Netherlands

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    Delft based

Environmental Science & Technology

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    What is Delft based

    This programme will run entirely at UNESCO-IHE in Delft, the Netherlands

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    Delft based
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    What is Joint Programme

    Part of the programme is given at a partner institute, often in another country/continent. Joint programmes have varying start and end dates.

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    Joint Programme with Universidad del Valle, Colombia

Environmental Technology for Sustainable Development

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    What is Joint Programme

    Part of the programme is given at a partner institute, often in another country/continent. Joint programmes have varying start and end dates.

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    Joint programme with AIT, Thailand

Environmental Technology and Engineering

Limnology and Wetland Management

Water Quality Management

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    What is Delft based

    This programme will run entirely at UNESCO-IHE in Delft, the Netherlands

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    Delft based
MSc Programmes

Aim of the programme

Provide students with the necessary means to develop the capacity to carry out independent scientific and technical research and assessments on environmental issues. In addition, students will learn to analyse and assess environmental systems and problems; be able to propose sustainable solutions to environmental problems; and contribute to the development of policies and strategies for environmental planning.

Desired profile

The programme is intended for mid-career professionals with an interest in environmental sciences and in maintaining environmental integrity in relation to human development. You should have a BSc or equivalent degree in natural sciences, chemistry, environmental science, agriculture, geography, environmental economics or engineering, preferably combined with at least three years of working experience at, for example, a university, a multilateral agency, a government environmental agency (national or local), an NGO, a consultants office, or in industry.
 

Knowledge of mathematics, physics and chemistry is a prerequisite. Computer literacy is a valuable asset. Good conversational, reading and writing capabilities in the English language are essential in order to successfully complete the study.

Programme contents

The Environmental Science programme equips professionals with the necessary capacities by offering a systems approach. This means you will investigate subsystems and their interactions at global, regional and local scale, without losing sight of the overall picture. The programme balances a thorough knowledge of the disciplines taught and the added value of bringing these disciplines together in one coherent programme.

Learning context

The unsustainable management of natural resources hampers human development and exacerbates inequalities in wealth and welfare. Pollution, the depletion of natural resources and the disintegration of ecological functions are matters of local, regional and global concern. Economic development and rising living standards in the developing world contribute to the urgency of these important issues. It is not surprising, therefore, that the
management of our precious water resources, environmental conservation, sustainable development and the alleviation of poverty are high on the agenda of global concerns.

Sustainability for the future

It is now widely acknowledged that, to prevent the continued degradation of the environment and consequent damage to human society, interactions between man and the environment have to be sustainable. Sustainability depends on a delicate balance between use and conservation of our environmental resources. The challenge to sustainable development is to stimulate further expansion of living standards worldwide, while minimising
and counteracting the negative impacts on the environment.


To find sustainable solutions and improve the quality of human life, we must first understand the processes that sustain natural systems, how these systems function and how they interact with one other and with human society. This MSc programme learns you to understand natural systems processes in a sustainable way and apply this knowledge in your day-to-day work.