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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More informationVisit official programme website
- Groundwater Hydrology
- Surface Water Hydrology
- Aquatic Ecology
- Advanced Mathematics for Water Engineering
- Environmental Programming
- Statistics for Water Engineering
- 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
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Deadline passed, International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
DisciplinesHydrology & Water Management General Engineering & Technology View 6 other Masters in Hydrology & Water Management in Belgium
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.
For more information about our tuition fees, please visit www.kuleuven.be/tuitionfees
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