18 months
10916 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The River Delta Development programme from Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences trains students to be facilitators of change for river deltas. Everywhere in the world, urbanisation and climate change are encroaching upon these fertile, ecologically valuable regions.

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The challenge is to decrease the vulnerability of river deltas while simultaneously increasing the opportunities for healthy economic and ecological development.

In the River Delta Development programme from Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences , these developments are viewed as transitions: progressive, complex changes and adjustments in river delta systems that demand professionals who can intervene effectively. These transitions require innovative, multidisciplinary, and holistic solutions. Versatile delta professionals are required, who not only have knowledge of river delta systems (coasts, seas, and rivers) and the latest developments, but also possess the necessary research and communication skills to make meaningful contributions to these transitions.

Why a master?

In general a master ads to your chances for a job that enriches your life and enables you to grow further. Compared to your (future) Bachelor’s degree, you will develop your skills in dealing with more complex systems and situations. This is partly based on more knowledge and deeper insights, but also, a master will generally provide you with the right skills and tools to work on more complex issues. Together with this, your ability to innovate and renew existing situations, systems or methods will increase. A third important component is your professional development, which profits from the skills above, but also improves through more experience in and coaching on your professional attitude.

Why THIS master? Future perspectives!

River Delta Development is developed in close communication with the working field. Governmental institutions as well as consultancy are clear about their needs: professionals who think and work in constructive, integrated ways, that have the knowledge of transitional processes and are capable of moving people and organizations to make things happen. The world is in transition (climate, energy, circular economy etc.) and needs people that can facilitate this change. In delta areas many issues come together and are enhanced by the high population density and vulnerable location. This demands educated, enthusiastic, passionate young people that want to take a role that suits them to develop resilient, safe and sustainable delta life.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Riverdelta systems
  • Excursion
  • System analysis
  • Transition theories
  • Case study
  • Learning plan
  • Insight into coastal systems 
  • Research in Living Labs including coaching, transition and intervention 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In order to qualify for participation in the Master’s programme River Delta Development, applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognized university (of applied sciences) or accredited academic institution in a discipline related to that of the master’s programme (certified copy of a diploma together with the official transcript of academic records).
  • A copy of your valid passport or ID-card
  • An official English language test (IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge)
  • Your motivation letter

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10916 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10916 EUR per year during 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 18 months.

Living costs for Velp

780 - 1160 EUR /month
Living costs

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


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