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Water Resources Engineering

KU Leuven

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24 months
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About

The Master of Water Resources Engineering addresses water-related issues in developed and developing countries. The general programme objective is to educate professionals and scientists who contribute effectively to the development and management of water resources on both a local and global scale.

Overview

The Master’s programme provides multi-disciplinary and high-quality university education in the field of water resources engineering. Students will be trained with technical and managerial knowledge and skills to: (i) successfully plan, design, operate and manage water resources projects; and (ii) advise and support authorities in decision-making and policy-making that enhance the safe exploitation and re-use of wastewater and the equitable distribution and conservation of local, regional and global water resources.

Water Resources Engineering deals with the methods and techniques applied in the study of: 

  • water needs for agriculture, industry, households, recreation, navigation, hydroelectric power generation
  • problems related to storm water drainage and flood damage mitigation
  • problems related to water quality in streams and aquifers, erosion, sedimentation, protection of ecosystems and other natural resources
  • integrated water management
  • institutional, socio-economic, and policy issues related to water resources development and management

Through the choice of 3 elective courses and a specific topic for thesis research, you can tailor your study programme to fit your interests. 

Career perspectives

Career prospects in the water sector are excellent. The water sector proves to be a stable employment environment with a continually rising need for highly educated professionals. Programme graduates will deal with the exploitation and management of water resources and, to a lesser extent, with education and research. Graduates are therefore prepared to fulfill both a professional and academic role. The programme's academic-level education not only prepares water sector professionals but also future lecturers and researchers, creating a multiplier effect that spreads across many countries.

Government agencies, drinking water companies, and other companies play a decisive role in the management of present and future aquifers and river basins. They need well-trained water professionals. Many graduates find employment with private companies, such as consultancy agencies and industrial firms. Others go on to careers in non-governmental organisations.

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Programme Structure

Scientific Basis

  • Groundwater Hydrology
  • Surface Water Hydrology
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Advanced Mathematics for Water Engineering
  • Environmental Programming
  • Statistics for Water Engineering
  • Hydraulics
  • Irrigation Agronomy
  • Waste Water Treatment and Resource Recovery
  • Water Quality Assessment

Workshop on Integrated Water Management

  • Water Resources Management 1: Hydro-Social Systems

ICT and Data Collection

  • GIS for Environmental Applications
  • Measuring Techniques for Water Resources Engineering

Common Advanced Courses

  • Systems Approach to Water Management
  • Social, Political, Institutional, Economic and Environmental Aspects of Water Resources

Specialized Knowledge and Skills

  • Surface Water Modelling
  • Groundwater Modelling
  • River Modelling
  • Soil Water Modelling
  • Irrigation Design and Crop Water Productivity Management
  • Urban Hydrology and Hydraulics
  • Land-Climate Dynamics
  • Freshwater and Marine Ecology

Integrated Project Work

  • Temperate Climate Case Study
  • (Sub)Tropical Climate Case Study

Thesis Research

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English
IELTS or TOEFL needed

Credits

120 ECTS

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

After admission procedure:

  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Bioscience Engineering
  • Bachelor of Environmental Engineering
  • Bachelor of Geography
  • Bachelor of Geology
  • Bachelor of Biology
  • Bachelor of Sciences

Admission decisions are based upon evaluation of a complete application file.

All applicants who have not obtained a previous diploma in an English-taught programme in Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America must submit a certificate proving their proficiency in English.

For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

For more information about our tuition fees, please visit www.kuleuven.be/tuitionfees

Funding

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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