12 months
19720 EUR/year
19720 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The MSc in Water and Sustainable Development targets early and midcareer water professionals with the ambition to gain knowledge and skills to tackle water challenges, while enhancing their career opportunities within the water sector or related organizations.


The programme covers urgent water issues such as water in relation to health, climate or food and offers different disciplinary perspectives from which these issues can be studied. These include management and governance, engineering and digital innovation.

While addressing the latest insights into water and sustainable development for all students, the programme allows individual students to follow a customized study trajectory tailored to their professional ambitions. Some students may opt to deepen their disciplinary knowledge, while others may broaden their knowledge to adjacent water fields relevant to their career. To further multidisciplinary thinking and acting, students with various background will work together on cases in a group.

Coaches support students in building their customized programme and provide study advice throughout the programme. 


The programme is accredited by NVAO, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

The curriculum of the MSc in Water and Sustainable Development consists of common parts, thematic track modules and a thesis research part. The contents of the common parts are the same for all students, whereas the thematic track modules and MSc thesis research are part of a customized learning trajectory based on personal learning ambitions.

The thematic track modules are grouped in four closely connected and partly overlapping thematic areas based on societal water challenges:

  • Water, Food and Energy
  • Water Hazards, Risks and Climate
  • Water and Health
  • Water Resources and Ecosystem Health

Upon conclusion of the thematic track modules, students start an interdisciplinary group project in which they make an analysis of a water-related problem.

Their studies are concluded with individual thesis research. The thesis research can be done at IHE Delft, at another location in the Netherlands, or -subject to available funding- in the student’s home country. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

In the application, students indicate their preference for a thematic track and disciplinary profile, and the application will be assessed with this in mind.

Academic admission to IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development may be granted to applicants who provide evidence of having:

  • A Bachelor degree in an appropriate field 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 IHE Delft's educational programmes.
  • A strong motivation to successfully complete the programme.

Work experience

Several years of professional experience in a field related to the programme's content is considered to be an asset.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19720 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19720 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • National

    19720 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19720 EUR per year during 12 months.

The fee includes the use of a laptop and internet access, handling fee, costs of fieldtrips, the introductory programme and study materials.

Living costs for Delft

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.


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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Water and Sustainable Development
IHE Delft Institute for Water Education


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