24 months
17000 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Think of estuaries with sea grass fields breaking the waves instead of reinforcing dikes, or self-purification of drainage-basins, making dredging unnecessary. The Transnational Ecosystem-based Water Management Master's specialisation at Radboud University focuses on finding creative solutions for these everyday problems.

Visit the official programme website for more information


Programme overview

The specialisation in Transnational Ecosystem-based Water Management at Radboud University is an international programme for future water managers, combining ecology, hydrology, and socio-economics. We focus on ecological solutions, often more effective than technical adjustments.

You will also have the option to study the social, economical and philosophical aspects of water management.

This specialisation is closely connected to the Institute for Water and Wetlands Research (IWWR), a leading institute in wetland ecosystem and stress biology research. After successful completion of the programme, you'll receive two diplomas: one from Radboud University and one from the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Would you like to know if you are eligible to be admitted to this programme? Take our E-Check and instantly get an insight in your eligibility: echeck.ru.nl

What will you learn?

  • Gain background knowledge in both ecosystem analysis and technical understanding of flood management
  • Get experience in the field, conducting a research internship and reporting on an ongoing project

  • Learn about the ecological, technical and social aspects of water management

  • Get valuable experience designing, conducting and presenting your own research

Career prospects

After graduation, most students quickly take up a position a project coordinator, policy officer or analyser at a water-related governmental organisation. But there are of course also various other possibilities. In general, our graduates end up as a:

  • Researcher at a governmental organisation, university or company
  • Consultant at a governmental agency, like a ministry
  • Consultant at a consulting firm
  • Risk analyser
  • Policy officer at a governmental organisation or an NGO
  • Project coordinator in water or ecosystem management
  • Communications officer at an environmental organisation
  • Teacher in biology (college or secondary education level)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Orientation in Biology and Environmental Sciences 
  • Ecological and Environmental Concepts 
  • Management of Ecosystems
  • Biodiversity Assessment
  • Environmental and Ecological Modelling
  • Water Governance and Spatial Planning 
  • Integrated Water Management 
  • Environmental Economics for Water Management 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

September intake:

Non-EU/EEA applicants 

  • 1 April: Final deadline

EU/EEA applicants  

  • 1 July: Final deadline


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A completed Bachelor's degree
Entering the double degree programme in Transnational Ecosystem-based Water Management requires a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Environmental Sciences or a related field of science.An international degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch university diploma. The Admission Office will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted, and if the student is required to follow specific courses from the Bachelor's programme to eliminate possible deficiencies.
  • A proficiency in English

Students must have passed (preliminary) examinations containing the following subject matter:

  • Ecology 12 EC
  • Water Quality 6 EC
  • Statistics/ Modelling 6 EC
  • Geographic Info Systems 6 EC
  • Climate change 6 EC
  • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has led to the temporary closure of test centres, Radboud University currently also accepts the iBT TOEFL Special Home Edition. For all other questions regarding the coronavirus please visit our FAQ.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    17000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17000 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.

Non-EU/EEA students eligible for legal tuition fees: €2143 per year, institutional fees €6323 per year

University of Duisburg-Essen: EU & Non EU: €320 per term

Living costs for Nijmegen

800 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

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


  • We have a number of scholarships available only for international Master’s students. You can find the full list, including details about eligibility requirements and how to apply, on the university's website

  • Please do note, that most of these scholarships are not fully funded. The Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP) is the only scholarship that offers both fully and partially funded scholarships.

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.

Our partners

Transnational Ecosystem-based Water Management
Radboud University


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!