Water management in a wider context
Trends such as sustainable development, stakeholder participation, and economic accountability increasingly complicate the tasks of water managers. This has given rise to a need for water managers with a broad societal focus on water management issues, operating next to and in cooperation with more traditional and technical water managers.
The Water Science and Management programme at Utrecht University therefore integrates knowledge from natural and social sciences as a response to emerging needs in the field.
A natural sciences background, the ability to work well as part of a team, and a passion for water management will help you succeed in this programme. The Water Science and Management programme is an excellent choice for you if you are interested in both the scientific analysis of the water system, and the application of water science in integrated and complex societal problems that occur in contemporary water management.
What will you learn?
Through scientific knowledge and real-life cases, you will learn about topics such as hydrological processes, climate change, water footprinting, cost reduction, health aspects, and water safety. You will also learn about technical developments such as membrane technology, water/energy combinations, and water cycle management.
The majority of courses have a water focus, but there are also courses focussed on the sustainable development context in which modern watermanagers operate. A Research design course is provided as a necessary basis for performing the Master’s Thesis, as well as for executing academic water challenges on the job market.
The programme combines academic knowledge of natural sciences and technical water management options with process and project skills, culminating in an optional research internship at a water management organisation.
The Water Science and Management programme trains you to be a water professional with both an understanding of the technical aspects of water management and the ability to implement this knowledge with an eye for societal needs.
You will learn to view water management in light of sustainable development, taking into account the functions that water fulfils for humanity and nature, and you will consider technical innovations in view of societal costs and benefits.
As a graduate of this programme, you will have a solid background in water science and the ability to apply this knowledge.
The Water Science and Management Master’s programme trains you to function as a professional in the field of water management and related sustainable development.
The professional field consists of a wide variety of organisations:
- Consultancy firms
- Water boards;
- Governmental organisations
- Utility companies
- Water research institutes
- International development organisations
Graduates may follow up their Master’s degree by pursuing a PhD in the Netherlands or abroad and ultimately pursuing a career in research. The programme is closely related to several research groups on water-related issues in the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development and the Department of Physical Geography.
This makes it possible for students to be ahead of the latest scientific developments in the field. Thanks to close connections with key players in the field, research projects on various topics are funded by external parties.
Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.
- Perspectives on Sustainable Development
- Principles of Groundwater Flow
- Unsaturated Zone Hydrology
- Quantitative Water Management
- Research Design
- Managing Future Deltas
- Water, Governance and Law
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
- Apply before , National
DisciplinesEarth Sciences Management, Organisation & Leadership Hydrology & Water Management View 27 other Masters in Earth Sciences in Netherlands
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
You are welcome to apply for the Water Science and Management Master’s programme. Please take into account that this is a selective master. You will be considered for admission to the programme if you hold a University bachelor degree and can demonstrate a high level of knowledge, motivation and command of methods and skills in the field.
With regard to the educational requirements you should possess:
- Knowledge in natural sciences relevant to water processes (e.g. earth sciences, physics, chemistry, physical geography, civil or environmental engineering, applied mathematics);
- Academic and research skills.
Next to the educational requirements we consider:
- Motivation and talent (also on the basis of average grade, past performance in relevant coursework and studies progress)
- Subject of your Bachelor’s thesis;
- Command of the English language
International20715 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 20715 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEA2168 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Utrecht
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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