24 months
15500 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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If you’re looking to dive into global water challenges and find sustainable solutions, then this Hydrology MSc programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is for you. 


Water is essential for life on Earth. As stated by the United Nations, water is at the core of sustainable development, being critical for socioeconomic progress, energy and food production, as well as climate regulation, ecosystems and for human survival. Too much, too little, or too dirty water can bring risks to society. Therefore water is also at the heart of adaptation to climate change and reducing global risks to natural hazards.

During our two-year Hydrology MSc programme offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will learn theory, field measurements and computer modelling. You will discuss and analyse water challenges and develop risk-reducing management options. The programme focuses on international water challenges and processes, while also bringing in expertise from the renown Dutch experience in water management.

Career prospects

As a Hydrology graduate, you might get involved in:

  • Scientific aspects of water through a PhD study on a hydrological subject; 
  • Management of groundwater exploration;
  • Flood management, studying the effects of land management on discharge;
  • Erosion and sedimentation issues and how to solve them;
  • Quantifying the economic effects of hydrological risks: floods, droughts and pollution;
  • Using satellite imagery and GIS to work on global or regional hydrology;
  • Using your knowledge professionally to improve the management of water resources.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Catchment Hydrology
  • Ecohydrology
  • Catchment Biogeochemistry
  • Climate Hydrological Processes
  • Integrated Modeling in Hydrology
  • Groundwater Processes
  • Water Economics
  • Measuring Techniques in Hydrology
  • Field Course Hydrology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In order to gain admission to the Hydrology Master’s programme, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. A Bachelor's degree obtained at an applied university or higher vocational education (HBO in Dutch) in most cases does not grant direct access to the programme (only exceptionally high ranking students stand a chance of admission).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15500 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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