Limnology and Wetland Management

You will learn about the structure and functioning of aquatic and wetland ecosystems for their management and wise use, and learn how to interact with stakeholders, managers and policy makers for the development of best practices.

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Joint Programme, BOKU, Vienna, Austria; Egerton University, Kenya; Delft, The Netherlands18 months, starts in October

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For whom?

This Masters Programme is intended for mid-career professionals with a background in biological or environmental sciences, and with a special interest in one of the following topics: aquatic ecology, limnology, wetland ecosystems, or aquatic resources management.

Degree

Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded the Master degree in Limnology and Wetland Management. This degree will be awarded jointly by Egerton University, BOKU and UNESCO-IHE.

Joint programme

This specialization is a joint programme given with BOKU: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria, and Egerton University, Kenya.

Dates

Start: 17 October 2014
Submission deadline: 01 August 2014

Learning objectives

After successfully completing this specialization, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and apply an understanding of the physical, chemical and biological structure and associated processes of inland aquatic ecosystems;
  • Design sampling strategies for cost-effective effective monitoring of aquatic ecosystems, and to support clearly stated policy objectives;
  • Understand the relationship between pressures from catchment land use, invasive species and fisheries exploitation, and the ecology of lakes, rivers and wetlands;
  • Integrate potentially conflicting stakeholder objectives for the sustainable use of lakes, rivers and wetlands.

Structure & contents

The Limnology and Wetland Management Programme brings you to Vienna (Austria), Njoro (Kenya) and Delft (The Netherlands) under the joint responsibility of UNESCO-IHE. The coursework part of the programme starts in Vienna in October, where you will attend basic modules (16 weeks).

  • October - January

    BOKU, Vienna, Austria
    • Basics in Limnology Required

      Course at BOKU 

    • Ecology of Aquatic Organisms Required

      Course at BOKU 

    • Basics in Applied Limnology Required

      Course at BOKU

    • Aquatic Ecosystem Management Required

      Course at BOKU 

In February you will travel to Egerton University in Kenya for the next four modules. In this part the emphasis will be on tropical limnology of lakes and rivers and you will have field visits to Lake Naivasha, Lake Victoria and Lake Nakuru.

  • February - May

    Egerton, Njoro, Kenya
    • Lake Ecology Required

      Course at Egerton

    • Stream and River Ecology Required

      Course at Egerton

    • Wetlands for Water Quality Required

      Course at Egerton

    • Fisheries and Aquaculture Required

      Course at Egerton

End of May you will depart for The Netherlands for the last four modules. Finally you will prepare a research proposal and you will finish with a research period of 6 months in The Netherlands, Austria, one of the East African countries or in your home country.

  • May - July

    UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands
    • Wetlands for Livelihoods and Conservation Required
      Learning Objectives
      1. understand the concept of ecosystem functions and services, and means of assessing it;
      2. develop adaptive management for wetlands in response to climate change;
      3. analyse problems and formulate objectives according to the Objective Oriented Planning (OOP) method;
      4. analyse systematically the role that stakeholders have in wetland planning and management;
      5. develop and carry out stakeholder interviews and surveys;
      6. construct a wetland management plan based on the guidelines of the Ramsar Convention.
    • Aquatic Ecosystems Processes and Applications Required
      Learning Objectives
      1. Conduct laboratory techniques used for basic limnological studies. Specifically, you will be able to measure physical-chemical properties, chlorophyll a concentration in seston and periphyton; measure and calculate primary production and community respiration, measure nutrient concentration and turbidity, calculate and measure ash free dry mass, and perform zooplankton counts.
      2. Develop a research question based on the experimental design.
      3. Analyze data using either statistical or modeling techniques to answer your research question.
      4. Produce a report in the format of a scientific article that presents your research question, the data supporting it, and a discussion of your results, including a review of relevant literature.
      5. Critically analyze your colleagues' work in the form of a professional peer review.
    • Data Analysis and Modelling for Aquatic Ecosystems Required

      Learning Objectives

      • Store and manipulate experimental data;
      • Perform exploratory data analysis using MS Excel and R;
      • Perform basic statistical procedures and analyses using R;
      • Understand and apply the principles of Bayesian statistics;
      • Construct a dynamic simulation model of an ecosystem using Stella;
      • Discuss the strengths, weaknesses of the analyses;
      • Communicate the methods, results and conclusions of a case study.
    • Groupwork Ecoland Required
      Learning Objectives
      1. Solve complex environmental problems by integrating the content of the preceding modules;
      2. Make decisions on the basis of a limited amount of information;
      3. Work in a team to solve complex environmental problems
    • MSc Proposal Required
      Learning Objectives
      1. concisely define the intended research topic, state precise aims and objectives, describe the research methodology, argue expected relevance and justification, and identify boundary conditions and self- or externally imposed limitations;
      2. list available literature and replicate main arguments expounded in the literature on the specified research topic;
      3. demonstrate analytical problem-analysis skills and the ability to distil the strategic issues to be addressed in the research phase;
      4. plan the research process in weekly time-steps and indicate essential milestones, targets and indicators, required human, financial and other resources, deliverables and perceived threats and constraints at each stage of the research project;
      5. develop and formulate the research proposal in a clearly written, well argued and convincing report, submitted within a set deadline;
      6. develop and formulate the research proposal in a clearly written, well argued and convincing report, submitted within a set deadline; successfully present and defend individual work, cross-reference it to and critically evaluate it in light of contemporary thinking in a specific field of study.

Tuition & fellowships

Information about tuition fees can be found here.

The following fellowships are recommended for prospective students who wish to study Limnology and Wetland Management

  • Joint Japan Worldbank Graduate Scholarship Programme (JJ/WBGSP)

    Participants from World Bank member countries can apply for a fellowship from the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme (jj/wbgsp).

    more info: www.worldbank.org

    Tip

    The deadline for applications for the Master Programmes that start in October is March 31 of that same year.

  • Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)

    The Netherlands Fellowship Programme is intended to deepen and broaden the knowledge and professional skills of mid-career professionals to enable them to make a better contribution to the development of their organizations and their countries. Prospective participants can apply for the NFP fellowship via SOL (Student Online) of Nuffic. Candidates should be working in a developing country (for the list of NFP countries visit www.studyinholland.nl) in a development-related position, and be nominated by their employer, who pledges to continue payment of their salary and hold their job for them while they are studying in the Netherlands. 

    more info: www.studyinholland.nl

    Tip

    Use the Nuffic Grantfinder to find a suitable fellowship
     

Application & Admission

Application procedure

The candidates for this joint programme are professionals with a bachelor’s degree preferably in Limnology, Environmental Science, or related fields. In principle, candidates should have preferably three years of practical or research experience since graduation. All applications are, however, considered on their individual merits. 

You can apply to this joint programme via IPGL's admission office. A certificate of academic admission is sent to the candidate who satisfies the admission requirements.