This specialization is designed for engineers and managers responsible for planning, developing and implementing water resources projects and programmes. Experience has shown that students need to have an understanding of quantitative methods, such as statistical analysis, in order to successfully complete this specialization.
The degree students receive from UNESCO-IHE is the MSc degree in Water Management with a specialization in Water Resources Management.
Start: 16 October 2016
Submission deadline: 01 August 2016
After completing this specialization, graduates will be able to:
- Describe and predict for a given water resources system the main hydrological, hydraulic, chemical and biological processes and how these processes are dynamically linked with aquatic ecosystems as well as with human activities such as land and water use and pollution;
- Describe and explain the main concepts and instruments for analysing and influencing formal and informal arrangements for water quality management, including policies, laws and institutions, and by adopting a historical perspective;
- Explain the key concepts for integrated, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses of aquatic ecosystems and describe the challenges of such approaches;
- Describe concepts to determine the value of water for various uses and users in (amongst others) economic and ecological terms and explain how these concepts can be used in water resources planning at various spatial and temporal scales.
Structure & contents
This specialization consists of 14 modules covering a total of 12 months, this is followed by a 6-month research and thesis phase. Graduates of the programme will be awarded 106 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits.
October - SeptemberUNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands
- Principles of Integrated Water Resources Management Required Learning Objectives
- Summarize the latest insights, context and concepts in integrated water management that are under debate in international and regional forums.
- Explain the main arguments for an integrated approach in the field of water management.
- Describe the major natural functions and human uses of river systems.
- Summarize the basics of GIS and Remote Sensing, and apply the techniques for typical applications in water management.
- Explain what science is and what scientific research entails including distinguishing the main methodological approaches.
- The Water Resources System Required Learning Objectives
- Describe how the physical water resources system works, and illustrate the interaction between quantity and quality (chemical, biological, ecological), between surface water, soil water and groundwater, between stocks and fluxes. Explain major natural functions and human use of water resources systems focusing on river systems including groundwater, wetlands, lakes/reservoirs and estuaries.
- Identify basic components to characterise the quantitative and qualitative nature of a water resources system and able to analyse the hydrology of a water resources systems.
- Discuss the main issues of debate in an integrated water resources system underpinned by description of the biophysical, chemical and hydrological processes and their interactions, natural functions and human use of a water resources system.
- Water Governance Required Learning Objectives
- Identify and analyse actors and decision making processes related to water governance
- Distinguish and explain main discourses and theories on water governance
- Identify context, purpose, perspective and arguments of scientific papers on water governance
- Compare and contrast different scientific papers, case studies and theories on dynamic and political nature of water governance
- Water Economics Required Learning Objectives
- Explain the cause of water resource issues and the relevance of economics
- Describe the principle of economic method to manage water resources
- Identify economic instruments for water resource management
- Describe economic approaches to estimating the value of water in different use
- Apply economic theory and method to analyze issues of water resource management
- Water Resources Assessment Required Learning Objectives
- Describe different types of water resources data, generated from ground and RS measurements.
- Apply diverse methods of data processing and data validation for water resources assessment.
- Quantify the different components of the water resources spectrum (rainfall, river flow, groundwater), an assess availability and access at different scales.
- Describe and apply different methods of water quality monitoring and assessment.
- Analyse and quantify multiples uses of water for: agriculture, hydropower, domestic, environment and other uses
- Apply water accounting techniques as a quick method for assessing water resources, water use, and water productivity in a river basin context.
- Water Systems Modelling Required Learning Objectives
- Describe the procedure of the modelling protocol.
- Name and explain type of models used in different case studies.
- Build water resources models that simulate river basin processes.
- Clearly present the results of the water system models.
- Critically analyse model outcomes.
- Water Resources Planning Required Learning Objectives
- Distinguish the spatiotemporal scales and river basin development phases in a water resources planning process.
- Describe major steps in the participatory and integrated water resources planning process.
- Identify and apply planning tools, such as stakeholder integration, methods for environmental impact assessment and decision support systems, while engaging in water resources planning activities.
- Develop alternative water management strategies.
- Evaluate alternative water management strategies by applying multi-criteria analysis.
- Formulate and evaluate integrated water resources plans in a participatory context.
- Water and Environmental Law Required Learning Objectives
- Describe the fundamentals of national and international water and environmental law and legislation.
- Explain and apply accepted and desired legal and institutional arrangements for applying principles of Integrated Water Resources and Environmental Management.
- Describe and apply legal instruments for the application of IWRM with the emphasis on functional decentralization, river basin organizations, planning and decision-making through water allocation criteria, systems of water rights, water (effluent) permit systems etc.
- Explain and appraise concepts of customary water rights.
- Discuss the processes of international water allocation.
- Explain the concept of multi-level governance and the relationship between national and international legal and policy systems and to be able to persuasively argue a case for international water conflict resolution.
- International Fieldwork Required Learning Objectives
- Compare the different water management perspectives and uses in practice in Spain and Portugal. Issues that will be elaborated upon during the fieldwork include Multiple uses for and multiple sources of water; Up and downstream water issues; Institutional framework and implementation of the EU WFD; Public and private water supply; Conventional and alternative waste water treatment and reuse; Large Dams and transboundary river basin issues; Ancient vs modern irrigation and water supply systems; Non conventional water resources: desalination and wastewater reuse; Formal and informal decision making processes.
- Formulate a problem statement
- Collect and analyse data from field measurements and interviews
- Develop a problem analysis
- IWRM Groupwork Required Learning Objectives
- Develop a final problem analysis on specific problems of water management in the Andarax Basin.
- Design approaches for mitigating the specific problems in the Andarax Basin.
- Evaluate the different approaches and argue for a preferred approach to mitigate identified problems.
- Integrate different approaches (targeted at different themes/problems) into an integrated water management plan.
- Present and argue for the integrated water management plan.
- Summer Courses for WM Required
- Principles of Integrated Water Resources Management Required
Tuition & fellowships
Information about tuition fees can be found here.
The following fellowships are recommended for prospective students who wish to study Water Resources 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
Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)
The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building within organisations in 51 countries by providing training and education through fellowships for professionals.
The overall aim of the NFP is to help increase both the number and the competencies of skilled staff at a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations. You have to be nominated by your employer to be eligible for the fellowship. There also has to be a clear need for training within the context of your organisation.
Fellowship application procedure per modality:
- For more info about how to apply for a NFP fellowship for a MSc Specialization at UNESCO-IHE click here
- For more info about how to apply for a NFP fellowship for a Short or Online Course at UNESCO-IHE visit the Short Course or Online Course webpage.
more info: www.studyinholland.nl
Rotary Scholarship for Water and Sanitation Professionals
Rotary and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education are working together to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis by increasing the number of trained professionals to devise, plan, and implement solutions in developing and emerging countries. Through this partnership, The Rotary Foundation will award 10 scholarships annually for graduate students working or living near a Rotary club and provisionally admitted to one of the following MSc programmes (joint programmes are not eligible):
- MSc in Urban Water and Sanitation
- MSc in Water Management
- MSc in Water Science and Engineering
Stuned Scholarship Programme
The stuned Scholarship Programme is open for professionals from all over Indonesia who have completed a Bachelor study, in particular educators, government officials, ngo officials and journalists. Stuned aims at a balanced gender representation (minimum 50% women) and gives preference to candidates from less developed areas in Indonesia.
more info: www.nesoindonesia.or.id
WMO is partnering with UNESCO-IHE to jointly support two to three fellowships a year from developing and least developed countries to undertake an MSc in one of the agreed UNESCO-IHE programmes.
To be considered for a fellowshipfor the academic year 2016-2018 under WMO / UNESCO-IHE joint funding applicants must:
a) have unconditional admission to one of the following UNESCO-IHE programmes: Hydrology and Water Resources; Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development; Hydraulic Engineering - Land and Water Development; Water Resources Management; Hydroinformatics - Modelling and Information Systems for Water Management; Water Quality Management; or, Hydraulic Engineering - Coastal and Port Development. Unconditional admission implies UNESCO-IHE have agreed to both your academic and language suitability.
b) complete and submit a WMO Fellowship Nomination Form (FNF) to WMO by 1 March 2016. The FNF MUST be submitted through, and approved by, the Permanent Representative (PR) of your country with WMO, click here for the contact details of the PR of your country. Please note that the PR may give preference to personnel from the National Meteorological Service or National Hydrological Service of their country. The WMO Fellowship Nomination Forms (FNF) are available here.
c) be medically fit (see WMO FNF for details).
d) inform Ms Ineke Melis, UNESCO-IHE liaison officer for WMO fellowships, in case you are going to request WMO support: email@example.com
For WMO to consider the fellowship nomination all of the above conditions must be met. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified through the PR of their country by the end of July 2015. For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
more info: www.wmo.int
Application & Admission
Academic admission to the Master programmes may be granted to applicants who provide evidence of having:
- a university level Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field for the specialization, which has been awarded by a university of recognised standing.
- a good command of the English language, if this is not the first language. All non-native English-speaking applicants must satisfy the English language requirements for all UNESCO-IHE's educational programmes.
Working experience in an environment related to the specialization is an asset. At least three years experience is in general preferred.
For admission to the programme please complete the online application form. The link is available at the top of this page. Collect the required documents and attach them to the online application form:
- Certified copies of degrees/diplomas.
- Certified copies of academic transcripts. Authenticated or certified copies are copies with an official stamp to verify that the copies are true copies of original documents. This official stamp may be from one of the following: a solicitor/notary, the educational institution from where the student gained the diplomas or the local council/local authority/local government office.
- Two reference letters, preferably one from a person that can judge students' professional abilities and one from a person that can judge his/her academic abilities. One recommendation letter has to come from the current employer (if available) and another one from the university the student graduated from. Letters have to be printed on company (logo) paper and signed.
- Motivation letter (maximum 500 words explanation why he/she applies for admission to the choosen programme).
- Copy of passport.
- Copy of results of English language test score (if required, see English language requirements).
Please note all documents are required to be in English, or officially translated into English.
Once academically accepted this admission remains valid for three consecutive years. In principle one can not apply for more than one programme per academic year. However, if a student applies for an Erasmus Mundus programme, he/she can also apply for another programme as long as it is not also an Erasmus Mundus programme. Academic admission to the programmes will be granted on the basis of a decision taken to that effect by the Academic Registrar, upon advice of the programme coordinator.
Further questions about the application procedure can be addressed to:
Ms Marlies Baburek
Admission and Fellowship Officer